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4 - A Reflection of the Divisiveness of the Partition Among Hindu and Muslim Societies in the Caribbean

Friday, July 6
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Amaltas, Lower Ground Floor

The Partition of India divided the subcontinent along the sectarian lines, following its independence from the British Raj. The mishandling of events by British generated Hindu and  Muslim ideological disposition among people who shared a common history, region and ancestors.  The partition tinged psychological allegiances among the Hindus and Muslims in the Indian diaspora across the world, particularly in the Caribbean. The present study is conducted in the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago. Over entire immigration period (1845 – 1917), a total of 147, 592 Indian indentured laborers were brought to the islands from the subcontinent (Vertovec: 2000).  Today their descendants, now called as East Indians comprise 35.4% of the country’s 1.3 million population (49.5%  Hindus and 11.64% Muslims: Trinidad & Tobago Demographic Report: 2011).  This paper employs a phenomenological approach to examine religious boundaries between the two communities in the pre and post partition period. The findings illustrate that religious tumult engendered by partition was not hidden from the Indian Diaspora. While Hindus held India as their motherland, Muslims rarely conceptualized this as a sui generis.   For Hindus, Pakistan only figures in academic discourses but India permeates their memories whereas partition is non-existent.  For Muslims, the dynamics of partition are yet to be clearly defined cognitively in the context where allegiance to brotherhood takes precedence. The Muslims and Hindus’ view of the partition is a rallying call for divisiveness and creates a Kashmir-like existence within a Caribbean context.


Terrance Browne

University of the Southern Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago

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Chanchal Gayen

University of the Southern Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago

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