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Devant Maharaj

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 09 Jan. 2019. Registration No. 0476 (Vol.3).

Arms: Or, perched upon a sugar cane couped fesswise Vert a raven Sable on a chief arched convex Gules a carp naiant embowed Or.

Crest:  A palm tree Proper surmounted by an Ashoka Chakra Azure.

Mantling: Dexter Gules doubled Argent; sinister Sable doubled Argent.

Motto: मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि

Assumed: Trinidad and Tobago, January 2019

Design: Arms devised by The Armorial Register Limited.

The Arms of Devant Maharaj

The armiger is a Trinidad and Tobago politician and writer. He is a member of the United National Congress. On June 27, 2011 he became a member of the Senate of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Minister of Transport following his appointment as Chairman of the Public Transport Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently in Opposition without a Parliamentary seat.

The armiger’s family was brought from India to Trinidad and Tobago by the British during the Indentureship Period 1845 to 1917, with the earliest arrival in 1854 following the Sepoy Mutiny and the last in 1914 before the Great War. The family comprised a mixture of high caste Hindu Brahmins and others. The family remained devout Hindus despite pressures applied by the British apparatus of State.

The family’s roots have been traced to the Northern Indian Kingdom of Awadh whose symbol is that of the fish and the Carp in the arms reflects that in the flag of the Kingdom. The flag is also reflected in the livery colours of the arms; Gules and Or are also the livery colours of Anglia Ruskin University where the armiger received his tertiary education and yellow is the “colour” of the political party the armiger is a member of. The sugar cane illustrates the family’s presence in Trinidad as indentured workers.

The armiger’s life has been entirely dedicated to public service. Following his studies in Canada he returned to Trinidad and Tobago joining the largest Hindu organization in the Caribbean – The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, and was also a member of the Inter Religious Organization. He was also the President of the local chapter of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin as well as newspaper columnist for over a decade. These social activities resulted in his most recent public appointment as Minister of Government and the raven in the arms reflects the characteristics required of a self-made man and a public servant at Ministerial level; The “Common Raven”, Corvus Corax, is but one of the Corvids found in India, some of the larger species of Corvids, such as the raven, show high levels of intelligence.

The crest of a palm tree Proper surmounted by an Ashoka Chakra Azure emulates the crest in the arms of Trinidad and Tobago, A palm tree Proper surmounted by a ship's wheel Or, with the Ashoka Chakra replacing the ship’s wheel. The most visible use of the Ashoka Chakra today is at the centre of the Flag of India (adopted on 22 July 1947), where it is rendered in a navy-blue colour on a white background.

The Sanskrit motto “Ma Karmaphalaheturbhurma Te Sangostvakarmani “ translates as “Never be motivated by the results of your actions, nor should you be attached to not performing your prescribed duties” and is taken from Chapter 2, Verse 47 – Bhagavad Gita.

 

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