Indians in Trinidad and Tobago exult over World Cup win

April 4th, 2011 - 12:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Port-of-Spain, April 4 (IANS) The Indian diaspora in Trinidad and Tobago was overjoyed at India’s win in the cricket World Cup, with the news being splashed across the newspapers here. A minister described the win as a triumph of the human spirit.

The Indian diaspora in the Caribbean watched with bated breath as captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni led his team in the final against Sri Lanka Saturday.

And when India won, they were ecstatic.

Almost the entire Indian diaspora - comprising of 44 percent of the total population of 1.3 million - were glued to radio or TV sets, and numerous bars and restaurants were packed to capacity for the final that India went on to win by six wickets.

Newspapers gave prominent display to the victory.

The Sunday Guardian had a bold headline “INDIA WINS” with a photograph of the Indian team.

The Sunday Newsday headlined its front page story “BIG FETE IN INDIA”
and also carried a large photograph. It also devoted several inside pages to the World Cup.

Radio and TV stations also carried live coverage of the final.

Winston Dookeran, finance minister and leader of the Congress of the People (COP), hailed India’s victory as “a formidable feat and endurance”.

“The human spirit has triumphed. India’s victory was a fitting climax to the six-week World Cup series.

“India, again, has showed its supremacy in the field of cricket, and this victory juxtaposes with the resilience in the economic and financial arena. India’s victory has given a new worth and international value to the world, but more so, its worldwide diaspora,” Dookeran added.

Former sports minister Manohar Ramsaran said: “India was showing signs of incredible invincibility as the World Cup drew to its climax. India’s victory has been well-noted and worthwhile. It has set India on a new social and sporting pathway.”

The Indian cricket team is due to visit the West Indies later this year for a series of Tests and ODIs.

The diaspora here mainly comprises of people from the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Between 1845 and 1917, over 148,000 Indians came to the Caribbean to work on sugar and cocoa plantations.

(Paras Ramoutar can be contacted at paras.r@ians.in)

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