By Fr Martin Sirju
It might surprise many to hear I was not in favour of Indian Arrival Day as another public holiday. I felt at the time it might entail a Chinese Arrival Day or an Arab Arrival Day etc. Where will we stop?
I also felt the generic term Arrival Day, as then Prime Minister Patrick Manning was pushing, would not work either bearing in mind our persistent politics of race. The Africans had something—Emancipation, so the next largest ethnic group at the time, Indians, must have something too. I also felt the achievements of Indians were very visible and so there was no pressing need to emphasise that further.