Christians have equal rights in T&T?
Bishop Dr Ramlal Balgobin
SAT MAHARAJ, the secretary-general of the Maha Sabha, fresh
from success in his $10,000 media blitz against a servant
of God whose sole intent was to help sick souls and sick bodies
get healed, has now added the UNC to his bandwagon, preaching
discrimination against anything Christian in this country.
Just mention the word Christian or cross
and Sat and his followers cry discrimination!
It now seems popular to cleanse the country of anything Christian.
This is the plain truth and nothing but the truth. No one
seems to remember that it was Christians who first brought
education for the poor children of this country.
The Catholics (St Marys, Fatima, Presentation, St Benedicts,
29 secondary schools and 120 primary school), Anglicans (QRC),
Presbyterians (Naparima), Methodists, Moraviansto name
a fewwere the first to introduce education so children
of slaves and indentured labourers, whose parents were too
poor to pay for private tuition, could learn to read and write
and use their education as the means to facilitate their upward
mobility in this society.
Hindu schools came afterwards in the 1950s. Were it not for
the Presbyterians I would not be in a position to be writing
this today. I am a product of Reform CM School and Naparima
My parents were from the Vaisya caste in the Hindu structure
which meant that we were relegated to cattle rearing
and agriculture and honest exchange of merchandise as our
inborn, natural duty.
The service of the top three classes is the natural order
of the Sudras or labouring class (Bhagavad Gita 18;
41-45). According to this, I should be rearing cattle
and working in agriculture.
The Brahmins and Shatriyas had the means to maintain their
status at the top of the ladder because of our toil and sweat.
Not to mention the untold suffering of the untouchables
and the sudras.
The third and fourth castes of Hindu societies are ordained
by the Hindu gods to perform all the functions necessary to
maintain the good living of the Brahmins and the Shatriyas.
It is natural for the Maharajs to seek to maintain their stranglehold
of the masses and thus maintain their status in society, just
as it is quite natural for the masses to seek a better life
for themselves and their children.
A look at the 213 indentured labourers who came from India
aboard the Fatel Rozack in 1845 does not show the name of
a single Maharaj! How ironic that now, after the blood, toil
and sweat of our ancestors, a Maharaj claims to represent
In my opinion, Sat Maharaj does not represent the majority
of the Hindus but only himself and the monied, privileged
few. He should be the last person to truthfully claim to represent
the children and grandchildren of indentured labourers because
he is not one of us. He does not and cannot represent usin
I am surprised at Kamla Persad-Bissessarand disappointedand
Winston Dookeran and all those who are the recipients of Christian
charity and education. Everyone who benefited from education
provided by Christians owe a debt of gratitude, for had it
not been for Christians and the cross, many of us, including
myself, would still be stuck at the bottom, performing
our God-given duties to work and support the Maharajs
(Bhagavad Gita 18; 45-48).
Maharaj wants to take us back to all the ills and evils of
the caste system in India. This system is largely responsible
for the plight of the Harjans, the untouchables, the illiterate,
the oppressive poverty of the masses and the lack of social
mobility in the society which leads to hopelessness and the
law of karma and fate.
Who wants this for T&T? Only Sat Maharaj and his converts.
Looking into the crystal ball, the UNC has alienated its Christian-educated
base and has lost its way. Without a vision the people
perish (Proverbs 29:18). If the blind lead the
blind, they will both fall into the ditch (Matthew 15:14).
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge
I am calling for all true descendants of indentured labourers
to arise and shake off the shackles of the Maharajs, to claim
their true Hindu/Christian heritage and strike a blow once
and for all for their liberation and the end to all forms
of discrimination, including against Christianity and the
cross upon which Jesus died for the sins of the whole world
that all who believe in him would be set free from sin, oppression
Long live freedom, liberation and true Christianity in T&T.