Congratulations to PM, Rowley

 Now that the theatre performances at the funeral for Mr Nelson Mandela are finished, I shall like to make note of certain facts.

There is no African leader presently who embraces, practises, believes or has the courage to enforce the ideals of such a great man as Nelson Mandela. In fact, there is not one African leader in the last 200 years that has come close to this great man.

The funeral for Mr Mandela was plain theatre. It is ironic that while his funeral was being televised, a film depicting the rise, fall and the brutal execution of another African leader, Patrice Lumumba was also being televised. Having watched, this, it occurred to me how blessed we are in Trinidad and Tobago. We are a country that does not have any Africans or Indians or other races. We are all Trinbagonians. Our inability to recognise perceptions, false witness, the genuine disastrous effect of envy and the use of power in wrong ways appears to dominate our country. According to a Harvard professor who visited Trinidad and Tobago, the only difference between the UNC and PNM is ethnicity. It is a pity that the Tobago population is still enslaved in their minds as the illusion of a ship coming from Calcutta to Tobago swayed the electorate. Anyone who denies this is blind to reality.

I wish to congratulate my Prime Minister and Dr Keith Rowley on the master stroke of informing the world of our happy, prosperous and blessed twin-island Republic, in spite of our problems. Their representation of our country at the funeral, which may have been the only true and genuine representation at the Nelson Mandela funeral, makes us all Trinbagonians very proud of our democracy. Did any other country have such a master stroke?

Dr Ramesh P Mathura

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