Dr. Deonarayan Omah-Maharajh
Former Member of the West Indies Federal Parliament
Deonarayan Omah-Maharajh was a Trinidadian politician and a former parliamentarian in the West Indies Federal Parliament.
Early life and education
Deonarayan Omah-Maharajh was born on 19 December 1906 at Siparia Old Road, Fyzabad.
His father, Omah Maharajh who came from India in 1880 got married to Lakpatiah in 1896. His maternal grand-mother came from Jaipur, India.
He was one of five children. He received his Primary Education at the Siparia Road, C.M. School until 1919, and Secondary Education at Naparima College where he won the College's Gold Medal in 1927.
At the University of Chicago, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1931 and Doctor of Medicine in 1935. During his tenure at Chicago University, he was President of the Institute of Oriental Students and a Member of the Executive of the International Students' Association.
He worked at Columbia University and the Hospital of the University of Tropical Medicine, Puerto Rico in 1935. He also worked at Dalhousie University Hospital in 1937 and was registered on the British Medical Registry in the same year.
In Trinidad, he distinguished himself in the Public Service Practice of Medicine during the period 19371963, where he practised as both Physician and Surgeon. He attended to over four generations of patients in his almost 60 years of Continuous Medical Service to the National Community, and was awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal in 1988.
He was appointed one of two Senators for Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indian Federation in 1958. Dr. Omah-Maharajh initiated the first Indian Arrival Day Celebrations at Aranguez Savannah in 1939. In the 1940's he served as President of the Hindu League, and in June 1945 he was a foundation member of the Indian Council, which attempted to unite all Hindu groups in Trinidad.
He was one of the first foundation members of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha in 1950, and in 1952 was appointed a Trustee on its Incorporation. He reconciled the split in the Maha Sabha in 1973 and was appointed President General in that year, a position which he held until his death. Dr. Omah-Maharajh was also Chairman of the Maha Sabha Education Board of Management.
Honours and awards
In 1988, Dr. Omah-Maharajh was awarded the Chaconia Medal (Gold).
Dr. Omah-Maharajh died in March 1999, aged 92.