Bhojpuri was a language that was synonym with the sugar belt cultivators and the ‘geermitiyas’—indentured labours shipped to Fiji, Mauritius, Trinidad , Guiana (earlier known as British Guiana) and Surinam.
This book , Jahajin, written by Peggy Mohan is laudable effort in this direction. Though, I have not read the book in its original form, yet I find the connectivity very fascinating.
More research in this direction will help us in understanding the transmigration of the language through thousands of miles its beauty and folk-lores and the cultural heritage that survived and preserved in these countries.
I heartily congratulate the author for this ‘classical’ direction she has given to Bhojpuri –the language of Deshratna Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Loknayak Jaiprakash Narain, Acharya Hazari Prasad Dvivedi, Rahul Sankrutyan
and scores of people who had made substantial contribution not only in the Indian struggle for Freedom but in the field of Hindi literature and spread ofHinduism- Buddhism abroad.
Batu K. Dutt