• 23 May, 2024

Hindu Temple Desecrated and Vandalized in Trinidad

Hindu Temple Desecrated and Vandalized in Trinidad

Hindu Temple Desecrated and Vandalized in Trinidad

A temple in Williamsville, Trinidad, was invaded and vandalized on Saturday afternoon by unknown perpetrators. The incident was only discovered on Sunday. A report was filed. The police visited the crime scene on Sunday. Investigations are ongoing. 

The distraught devotees of the Williamsville Hindu Temple are pleading with the public to call the police if they have information on the sacrilege attack of the mandir. Reports say that the culprits smashed the locks on the front gates of the mandir and damaged the ventilation walls (for smoke) at the side of the building as well as many tiles. 

Damages are in the thousands of dollars. Reports say the temple is almost 100 years old. It was rehabilitated in 2000. Hindus started coming to Trinidad as indentured laborers from 1845 thru 1917. Some 145K Indians came to Trinidad. Temples and masjids were established all over the island in almost every village. The mandir hosted Krishna Janmashtami celebrations last Wednesday September 6 in honour of Lord Krishna's birth, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Dr Vishnu Bisram

Dr Vishnu Bisram is Guyanese born who received his primary and secondary education in Guyana and tertiary education in the US and India. He is a fourth generation Indian. His great grandparents from both his mother and father’s sides were born in India -- Gurbatore from Ghaizpur, Amru from Azamgarh, Sau from Chapra, Mangri from Mau, Bhuri and Bhura Singh from Bharatpur, among others. They all came at different times to then British Guiana (1880s and 1890s) to work on sugar plantations as indentured laborers. After serving ten years, they were freed laborers. They remained on the colony rather than returned to India, married and had children. They used the savings from indentureship to purchase landholdings to cement their ties to their adopted land. They were not given free land. Vishnu Bisram is ninth of twelve children of Gladys and Baldat, rural farmers, she also was a seamstress and he a taylor and they attended to a kitchen garden as well. Vishnu attended the St Joseph Anglican (called English) primary school from 1966 to 1972. In 1972, he passed the annual nationwide Common Entrance exam winning a scholarship place to attend the government Berbice High School in New Amsterdam, some 17 miles from his home village of Ankerville, Port Mourant. He declined the placement scholarship and opted instead for the private Chandisingh High School to which his family pad to pay a tuition. He entered for eight subjects at the Cambridge University Exam in 1977. Vishnu migrated to the USA in 1977 to further his studies. He enrolled at the City College of City University of New York September that year at age 17, studying Bio-Chemistry and also completing a major in Political Science. After his BSc in Bio-Chem, he pursued graduate studies in International Relations earning a MA. He went on to complete multiple post graduate degrees including doctorates in Economics, Sociology, History, Political Science and Educational Administration. Dr Bisram taught for over forty years in various subjects in the US. He also served as a newspaper reporter and columnist for over four decades and is a well-known pollster in the Caribbean region. He is a specialist on the Indian diaspora traveling extensively around the globe to research and write about Indian communities. He published countless articles on various subjects in the mass media, journals, and books. He also organized international conferences on the Indian diaspora and presented papers at many conferences. He was a guest lecturer at universities in Mauritius, India, Fiji, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname, USA, and other countries. He is a well regarded political analyst on American and Caribbean politics. He makes him home in Guyana, Trinidad, and America and travels frequently to India.