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The history of colonial powers, especially Britain and other European colonisers, is replete with stories of not only the repatriation of the wealth of conquered nations to their home countries in Europe, but also brainwashing the conquered people into religious conversion. The story of European empire-builders is also the story of how Christianity was spread by the sword and gunpowder in India, Africa and other non-Christian continents.
The arrival of Indian immigrants as early as 1838 to work the sugar cane fields in Trinidad, is also the history of attempts to denigrate the religious beliefs and practices of Hindus. Christian missionaries saw it as their duty to condemn the practices of our ancestors that date from thousands of years before Jesus Christ. These missionaries, without attempting to learn about the philosophical and religious strength of Hindu dharma, condemned a hard-working, praying community of Hindus.
In his publication Racial Ideology in Trinidad, Dennison Moore, the author, quotes the 1883 words of the Rev William Moister:
“Unfortunately these people have brought with them their idolatry and superstitions and have in many places erected their idol shrines and temples, where they perform their noisy and foolish ceremonies. Their example has thus exercised a baneful influence on their sable neighbours and been productive of evil in many ways without any counteracting influence, very little having as yet been done to propagate the Christian faith among them.”