The party’s over

By Raffique Shah
November 02, 2015

Raffique ShahChoosing a leader to take the United National Congress forward, backward, sideways, or keep it stagnated, is the business of members of the party.

It is not for me, who never belonged to any party other than the original United Labour Front, and that very briefly, to tell UNC members who they should elect as their leader, the way frontline members of the UNC openly lobbied for Penny Beckles over Keith Rowley during the internal elections in the People’s National Movement in May 2014.

In retrospect, perhaps because the UNC openly promoted Penny, she not only lost the leadership battle, but also her credibility as a loyal PNMite, a thrashing from which the affable one-time Arima MP has not recovered.

So outsiders intervening in the internal affairs of political parties is never a good thing.

Still, because the UNC under incumbent leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar won a landslide victory at the polls in 2010, wielded power for five years, and today remains a potent opposition with 18 seats, its affairs must be subjected to public scrutiny, hence my observations.

My innate feelings in the aftermath of the party’s defeat in the September 7 election were firstly, its leaders and supporters were in shock, and secondly, once reality hit home and its bombastic front-liners and cheerleaders realised they no longer controlled the Treasury, they would turn against each other like alley cats or rabid mongrels fighting over scraps.

What I did not anticipate was that Kamla, as leader, having postponed internal elections for political leader and a new executive for almost three years, would choose a most inauspicious time to call them.

Maybe unlike when she held power and was always “advised”, she now has no one to turn to, hence the humongous mistake.

Hey, 340,000 supporters are still licking their wounds, casting blame for being booted into the political wilderness, and you put your fractured crown up for the grab?

Many supporters believe that the PNM was in cahoots with the Elections and Boundaries Commission, and stole the elections in the extra hour voting the EBC allowed.

This is the same EBC that presided over the 2010 general election that the UNC/PP won, the local government elections that followed which the PP swept, and even the 2009 Tobago House of Assembly election which saw the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) emerge as a potent force that would add to the PP’s strength in 2010.

That issue is before the courts, so I shan’t dwell on it. But I find it strange that the EBC’s integrity was not challenged when the PP won, only when it lost.

So the party faithful are nursing their wounds and Kamla calls elections: she must be mad!

Not that she will lose, although that prospect hovers over any election. She is likely to retain leadership, albeit without acclamation, and that only because her opponents are so…unattractive.

“Stink mout” Roodal Moonilal, the only person to have declared his hand thus far, does not even command the “Indian vote”, far less the non-Indian electors who belong to no party, but whose votes and influence decide who govern the country.

Vasant Bharath has some cross-border appeal, but he is too timid to engage in the mud wrestling or cage fights that will characterise the elections.

The others have all surrendered their manhood or womanhood to Maha Kamla, proclaiming her as the earthly embodiment of a supreme deity, a leader who is infallible.

Her far too many missteps and mistakes when she wielded power were all condoned by them. No one questioned her hiring of misfits or firing the faithful. As recently as in the run-up to the September general election, when she foisted wholly unsuitable candidates in key constituencies, they applauded.

So what, you are now coming to tell us that she was wrong on numerous counts? When did you make these startling discoveries? Last night? Gimme a break!

The UNC sycophants have always been the party’s undertakers-in-waiting, wearing their funereal garb even as they celebrated the occasional wedding-in 1986, 1995, 2000 and 2010.

They, who point accusatory fingers at PNMites who worshipped Dr Eric Williams as a demigod, sanctified their own supreme leaders in Basdeo Panday and Kamla.

The irony of it all is that Bas, before whom no damn dog dared to bark, is now accusing his protégé of having dictatorial tendencies. What a laugh!

If I may sum up the UNC’s dilemma, the party is now in the self-destruct mode, matters not whether Kamla or Moonilal or Padarath takes the helm.

The in-fighting that will occur during the campaign will the worst ever in its history, and will leave behind a carcass for vultures.

The party’s over, people.

54 Responses to “The party’s over”


  • UNC faltered with ‘Kamla 2015’ campaign
    Two days after Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal announced he will contest the political leadership of the United National Congress in its December 5 internal elections, Caroni East MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh has thrown his support behind him.

