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Do we need India to define our Indianness? And even within the notion of Indianness, how much of our identity is redefined by the countries that we find ourselves in?

In today’s podcast, Rajan travels to Trinidad & Tobago to speak to Dr. Sherry-Ann Singh, a Professor of Indian History at the University of the West Indies who speaks to us about her thoughts on where religion, especially Hinduism, sits in modern-day Trinidad & Tobago, culture and identity and how the Ramayan’s Sita has undergone a variety of interpretations throughout the ages; from being seen as subservient to being in control of her destiny.

A special thank you to Dr Sherry-Ann Singh for sharing her views and giving us a glimpse into a regional perspective of how religious scriptures and stories can be reinterpreted to replicate lifestyles today and the social impact that it can have.

Today, Indian-Trinidadians are the largest ethnic group in the country, (approx 40%), and have left their mark all over the landscape; on cuisine, culture and even music! With a variety of religions being represented across the region. Mix marriages are often the norm within the region with many placing notions of Indianness away from religious identity – but on cultural heritage.

What are your thoughts?  Share your comments below.

About Dr Sherry-Ann Singh:

Dr Sherry-Ann Singh is a lecturer at the University of the West Indies who brings a wealth of experience to the community in Trinidad and Tobago as a Professor of Indian History.

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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Episode details:

Episode: 40
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest – Dr Sherry-Ann Singh
Art Design – Vanisha Patel

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