10 Things We Want from India and 10 Things We Do Not Want

Go Lean Commentary

The publishers of the book Go Lean…Caribbean truly believe that the Caribbean is the “greatest address in the world”. But where there is a reference to “greatest or greater”, there must be “lesser” too. The unfortunate reality is that Caribbean people have fled their homeland with all the greater attributes to relocate to lesser destinations.


Why? While the beauty is here in the Caribbean region, so much more is missing and/or defective in our homeland.

Where are these lesser destinations that have teased the Caribbean citizens away? As previously depicted in a full series of blog-commentaries, the following locales were detailed as follows:

  1. 10 Things We Want from the US and 10 Things We Do Not Want
  2. 10 Things We Want from Canada and 10 Things We Do Not Want
  3. 10 Things We Want from the UK and 10 Things We Do Not Want
  4. 10 Things We Want from Europe and 10 Things We Do Not Want

There are other “lesser” destinations, that despite this status are doing better than the Caribbean at progressing their societal engines (economics and security). We can benefit by considering these other countries, take the examples of India and China. These ones are doing so much better at economic growth and homeland security. Already, we have considered …

What Things We Want from China and What Things We Do Not Want.

Now we need to examine:

What Things We Want from India and What Things We Do Not Want


The Caribbean has a unique relationship with India. While Caribbean people are not fleeing their homeland to relocate to India, there is a historic Diaspora issue associated with Caribbean-India relations: Indentured Servitude. At the end of the era of Caribbean slavery (1830’s to 1840’s), the plantation system required a replacement labor source; many Indian nationals were thusly “recruited” as Indentured Servants to the region (British, Dutch, and French colonies). This history is detailed in the Go Lean book as relating to one British colony, Guyana; see the reference here:

The Bottom Line on Guyana’s Indentured Indians
The British Empire abolished slavery effective August 1, 1834. But to appease the plantation/slave owners’ need for labor in the Caribbean colonies, Parliament allowed them to continue extracting more labor from these victims for 4 more years. As 1838 approached, there was a need for a new source of cheap labor. The solution was the introduction of indentured servants from India – the first 396 arrived on May 5, 1838 – thus starting a flow of immigrants to the British West Indies that resulted in such large numbers that the populations of Guyana and Trinidad are near 50% for those countries today.

The majority of Indian immigrants were drawn from North India with smaller batches coming from the Tamil and Telugu districts of South India. They were recruited, very often on spurious promises, by professional recruiters, largely assisted by paid local agents. Intimidation, coercion and deception were very often used to recruit Indian laborers. Women, in particular, were very vulnerable. When laborers were difficult to enlist, the recruiters resorted to such illegal practices as kidnapping and forced detention. This program continued from 1838 until 1917 with over 500 ship voyages for 238,909 indentured Indian immigrants coming to Guyana; while 75,898 of them or their children returned to India.

Today, the population of Guyana is over 772,000, of which 90% reside on the narrow coastal strip of approximately 10% of the total land area of Guyana. The largest ethnic group is the Indo-Guyanese (known as East Indians), descendants of the indentured laborers from India; they now make up 43.5% of the population, according to the 2002 census. They are followed by the Afro-Guyanese, the descendants of slaves from Africa, who constitute 30.2%. Guyanese of mixed heritage make up 16.7%, while the indigenous peoples (Amerindians) make up 9.1%.

cu-blog-10-things-we-from-india-photo-1The descendants of this Indian Diaspora have grown in numbers and power (economic and political) in the region; they form a large demographic in Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, Suriname and other islands; see Appendix. They are part of the fabric of our society. They are home in the Caribbean; and we are at home with them. These ones, as a Indian Diaspora, want a connection with their Indian ancestral homeland. They have to remain conscious of the Good, Bad and Ugly from India. They desire the Good and want to be on alert for the Bad – influences that they do not want. 

We can truly benefit from a place like India … if we apply these 5 L’s in this competitive analysis:

  • Look
  • Listen
  • Learn
  • Lend-a-hand
  • Lead

After centuries of sub-standard living, India is on the move – on the rise – even emerging as an Economic Power. We can look, listen and learn from the Indian eco-system; their mainland (the Republic of India) and Diaspora. We can lend-a-hand in reforming and transforming our own Caribbean region – as India has had to do – and we can eventually lead a reboot and turn-around of Caribbean society; again as India has done.

