Indentured Labourers from India to Mauritius: A Christian Perspective (1834 – 1920)
This article takes an autoethnographic approach to the author’s family story related to the Indian Indentured Labourer System, implemented by the British after the abolition of slavery. The period researched is from 1834 to 1920, in which indentured labourers were brought from India to Mauritius. Was the ‘semi-slavery’ as J. C. Jha (1999, p. xiii) described it, a curse or a blessing in disguise? The author’s journey in receiving that information and interpreting it is not only an exploration of historical documents, but also a consideration of a biblical perspective of redemptive history. In other words, how does God view that history? This paper affirms that the God of grace always has a redemptive plan. This article pursues a better understanding of what it means that God was at work in the lives of people even amidst the history of the Indian Indentured Labourer System.