Global Indo Diaspora Heritage Society

This Society has been created solely for the purpose of tracing the history of Indian Emigrants, mainly of the British Colonial era. Our aim is to pay homage to the hundreds of thousands of the Indian Indentured Labourers who left their motherland, from 1834 to 1920.

I, as the President of this Society, which we now fondly call GIDHS, have been compiling primary records on the Colonial Emigration since 1993. For this, I had to sit and copy records in the West Bengal State Archives, the National Library at Kolkata, the National Archives of India at New Delhi and the Maharashtra State Archives at Mumbai. As in 2011, it is now 18 years since I have been sitting l

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09/09/2022

Thomas Fuller, an African sold into slavery in 1724 at the age of 14, was sometimes known as the “Virginia Calculator” for his extraordinary ability to solve complex math problems in his head.

Rumors circulated that he was a servant. However, he could not read or write, which was not uncommon among slaves at the time. Some believed that he may have gained his skills with math in his homeland in Africa.

His case was often cited by abolitionists of the time as proof that Blacks were in no way mentally inferior to whites. Born in Africa somewhere between present-day Liberia and Benin, Fuller was enslaved and shipped to America in 1724 at the age of 14, eventually becoming the legal property of Presley and Elizabeth Cox of Alexandria, Virginia.

Both Fuller and the Coxes were illiterate. The Coxes owned 16 slaves, and appeared to value Fuller the most; he expressed gratitude for not being sold.
Stories of his abilities abounded through the Eastern seaboard. His skill was even used as proof that enslaved Blacks were equal to whites in intelligence, which fueled some pro-abolitionist discussion.

When Fuller was about 70 years old, William Hartshorne and Samuel Coates of Pennsylvania were in Alexandria and, having heard of Fuller's powers, sent for him. They asked him two questions which satisfied their curiosity.

First, when they asked him how many seconds there were in a year and a half, he answered in about two minutes, 47,304,000.

Second, when they asked how many seconds a man has lived who is 70 years, 17 days and 12 hours old, he answered in a minute and a half 2,210,500,800.

One of the men was working out the problems on paper, and informed Fuller that he was wrong, because the answer was much smaller. Fuller hastily replied, "'Top, massa, you forget de leap year." When the leap year was added in, the sums matched.

Despite Fuller's perfect answers, it appeared to Hartshorne and Coates that his mental abilities must have once been greater. They wrote:
He was gray-headed, and exhibited several other marks of the weakness of old age. He had worked hard upon a farm during the whole of life but had never been intemperate in the use of spirituous liquors. He spoke with great respect of his mistress, and mentioned in a particular manner his obligations to her for refusing to sell him, which she had been tempted to by offers of large sums of money from several persons. One of the gentlemen, Mr. Coates, having remarked in his presence that it was a pity he had not an education equal to his genius, he said, "No, Massa, it is best I had no learning, for many learned men be great fools."

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04/09/2022

-ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY--
Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho defeated the US Army and completely annehilated Custer's 7th cavalry regiment.
The battle was fought after the US government broke yet another treaty which stated the Black Hills was native land. This was just one in many broken treaties which had the goal of destroying and subduing Native Americans.
This was no war between 2 armies, this was a military campaign against Native people. So on June 25th 1876 the people picked up arms and fought back.

Invade Haiti, Wall Street Urged. The U.S. Obliged. 20/08/2022

Invade Haiti, Wall Street Urged. The U.S. Obliged.

Invade Haiti, Wall Street Urged. The U.S. Obliged. The long occupation of Haiti began with a drumbeat from the bank that became Citigroup, decades of diplomatic correspondence and other records show.

17/08/2022

About the Author: Rohit Jagessar shares his journey from the rice and sugar fields of Guyana to become an award-winning film and music producer, writer, director, radio and television personality.

In his book KISS and Breathe: Only The Broken Ones Will Rise, Jagessar proves to be a truly intriguing storyteller and weaves a tale of family, legacy, identity, street-smarts and hard work.

His production of nine bestselling albums with Kanchan, his film Guiana 1838, his travel on the backroads of Kingston to find and release Bob Marley's lost recordings and his Indo-Caribbean and Indian satellite radio stations - all broke down boundaries and brought people of different origins together.

He is guided by the wisdom that numbers and symbols hold great meaning within. Jagessar brings awareness that there exist among us not one but two banks - the Bank of Money and the Bank of Karma and to fully achieve our purpose, these two banks must come into a balance.

