Soca superstar Machel Montano last night said his chanting of Hindu devotional songs during a recent performance was not meant as a disrespect to anyone and apologised to anyone who was offended by it.
After video footage of Montano singing the Hindu chants at a recent performance at Woodford Cafe surfaced on social media, Pundit Satyanad Maharaj yesterday issued a letter saying "many devout Hindus are incensed that the popular artiste should desecrate Hinduism by singing Hindu devotional songs at such a licentious event."
Echoing Pope Francis’ call for good politics in 2019, Archbishop of Port-of-Spain Jason Gordon is calling on local politicians to be advocates of peace.
Delivering his homily at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, San Fernando, on Monday night, Gordon said the vocation of the politician was to be a source of unity for all of society and a seeker after the common good and not just the partisan good. He also appealed to citizens to consider non-violence in 2019, saying that it was the way to nurture a culture of peace.
The Trinidad and Tobago Council of Evangelical Churches says it strongly disapproves of the statement by the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Shamfa Cudjoe, that sex education should be taught in schools.
"It is of the opinion, that because of the sensitive nature of the issue, it should be left in the hands of parents," the council said in a statement today.
Dharmacharya of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Pundit Uttam Maharaj has passed away.
Pundit Maharaj, of Rousillac Village, was initiated as Dharmachaya - Hindu spiritual leader - by India’s Swami Divyananda Teerth at the Maha Sabha headquarters in St Augustine in 2005.
The 70-year-old spiritual head passed away this morning.
Secretary General of the Maha Sabha Sat Maharaj confirmed the passing to CNC3.
Maharaj described his spiritual leader as a pious and committed man.
Maharaj said he and the rest of the Maha Saba are in shock over the news.
"Divali encourages purity, not just in the cleaning of our homes, but in the purification of our hearts and our minds," according to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
In a message to Hindus who will celebrate the Festival of Lights tomorrow, the Prime Minister, in a statement said: "Such purity extends to the way in which we interact with our natural and physical environment, the strategies we employ to conserve our most vital resources and the life changes we embrace towards achieving personal goals."