Cudjoe’s Indian Time Ah Come Part 1
By Sat Maharaj – December 02, 2010
When my friend Prof Selwyn Cudjoe invited me to deliver the feature address at the launch of his latest publication, Indian Time Ah Come In Trinidad and Tobago, my first response was that this was a set-up. Was Selwyn attempting to portray Sat Maharaj and Indians in general as a group glorifying in the political success of the People’s Partnership in a boastful way?
Were we being portrayed as people about to invade the national treasury and other state facilities because “our time ah come?” After reading most of Dr Cudjoe’s collection, I am now of the view that the title Indian Time Ah Come may be Cudjoe’s way of admitting that at no time did Indians enjoy equality under a PNM administration and that our time “ah now come for equal treatment under the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago.”
Cudjoe’s Indian Time Ah Come Part 2
By Sat Maharaj – December 09, 2010
During the life of the Race Relations Committee, Prof Cudjoe and myself differed fundamentally on several issues of race, history, politics, education, religion and culture in T&T. However, despite these differences we remained civil to each other and we never allowed our different opinions to become personalised. This example of our maturity as a people is not unique and is perhaps the only reason why there has not been violent racial conflict in T&T as there has been in similar societies such as Fiji and Guy-ana. So while others are shocked that Prof Cudjoe asked me to deliver the feature address at the launch of his book titled Indian Time Ah Come, others are equally amazed that I accepted. The title of the book is very deceptive and may be mischievously designed to incite racial tensions between the Indian and African communities here in T&T. It is conceived to mobilise Prof Cudjoe’s People’s National Movement African support against the ruling People’s Partnership Government. The title openly trumpets the long-held African and PNM fear of an Indian-based political party domination of T&T. Yet since the massive defeat of the PNM on May 24, not a government official, party member, Indian-based organisation or Indian spokesman or leader has articulated this sentiment of “Indian time now.”