So here is a laundry list of the Good and the Bad and how (in italics) the roadmap to elevate Caribbean society, the book Go Lean…Caribbean, describes how the lessons should be applied in the implementation of the Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU):

Indian Imports

10 GOOD Things We Want from India

10 BAD Things We Don’t Want from India


Market of 1.2 billion “Size does matter” and India is the 2nd largest in the world, with their 1.2 billion people; China is the largest population with 1.3 Billion. This massive consumer market has basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, energy, telecommunication and media) to satisfy, so profit and jobs are at stake in these needs fulfillment. But more jobs are needed, so export of services is vital for India. The Go Lean roadmap directs solutions to satiate the needs of the 42 million people of a Caribbean Single Market; it then assumes that once we fulfill our own basic needs, more profit is to be gained in exporting the excess provisions to the rest of the world. Hordes of Immigrants  India’s colonial heritage allows for English language proficiency throughout the country. With telecom advances, call centers and technology developments are perfect fits for export services and job creation. Many of the technological savvy personnel are able to emigrate to foreign markets to provide these services. Now throughout the English world, Indians are omnipresent in STEM fields. The Go Lean roadmap incubates Call Centers and STEM careers, starting early in the education process. Following the Indian model, there are call center opportunities in 4 languages: English, Dutch, French and Spanish. The roadmap anticipates 12,000 new jobs for Call Centers.


Trade in Services  India executes a model of Business Process Outsourcing that allows their residents to live in India and work for foreign companies. They get to export their talents without abandoning their homeland. This is win-win for globalism. The Go Lean roadmap calls for strenuous oversight for the region’s industrial policies, especially with the structure of Self-Governing Entities, creating 2.2 million jobs. Illicit Trade  Many times Indian factories manufacture and export products (pharmaceuticals & chemicals) that are illegal in other countries, due to environmentally harmful. Being a Global Citizen should accept the precept that what is bad in one country should be respected as bad every where. The Go Lean plan stresses environmental protection &  the policies to solicit adherence from foreign partners.


Trade in Media – Bollywood  India’s 1.2 Billion people make a great media market. Their production industry – Bollywood – fully exploit their domestic, regional and Diaspora markets. The CU/Go Lean roadmap seeks to model Bollywood in the Caribbean region. We have the full Caribbean market (42 million) plus the Diaspora (20 million) and tourists (80 million/year) to cater to. Vengeful Labor Laws  Whenever India conflicts with Pakistan (often occurrence), they impose restrictions on Bollywood stakeholders of Pakistan/Muslim descent. This vengeful-ness undermines the film industry. The Go Lean roadmap calls for labor policies to be embedded in the CU treaty – bilaterally ratified – so no political episodes would undermine industrial labor commitments.


Infrastructure Build India is embarking on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. This is a ribbon of development that traverses 6 states along a route from the city of Delhi to Mumbai. This infrastructure will allow for new industrial implementations (ports, highways, bridges, etc) to create jobs and startups. The Go Lean roadmap calls for new strategies to facilitate infrastructure projects. This will result in attracting Direct Foreign Investors, entrepreneurial startups; so more jobs. Rural Abandonment
India industrial development had previously focused on the urban areas, abandoning the rural areas to pervasive poverty. The new Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor is designed to integrate rural, suburban and urban areas but it will be costly and may endanger public finances. The CU structure calls for autonomous Self-Governing Entities that do not depend on member-states finances. The SGE’s themselves are responsible for their finances.


Multi-Language India has 22 languages to contend with, plus English, from their colonial legacy. Their society has been successful with integrating multi-languages and still maintain social cohesion. The CU/Go Lean roadmap strategizes confederating 30 member-states of 4 languages and 5 colonial heritage. There is the need for social cohesion in this Single Market. Religious Orthodoxy – Caste While Hindu is the most popular religion in India, there are winners and losers of this faith, especially with their concept of the Caste system – though now legally outlawed. This is an orthodoxy for class oppression. Despite separation of Church and State, the CU/Go Lean roadmap features minority equalization and protections despite any religious orthodoxy; human rights supersedes.

 Indian Imports (cont’d)

10 GOOD Things We Want from India

10 BAD Things We Don’t Want from India


Security Assurance – International Respect  India has Nuclear Capability, so their enemies must respect their borders and treaties. They are not treated inconsequentially on the world scene. The CU does not desire Nuclear Capability, but we do want international respect and regard for the rule of our laws. The planned security apparatus uses alliances with Nuclear Powers (US, Britain & France) plus our own strong Standby Force for defense of our homeland. Disunity => Secession  The country (Photo) that sought independence from the UK constitutes 8  countries today. The disunity amongst 19th century India resulted in many secessions. If these states had formed a Single Market, more prosperity would have resulted. The CU/Go Lean roadmap strategizes a Single Market despite different sovereignties. The leverage of 30 member-states into 1 confederation is win-win for all.