    Devant wants new blood in UNC
    FORMER Minister of Food Production, Devant Maharaj, yesterday publicly backed Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal’s bid to win leadership of the United National Congress (UNC) in the December 5 internal elections, a post now held by Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad- Bissessar.

  • Everyone who is sensible knowns that the party is over or to put in our venacular: ” de fete done.”

  • Sometimes Facts are required:

    Speaking at a post budget political rally at Piggott’s Corner, Belmont last Friday night Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley stated that the People’s Partnership government spent $250 million on foreign travel during its five years in office with $30 million being spent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    According to the UNC, that is an exceedingly small figure compared to the $340 million and the over $1 billion expended by the PNM on only two expenditure items in 2009 alone – The common wealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) and summit of the commonwealth of the American.

    The $250 million figure, which includes training abroad by military personnel, senior public servants and trade missions, led to unprecedented levels of achievement over the last five years which allowed Trinidad and Tobago to punch above its weight internationally.

    So impressive was our standing in the international community during the People’s Partnership government, that Chinese President Xi Jinping made Trinidad and Tobago the first country he visited in the Western hemisphere since he became president. This led to significant Chinese investments in our country.

    In fact foreign direct investment increase to over $3 billion US over the last five years the highest it has been in many years.

    During the Kamla Persad Bissessar government our country was able to negotiate a Schengen visa waiver for citizens travelling to all 28 countries of the European Union. The country also took successful, proactive steps to prevent the reintroduction of visas for citizens, including businessmen, travelling to the UK.

    In addition both Turkey and Peru have agreed to establish embassies in Port of Spain and a partial scope agreement was signed with Panama facilitating increased trade with that booming Central American country.

    The country secured the appointments of then Justice Anthony Carmona, followed by Geoffrey Henderson to the International Criminal Court. Justice Anthony Lucky was appointed a judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Francis Charles to the UN Commission for the Limitation of the Continental Shelf, while Mrs Deborah Thomas-Felix was recently appointed a judge of the UN Appeal Tribunal. In addition Deodat Maharaj was appointed Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

    The forgoing which is not exhaustive provides only a partial picture of some of our impressive foreign policy achievements suggesting excellent value for money for the $50 million per year spent on foreign travel over the last five years.

    • Did you noticed the staged photo opportunities with african posing as “supporters”?The tall one in the photo shaking Moonilal’s hand up close is the rradio caller “Mr. Tabaquite”…he got a national award 2 years ago for “Community Service”…remember the protest at the waterfront? As protest ON BEHALF OF the then ruling PP AGAINST THE PROTESTERS who were there to quash the “Run Off”…that clown went drawing a line of “obie seed” around the waterfront as a ward against anti pp Protests….

