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
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.