Books on Malaysian Indians community

Tragic Orphans: Indians in Malaysia

Author: Carl Vadivella Belle

Publication year: 2015

Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Number of pages: 512

Review: Tragic Orphans: Indians in Malaysia by Carl Vadivella Belle (2014) is truly unique and innovative, both in the way it brings together evidence from a historical point of view to its sensitive political landscape. In a skillfully crafted book, the author has brought together the diverse insights of an outstanding collection of historical, political and economic approaches in Malaysia, a multicultural, timeless, rigid and hierarchical society. The interesting analysis describes how Malaysia after independence is dealing with more challenges and unsolved issues such as language, citizenship, education, culture, religion, and unemployment. The ethnic tensions within Peninsular Malaysia, the stateless Indian children without educational opportunity, and the temple demolition in 2000, causing grief and distress among Hindu Malaysians, still played a crucial role.
The book provides up-to-date insight into ‘political engineering’ under the current Primr Minister Najib, who tried hard to improve the relationship with the Indian Government and show good will with Indian Political Movements by appointing six Indians to his cabinet. This important new work offers a brilliant analysis of historical and national political policy in the midst of a rapidly changing political, cultural and social landscape to build a more inclusive Malaysia. This book deserves to be a must-read for all. (Social Science Asia)


Indians in Malaysia and Singapore

A historical account of the development of the largest Indian community overseas, covering settlement under the indenture system and voluntary immigration, and economic progress and social change in the towns and on the plantations.

Author: Sinnapah Arasaratnam

Publication year: 1970

Publisher: Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur

Number of pages: 214


The Malaysian Indian Dilemma: The Struggles and Agony of the Indian Community in Malaysia

This book delves into the existence of the Indian community since the time of their arrival in Malaya as indentured labour 150 years ago, to the present day. It is an explication of the struggles, pain, agony that they suffered as result of treachery, deception, trivialization and contempt by those who claimed to have their best interest at heart. This account exemplifies the vicious cycle of loss of faith, hopelessness frustration and decadence experienced by the Indian community for 150 years of dwelling in this country. It is an Indian attempt to seeking the wound gangrenous that afflicted his people. This is the voice of an ailing community.

 Author: Janakey Raman Manickam

Publication year: 2009

Publisher: Nationwide Human Development and Research Centre

Number of pages: 399 pages


Indian Plantation Labour in Malaysia

 The author examines the role of the mainly Indian immigrant labour in developing Malaysia’s plantation industry during the 20th century. He arg ues that they are a ‘forgotten people’ or ‘persistent poor’ and seeks to show how this came about. He also offers suggestions for improving their lot in future.

Author: Selvakumaran Ramachandran

Publication year: 1994

Publisher: S. Abdul Majeed & Company, Pub. Division

Number of pages: 374


Hindraf and The Malaysian Indian Community

November 25th 2007, a significant number of Indians (mainly Hindu Tamils) demonstrated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, at Ampang Road, to submit a petition to the British High Commission. The petition was to urge Her Majesty to appoint a Queen’s Counsel to represent Malaysian Indians in a suit against the British government. Malaysian Indians were suing the British government for their frustrations and resentment pent up over 50 years whilst being resident in post-independence Malaysia, with a claim for compensation. A claim was made that colonial Britain, while being responsible for importing labour from India into Malaya, had failed to dispense its duties to the minority Indian community of Malaya at the time of decolonization.

Author: Arunajeet Kaur

Publication year: 2017

Publisher: Silverfish Pro

Number of pages: 303


The Malaysian Indians: History, Problems, and Future

 “The Malaysian Indians comes at an important juncture in the history of this significant minority group in Malaysia. Written several years before the Hindraf rallies of 2007, this book is a much-needed introduction to the Indians of Malaysia. It is a balanced, scholarly yet highly readable account of the origins, economic and political contributions, and continuing divisions and problems faced by this diverse community. The focus is on those who migrated or who were brought to work in colonial plantations and the civil service in the late 19th and early 20th century. Both the educated and poor labouring classes came to this nation seeking their fortunes, and became part and parcel of its growth, prosperity and political upheavals. Readers are also reminded of the important, century-old, pre-colonial ties between India and Southeast Asia – links that deeply influenced kingship, religion, culture and trade, including in the Malay world. This book also traces the key contributions of individuals and groups in the making of Malaya as well as Malaysia. It is hopes that this book will be the springboard for more research, rational discussion, and informal public debates and policies about the Malaysian Indians, including its poorest, most marginalized, sections.” –Back cover.

Author: D. J. M. Tate

Publication year: 2008

Publisher: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre

Number of pages: 241


Malaysian Indians: Looking Forward

What is the truth about the status of the real Malaysian Indian community today? Is it true that despite its considerable sacrifice and contribution to the development of the country, it has become a marginalised community?

The aim of this publication are to provide a perspective on the present reality of the Malaysian Indians community, and to postulate a future perspective should present trends continue. It is hoped that the data and analysis presented here will go some way in providing the basis for concerned parties and researchers:

  1. to better understand the present position and future prospects of the Indian community in the Malaysian polity;
  2. to analyse the causes of present problems and sources of future changes;
  3. to formulate long-term policies, plans and programmes to ensure that Malaysian Indians remain a viable community in this multi-ethnic nation.

It is also hoped that the result of the statistics and analyses given here will also deal with the question – or the challenge – posed to Malaysian Indians, that is, to establish whether the problems faced by Malaysian Indians are real or imagined and, if real, whether the sources and causes of these problems are endogenous or exogenous to the community.

Author: Jayanath Appudurai and G. A. David Dass

Publication year: 2008

Publisher: SIRD

Number of pages: 51 pages




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