Among the Naipaul

It was Trinidad-born VS. Naipaul who had famously described the India he visited as "an area of darkness". And, when his younger brother, novelist Shiva Naipaul, travelled to India, he had described its poorest province, Bihar, as "a dying state". Bihar, he stated in an article for the British Spectator, was "the subcontinent´s heart of darkness".

A hundred and fifty years ago others had made a similar journey in the opposite direction. Many of the 134,000 indentured Indian labourers brought to Trinidad after slavery was abolished on the islands came from Bihar.

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