  • Listening to the lamentations of Roodal Moonilal, Tim Gopeesingh, Devant Maharaj and others vying for UNC leadership, all of them speak of the results of 2010 as though that was the standard. Jack Warner worked very hard and was very convincing in promoting Kamla Persad Bissessar for that accomplishment. I listen with glee on the praises on one hand and the criticism on the other of Kamla’s ability to continue to lead the UNC. The word ‘performance’ is used loosely and with great exaggeration to describe the tenure of the last UNC government. They lament the loss as thou it was something that they were entitled to and Kamla just allowed it to slip through her fingers. I am still waiting to listen to an objective post-mortem of their failure to re-capture government. Instead of attempting to understand the minds of the electorate, it is interesting on how Moonilal and Gopeesingh are promising their supporters a failure of the Rowley government thereby opening another chance (with them in charge) to return to governance. I think that Gopeesingh did a good job of describing his qualifications for the job but failed miserably in capturing the mode of the public and voters who were overwhelming (outside the Indian community) in rejecting the type of governance that the UNC offered. There is a commonality in how the UNC minded describe a few words, plural, diverse and equity. Those words are not used in their discourse as a noun.
    It is used as a word that recognizes but do not acknowledge them as actual reachable goals. Its like saying that “we (Indians) are going to capture government and while on our way there we will meet other people whom we have to recognize as citizens also, so we have to acknowledge their presence”. There is no operative word or actions on how plural can be assimilated, or how they fit into the diverse reality of the culture, or even how they are going to treat with equity as something to be accomplished. Under the last administration they dealt with equity as a quantitative measure of equality. If there are three, four or five Indians, they will put in one African for good measure and that would equal equity. Not equality of opportunity nor equality of purpose, just a number that would make it seem diverse. In Tim Gopeesingh’s 20 to 30 minutes in offering his candidacy for office, he never spent any time in informing the public (in whose approval he will seek for eventual acceptance), any lessons on how he intends to make the lives of them (outside of the UNC) any better. He never offered any insights on how he views or visions the economy, race relations, the future of the country or who he intends to mould the minds of youths who will inevitably inherit what he is now sowing. At the end of his delivery, we knew all about Time Gopeesingh the man, but nothing about his vision. A good politician paints a good picture of hope. A good politician presents a vision of things to come. A good politician creates a landscape of an environment that reflects an achievable reality. Telling me who you are have nothing to do with what you can do, if you do not lay out a ‘yellow brick road’ for my imagination. Roodal Moonilal was different, all his boasts was about himself nothing on how he intends to build a better Trinidad and Tobago. In fact what we had a lot of was self praises and no vision for the betterment of the country.

  • Investments was down during the PNM years. As the Central Bank website shows investments increased under the UNC considerably. Not only in energy sector but in other sectors as Vasant work hard to reduce the beaurocracy in setting up businesses.

    Foreign direct investment in TNT energy sector 2007–2014 source central bank website. In the millions.
    2007—763
    2008–589
    2009—649
    2010—501
    2011—1599
    2012–2233
    2013—1749
    2014—2071

    Republic Bank recorded record breaking profits indicating a robust economy under the PP.
    “THE Republic Bank Group has recorded a net profit attributable to shareholders of $897.8 million for the third quarter ended June 30.
    This represents an increase of $28.7 million (3.3 per cent) over the corresponding period last year, the bank said in a statement yesterday.”

    “Our official reserves at the end of the first quarter of 2015 were US$10.8 billion.
    Import cover remains high at approximately 12.2 months”

    These were highlights of the PP leadership over the economy.

    BEST TIMES FOR THE WORKING CLASS AND ELDERLY IN T&T-
    1) Minimum Wage increased TWICE, 66%, a historical HIGH.
    2) TWO INCREASES IN PENSION, a HISTORICAL HIGH From $2000 to $3500, 75%.
    3) Male and Female wages in CEPEP put on level.
    4) Maternity leave increased to 14 weeks.
    5) NO INCREASE IN TAXES.
    6)Laptops to ALL CHILDREN, so POOR PEOPLE children can have Laptops too.
    7) HISTORIC, Tertiary enrolment facilitated by Gate, POOR PEOPLE CHILDREN can go to UNIVERSITY too in LARGER numbers.
    8) Unemployment at 3.5%

    No one can say the PP poorly managed the economy because the facts speak for itself. They lost the election by 3 seats and it is questionable if there was no co ordination between police and EBC to ensure this win for the PNM. After all it was Eric who fixed the boundaries and ensure a PNM victory all the time.

    The UNC will go thorough the process of rejuvenation and rise to challenge all and sundry.

  • Great! Excellent! UNC is the best EVER! I wAnt to join but under one condition….make Sat Maharaj the Chairman & Devant Maharaj the Public Relations Officer!

    • Obviously you and PNM sycophants are delirious with Sat and Devant, they are your quintessential heroes. You mention their names all the time and now you want them to be given a job as PROs for the UNC. Why don’t you lobby for Cudjoe and Hinds to represent the poop that comes from balisier house. Ops they are already doing that!

      • No Mamoo, they are real and what is said of them here are FACTS that represent exactly who and what they are, not make up stories.

  • Apparently The PNM government did not get the Memo from the Black caucus.

