Originally posted on Repeating Islands:
Migration of unskilled manual workers from Bihar is not a new phenomenon. It began in the middle of 19th century when they left for Mauritius, Fiji, Surinam, Guyana, the Caribbean Islands and other distant lands during the British Raj as girmitiya (indentured) workers.
Most of them ended up leading lives of unmitigated hardship and abject penury. But some fought against all odds to not only survive but also to pave the way for a better future for their descendants.