This memoir also unravels and explores a journey to the intuitive side, the wisdom of Ayurveda, a pathway to Moksha, the awakening of the senses and encompasses the development of confidence and strong communication skills.

You will be captivated and inspired by this eloquent and engaging memoir and testament to the power of music and purpose.

Visit: www.kissandbreathe.com

13/08/2022

On the day we were recording the song "Leggo Me Na Raja" I told Kanchan of the journey of the Indian indentured woman toiling in the sugar fields.

The early morning dew caused the dirt to paste under her bare feet as she walked miles away from her home.

She carried her lunch pot, wrapped in an old rag, on her head. She balanced it with the sway of her cutlass.

The teeth of her file are gripped and fastened between a piece of cloth tightly banded around her waist.

She walked the path to where the sugar plants were standing, stalks bending on both sides of her.

In her movements, a lyrical rhythm is developing. Should it rise sufficiently, these songs of liberation would be heard.

She reaches her hand to her head and places all that is on it down on the ground. In front of her is the large expanse of sugar fields.

She bends her back, and her eyes move down the sugar plant, stopping at its root. She cuts close to it, leaving a stump from which a new plant will someday breathe to life again.

She raises her bent back to reset her posture, then bends again - with each bent motion, she brings up a harvest.

Kanchan fell into the well of her imagination. She stilled her eyes. It became apparent to me that she too saw footprints.
- Rohit Jagessar.

About the author: Rohit Jagessar shares his journey from the rice and sugar fields of Guyana to become an award-winning film and music producer, writer, director, radio and television personality.

In his book KISS and Breathe: Only The Broken Ones Will Rise, Jagessar proves to be a truly intriguing storyteller and weaves a tale of family, legacy, identity, street-smarts and hard work.

His production of nine bestselling albums with Kanchan, his film Guiana 1838, his travel on the backroads of Kingston to find and release Bob Marley's lost recordings and his Indo-Caribbean and Indian satellite radio stations - all broke down boundaries and brought people of different origins together.

He is guided by the wisdom that numbers and symbols hold great meaning within. Jagessar brings awareness that there exist among us not one but two banks - the Bank of Money and the Bank of Karma and to fully achieve our purpose, these two banks must come into a balance.

This memoir unravels and explores a journey to the intuitive side, the wisdom of Ayurveda, a pathway to Moksha, the awakening of the senses and encompasses the development of confidence and strong communication skills.

You will be captivated and inspired by this eloquent and engaging memoir and testament to the power of music and purpose.

Visit: www.kissandbreathe.com

09/08/2022

The biggest country in Africa that the United Kingdom colonized is Nigeria. The biggest country that the United Kingdom colonized in Asia is India (which then comprised the present Pakistan and Bangladesh). When the UK came into Nigeria and India, like all other countries they colonized, they brought along their technology, religion (Christianity), and culture: names, dressing, food, language, etc.

Try as hard as the British did, India rejected the British religion, names, dressing, food, and even language, but they did not reject the British technology. Today, 80.5% of Indians are Hindus; 13.4% Muslims; 2.3% Christians; 1.9% Sikhs; 0.8% Buddhists, etc. Hindi is the official language of the government of India, but English is used extensively in business and administration and has the status of a “subsidiary official language.” It is rare to find an Indian with an English name or dressed in suit.

On the other hand, Nigeria embraced, to a large extent, the British religion, British culture – names, dressing, foods, and language – but rejected the British technology. The difference between the Nigerian and the Indian experiences is that while India is proud of its heritage, Nigeria takes little pride in its heritage, a situation that has affected the nationalism of Nigerians and our development as a nation. Before the advent of Christianity, the Arabs had brought Islam into Nigeria through the North. Islam also wiped away much of the culture of Northern Nigeria. Today, the North has only Sharia Courts but no Customary Courts. So from the North to the South of Nigeria, the Western World and the Eastern World have shaped our lives to be like theirs and we have lost much or all of our identity.

Long after the British and Arabs left Nigeria, Nigeria has waxed strong in religion to the extent that Nigerians now set up religious branches of their home-grown churches in Europe, the Americas, Asia and other African countries. Just like the Whites brought the gospel to us, Nigerians now take the gospel back to the Whites. In Islam, we are also very vibrant to the extent that if there is a blasphemous comment against Islam in Denmark or the US, even if there is no violent reaction in Saudi Arabia, the Islamic headquarters of the world, there will be loss of lives and destruction of property in Nigeria.