    COMMUNITY Development, Culture and Arts Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly says the meaning behind Divali — the power of light over darkness — transcends religion and ritual and is relevant to all of Trinidad and Tobago.

    Speaking before an audience of thousands, on Sunday evening, at the Divali Nagar, the Minister said the ideals of Divali is applicable to the daily lives of Trinbagonians, both Hindu and non-Hindu alike.

    “The idea and founding of this festival is as valuable today as it was several centuries ago.

    It goes beyond the ordinary messages and stories to demonstrate power and extraordinary lessons that are applicable to our daily lives,” Minister Gadsby- Dolly said adding that Divali reassures all that challenges and adversities can be overcome.

    “It symbolises the victory of hope and victory of perseverance. It is one of these religious occasions that encourages us to reassess our lives, our contribution to society and those less fortunate,” she said. Divali, she added, places emphasis on some of the values that were brought across the waters by the nation’s Indo-forefathers. Gadsby- Dolly spoke about the values of tolerance and the importance of family and harmony in diversity.

    The Minister emphasised that, “our ancestors demonstrated unwavering faith and endurance through the preservation of rituals.

    Through their efforts all the various religious customs have survived to contribute to the great tapestry that is now the multicultural TT.” In order to honour the efforts of the forefathers and ensure that diverse customs of TT are preserved the ministry provides financial assistance to non-governmental cultural, artistic, faith-based organisations that support positive, uplifting activities.

    In this regard, she said, her ministry is pleased to support this initiative that is Divali Nagar.

    She went to say that this festival provides a dynamic platform for the deepening of the appreciation of the cultural multiplicity. She revealed that on Tuesday (today) officials from her Ministry will hand out cheques to 20 cultural interest groups including the National Council for Indian Culture (NCIC).

    “Each year members of these groups give of their time and resources to create displays as the one we are seeing tonight.

    She later commended NCIC president Deokinanan Sharma and executives of the council for their continuous commitment for the promotion and advancement of Indian culture in TT. In his opening speech, Dr Sharma said on the political front there has been a smooth transition to a new government following the following the election of 2015. “Our people have once more shown great maturity and common sense in accepting the result,” he said. He was pleased to celebrate the 29th Divali Nagar in TT.

    “Since 1986 the NCIC has grown in leaps and bound, producing and promoting Nagar as the signature Indo-Trinbagonian cultural event,” Dr Sharma said, adding that Nagar had invoked widespread interest with similar celebrations taking place in the Caribbean, USA and Canada.

    He noted that Nagar is known throughout the Indian diaspora, catching the attention of India’s biggest entertainment media ZEE TV, which is in Trinidad recording the events of Divali.

    He later thanked Government, TSTT, Bmobile and Fireone Fireworks for sponsoring Nagar 2015. The NCIC this year honoured Pundita Dr Indrani Rampersad as their chief guest. The opening prayer was done by Pundit Abhedanand Persad and the master of Ceremonies was Surujdeo Mangaroo

    • Lol….that is politics & political correctness of the government. They do not speak for ME! Also, the whole point of these blogs is to shine light on ignorance like what you cited.”Light & Darkness”…she parroted what hindus say every year at divali as is expected..However, i’m confident that the minister is clueless as to true ideology behind “lightness & darkness”…karma & skin colour!Please refer to the Documentary “India Untouched-A People Untouched”…listen to the pundit/brahmin & secretary general Maharaj in the video say that the skin colour one is born with is NOT RANDOM!….but based on KARMA! I am not a slave to the political correctness of others. But thanks fo3 poi ting it out Tman…It is sad how persons are trapped into praising ideologies that are oppoed to THEM!

      • Well said. I was going to reply to that along similar lines, but you save me the time, thank you.

        But let me suggest that the following youtube video is a dramatization of the phenomenon here at issue. How a wasp turns a cockroach into a zombie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-LazA2juIs

        You don’t have to guess in the analogy who is the wasp and who is the cockroach.

        And btw, Satan and his agents operate the same way to, for example, render their victims, us, allergic to the reading and study of the Word, the truth that will make us free.

        Shalom.

