Monday 19 August 2013
REGION OF MIGRATION - Burma
Some Marwaris moved from Calcutta to Burma after its conquest by the British in 1885. Here again they faced stiff competition from Chettiars and Memons who were well established in Burma by then. Still the Marwari firms in timber and rice exports were factors to be reckoned with.
Many Indian merchants fled Burma during the Japanese occupation (1942-45). The bulk of the remainder were expelled along with other non-indigeneous in the years that followed.