National Commission on Labour (1967)||
The contribution of our country to the thinking on international labour, problems has had a history long before Independence. Indian workers had settled down in many countries in South East Asia, and had reached as far as Fiji Islands in the east. In the west, emigrants from Our country settled in West Asia, Africa and far beyond in the West Indies. Indians played a useful role in the social and economic life in the countries, which sustained them in the days when labour was required for development. Such success as they achieved was watched with interest in our country then, as much as their worries highlighted by our leaders with the effectiveness which a dependent nation could command. Partly because of this direct interest and partly because of the desire in the country to have a better understanding of labour problems elsewhere for the benefit of the working class in the country, leadership in Government and among workers and employers showed keenness to understand international labour problems.