Secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha Satnarayan Maharaj says the Indian community rejects Louis Lee Sing's call for Compulsory National Service. Maharaj made the comment yesterday during his contribution at the one-day symposium titled 'A case for the compulsory national service' hosted by Citadel Ltd. The symposium was held at City Hall in Port-of-Spain.
Maharaj said, "The Indian community rejects outright any suggestion that compulsory national service is an option for our nation. "When the NAR minister Lincoln Mayers floated this misguided fascist idea some years ago, the Maha Sabha mobilised the Indian community in opposition," he said. "We stand ready to do the same if confronted once again with similar designs," he added. He noted that the Maha Sabha had already implemented 'National' Service in its schools and mandirs which was entirely voluntary in nature.
Maharaj claimed the motivation behind the drive for this new compulsory national service was hinged on the inability of the present government to properly treat with the issue of crime. He said, "Now 'National' Service was being touted as the panacea of the crime problem." He added the premise of this argument, which is to transform deviant members of society by this initiative, was fundamentally flawed, but should also seek to affect 100 per cent of the society. Maharaj further criticised the initiative stating that there had been no support from the greater national community or any discussions by the government and the opposition. He said the Indian community never relied on the State for handouts.