“My father never spoke to us about Guyana, the country of his birth, when we were growing up because he believed that his history had no value to his children.” That is how Maria del Pilar Kaladeen opens our latest Insights long read which looks at how the stories of Indian indentured labourers from the Caribbean were largely forgotten in the overall Windrush narrative.

They were a minority within a minority and subsequent generations were left with little information about their pasts – about who they were. That silence would have consequences and was “like a bullet that ricocheted down generations”, Kaladeen writes. The information vacuum also helped Britain ‘forget’ its part in the creation and maintenance of the system of indenture.

The story is part of our Windrush 75 series that celebrates the “Windrush generation” and explores the pressing injustices that still face these people and their descendants.

Elsewhere, the latest story in our Plant Curious series reveals that we have something quite surprising in common with plants, fungi and even some bacteria – they all have a body clock and have the potential to get jet lag. And our experts bring you the latest on the Ukraine conflict where the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam is pointing to a new phase in the war.

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Labourers and children of Indian heritage walking down a street in Guyana in the early 1920s. The Field Museum Library

Invisible Windrush: how the stories of Indian indentured labourers from the Caribbean were forgotten

María del Pilar Kaladeen, School of Advanced Study, University of London

When people think about the Windrush generation, they are unlikely to imagine someone like my father, who was not black but a person of Indian-Caribbean heritage.

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How understanding plant body clocks could help transform how food is grown

Katharine Hubbard, University of Hull

Why plants’ oscillating genes matter for humans.

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Ukraine war: what we know about the Nova Kakhovka dam and who gains from its destruction

Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham; David Hastings Dunn, University of Birmingham

The destruction of this massive dam is a huge blow to Ukraine’s plans for a counter-offensive in the south.

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Space colonies: how artificial photosynthesis may be key to sustained life beyond Earth

Katharina Brinkert, University of Warwick

There’s a limit to the amount of oxygen we can carry with us in space – particularly if we want to do long-haul journeys to the Moon and Mars.


Language isn’t ‘alive’ – why this metaphor can be misleading

Mario Saraceni, University of Portsmouth

Languages don’t have a beginning that can be compared to the birth of a living being.

Pollice Verso (With a Turned Thumb) by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1872). Phoenix Art Museum

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Wray Vamplew, University of Stirling

Death was always a possibility, but gladiator combat was controlled by referees.

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