If the United Arab Emirates, a country with 75% Muslims, is erecting the tallest building in the world and encouraging the world to come and invest in its country by providing a friendly environment, Boko Haram ensures that the economy of the North (and by extension that of Nigeria) is crippled with bombs and bullets unless every Nigerian converts to Boko Haram’s brand of Islam. We are indeed a very religious people. Meanwhile, while we are building the biggest churches and mosques, the Indians, South Africans, Chinese, Europeans and Americans have taken over our key markets: telecoms, satellite TV, multinationals, banking, oil and gas, automobile, aviation, shopping malls, hospitality, etc.

Ironically, despite our exploits in religion, we are a people with little godliness, a people without scruples. It is rare to do business with a Nigerian pastor, deacon, knight, elder, brother, sister, imam, mullah, mallam, alhaji or alhaja without the person laying landmines of bribes and deception on your path. We call it PR, facilitation fee, processing fee, transport money, financial engineering, deal, or whatever. But if it does not change hands, nothing gets done. And when it is amassed, we say it is “God’s blessings.” Some people assume that sleaze is a problem of public functionaries, but the private sector seems to be worse than the public sector these days.

One would have assumed that the more churches and mosques that spring up in every nook and cranny of Nigeria, the higher the morals in our society. But it is not so. The situation is that the more religious we get, the baser we become. Our land never knew the type of bloodshed experienced from religious extremists, political desperadoes, ritual killers, armed robbers, kidnappers, internet scammers, university cultists, and lynch mobs. Life has become so cheap and brutish that everyday seems to be a bonanza.

We import the petroleum that we have in abundance, rice and beans that our land can produce in abundance, and even toothpicks that primary school children can produce with little or no effort. Yet we drive the best of cars and live in the best of edifices, visit the best places in the world for holidays and use the most expensive electronic and telecoms gadgets. It is now a sign of poverty for a Nigerian to ride a saloon car. Four-wheel drive is it! Even government officials, who were known to use only Peugeot cars as official cars as a sign of modesty, have upgraded to Toyota Prado, without any iota of shame, in a country where about 70 per cent live below poverty. Private jets have become as common as cars. A nation that imports toothpicks and pins, flaunts wealth and wallows in ostentation at a time its children are trooping to Ghana, South Africa and the UK for university education and its sick people are running to India for treatment.

India produces automobile and exports it to the world. India’s medical care is second to none, with even Americans and Europeans travelling to the country for medical treatment. India has joined the nuclear powers. India has launched a successful mission to the moon. Yet bicycles and tricycles are common sights in India. But in Nigeria, only the wretched of the earth ride bicycles.

I have intentionally chosen to compare Nigeria with India rather than China, South Korea, Brazil, Malaysia, or Singapore, because of the similarities between India and Nigeria. But these countries were not as promising as Nigeria at the time of our independence.

Some would say that our undoing is our size: the 2012 United Nations estimate puts Nigeria’s population at 166 million, while India has a population of 1.2 billion. Some would blame it on the multiplicity of ethnic groups: we have 250 ethnic groups; India has more than 2000 ethnic groups. Some would hang it on the diversity in religion: we have two major religions – Christianity and Islam; but India has many. Some would say it is because we are young as an independent nation: we have 52 years of independence; India has 65 years, while apartheid ended in South Africa only in 1994.

02/08/2022

I never knew this
Albert Einstein.

In 1946, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist traveled to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the alma mater of Langston Hughes and Thurgood Marshall and the first school in America to grant college degrees to blacks. At Lincoln, Einstein gave a speech in which he called racism “a disease of white people,” and added, “I do not intend to be quiet about it.” He also received an honorary degree and gave a lecture on relativity to Lincoln students.

The reason Einstein’s visit to Lincoln is not better known is that it was virtually ignored by the mainstream press, which regularly covered Einstein’s speeches and activities. (Only the black press gave extensive coverage to the event.) Nor is there mention of the Lincoln visit in any of the major Einstein biographies or archives.

In fact, many significant details are missing from the numerous studies of Einstein’s life and work, most of them having to do with Einstein’s opposition to racism and his relationships with African Americans.]

