The Anglo-Indians : A 500-Year History


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S. Muthiah, educated in Sri Lanka, India and the United States, was a senior ¬journalist in Sri Lanka for 17 years and then was in printing and publishing in India for 22 years. His interest in the historical has led to him being described as the ‘Chronicler of Madras’. Chronicled in over 35 books are the stories of Madras (Chennai), those of several of its leading institutions as well as of some of its eminent personalities, beside those of two communities he has been part of: The Indo-Lankans and the Nattukottai Chettiars. He is a full-time writer and editor since 1990. He was awarded the MBE (1992) by the Queen of England for his work on heritage and environmental conservation. Harry MacLure moved from the hotel industry into cartooning, writing and finally publishing 15 years ago when he started the journal Anglos In The Wind, reaching out to Anglo-Indians round the world. His recent venture Anglo-Ink focuses on bringing out books on the community. MacLure has been mainly responsible for the pictorial content of this book. Richard O’Connor, a senior Customs officer, spends time on the study of history, writing and music when he sheds his uniform. A meticulous researcher, he now spends time on tracking down the stories of Anglo-Indians who have made significant contributions to society. Much of that search is reflected in this book.

For over 500 years, since the Portuguese put down their roots in India c. 1500, the Anglo-Indians, a community of mixed heritage has been called by various names, some of them rather derogatory. Between 1911 and 1935, the Anglo-Indians evolved as a well-defined community recognized by the Government of India. The first part of The Anglo-Indian traces their history. Today, about two-thirds of the community has settled overseas. In India, the other third is progressing as never before. Together, as in the past, they are proving to be achievers and significant contributors wherever they are and against all odds. Some of those significant contributions they have made are a substantial part of the book.

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