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Jahajee Sisters Celebrates the History of Indo-Caribbean Women


Manhattan, NY: As March commemorates Women’s History Month, ‘Jahajee Sisters’ plans to celebrate the legacy of their ancestors on March 31, a legacy built upon resistance and resilience.

They will also commemorate the Indo-Caribbean women of their time, including activists, organizers, and changemakers who continue to contribute to the legacy; one such woman being the braveheart Kowsilla.

Indo-Caribbeans are Caribbean people with roots in India or the Indian subcontinent. Brought by the British, the Dutch and the French during colonial times, Indo-Caribbeans are mostly descendants of the original indentured workers.

Kowsilla (also known as Alice) of Leonora, was killed on March 6, 1964, during the great Sugar Strike of 1964. Her body split in two when a sugar estate scab, Felix Ross, drove a tractor through her; the man was acquitted later.

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A mother of four and the sole breadwinner of her family at the time, her struggle for her people has rarely been documented. An executive of the Leonora branch of the WPO and also a leader, she displayed the highest order of resistance for her belief in ‘adequate wage for adequate work’. Ultimately, she paid her price.

The Co-directors of Jahajee Sisters- Simone Jhingoor and Suzanne Persard, have extended an invite to the people of Manhattan to their House Party+ Community Engagement Event, hosted in honor of the Women’s History Month.

Event details: 

Jahajee Sisters Celebrates the History of Indo-Caribbean Women

By: Simone Jhingoor & Suzanne Persard

Location: Manhattan

Date: March 31, 2016

Time: 7 PM

The event intends to discuss:

What continue to be the greatest issues impacting Indo-Caribbean women?

How do we organize successfully as an Indo-Caribbean community?

How do you envision sustainable, long-term change in the Indo-Caribbean community?

As Jahajee Sisters say: Kowsilla’s courage is remembered, we refuse to let her memory disappear into a history that does not remember the legacy of Indo-Caribbean women. (Image source:

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

Indian cuisine in FIFA World cup
Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)