Settled History  India has recorded history for at least 5000 years; during this millennia, many (domestic and foreign) groups have been victims and victimizers. India has settled this history finally, in that there is no manifested “Revenge-Seeking” threats – a Failed-State attribute. The CU/Go Lean roadmap measures Failed-State metrics for encroachments that may jeopardize public safety and justice assurance. There is also a plan for Truth and Reconciliation Commissions to settle unresolved issues. Hatred of Neighbors  The entrench differences between Hindus and Muslims could not be settled within the same borders, so therefore India’s independence from the British Empire mandated  Pakistan as a separate (Muslim) state. The animosity of these two states have not been settled – there is no status of “live and let live”. The Go Lean roadmap stresses the need for strong defenses so as to demand respect of sworn enemies, but first seeks reconciliation and diplomacy to settle conflicts.


Diaspora Outreach  Emigration has been a practice of Indian society for centuries, so they have a far-flung Diaspora. Indian business and government officials work hard in reaching out to this Diaspora for trade and tourism. The Go Lean roadmap includes a comprehensive trade strategy to better engage the Caribbean Diaspora. They should be able to acquire products, services and media from the Caribbean and repatriate funds and people more readily. Encouraging Emigration  Indian seems to encourage their STEM professionals emigrating to foreign shores and then repatriating funds to the home country. While not de jure, this encouragement seem “de facto”. This constant brain drain cannot be good for Indian society and economy., short or long term. The Go Lean roadmap calls for official government policies to dissuade emigration. We need the STEM resources in our homeland and will thusly foster their development and maturation.


Religious Toleration  India is a medley of ethnic societies; despite Hindi being the primary language, there are many other language (22) and religious groups. They co-exist. The CU/Go Lean roadmap recognizes the significance of religion, but favors no one religion over another. So European religions are on par with Eastern religions (Hindu, Buddha, etc.) and Animist sects (Voodoo, Santeria, Amerindian spiritualism). Patriarchy
All religions on the Indian Sub-Continent feature a patriarchy, where men not only headed their households, but exerted a suppression of women folk; they were treated as property. For example, Hindu widows were not allowed to remarry, because their legacies were “owned” by their now-dead husbands. The Go Lean roadmap promotes human rights despite any religious orthodoxy.


Family Unity  Back in the homeland, it is common for many generations of Indian families to live together; this allows for automatic elder care and childcare arrangements. This status quo continues despite rural-to-urban migrations. The Go Lean roadmap encourages family unity, with the emphasis on repatriation; keeping families together in the Caribbean is a win-win. An additional benefit is the encouragement to the youth to plan for a future at home. Family Planning – Size / Infanticide  1.2 Billion is over-population; ; India thusly started a small family initiative. So infanticide threats are high as couples may not get the sex they want with  1/2 children. This low respect for infant life, brings a disrespect for human rights. The Caribbean has no threat of excessive population, our population is declining because of the excessive brain drain/societal abandonment. Our region is able to allow individual family planning: large or small families.

CU Blog - Build It and They Will Come - India's $90 Billion Investment - Photo 1

Like it or not, the Caribbean has to be constantly aware of our competitive analysis with the rest of the world; we are currently losing in any “race to the top”; this is the peril of globalization. Economically we are Third World; many of our people live a sub-standard life. Then we lose even more when our people flee to go to more prosperous countries – brain drain – at the expense of societal abandonment to our communities. This abandonment rate is 70% for our college-educated classes. Communities cannot thrive with such a disposition; the “race to the top” becomes even more imperiled.

The premise of the Go Lean book is that the Caribbean does have a fighting chance for the globalization “race to the top”. We have one huge advantage:

We have the “greatest address in the world” in terms of terrain, fauna/flora, hospitality, culture, food, drink (rum) and tobacco (cigars).

This is the quest of the Go Lean movement, to make the Caribbean homeland a better place to live, work and play. It urges us to study the good, bad and ugly of our society and that of other places and then to apply lessons-learned in our efforts to transform the Caribbean. India has been a frequent topic for considerations from the Go Lean movement (book and blogs). The opening Declaration of Interdependence (Page 14) recognized that there is value in considering the Good and Bad examples of places like India, with this statement:

xxxiii. Whereas lessons can be learned and applied from the study of the recent history of other societies, the Federation must formalize statutes and organizational dimensions to avoid the pitfalls of communities…. On the other hand, the Federation must also implement the good examples learned from developments/communities….

