First ever Indian National Day set for August 18

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First ever Indian National Day set for August 18
Prime Minister Kenny Anthony
Prime Minister Kenny Anthony

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has given his full approval to the objectives of the Indian Heritage Association of St. Lucia and its plans to recognise the contributions Indo-St. Lucians have made to the development of the island and the organization’s plan to have a special day to pay tribute to this.

On Tuesday, a delegation of the recently formed Indian Organization’s Executive – Secretary Herob Morris and Publicist /Communications Specialist Sharon Williams led by President Keith Compton paid a courtesy call on the prime minister and to apprise him of the group and what it aimed to do.

The prime minister said the efforts of Indians in St. Lucia or what he jokingly called “Indo-Lucians” had gone un-recognised for too long. He commended the association for picking up the mantle of gaining public recognition for the thousands of Saint Lucians of Indian descent who live in Saint Lucia.

The association that goes under the banner “Unity in Diversity” will be hosting the first ever “Indian National Day” or “Jounen Indienne” next Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Campus B of the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School from 10:00 a.m.
“Just like there is Jounen Kweyol to honour our African ancestry so too will be Jounen Indienne that will pay tribute to the Indians who were brought here over 150 years ago and who have made Saint Lucia their home” said President Compton.

“The Indian National Day that will begin at 10:00 a.m. on August 18, will feature Indian music, dance, fashion, art and food and will be a highly inter-active activity so Saint Lucians can learn more about their fellowmen and women of Indian descent,” Compton said.

The association executive invited the prime minister to be part of the event that will be held in his constituency, Vieux Fort. Prime Minister Anthony gave his assurance that he is wholeheartedly behind the venture that “seeks to bring Saint Lucians closer together.”

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  1. It is great that our fellow St. Lucians are being recognized for their contribution to our great country

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  2. Here's something you St Lucians don't know: You are a racist if you discriminate against (single out) someone because of their race, the colour of their skin, their nationality, their accent or first language, or their ethnic or national origin.

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  3. Stop referring to them as coolies its indians. Simple. This venture was long overdue and we need to introduce that part of our heritage there is a lot that we don't know about the indians how about we go learn something new.

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  4. It is not a simple typo. You wrote it too many types under different handles. By the way I am a guy smart enough to know that you should not be anywhere near a keyboard. Stop shaking your head or you are going to get giddy.

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  5. First it was Allen cuz he was 'white,' now Indians are 'coolies,' I'm starting to think that Afro Saint Lucians hate everybody...even themselves. Have some class, will you?
    I also think that all of this crap is coming from the diaspora in America, they probably have been treated badly by the 'white' racists over there, it is really bad in that land. And to be politically correct, it is Caucasian...not white. Have some class!

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  6. I don't support racist we are all one in the eyes of the lord...let us celebrate with them whether black, white, coolie what ever race...Love!!!

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  7. I support it. Nothing wrong with celebrating your heritage. Never knew Lucians were so racist - let's show these people some respect, they are our brothers and sisters

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  8. Why do some people say Coolie ? Say Indian instead. My appearance seems Black but would u be surprised to know that my Father was Indian and my Mother black. So am mixed. I loved my Parents dearly and they were married for 45 yrs with six boys. Pls stop your stupid racist comments. And I mean from both sides: Indian and Blacks.

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  9. The pin head who has difficulty with "waste" and "waist" thinks recognizing a part of our heritage is comparable to Halloween. St. Lucian Indians have a lot to be proud. They have shown thrift and earn recognition for SLU in many areas. I see no reason why a small part of us should not have a cultural day when we all can learn about OUR St. Lucian culture. If you enjoy roti, chutney, dhal, peleau or hot tamarind balls, these are among Indian foods they brought to our home. To the simple minds, go out there and learn something about St. Lucian culture. You might just like it.

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    • Why are you bringing forth an argument over an typo error?
      You sound feminine and with a high dose of estrogen.

      I have no problem with "Coolies." I have many who are my friends and even a few who are my relatives.
      So i just can't understand an obvious emotional lady like you would be so persistent in a typo error.

      You've been rambling over crap for toooo long.
      Just move one.
      SMH.

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  10. Why is this is a great idea? Indians are as much a part of the fabric of our society as whites and blacks. They are just as St. Lucians as anyone else. To single out an Indian would separate them and signal that they are different, outsiders maybe. What next, white heritage day. Black heritage day. More crap from the powers that be to pull the wool over your eyes for the real problem.

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  11. This day of indian celebration was long over due. Indian cuisine is among the most diverse & expansive in the world & this applies to their culture as well.. we need a day of celebration also for our Syrian community ( Antigua has the largest Syrian pop. in the OECS- 4000+) i've heard.. we need to merge these ethnic influences as part of our tourism product. Asap

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  12. "SMH….What will we waist out small brains on.
    I guess since we are now celebrating “Halloween,” to facilitate those in the more pristine areas in SLU, what next?

    A coolie day. smh.

    What a waist of time and space."

    You my friend are a waste if time and space, or should i say "waist" ?

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  13. Not coolie, Indian. Coolie is/was a generic term for indentured laborer- Indian or other races. There! Now your IQ is a little higher LPM.

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  14. SMH....What will we waist out small brains on.
    I guess since we are now celebrating "Halloween," to facilitate those in the more pristine areas in SLU, what next?

    A coolie day. smh.

    What a waist of time and space.

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    • couldn't agree with you more. I see nothing wrong with allowing Indians a day to showcase their culture and talents, Indians have been a part of our population for as long as we all can remember, and I am sure there's so much we still do not know about them , so there's your chance to learn more about them, so take some time go out there and give your support

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