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Happy 80th birthday Sat

THE EDITOR: One hundred years ago in the year 1911, my grandfather Changa Maharaj came to Trinidad as an Indentured Labourer. He came with his “Jahaji Bundle” a large sheet of cloth wrapped with all his personal belongings. Some time in the mid fifties my father was the treasurer of a committee that was involved in the construction of the Arima Hindu School. As far as I can remember, there were names like Don Pundit, Palto Persad, Harry Leelah, Ramdeen, Hereman Tota Maharaj, Bholai, Ramdass and lots of other Hindus the names of whom I cannot recall. I can even remember my wife’s grandfather Palto Persad returned to India, where he constructed a school in the village from where he came.

Today I ask myself if there were articles in our ancestors, “Jahagi Bundle” other than their personal belongings, when one observes the importance of education by their children 50 years after they arrived.

Satnarayan Maharaj Sanatan born on the April 17, 1931 in the village of Chandanagore Chaguanas, is seen as The “Hanuman Ji” for the Hindus of TT. In 1972 he was appointed to the position of Assistant Secretary of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha and in 1977 he became the Secretary General. He was the “Captain” who came on board with a new challenging vision. He immediately embarked on his mission with faith, confidence, courage and energetic determination; he never made any errors. He was an “Action Man”, he implemented and completed all projects punctually. “More action, less talk, ambitious results “is the motto that Shri Satnarayan performed with, planting stakes for schools and mandirs throughout the length and breadth of the country.

He stood up for Hindus when we were faced with hostility on a daily basis. I would like to thank the members of Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha for printing the commemorative magazine 2011 on the 80th birthday of Shri Satnarayan Maharaj. I also suggest that every Hindu in the country get a copy of this magazine because when we speak of “powerful leaders” information printed in this magazine demonstrates a person who I recommend as a mentor for young people of this country.

Balliram Maharaj

Arima

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