East Indian community gives back
Members of this country’s East Indian community have presented Parliament with a framed photograph of the original Speaker’s Chair, which was gifted to Barbados by the Indian Government shortly after it achieved Independence 48 years ago.
This afternoon’s presentation took place in the Committee Room of Parliament, and was attended by Speaker of the House Michael Carrington, as well as several members of the Barbados Muslim Association, including one of the surviving persons in the photograph, Mohammed Patel.
Author Sabir Nakhuda, who recorded the event in his book Bengal to Barbados – A 100 Year History of East Indians in Barbados, acknowledged the efforts of Parliament to document and record its history for the benefit of Barbadians and visitors to the island.
In thanking members of the East Indian community for the gift, Carrington said he was “extremely appreciative” of the gesture, which “highlights the cooperation and generosity which exists between members of the Commonwealth”.
“I am also aware that there are third and fourth generations of the East Indian community here. I do hope that this book helps to create a better understanding of each other and aids in bridging the gap,” he added.