BENEVOLENT NEUTRALITY Indian Government Policy and Labour Migration to British Guiana, 1854-1884

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Basdeo Mangru

First published in 1987, Benevolent Neutrality is a detailed, scholarly study of the migration of Indian labourers overseas and their living and working conditions under the iniquitous indenture system. Based largely on unpublished sources, this volume analyses the socio-economic, political and cultural factors which induced a traditionally non-migratory people to leave their motherland for service in distant sugar colonies. It examines the pressures to formulate policies and implement them, their effectiveness in protecting the interests of indentured workers and the ways in which these policies were obstructed.

This book also includes a major pioneering study of Indian women migrants, particularly the circumstances of recruitment, sexual exploitation on sugar estates, the alarming rate of wife murders and women’s assertiveness and militancy during periods of industrial unrest.


"Dr Mangru’s scholarship is marked by unfailing rigour and deep empathy." Prof. Clem Seecharan, London Metropolitan University

"Benevolent Neutrality is by any standard an excellent book. Its value lies in its information, exposition and analysis on an important aspect of the post-emancipation era." Tota Mangar, University of Guyana

  • 210 x 148 mm
  • 270 pages
  • Paperback


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