Thursday, December 14, 2017

Prakash: Dad inspired me to become lawyer


inspirational life: Congress of the People (COP) political leader Prakash Ramadhar performs arti during the final rites for his father Siew Ramadhar at Mission Road, Freeport yesterday. —Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

Mark Fraser

CONGRESS of the People (COP) leader Prakash Ramadhar yesterday remembered his deceased father as a man who faced many injustices in the judicial system.

Ramadhar said that observing the ordeals his father faced was enough inspiration for him to become a lawyer.

The elder Ramadhar died on Saturday, at age 84, at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex and his funeral was held yesterday at Mission Road, Freeport.

President Anthony Carmona, Garvin Nicholas, Trinidad and Tobago’s former high commissioner to the United Kingdom, and other members of Parliament attended the funeral.

Ramadhar, who spoke at the funeral, said when he was 14, his father was driving when the vehicle was hit from behind by a police officer’s vehicle.

Ramadhar said his father’s licence was suspended, but later told he could drive.

Some time later, the elder Ramadhar was arrested at the family farm at McBean, Couva.

Prakash Ramadhar told mourners that when the case was called in court,  “I saw and heard police officers lie through their teeth that he was arrested in St Mary’s whilst driving, when in fact he was parked in the yard.

“And I do not know, if then, a burning desire came upon me to ensure no injustice will stand.”

Ramadhar, a noted criminal defence attorney before he entered politics, said his father, who placed a high value on education, “lived a wonderful life that has given us a name we can all speak of”.

Delivering the eulogy was Siew Ramadhar’s grand-daughter, Vandana Ramadhar, who spoke fondly of memories with her grandfather who would reward her with money  whenever she did well in her exams.

Former Arima mayor Ghassan Youseph and  Rev Daniel Teelucksingh also gave brief remarks.

They said Siew Ramadhar was always someone  willing to help another and one who instilled good values in his  seven children, and who embraced all religions, though he remained a practising Hindu. 

His main advice was: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Officiating the ceremony was Pundit Rudranath Maharaj. The last rites were held at Waterloo Cremation Site.