Education and Community in the Asian Diaspora: The Struggle for Hindu Schools in Trinidad
This article examines the struggle to develop Hindu schools in modern Trinidad. Resistance to these schools resulted from the colonial administration’s attempts to ensure a cheap agricultural labour force. An ideology of integration also militated against such schools during de-colonization. The Indians’ eventual success was a result of their political organizing and resourcefulness. However, battles over Hindu schools produced racial cleavages that persist today. Despite claims that the struggle for schools demonstrated Indians’ “race consciousness”, the motivating factor for the schools was Indian exclusion from the social and economic mainstream of society. Rather than being “disintegrative”, Hindu schools have been instrumental in modernizing Indians.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Pennsylvania State University
Publication date: January 1, 2004
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