Interesting https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewfrancis/2018/06/18/what-should-we-think-about-albert-einsteins-racism/?sh=5b39fa1f7ece

Have you ever known this about Albert Einstein?

In 1946, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist traveled to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the alma mater of Langston Hughes and Thurgood Marshall and the first school in America to grant college degrees to blacks. At Lincoln, Einstein gave a speech in which he called racism “a disease of white people,” and added, “I do not intend to be quiet about it.” He also received an honorary degree and gave a lecture on relativity to Lincoln students.

The reason Einstein’s visit to Lincoln is not better known is that it was virtually ignored by the mainstream press, which regularly covered Einstein’s speeches and activities. (Only the black press gave extensive coverage to the event.) Nor is there mention of the Lincoln visit in any of the major Einstein biographies or archives.

In fact, many significant details are missing from the numerous studies of Einstein’s life and work, most of them having to do with Einstein’s opposition to racism and his relationships with African Americans.]

Interesting https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewfrancis/2018/06/18/what-should-we-think-about-albert-einsteins-racism/?sh=5b39fa1f7ece

18/07/2022

When African s|aves began escaping to Mexico, the U.S. tried to get Mexico to sign a fugitive s|ave treaty. Mexico refused to sign such a treaty, insisting that all African ens|aved people were free once they set foot on Mexican soil.

📸: Superstock/Everett

It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America's 'Caste' System 06/04/2022

It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America's 'Caste' System

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/04/898574852/its-more-than-racism-isabel-wilkerson-explains-america-s-caste-system

It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America's 'Caste' System In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the laws and practices that created a bipolar caste system in the U.S. — and how the N***s borrowed from it.

Nat Geo Explorer Dives to the Ocean Floor to Reckon With the History of Slavery 02/02/2022

Nat Geo Explorer Dives to the Ocean Floor to Reckon With the History of Slavery

Nat Geo Explorer Dives to the Ocean Floor to Reckon With the History of Slavery Black divers, archaeologists, and historians are going to the bottom of the ocean to bring history to light.

Timeline photos 21/01/2022

Timeline photos

This week marks the 211th anniversary of The German Coast Rebellion. On January 8, 1811, enslaved men and women from St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and St. James parishes rose up and walked downriver toward New Orleans. They were armed with few rifles, sabers, machetes, fire-hardened oak sticks, or simply with their tools. After killing two of their enslavers and causing considerable damage to the plantations where they were forced to labor, they participants were stopped only two days later after a battle against the local militia backed by Federal troops. The insurrection started on the property of Manuel Andry, then the head of the local militia of St. John parish. The 1811 revolt had several leaders from various origins, some of them born in Africa. The main leader was Charles Deslondes, a Mulatto born on the plantation of Widow Jean-Baptiste Deslondes.

The trial of the participants took place from January 13 to January 15. The judgments were rendered without appeal and death sentences were pronounced. The sentenced called for each of the captured to "immediately be delivered to be shot to death, each before the habitation to which he belonged; that the death penalty will be applied to them without torture but the heads of the executed will be cut and planted on poles at the place where each of the convicted was enslaved. " In New Orleans, the prisoners were held in jail on the lower level of the Cabildo and the trials were held on the second floor. Many death sentences were pronounced and the heads of the victims were severed and exposed on the lower gates of the city. This was the fate of those enslaved people whose only fault was their quest for freedom. Their goal was to capture New Orleans and free all the slaves. They knew they could not win and only death would be at the end of the journey. Although they did enjoy nothing but few precious hour of freedom, their action is comparable in its principle to that of the founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence knowing that they would be hanged if they lost the War of Independence. Visit the Whitney Plantation to learn more about the 1811 German Coast Uprising.

31/12/2021
Why America Is at War Over the History of Slavery 23/12/2021

Why America Is at War Over the History of Slavery

https://www.gq.com/story/clint-smith-year-of-the-brave/amp

Why America Is at War Over the History of Slavery Wesley Lowery and Clint Smith discuss the "battle happening about how we tell the story of this country."

