A TRIBUTE TO INDIAN ARRIVAL DAY

A TRIBUTE TO INDIAN ARRIVAL DAY

THUS THEY CAME

 BY NIRVAN MAHARAJ

 

OUT OF THE DEPTS OF UNRELENTING POVERTY, IN SEARCH OF AN OASIS,

OTHERS VOLUNTARILY, A BURNING DESIRE TO EXPLORE NEW OPPORTUNITIES

SEEKING-SEARCHING-WANTING-HOPING-

 

WITH A COURAGE UNBOUND, A DETERMINATION UNMATCHED,

BREAKING FALSE TABOO SEVERING ORTHODOX COERCION,

FEARLESSLY THEY PLUNGED, HEADLONG INTO SEEMING OBSCURITY,

AND CROSSED THE BLACK WATER-THE KALA PANI

THUS THE INDIAN IMMIGRANTS OUT OF INDIA CAME AND THEY CAME

 

OUT OF AN ANCIENT LAND, BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR PAST,

AS PROTECTION TO SURVIVE, ON THE FRONTIERS OF THEIR NEW EXISTENCE,

KOLKATTA-MADRAS.MUMBAI-BIHAR-UTAR PRADESH-THE PUNJAB-SOME AS FAR AWAY AS THE FOOTHILLS OF NEPAL,

WITH NOTHING BUT DREAMS-AMBITIONS-AN UNDYING FAITH-AND THE PROTECTION OF THEIR GODS

 

TO THE CARIBBEAN-TRINIDAD-GUYANA-SURINAME-JAMAICA-ST LUCIA- THEY CAME AND THEY STAYED, YET NEVER FORGETTING THE PSYCHIC TIES THAT BOUND THEM TO THEIR ORIGINAL MOTHERLAND, NAME, RELIGION, FOOD, ART, MUSIC,DANCE, CLOTHING, THEIR SOCIAL AND MORAL VALUES, THEIR RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE.

THUS THE INDIAN IMMIGRANTS OUT OF INDIA CAME AND THEY STAYED

 

BASDEO, ANAND, KISHAN, RAVI AND VISHAL

SALIM, ABDUL, IMRAN, HASSANALI AND WASIM

NALINI, INDIRA, DEVI, GAAYATREE AND PAVITHRA

AKLIMA, SHAMEDA, AMIRA, FAREEDA AND SHAKIRA

 

FROM THE SPIRITUAL ABYSS OF THEIR SOULS, THE RELIGIOUS WEALTH OF INDIA CAME

HINDUISM, BUDDHISM, SIKHISM AND ISLAM PROJECTING THE INFNITE PHILOSOPHY OF

PRINCIPLE, HONOUR, LOVE, BEAUTY, GOD, DHARMA AND KARMA

EMANATING FROM THE AGELESS EPICS, THE RAMAYAN, THE MAHABHARAT, VEDAS AND UPANISHADAS, THE TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA AND THE HOLY QURAN

THUS THE INDIAN IMMIGRANTS OUT OF INDIA CAME AND THEY STAYED

 

OUT OF THE NEVERENDING SOUND OF AUM, WAS THE MUSIC THAT THEY BROUGHT

FROM THE ROLLING DRUMS OF THE TASSA, THE SOOTHING CHORDS OF THE SITAR,

ENMESHED, WITH THE MELODIOUS SOUNDS OF THE TABLA, DOLAK AND HARMONIUM

BRINGING MIND, BODY AND SOUL TOGETHER, EXPERIENCING THE ILLIMITABLE, PROJECTING THE MOODS OF NATURE AND MAN, THIS WAS THEIR MUSIC

 

WITH MUSIC THERE WAS DANCE, NO RANDOM MOVEMENT OF ARMS AND LEGS

BUT, FULLY CONTROLLED MOTION OF BODY, EVERY MOVEMENT FROM TOE TO EYEBROW,

A SYMBOL, AN ASPECT OF HUMAN NATURE, SPRINGING FROM THE LEGENDS, THE EPICS, MYTHOLOGY, DANCES MANIFESTED

BHARATANATYAM, KATHAK, MANIPURI, ODISSI AND KATHAKALI

THUS THE INDIAN IMMIGRANTS OUT OF INDIA CAME AND THEY STAYED

 

AND LIGHT SHALL DISPERSE DARKNESS AND GOOD SHALL TRIUMPH OVER EVIL

FROM THE HEART OF INDIA, THEIR FESTIVALS APPEARED, SHINING BRIGHT,

ILLUMINATING A NEW LAND, AND PEOPLE OF ALL RACES AND CULTURES

HEARTS JOINED TOGETHER, CELEBRATING, DIVALI, EID, PHAGWA AND HOSAY

 

HEARTS ENCHANTED, EYES DAZZLED, AS BEAUTY AND SIMPLICITY PORTRAYED ITSELF

SUNDAR CAPRA, AND TRADITIONS THOUSANDS OF YEARS, EXALTED

SARI, DHOTI, KURTA AND SHALWAR, GANGRA, HIJAB AND OURINI

THUS THE INDIAN IMMIGRANTS OUT OF INDIA CAME AND THEY STAYED

 

THEY STAYED AND THEY TOILED, FROM MUDDY DEPTHS TO THE BRIGHTEST APEX,

FARMERS, DOCTORS, LAWYERS, TEACHERS, BUSINESSMEN, POLITICANS AND PRIME MINISTERS

FIRST GENERATION, SECOND GENERATION, THIRD GENERATION

ASSUMING THEIR ROLE AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF SOCIETY, CONTRIBUTING AND BUILDING A NATION

 

LIKE THE PHOENIX, RISING FROM THE ASHES, THEY EMERGED FROM THE DOLDRUMS,

OF DISEASE, LOW WAGES, RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION, DISCRIMINATION AND DESTITUTION

FROM THE STIGMA OF SECOND CLASS CITIZEN, LOW DOWN CANE CUTTER

“COOLIE MAN, WEY YUH ROTI AND BHAGI” THE FLAMES OF THEIR CULTURAL HERITAGE LEAPT SKYWARDS, AND THE VERY ESSENCE, FRABRIC OF TRINIDADIAN AND TOBAGONIAN SOCIETY WAS CHANGED FOREVER

THUS THE INDIAN IMMIGRANTS OUT OF INDIA CAME AND THEY STAYED AND WILL STAY

 

YOURS SINCERELY,

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NIRVAN MAHARAJ    

(ATTORNEY-AT-LAW)

POLITICAL LEADER (NATIONAL SOLIDARITY ASSEMBLY)

PRESIDENT GENERAL, (ALL TRINIDAD GENERAL WORKERS TRADE UNION)

2ND VICE PRESIDENT (NATIONAL TRADE UNION CENTRE}