Kamla Persad-Bissessar

REVERENCE: Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar performs aarti before a Goddess Lakshmi murti upon her arrival at the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) Divali Nagar on Saturday night in Chaguanas. At right is NCIC president Deokinanan Sharma. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

IN celebrating Divali as the rise of knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness, I believe we have a lot to learn from the open-minded theology of Hinduism, its flexibility, and ability to respond to change.”

So said Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar while delivering the feature address at Divali Nagar 2019, in Chaguanas, on Saturday night. “The Vedic tradition declares women are the embodiment of great intellect and virtue. It not only encourages women and girls to be scholarly but expresses that it is the duty of parents to ensure that their daughters are educated,” she said