Re: the Indian Review Committee's letter of June 22, in response to my article of May 18: In writing the race series I had to compress an enormous amount of information into 900-word installments. Perhaps the Indian Review Committee did not use the word "Indesh," but their desire for separatism, and the direct relation of their particular "call" to the Indesh proposal, is incontestable. My source was the IRC-published book, HP Singh, The Indian Struggle for Justice and Equality Against Black Racism in Trinidad and Tobago, 1956-1962.
On pp 115-121 the issue of The Creation of an Indian Homeland in the Americas is discussed. The first article speaks of "the 1960s yearning for an Indian homeland" named "Industan." Columns by Kamal Persad published in the Express, including the one on January 20, 1991, were also published in this section. In that article, Persad visits HP Singh's calls for partition of Trinidad. He proposes that it could not be supported, but called for the "unification of the South American states of Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad as one state, and that this state be the Indian homeland in the Americas."
The IRC's proposal develops and is more ambitious than Singh's partition, and takes the jaundiced fantasy to the realms of the absurd. Furthermore, the IRC's letter on June 22 attempts to inject a levelness that was not present in the original article, with talk of including "other groups and communities who are citizens." However, the data support the contention that the IRC's position and Singh's are functionally identical. Both are separatist. Singh explicitly calls for partition. The IRC develops this idea into a call for an Indian homeland consisting of three separate, independent states, which are populated by multiple ethnic groups and so is entirely, irrevocably, impossible. However, I admit that the IRC did not directly use the word "Indesh"-they used the word "Industan." As for their confusion about "hidden history"-if you read articles looking for the bits that you want to find, and ignore the rest, you're going to have that problem. They can read my thesis, lodged at the UWI.