My very first election, at least to understand what it was all about, was in 1950.

In Tunapuna where I lived, the race was between Bhadase Sagan Mar­aj and Dr Stanley. For the first time I heard the word “campaigning”, but didn’t have a clue just what that meant. I was only 12 years old, so this was all new to me. All I knew was some­thing was disturbing the quiet village.

The end result was that Maraj won, which was not a surprise since he was very popular driving around in his Kaiser car. Apart from him, several other East Indians won seats, which was food for The Mighty Killer, who had this thing for singing about the East Indian population.

In 1950, he had a wondrous road march, “In a Calabash”. Sometime after, probably in 1951, this was the chorus with his take on the election: “They had Ranjit Kumar, Mitra Sina­nan, Adjodha Singh, Asford Sinanan, Stephen Maraj, Chanka Maraj and Bhadase Sagan Maraj.”


It is near impossible for citizens not to once again respond with cynicism at the launch this past Wednesday of the Government’s TTOneLink app.

My desk was throbbing last Saturday. My coffee had not yet been consumed so I was still in my morning haze. I looked at the time: nine o’clock. The big trucks had begun. The noise, perhaps best described as some kind of soca chutney, surrounded me.

Those of us who religiously read the letters columns in the daily press know only too well that over 90 per cent of these offerings are basically complaints about shortcomings in Government or Government agencies, like the Police Service or Ministry of Health.

The United States of America is the most modern, highly ­developed, civilised society in the world. There is no questioning that.

Every People’s National Movement/­United National Congress performer deserves an Oscar this year. I returned to T&T and found myself living in a Bollywood/Hollywood movie.