The Invention of Capitalism: How a Self-Sufficient Peasantry was Whipped Into Industrial Wage Slaves 06/12/2021

The Invention of Capitalism: How a Self-Sufficient Peasantry was Whipped Into Industrial Wage Slaves

The Invention of Capitalism: How a Self-Sufficient Peasantry was Whipped Into Industrial Wage Slaves “…everyone but an idiot knows that the lower classes must be kept poor, or they will never be industrious.” —Arthur Young; 1771

May 26, 1637: Pequot Massacre - Zinn Education Project 21/11/2021

May 26, 1637: Pequot Massacre - Zinn Education Project

A pre-dawn attack on Mystic Fort that left 500 adults and children of the Pequot tribe dead, the Pequot Massacre (or the “Mystic Massacre”) was the first defeat of the Pequot people by the English in the Pequot War, a three-year war instigated by the Puritans to seize the tribe’s traditional land.
https://www.zinnedproject.org/news/tdih/pequot-massacre/

May 26, 1637: Pequot Massacre - Zinn Education Project Hundreds of Pequot villagers were massacred by the Puritans in Mystic, Connecticut.

14/11/2021

The Creole Ship Uprising...
The Creole Ship Uprising on Oct. 27, 1841, the vessel ship the Creole sailed from Richmond, Va., with 135 enslaved Africans, bound for New Orleans. Onboard was Madison Washington, who had escaped slavery to Canada in 1840 at age 25 but was later captured and sold when he returned to Virginia in search of his wife Susan.

Unbeknown to Washington, Susan was among the captives on board the Creole. Susan had been considered the faithful servant of her mistress and traveled to places like White Sulphur Springs and Norfolk on vacations. She was sold because her mistress believed she knew where Washington had escaped to and refused to reveal his whereabouts.

During the trip, at least 14 African men unshackled themselves in the forward hold of the ship. They waited for the right moment to take action, moving to the quarter-deck, picking up weapons as they moved along. Officers and crew were quickly overcome in the surprise attack. Washington reportedly “plunged into [the fight] without any care for his own preservation or safety.” By one account, Washington and the men clubbed some of the crew members to death and held the rest of them captive. With loaded muskets, the Africans took command of Creole with Washington as captain. He demanded that the ship be steered into British territory, which at the time had already abandoned slavery.

On the ship, enslaved women were kept in a different quarter than the men, so it was not until after Susan was set free from her shackles that she saw her husband aboard the Creole. The two reportedly ran to each other, tearfully hugging as they wept while their fellow survivors cheered.

The Creole later arrived at Nassau, New Providence, where they were all set free . Thanks to Kweku Ofoi

Timeline photos 06/08/2021

Timeline photos

One of the secret roots of rastafari: these photos from the Kumbh Mela, the three yearly Hindu festival now going on, remind us of one of the usually unacknowledged contributions of India to Caribbean culture. Some 36000 Indians came to Jamaica between 1838 and 1917 as Indentured servants. They brought with them the Hindu idea of the Sadhu-- the ascetic wandering monk, not eating meat, growing his locks, smoking his chillum, living for things of the spirit -- and this is one of the usually forgotten roots of rastafarianism. Every wonder why they call it colly w**d: colly w**d = Kali w**d

The first Indians to Trinidad were not indentured 20/05/2021

The first Indians to Trinidad were not indentured

Interesting

The first Indians to Trinidad were not indentured BOOK REVIEW The First East Indian to Trinidad By Dennison Moore Publisher: Amazon The first Indians to Trinidad were not indentured By Ralph Paragg Dr. Dennison Moore has produced a masterpiece.&nb…

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power? 05/05/2021

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power? During the middle of the 1800s, cotton became the world’s largest commodity. The cheapest and best cotton came from the southern United States. Edward

Photos from Operation 1-4-1's post 27/03/2021

Photos from Operation 1-4-1's post

Indian immigration passes, 1879-1916 [microform] 20/02/2021

Indian immigration passes, 1879-1916 [microform]

https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-2586944660

Indian immigration passes, 1879-1916 [microform] You may have full rights to copy, or may be able to copy only under some circumstances, for example a portion for research or study. Contact us for further information about copying.

09/12/2020

These 4 Myths About Slavery Are Still Told Daily

24/09/2020

100% গ্যারান্টি এরকম রাস্তা কোনদিন দেখেননি

https://youtu.be/J8QtJEK9qOY

এই ভিডিওটি পাঠিয়েছেন আমাদের এক দর্শক বন্ধু। মালদা জেলার পুকুরিয়া থানার অন্তর্গত এলাহাবাদ গ্রামের একটি ...

youtube.com 08/09/2020

Lucknow Pre Conference Dinner and Awards Night Segment 1

youtube.com Raivision Film presents an award presentation ceremony and an address by Shri Chander Prakashji, a prominent Lucknow businessman and social personality (Pres...

