One Hundred Years of Servitude by Rana P Behal, Tulika Publications / ` 900
THIS BOOK explores a world where more than two million migrant labourers worked under conditions of indentured servitude in tea plantations, producing tea for an increasingly profitable global market. It examines the links between the colonial state of Assam and the private British capital in fostering plantations in the valley. It also discusses the nature of the "tea mania" and its consequences, which led to the emergence of the indenture labour system in Assam's tea gardens. The book analyses the forms of their protests and questions whether the transformation of these migrant agrarian communities working in conditions of unfree labour was proletarian in nature.