        “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…” (1 Peter 5:8)

        • You know this reminds me…Are you Familiar with Dr. Kean Gibson? A Guyanese Professor in Barbados…She authored two books
          (1) The Cycle Of Racial Oppression In Guyana
          (2) Sacred Duty: Hinduism & Violence In Guyana

          WHEW! Dat get dem hotttt!! It was like a salem witch trial with those books….every Indian organization in Guyana (whether overtly or Covertly Indian) tried to get her arrested & the books banned…same propaganda as mamoo & kian “is hate speech”..even supposedly liberal non hindu indians were on that witch hunt bandwagon…there is a lesson here…
          She is a brilliant academic who cited exactly from sources in & out of india. But my point is many ignorant africans also denounced the book, not because the information was incorrect, but…..because it “didn’t sound nice”…in other words many africans in the caribbean are trapped in the psychological stTe of a child (socially)…they need to believe that everyone loves them…ESPECIALLY when the evidence is to the contrary (typical of victims of abuse)…
          The worst deception is that of SELF!…because nobody can expose you to you….!

          • Let Paul speak to that:

            “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11)

            I am not familiar with Prof. Gibson nor her work.

            All I know is that our awakening and raising back up is a process, and God has His timetable, and raises up whom He will, so everything is proceeding on course, first as a trickle, then as a stream, then as a river, then as a mighty flood that nothing will stop.

            What I also know is that ours is the generation foretold from of old. We are the generation for whom the Book of Enoch was written. That glorious morning will come one day on our watch, not too far hence.

            May Yeshua lose none of those that were entrusted to Him from the foundation of the world, and may we all return onto the Rock whence we are digged, with eyes wide open and awake, having put aside childish things.

            Shalom.

          • Yawwwn why bring another lying black apologist into the discussion? Dr. Gibson is a study in victimology. He made black folks who have savoured the fat in Guyana feel like victims. He conveniently forget the Burnham years where over 100,000 Indo Guyanese fled from racism, violence and debauchery. Gibson as a black apologist sees the Africana movement as the only solution to Guyana’s social indigestion.

            But for Alyssa Gibson is a Demigod. Sadly.

  • I suppose by your reckoning “the Black caucus” is your equivalent of what has been described as dalits ( but that is your contention – not fact). Dalit is fact proven and assailed by millions. We have labelled and written extensively on the dalits. The facts are well known worldwide. Would you now care to tell who the “black Caucus” is and what constitutes ‘the black caucus’?

    • Most Indians in TNT have no clue about the Dalits in India and frankly don’t care. I am surprise at your low level of intelligence and understanding. As for the black caucus we are well aware of their operations in sweet TNT.

      Their mission is to support anyone who bears the Africana label, similar in modus operandi to the Muslim Brotherhood. Kian and Alyssa are certainly leading the black caucus in TNT. The black caucus obsession is with power, they will do anything for it but don’t know how to use it for the good of humanity once obtain.

      Burham, Manning, Abu…..all leaders highly esteem by the black caucus.

      • “…they will do anything for it but don’t know how to use it for the good of humanity once obtain.”…..Mamoo
        Interesting! very interesting Mamoo! Is this the same as saying that when the African has something of value, he does not know what to do with it? It is interesting that you should say that because that can be taken both negatively and can also be seen as a positive, depending on the viewpoint of which side of the divide you want to express. On the negative side (from your standpoint) when the African has something of value – he shares it with everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, creed or national origin. He fights for what is right and is not consumed by the idea of who the beneficiaries are. When the product of his labour is distributed, he sees it as development but is selfless about his contribution. The African, based on his history does not see the treasury as the means to enrich ONLY Africans, he believes that the African should put on his boots and use his own initiatives to achieve material progress. Naturally, the Indian looks at that and sees us as “low level of intelligence and understanding” (as you put it). The African does not see Trinidad and Tobago as an African country, he sees it as a country that originates from a Caribbean perspective. The Indian, on the other side, sees his/her value in Trinidad as that of an expatriate, enjoying the perks of his domicile and wants to export his abundance of wealth to his ancestral (unfortunate) siblings in a far away land called India. On the positive side (from the African point of view), Trinidad and Tobago is his HOME (full stop). The only thing he yearns for is the true development of Trinidad and Tobago without the trappings of race and the invidious trappings of problems it entails for living in harmony. He may not be materialistic inclined but he is spiritually engaged and forever looking to the heavens to make Trinidad and Tobago a better place for ALL. We have sacrificed the many soldiers of fortune, just to name a few – Dr. Eric Williams, Tubal Uriah Buzz Butler and C.L.R James. We also recognize the value of the descendants of our slavemasters (the French Creole), who have helped in the development of our country to make Trinidad and Tobago the place that it has become today, notwithstanding the hurdles of racial animosity that you so callously toss around as your ticket to prosperity. Yes Mamoo, contrary to your invidious classifications, we have demonstrated the characteristics of what it is to be Trinidadian, while you continue to use the brahmin/dalit obsession to divide us.