13/08/2020

Do you know Namitha || আপনি কি নমিতাকে চেনা

https://youtu.be/qjTos7dbvSE

দক্ষিণ ভারতের অত্যন্ত জনপ্রিয় নায়িকা নমিতা আপনার কাছে অপরিচিত। কারণ আমরা বাঙালিরা দক্ষিণ ভারতীয় সিনেমা দেখা...

13/08/2020

Do you know Namitha || আপনি কি নমিতাকে চেনা

তোমায় দেখেছি শারদ প্রাতে তোমায় দেখেছি মাধবী রাতে.........
https://youtu.be/qjTos7dbvSE

দক্ষিণ ভারতের অত্যন্ত জনপ্রিয় নায়িকা নমিতা আপনার কাছে অপরিচিত। কারণ আমরা বাঙালিরা দক্ষিণ ভারতীয় সিনেমা দেখা...

thenewsagency.in 25/05/2020

Girmityas : Indians Forgotten By Time And Distance - The News Agency

Interesting article bridging present day migration and past colonial indentureship.

thenewsagency.in A few days ago, I watched a television program on a popular Indian television channel. The discussion was on the need and value of families. The program also talked about the desperate need for the Indian migrant workers taking desperate steps to join their families in the villages of UP, Bihar and....

25/04/2020

Details

Kunik || Is it true that the Eskimos Kiss their Nose?
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Source : "Journalist Bhaskar Banerjee" via Dailyhunt

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26/02/2020

We've only got 10 years to save the planet, warns Prince Charles

Wealth...what will happen to it?
India...what will happen to her?

moneycontrol.com 20/02/2020

India overtakes UK & France to become 5th largest world economy, says report

moneycontrol.com In purchasing power parity, India's GDP is $10.51 trillion, exceeding that of Japan and Germany.

swarajyamag.com 24/01/2020

Bose, Not Gandhi, Ended British Rule In India: Ambedkar

swarajyamag.com In an interview to BBC in February 1955, Babasaheb elucidated the reason why the British left India in 1947. S

jablogz.com 19/01/2020

How The Indians Came to Jamaica

jablogz.com Approximately 81,500 Indians live in Jamaica today, maintaining their own cultural organizations and roots but assimilated into the wider community. Traditional Indian foods such as curry goat and …

13/04/2019

Invisible Britain

The time is now.

‘It is comforting for the British political class to talk of the Commonwealth as a unique family with many shared memories. The fact is there never was such a family. The British empire was at best a real-life Downton Abbey, the black and brown people occupying the downstairs, while the whites had the upstairs.’

13/04/2019

Vihara Foundation

HUMANITY IS ABOUT GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP AND HUMILITY

I wanted to share this special piece on my page tonight...the below is my story and our struggle as a non-profit organization reaching our 10th year anniversary.

It has been a tough, long, challenging, and yet progressive and rewarding 10 years since April 12, 2009. I say this confidently with a touch of salt, as working for humanity is very demanding, yet gold (at heart), and understanding humility (in doing charitable work) is demanded, yet needs no gold-plating.

In this endeavor, never in my life, I would have dreamt of meeting and interacting with the many successful peoples of this world…in fact, if we didn’t do what we did, and this credible track record, these people would not have taken the time of the day to interact with us.

Of particular interest are the “billionaires” of this planet...literally… thought these interactions have not produced much tangible results for the Vihara Foundation (at least as of yet). I understand the billionaires of these times have their own focus, and I cannot blame them if they do not see the importance of what we are doing (after all, billionaires have so much wealth, they can buy the heavens, if not, make a downpayment).

But in truth, my billionaire partners are the billions (of people) trapped daily in poverty...these are the real heaven sent people that God is testing (us), the more normal looking and advantageous people, to deliver attention and focus to. Their poverty struggles are complimented with their daily smiles, and they know not what we (privilege people) enjoy and how we interpret “heaven”…(kiss my ass billionaires), if they could really say what they have to say, if they had a voice.

While billionaires depend on us the real and common people to contribute financially into their “classy and sophisticated wealth collection system”, our focus (at the Vihara Foundation) will remain, helping best those who cannot help themselves.

To date, our collective manpower contribution worth over the last 10 years have surpassed 2 million USD, and we will continue to contribute more and more, until the mission is finally fulfilled.

