||Date: 28 May 95
In the 1920’s after the last
indentured labourers had come to Trinidad, and some who had arrived in the years
before were returning to India, many of the states of colonial India were still
ruled by royal families. In Savanur, Begum Pasha, a little Muslim princess was
dressed in the uniform of a Bombay bodyguard for a children’s fete. She won
first prize. She probably didn't even know where Trinidad was, far less that her
great grandchildren would be Trinidadians!
grand-daughter, Ira Mathur, came to Trinidad
in the 1970's with her mother Zia and father Mahendra Mathur. Ira went to
school in Tobago. She grew up and married a Trinidadian whose Indian ancestors
had also come from India. They now have two children who, born in Trinidad, are
of Indian ancestry. Most of the Indo-Trinidadians came here over the last 150
years. Today, they account for a majority of our population. This week, we
celebrate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in Trinidad &
Tobago, and observe the first Arrival holiday on May 30.