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Bihar Connection

In another interesting story, we have a family of Bihar origin from the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad & Tobago are trying to traces roots to Bihar.

The Trinidad family approached the ministry last month in the wake of a special drive launched by the ministry called "Tracing the Roots" for people of Indian origin (PIOs) abroad.

The ministry had deputed Chandrasekhar Tiwari on the job. Tiwari camped in Biharsharif for a week and after painstaking research, found out relatives of the Trinidad family.

This family's case is not an isolated one. A large number of people from Bihar travelled to various parts of the world in the 19th century to serve as indentured labour on sugarcane and rubber plantations.

Large numbers are settled in Fiji, Mauritius, Trinidad, Suriname and elsewhere. Many are eager to locate the families of their forefathers in India.The ministry has received several requests from PIOs to trace their origins in Bihar in the last two months.

There are over two million PIOs in the Caribbean islands - over 500,000 in Trinidad and Tobago, around 400,000 in Guyana, over 60,000 in Jamaica and over 2,000 in Barbados.

Mauritius is home to 700,000 PIOs while over 300,000 PIOs live in Fiji.

In view of the widespread diaspora, the Bihar government launched a special tourism package last year called Root Tourism aimed at those people of Bihari origin who might have a desire to retrace their roots and visit their native villages.
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