Bhadase Maraj Politician

Bhadase Sagan Maraj (भडासे सगन महाराज; 1920–1971) was a Trinidad and Tobago politician, religious leader and businessman. He founded the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha in 1952, which grew into the major Hindu organisation in Trinidad and Tobago. Born Bhadase Sagan Maraj in the tiny village of Caroni, the young Hindu's first ambition was to take his family out of the poverty, deprivation and degradation that had been their lot ever since his father stepped off an indentured labourers' boat. The elder Sagan was a six footer. He was strong, handsome and fearless. It was from him that Bhadase inherited his strong physical characteristics. Sagan senior was a devout Hindu, even fanatical. Bhadase developed his over-riding ambition to improve the lot of the Hindus from him. But before he could help the Hindus, Bhadase himself had to be strong enough and was a violent man who used violent methods to achieve his wealth and his place in the society. As he would say: "A weak man is a liability in a fight. Bhadase started off to his first million dollars by digging sand for construction purposes in the Caroni River.

Personal details

Date of birth
Place of birth
Trinidad and Tobago
Date of death
1971 at age of 51
Places lived
Trinidad and Tobago
pop. 1,341,151 (2013)

Organizations founded

1. People's Democratic Party

Political party

Wikiedia article

The People's Democratic Party was a political party in Trinidad and Tobago. Under the leadership of Bhadase Sagan Maraj it contested the 1956 General Elections, capturing 5 of 24 elected seats in the Legislative Council and 20.3% of the vote. In 1957 it joined the Federal Democratic Labour Party and later co-founded the Trinidad and Tobago Democratic Labour Party, together with the Trinidad Labour Party and the Party of Political Progress Groups.

Political engagements

Democratic Labour Party

Wikipedia article

The Democratic Labour Party was the main opposition party in Trinidad and Tobago between 1957 and 1971. The party was the party which opposed the People's National Movement at the time of Independence. After several splits brought about by leadership struggles, the party lost its hold on the Indo-Trinidadian community in the 1976 General Elections and was displaced in parliament by the United Labour Front under the leadership of Basdeo Panday. The party was the representative of the ethnic Indian community in the country; however Indian Muslims were said to be less loyal to the party than Indian Hindus. The party symbol was a flaming torch.


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