September 2021 \ Diaspora News \ COVER STORY—DIPLOMATIC COLUMN
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani

Many Trinidadians of Indian Origin ...

By Pandit Maniedeo persad Managing Director ieTv Trinidad High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to india 2003-2010

Former Prime Ministers BasdeoPanday, MrsKamlaPersadBissessar, prominent Businessman BalliramMaharaj, and a number of other nationals of Trinidad and Tobago have connected with their Indian families. But the majority of Indian origin persons today have not been able or have not tried to connect with their Indian family. Yet in their hearts love for Varansi, Rameshwaram, Ganga, Ayodhya, Mathura and other sites in India hold special attraction. The Ramayan, Bhagwad Gita, Bollywood and Indian culture and traditions remain ingrained.

While Trinidadian, fully patriotic to our country, we have a deep abiding love, respect and yearning for the traditions and values that have been transmitted through generations that connect us with India.

Colonialisation has destroyed facets of our being, for example we are now English speaking even in our homes, but I believe indentureship has created the unintended consequence of spreading Indian Culture and values wherever people went.