February 2015 \ Arts & Entertainment \ Books
TOWERING FIGURE

Sat Maharaj: Hindu Civil Rights Leader of Trinidad and Tobago

An authorised biography by Kumar Mahabir
Book review by Kamille Bachan
Price: TT $100/-
Pages: 264
ISBN: 978-976-8249-70-8

Sat Maharaj: Hindu Civil Rights Leader of Trinidad and Tobago is an exclusive study of the life of one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most contentious public figures, Satnarayan (Sat) Maharaj. The author, Kumar Mahabir, is an anthropologist and assistant professor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).

Over the past four decades, Trinidad and Tobago has witnessed the emergence of Sat as a religious and ethnic leader and spokesperson for the majority of Hindus and Indians. As the Secretary General of the major Hindu organisation, the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, he has become a household name for both his achievements and controversial statements - the latter often overshadowing the former, creating a somewhat tainted public reputation. In this book, Mahabir presents readers with the opportunity to look beyond Sat’s negative portrait, and to examine his successes and failures as told by the subject and the people who knew him best.




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