Tribute to Roderick Sanatan
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Tribute to Roderick Sanatan

Roderick Sanatan passed in his homeland Trinidad and Tobago on Monday 16 March 2015. Roderick was a founding member of WACC Caribe and a tireless campaigner for the development of Caribbean institutions and movements related to communications. Among his many assignments  within the region were – General Secretary of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union; Director  of the Centre for International Studies at the UWI, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, and Senior lecturer at CARIMAC, UWI, Mona Campus Jamaica. 


The highlights of his engagement with communications and information, were a series of seminars throughout the Caribbean region which explored the relationships among the various facets of the new information society and social issues in the region. These seminars usually brought together academics, activists, NGO’s public sector institutions, the service providers and regulators. Most times, the common ground in these eclectic groupings was the forum for debate and setting agendas for further research  and investigation, with small projects as take-aways.

Roderick had a passion for research and writing. He wrote a lot of his thoughts and questions in long hand and in many published and unpublished papers. Generally he always pointed to linkages, sometimes in a not so obvious manner. In one discussion on the impact of ICTs on the Caribbean, he opined that  “To learn from the experience of telecom deregulation it would be prudent to consider ways of linking regulatory policy to labour policy. In this way, it may be feasible to avoid some of the costs of social disruption”

While some colleagues may recall that he was  sometimes complicated thinker and a brilliant Caribbean mind, for me he was also a genuine friend. I remember Roderick along with a groups of Caribbean thinkers and communication/cultural works rights advocates such as Aggrey Brown and many other Caribbean communications/cultural workers who never stopped on their journey to rest…… until now.


  • Nia Gregory
    Posted at 11:05h, 08 June

    I love Dr. Rodrick Sanatan so much. He was such a warm hearted soul. He was so gentle, soft-spoken, kind and humble. He was also a very caring and considerate person. We spoke sometimes through email and over the phone and he always asked how my family and I were. He lectured me at UWI, Mona, Jamaica. I remember how soft spoken he was as he lectured. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to his family.

  • Joseph A Hypolite
    Posted at 09:16h, 01 October

    I’m sorry I did not keep in greater communication with him in the hustle and bustle of life from the US. He was a great teacher and I was happy to have been a student of his at Belmont Boys Intermediate school. I had his class on Romeo snd Juliet and he made that class so fun and exciting with his incredible humor.. I’m extremely saddened to learn of his passing and extend my condolences to all his friends and family so belatedly.