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By NewsGram Staff Writer

An India-born girl, Anusha Saha, has topped Trinidad and Tobago’s Secondary Entrance Examination.

Anusha was congratulated by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, a person of Indian origin, and Minister of Education Tim Goopeesingh, both of whom visited her Grant Memorial Primary Presbyterian School in this country’s second city, San Fernando, on Wednesday.

Just over 18,300 students wrote the annual exams to gain entry to the secondary school system which is universally free — like kindergarten, primary and tertiary education here.

Anusha was born in India and came here as a baby with her parents Jayanta Saha, an engineer, and his wife Kuntala Saha from Delhi. They have been living here for 15 years.

The parents said they were extremely happy about their only child’s success.

Addressing her classmates, Anusha said she too was overjoyed. “I know I would not able to do this without all my teachers, my parents, especially my mom.”

About her future plans, Anusha said she wanted to be a brain surgeon.

“I like to do stuff like doctors, and I am interested in doctors and science and I want to work with them,” she said.

Anusha will attend one of the country’s most prestigious secondary schools for girls, the Naparima Girls’ High School.

This school continues to be a high-profile one in the Caribbean Council Examination (CXC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), both equivalent to the British General Certificate in Education and the Advanced Level exams.

Anusha’s principal Gillian Mahabir said she was proud of the school’s achievements.

“We believe in holistic development, we put God first, then we have dedicated teachers and everybody works hard. Anusha got the best all-round girl’s prize because she not only excelled in academics, but also in chess, in music, in spelling,” Mahabir said.

Anusha, it is reported, scored 243 points out of a total of 245. Her parents plan to take her to the US this summer.

She has become the talk of the country among educators, teachers, academics and politicians, especially since the country votes for a new government on September 7.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Worshipping many Gods in Hinduism is a Sin in Christianity: says a newspaper ad in a Trinidad Newspaper

Do you pray to your trinity, Mahatma or Mohammed in a form or a formless way ? What's your battle-side ?

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Idol worship. Image source: WIkimedia common

Trinidad and Tobago: September,08,2016: The Internet is divided into two sects: one the worshipers of Ganesha with pictures of idols swamping their timelines, other the anti-idol worshipers, who condemn bowing down in front of Plaster of Paris (POP). However, it’s not always black and white, there are people standing at the grey lines and they are the one’s who respect the strong emotion behind worshiping an image of God.

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Opinions and pieces of advice come free of cost and are thrown at wholesale prices. Hence, arrives one from Noah Days Ministry (email: ENoah999 (at) gmail.com).  Their recent piece on idol worship included about 8 psalms from the bible and lines that read out “Hindu religion incorporates different forms of idol worships which contravene the first commandment of God and are highly unacceptable to Almighty God”.

Being subtle is certainly not Noah Days Ministry’s strong suit!

Idol worship advertisement from the Noah Days Ministry in Trinidad
Idol worship advertisement from the Noah Days Ministry in Trinidad

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Let’s take an example to understand perceptions here. Sitting in a yoga class, your instructor tells you to shut your eyes and hum ‘Ommm’ while visualizing the Om chakra, which is thought to be an energy point. The instructor tells you that it’ll help you focus instead of letting your thoughts drift away elsewhere. No, Noah Days Ministry is going to raise a hand and question that ideology, simply because it works! But isn’t that the point of worshiping an idol- believing in a physical representation to help focus on an aspect of prayer or meditation.

A Hindu shrine in the yard of a building at Rochard Road, Penal, Trinidad. Penal is a town in South Trinidad with a population of approx 13000. NewsGram thanks Dr. Kumar Mahabir for providing the picture.
A Hindu shrine in the yard of a building at Rochard Road, Penal, Trinidad. Penal is a town in South Trinidad with a population of approx 13000. NewsGram thanks Dr. Kumar Mahabir for providing the picture.

Dr. Kumar Mahabir shared his views with NewsGram regarding the advertisement published in The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. He said that he waits on other Hindu individuals like him, writers and leaders (including the Hindu Women’s Organization) to respond to this Christian’s attack. He will particularly wait for a list of people who are often quick on the draw to attack Sat Maharaj. Although, please wait before you commend the brother to the black side of the debate. His rage over the published piece is not completely irrational. After all, the summary of these 10 passages is notorious- ‘According to the many bible verses cited, all idol worshipers including the Hindus and Jews are guilty of breaking the rules set by the Almighty, the only God to be bowed down to’. Having said that, Noah Days Ministry doesn’t fail to mention how the Roman Catholic organization and many Christians too stand guilty in their eyes for propagating ‘idolatry’. Conclusion? The rage over religion biasing stands invalid.

Fellow brethren! stand at any side of the fence- vehemently oppose statues in a temple or submit your Monday mornings to Hanuman veneration. Pick any side, choose any image but believe in patronage offered to your mind through prayers and meditation.

– by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots