Indentured Labor & Guyanese Politics
Journalist and critic Gaiutra Bahadur, in conversation with Advisory Editor Aruni Kashyap.
The People's Progressive Party in Guyana was a multiracial socialist party with very hopeful beginnings, cognizant of our history as colonized descendants of the enslaved and indentured. But it's a tragic casualty of Cold War politics. We now have two political parties that are essentially racialized.
RECOMMENDED: Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture by Gaiutra Bahadur.
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GAIUTRA BAHADUR is an essayist, critic and journalist who writes frequently about literature, history, memory, migration, race and ethnicity and gender. She is the author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, a personal history of indenture shortlisted in 2014 for the Orwell Prize, the British literary prize for artful political writing. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times Book Review, New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Guardian, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Lapham’s Quarterly, Dissent, The Boston Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Ms. Magazine, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post and The Griffith Review. Gaiutra was born in Guyana and emigrated as a child to Jersey City, NJ, where she currently lives. She teaches writing and journalism as an assistant professor in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University in Newark.