Trinidad: Hindu Leadership Under Fire

April 23, 2007

Source: The Times of India

PORT OF SPAIN: Members of the Hindu community, making up 26 percent of Trinidad & Tobago's 1.3 million population, have come out openly against what they call the "weak leadership" of the group in the country's politics.

According to Suren Capildeo, a cousin of Nobel Laureate Sir V S Naipaul, the Hindu in Trinidad and Tobago's politics is a tragic story.

"I do not want to inflict more on you. The Hindu in politics is a tragedy," Capildeo said, speaking at the National Council of Indian Culture's (NCIC) third induction ceremony for its Hall of Pioneers here.

"It is a story of betrayal after betrayal. It is a story of gross incompetence and total selfishness. It is a story of weak leadership and political stupidity. For some of us, it is a never-ending story and political stupidity," Capildeo, a former senator and attorney-at-law, told a select gathering of 300 people.

Most of the Hindus in this Caribbean nation are of Indian descent. There are over 300 Hindu temples, besides several schools and religious and cultural groups.