I wanna thank all my common folk and non-billionaire teammates going forward into the next decade of productive work for their efforts extended in helping the poor and downtrodden (directly and indirectly); we will see success soonest in helping people and planet.

God bless the poverty stricken, because, as I learn daily of their struggles, I know the system that they are trapped in is not their design or fault, but that of other trusted masterplanners…until we deliver the solutions and the truth…we will continue our work with dignity and pride for these underprivileged people.

Thank you.

Dennis Ramdahin

ROCK BOTTOM, ROCK AGAINST POVERTY, AND ROCKET SCIENCE –

THE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIHARA FOUNDATION WORKS (APRIL 12, 2019)

Today is a very special and commemorative day. It’s also a sad and trying day.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Vihara Foundation and the day our flagship poverty project started - the Vihar Poverty Alleviation Project, Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, India.

We are set to deliver a project that will improve humanity, and alleviate poverty and climate change (which is the joyous part of our intent), but, however, we are confronted with the realities of just how billionaire’s interests and self-interests are stifling humankind on a whole…(Vandana Shiva’s book release, “Oneness vs. the 1% - shattering illusions, seeding freedom”).

Today, Vihara Foundation celebrates triumph! From that first day back in April 12, 2009, when I first visited Ballia District, Uttar Pradesh, India, I knew that our team’s understanding of sustainable development was going to drive sustainable innovation and solutions to make the change we know will impact the lives of millions, and hundreds of millions, of people trapped in poverty, and to help our ailing planet. And we are doing!

It has been a journey of 3,680 days, and tens of thousands of man-days, working on this project to advance it to funding and implementation…but funding (that famous word) was always afar (now understandable as why, as explained in Vandana Shiva’s controversial book).

Over these years' journey, nevertheless, Vihara Foundation has developed a blue print for “a business and scientific model for poverty alleviation and climate mitigation”. To prove we mean business in this model design, we have networked into our team, some of the world’s experts and trailblazing professionals on natural resource management (water, soil, biodiversity), natural farming, green and renewable technologies, virtual reality, immersion technology, blockchain technology, and many more...all to support and underpin the model’s framework.

The confidence to web and implement proven success stories in the field, together with sustainable project design strategies and business management methodologies, are astounding. Dots have been connected!

We know that what we have (as a model to help people and planet) is worth more than gold, and much coveted by the community-of-practice players….however, it is never that straight forward (as we know all to well).

Over the years, we constantly ran (and still do) into the problem of status quo thinkers, evaluators and funders…so as a result, this forced us to think harder and "outside-the-box" to create our own “creative development financing” infrastructure….Rock against PovertyTM. This is proving to be a successful path...

Rock against Poverty aims to use the power of music, arts, and sports to raise funding for the cause of helping people and planet. Being built currently, it is a sophisticated infrastructure for concert programming and events that will help attract people of like-mind and raise the needed money to implement our model project works…(independent of the wealthy philanthropists that Shiva is so concerned about in her book).

VF is moving steadfast as a trailblazing grassroots organization, taking on new and innovative people along the journey, and developing solutions and strategies to give that confidence to make that difference; the people on the ground in the project area stands ready and willing to adopt and support this change.

In reality, the people on the ground continues to bear the struggles and realities of poverty and present day climate hardship, and now, the risks of modern day climate change. This is because they are dependent on not only us to implement our development measures (which is funding dependent), but also on trustworthy policy making and governments.

In the meanwhile, the Vihara Foundation provides various services that aid and relieves the peoples’ plights.

a. The Vihara Foundation runs a medical clinic in the poverty stricken villages that to date have served more than 100,000 plus patients.

b. We also operate a school for educating poor children of the community (that would otherwise become statistics for global illiteracy). These efforts are credited to the dedication of two of the Vihara Foundation’s Founders, Vinod and Vijay Tiwari.

I welcome you to commemorate the Vihara Foundation on its 10th year anniversary, and watch in the coming near future the levels of impact we will be delivering to the project area. Scoped is the Master Plan development for 500 square kilometer of farming business enterprise development model, and integrating of the community (women, youths and farmers) into the 28 track whole-system framework design.

I thank you all( as friends and patrons) dearly for your kindest support.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYFOCQckWTA

Regards,
Dennis Ramdahin
Founder and Executive Director
Vihara Foundation
www.viharafoundation.org
www.rockagainstpoverty.com

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