Where do we go from here?
We have recently concluded 50 years of self-governance and in spite of our economic and academic accomplishments over this period, it is quite clear that from the first prime minister to the present, failure to unify the masses as one people stands out as a major issue.
Nation-building has escaped us and it is frightening to think that our actions of the past may have doomed this possibility well into and beyond the next 50 years.
Whatever the subtleties, the civil pre-independence T&T that some of us knew has been reduced to a cherished memory.
However, change is inevitable. It is the direction of that change that can be haunting. While we may have been influenced by our perception of former prime ministers, the primary responsibility of transforming this country into an idyllic nation belongs to all of us. They may have failed us, but it is only when we fail that all is lost.
Where do we go from here, and if there is something worth celebrating after the next 50 years, what will it be?
Errol F Hosein