New Book: Kumar Mahabir’s “Sat Maharaj—Hindu Civil Rights Leader of Trinidad and Tobago”


Sat Maharaj: Hindu Civil Rights Leader of Trinidad and Tobago was launched earlier this month in St. Augustine, Trinidad. Written by professor of anthropology Dr. Kumar Mahabir, the book is a biography of Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) leader Satnarayan Maharaj. According to the Trinidad Express, the book hails the SDMS Secretary General as a champion of Hindus and Indians in Trinidad and Tobago and describes him as the most influential and longest-serving Hindu spokesman outside of India.

Mahabir writes: “Sat struggled tirelessly to change the symbol of the nation’s highest award from the Trinity Cross to the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council, he fought against discrimination when the Maha Sabha was denied a radio broadcast licence by the then Government. He has contributed significantly to national development in the fields of religion, education and culture.”

Dr. Selwyn Cudjoe is quoted in the book as having said: “I … wish to congratulate Sat Maharaj for the herculean efforts he has made to improve the educational standards of his people, and his determination to ensure that his people receive their rightful share of the national pie. When the history of the second half of the twentieth century is written, I am certain he will take his place as one of the more outstanding Trinbagonians of the era.”

For more information, see original announcement at

For related article by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe, see

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