In addition, the book specifically addresses the disposition of India – and other similar emerging economies – with these direct references of community ethos, strategies, tactics, implementations and advocates:

Community Ethos – Deferred Gratification Page 21
Community Ethos – Economic Principles: People Choose because Resources are Limited Page 21
Community Ethos – Economic Principles: All Choices Involve Costs Page 21
Community Ethos – Economic Principles: Voluntary Trade Creates Wealth Page 21
Community Ethos – Economic Principles: Consequences of Choices Lie in the Future Page 21
Community Ethos – Money Multiplier Page 22
Community Ethos – Job Multiplier Page 22
Community Ethos – Lean Operations Page 24
Community Ethos – Return on Investments Page 24
Community Ethos – Cooperatives Page 25
Community Ethos – Ways to Impact the Future Page 26
Community Ethos – Impact the Greater Good Page 37
Strategy – Vision – Integrate and Consolidate into a Single Market Page 45
Strategy – Mission – Facilitating Currency Union, Caribbean Dollar Page 45
Strategy – Mission – Collaborate for the Caribbean Central Bank Page 45
Anecdote – Caribbean Currencies Page 64
Tactical – Fostering a Technocracy Page 64
Tactical – $800 Billion Economy – How and When – Trade Page 67
Tactical – Recovering from Economic Bubbles Page 69
Tactical – Separation-of-Powers – Caribbean Central Bank Page 73
Implementation – Assemble Caribbean Central Bank Page 96
Implementation – Ways to Pay for Change Page 101
Implementation – Start-up Benefits from the EEZ Page 104
Implementation – Steps to Implement Self-Governing Entities Page 105
Implementation – Trade Mission Objectives Page 117
Implementation – Ways to Benefit Globalization Page 119
Planning – Ways to Improve Trade Page 128
Advocacy – Ways to Grow the Economy Page 151
Advocacy – Ways to Create Jobs Page 152
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Governance Page 168
Advocacy – Ways to Foster Cooperatives Page 176
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Urban Living Page 234
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Rural Living Page 235

In addition, this subject of India and our Caribbean trade empowerment has been directly addressed and further elaborated upon in these previous blog/commentaries:

http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=8602 Build It and They Will Come – India’s $90 Billion Investment
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=3028 India is doing better than many Emerging Market countries.

The Go Lean book serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the CU. India is out-of-scope for the CU/Go Lean roadmap. Our scope is to impact the Caribbean’s economic, security and governing engines, not Indian society.

All in all, there are Good lessons and Bad lessons that we can learned from India. As a region, we can also be an emerging economy as India is designated. Yes, we can!

So let’s pay more than the usual attention to the developments of India. Everyone is urged to lean-in to this Go Lean/CU roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation, to make our Caribbean homeland a better place to live, work and play. 🙂

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Appendix VIDEOThe Caribbean East Indians (Part 1 of 2)https://youtu.be/oxFrQd6lVzA

Published on Apr 29, 2015 – The “East Indians” of the Caribbean and Caribbean rim countries are the descendants of immigrants from the Indian sub-continent. Despite their name they are no relation to the indigenous aboriginal “Indians” who inhabit or formerly inhabited the area. The East Indians are, along with Black Afro-Caribbeans (“West Indians”), one of the two major ethnic groups in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname. There are also East Indian communities in Jamaica (one estimate for 1980 gives the East Indian population as 50,000), Grenada and the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Indians were first brought to the Caribbean from the mid-1840s to work on white-owned sugar plantations as indentured labour to replace newly freed African slaves. The majority of immigrants were young men; later disturbances on the plantations forced the authorities to try and correct the imbalance. Indenture was usually for five years and the labourer was subject to restricting and paternalistic regulations which were sometimes described as “a new system of slavery”. After an initial number of years it was possible for the labourer to return to India but since many were offered land in order to entice them to stay near the estates, most stayed in their new country.

The racial tensions and stereotypes of later years were formed during the colonial period. Indians worked for less than Africans and were regarded as cheap and malleable labour. There were differences of culture between the Hindu and Muslim Indians and the Christian Africans. While the Africans, who were more likely to be literate in English, filled the jobs in the urban and commercial sectors, Indians were most likely to remain labourers and small farmers.

See Part 2 of 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qeM2BecjNI

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