Change of heart: SDMS rescinds media ban for Sat's funeral
Media will have full access to facilitate coverage of the funeral of the late Secretary-General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS), Sat Maharaj.
The SDMS Executive on Monday afternoon overturned an earlier ban barring media from attending the funeral of the Hindu leader, which will be held at the Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College on Tuesday.
Maharaj will then be cremated at the Caroni Cremation Site.
In a televised update aired on TV Jaagriti, acting secretary-general of the SDMS Sri Vijay Maharaj said the organisation has revoked its earlier decision after it “listened to the divergent voices and reflected on this matter.”
Sri Maharaj explained that the initial ban came about after “an unjustifiable breach of the protocol” when a reporter attended a spiritual prayer reading hosted by Maharaj’s family to interview persons against the organisation’s expressed wishes.
He said it was unfortunate that this could have happened after the spiritual significance of the event was explained and a request made that the sacred nature of the event be respected.
But, he said, several media houses reached out to the SDMS, and having consulted with leading pundits and reflected on the matter, the organisation reconsidered its position.
Sri Maharaj added that the SDMS felt it had a duty and a responsibility to ensure that the nation is given a proper opportunity to pay their respects to the late Secretary-General, who he described as a “national icon and titan of a man”.
“We have, therefore, decided to allow full access to the funeral at the Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College and the cremation at the Caroni Cremation Site. The media is therefore welcome to cover the event.”