Route to real independence
FIFTY years ago we were given our Independence from the United Kingdom and we were entrusted with the responsibility of running our own affairs under the leadership two of the greatest men our country had produced, Dr Eric Williams and Dr Rudranath Capildeo.
They were the twin collaborators of our Independence.
While Dr Williams seemed preoccupied with the politics of Independence it was Dr Capildeo who preached development of education and agriculture, food production and the development of our energy and educational resources.
Dr Capildeo called for the development of education as a virtual industry that could produce technocrats and middle managers among other highly trained individuals to assist in the overall development of the new nation. We all laughed at him and scoffed at his suggestions for solar energy and agriculture and to control in a meaningful way our destiny.
So today we are politically independent but we have to rely on other countries for our food supplies over which we have no control, while thousands of acres of fertile lands lie fallow and thousands of people are unemployed.
Even thousands of acres of citrus planted by Caroni lie abandoned while our fish farm in Valsayn is overgrown with grass, and in the meantime we import our fish and citrus juices from the mighty US.
We have to get off our behinds and chart a new course which would make us truly independent and become masters of our own destiny.
Dr Clifford Ramcharan