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Trinidad & Tobago: Say no to chutney

The Trinidad & Tobago World Cup Blog analyzes the request by the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) to have the word ‘chutney’ to be added to the name of T&T's national football, making them the Soca Chutney Warriors.


  • Personally, I think it’s a brilliant name. Though I’d make it “Soca Mango Chutney Warriors” as everyone knows mango chutney is the best kind.

  • The casual reader on this would miss the issues related to Trinidad and Tobago’s ‘Trinity Cross’ award as well. In Trinidad and Tobago – and Guyana – these are political issues, leftovers from English rule and geoeconomic ‘practicalities’ of the English Empire.

    But Indians (and I speak outside of my half-blood) have a point on a lot of this. Most people don’t realize that there are *gasp* people of Indian origin around the world, and in Trinidad and Tobago we’re talking about roughly half the population.

    In this *specific* case, I believe it’s nonsense, and the GOPIO picked the wrong fight. But in the grand scheme of things – which is larger than the World Cup – there is a problem with the identifying of the Indian presences throughout the world – and I’ll slam the Asian continent on that as well.

    “Yeah, but my best friend is an Indian…” :-)

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