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Literary reminisce of the system of indentures in London

The practice of indentured labor was another form of slavery

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The Coolie: his rights and wrongs. Wikimedia Commons

London, April 20,2016:

A three-day seminar will be organized at Senate House Library starting from 3rd of May, from 2 to 2:30 pm.  The event will be organized in Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the complete venue description is- Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E7HU. The delegates for the event include

Named “We mark your memory in songs: Literary remembrances of the system of Indenture“, The event will be organized at Institute of Commonwealth Studies. The complete venue description is  Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E7HU. The delegates for the event include Dr. Catherine Gilbert who works for Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Dr. Maria Del Pilar Kaladeen who is currently associated with Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Gitanjali Pyndiah a Ph.D. Candidate in Goldsmiths and Dr. Kavyta Raghunandan from Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

East India Coolies in Trinidad. Project Gutenberg. Wikimedia Commons
East India Coolies in Trinidad. Project Gutenberg. Wikimedia Commons

Indentured labor came into vogue in 18th century after slavery was banned. Africans and (east) Indians were primarily brought in as indentured labor to various countries by Britishers and European colonizers to places as varied as the Caribbean, Fiji and Mauritius.

The events will be commence at 2 pm on the 3rd of may in which the first seminar would be a conversation between Gitanjali Pyndiah and Kavyta Raghunandan where Gitanjali would read out a passage from her book and would even elucidate the works of Indian- Mauritian writers, their past and present and also about their contribution to her own writing.

On 4th of May, Kavyta Raghunandan would reminiscenPeggy Mohan’s Jahajin (a book based on times of indenture in Trinidad) with Maria Del Pilar Kaladeen. She will throw some light over the influence of this book on the sociologists who are working on the Caribbean nation.

On the last day, Catherine Gilbert would deliver a rendezvous with Maria Del Pilar Kaladeen regarding three Guyanese novels: David Dabydeen’s the intended, Moses Nagamootoo’s Hendree’s Cure and Jan Lowe Shinebournw’s The Last English Plantation. She will be explaining about how these works influenced her historic research in the system of indenture.

For the virtual covering of the events mentioned hereby, the live streaming would be done with an app called “periscope” at the account @Maria1838. The motive is to expand this seminar to national and international level via the virtual media. For more queries, contact: maria.kaladeen@sas.ac.uk

Prepared by Shruti Pandey, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter: @srt_kaka

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Many schools in London, however, have voluntarily become sugar-free. Pixabay

Every school in London should be “sugar-free” by 2022, health authorities said in a new report.

At least one in four children across London suffer from tooth decay by the age of five, with some regions more severe than the others, according to the report released by London Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday.

“Sugar is one of the biggest causes,” a spokesperson for the Assembly was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

One of the main precautions the report listed is to set all London schools “sugar-free” by 2022, which “means no sugary drinks, crisps or chocolate are allowed in packed lunches”, the spokesperson added.

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At least one in four children across London suffer from tooth decay by the age of five. Pixabay

British Department for Education still allows schools nationwide to serve sugary items at lunchtime, including desserts, cakes and biscuits.

Many schools in London, however, have voluntarily become sugar-free.

Some have gone further to ban all carbonated beverages with or without sugar, only serving water instead, the report said.

The report called for supervised teeth-brushing in schools and suggested that every kid see a dentist by age one.

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It also advised London Mayor Sadiq Khan to appoint a dental specialist to a government project against child obesity. (IANS)