In the wake of his passing in the early hours of Saturday morning , many tributes pour in for the late General Secretary of the Samatan Dharma Maha Sabha Sat Maharaj. The Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said he was a “tireless advocate” who dedicated his life to fighting for what he believed to be worthy causes”. The PM extended condolences to his family: “On behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, I wish to extend condolences to the Hindu community on the passing of Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Satnarayan Maharaj. For decades Mr Maharaj played a national leading role in education, religion and culture. Under his astute guidance the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha expanded its school network. Mr Maharaj was a tireless advocate who dedicated his life to fighting for what he believed to be worthy causes.”
Leader of the Opposition Kamla Persad Bissessar remembered Satnarayan Maharaj as a “national icon”. She thanked him for being a father figure in her life. She said :” I considerd him a great friend and a father figure. Throughout the time I have known him, I have found him to be wise, kind, generous and always willing to help others. He gave me my first job at an SDMS school, an experience which helped shape me and kindled my own passion for education and working to improve our country’s education system. For this, I am grateful”.