05 Feb 2015: Tragic Orphans February 5, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters
– Gauri Krishnan, National Heritage Board, Singapore
This book is neatly structured into three basic sections comprising, among other topics:
- An overview of the pre-modern and early modern history of peninsular Malaya leading to the Melaka Sultanate, the intrusion of European colonialism, the development within British India of colonial ideologies of conceptions of racial and societal hierarchies and the subsequent imposition of these ideologies.
- Tracing the migration of Indians to Malaya throughout the colonial era, forms of Indian labour (indentured,kangany, assisted labour schemes, plantation ‘slavery’), social and economic reforms and political movements in pre-war Malaya.
- Examining post Malaya/Malaysia, events leading to Merdeka, the May 13 incident, the New Economic Policy, the Mahathir and Badawi eras, the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), the1Malaysia policy and the 2013 general elections.
Come join Carl to explore the history of the modern Indian presence in Malaysia and trace the vital role played by the Indian community in the construction of contemporary Malaysia at the book launch on Thursday, 12 February 2015 from 7—10pm (registration at 6.30pm) at The Star, Pitt Street.