Our little island has produced more than its fair share of people who have contributed to the development of the society without fanfare or public acclaim.

Such persons do not act in the pursuit of fame or fortune, but out of the desire to contribute to the development of our nation and the improvement of our livelihood.

Such a person, Ramnarine Binda, recently passed away after a lifetime of service to his community, the sugar industry, education and safety on the roads.

His achievements may not be well known to many, but are nonetheless important and worthy of recognition.

A man small in physical stature but large in heart and ability, Mr Binda fought for the dignity of his people and his community against great odds and mighty powers, fearlessly and unremittingly, unafraid to challenge authority wherever he felt it was not being used in the interest of the people he represented.

He stood up against the state, the powers in the sugar industry, the church and many other people who failed to do what was best for the citizens of our country.

His achievements may never be known to all, but that was not his way.

His passing should not go unnoticed.

Karan Mahabirsingh

via e-mail


The large gathering outside the Hall of Justice on Friday night should indicate to the authorities that the public ­anger that erupted following the kidnap-murder of Andrea Bharatt has not dissipated and is unlikely to do so.

With our two main political parties each having their vast majority support in one of the two major races in the country, tribal allegiance protects politicians from the full brunt of public opinion, the ultimate guarantor of democracy.

Accountability is therefore low in this virtually bifurcated society of repeated betrayals and broken promises by politicians. We live in national sin.

Last Sunday’s column touched on multiple subjects about which there is a lack of straight answers. The range of coverage seemed well received, but there was a common observation: “you left out WASA”, referring to the notorious statutory body, the Water and Sewerage Authority.

The outrage expressed by many people over the most recent case of the abduction and murder of a young woman is understandable.

We cannot believe there exist among us depraved people who are capable of committing atrocities, inflicting extreme violence on women with seemingly consummate ease and callous detachment.

Coming out of the meeting between the Prime Minister and the 12 elected Assemblymen in Tobago—six PNM and six PDP—there is an attempt to negotiate the establishment of an interim arrangement of the THA structure.

The concept of interim arose out of the meeting preferring one of two options outlined by the Prime Minister as possible election scenarios

The Covid-19 pandemic occurred at a time when humanity is at a cross-road. Climate change, the global plastic scourge, ethnic tensions and social divisions were magnified with the many lockdowns worldwide.

The world cannot continue to ope­rate the way it did pre-Covid-19. Honest introspection, coupled with the personal and political will to change, is mandatory for our survival.