        • “The study’s authors then used current population estimates, which put Congo’s population at around 70 million, to extrapolate that as many as 1.8 million Congolese women had been raped, with up to 433,785 raped in the one-year period, which would mean almost a rape a minute.”

          While Kian and Alyssa are obsessing about Dalits. They conveniently don’t mention the rapes that are occurring in the Congo.

          • Lol….you are so typical…not only congo there are rapes all over africa as warfare & cultural chauvinism. By raping women they ensure that their genetics/peoples live on ( that is the methodology) but why stop in africa…all over europe & the globe..Genghis Khan was a product of that & did it himself. Plundered the village, slaughtered the men & raped the women, but also took them as wives & raised the children as their own the same thing took place for the same reasons …However, the
            REASONS & origins of this i India is
            “special”….It is Religious…dalits are considered
            sub human…the children of these rapes aren’t absorbed into the family…it is torture…beczuse of the belief that they must suffer for their blackness u til they die as will their children. Also, nowhere else….ONLY india do people hold down others & force them to ingest Faeces & Urine
            .routinely as a caste ‘right’. The entire religious doctri e with regards to the ‘inferior people’ is about immasculation,dehumanisation & BRUTAL oppression….
            Also, it is historical FACT that european entry into africa & their subsequent carving it up across thousands of years of tribal co-existence as well as policy to foment divisions created those issues you mentioned MooMoo. But Dalits were being t8rtured thousands of years before the portugese & british entered India..in fact, if it weren’t for the british The HINDU practice Of “Sutee” would still be done & going on in T&T. Suttee is an ancient HINDU practice of when a woman is widowed, she is expected to, during the burning pyre of her husband’s cremation….JUMP INTO the Fire & be cremated alive along with him….& whe she doesn’t as happened understandably..she was THROWN!….This was considered “sacred” & it was THE BRITISH who deemed it barbaric & outlawed it.

          • Also, many of these tribes that practice barbaric practices can be reformed by Literacy & Modern Education/Civilization…However, with hiduism these practices are documented & passed down through “Sacred Texts”….

            “Women,Illiterates,Low castes & Drums, are all WORTHY of a GOOD BEATING..” Manu Smirti (Hindu Laws)

          • Mamma, I have no problem with criticisms from you on matters of discourse but when criticisms are made it should address the topic in proper context. It is obvious that you and others are concerned about our discussions about the dalits and that is fine, but you must understand the context in which the conversations are put. WE ARE NOT PUTTING DOWN THE DALITS AND IF YOU ARE HONEST WITH YOURSELF YOU WOULD SEE THAT. what we are contending is this: You as an Indian has always been seen and dealt with as an Indian. Most people don’t know the difference. You behavior and way of life is different from that of the African that is fact. The trouble is that there is a difference between the hindu and the muslim and in the hindu there are many classes and sub classes. Behaviors differ based on who is what and the African had no idea who is who. The dalit as we are learning has been treated and are looked upon differently based on how he is conceived and brought into this world, because of his stated designation he is discriminated against all of his life. This is the context in which it is being discussed. Those who don’t want the topic discussed will always call it RACISM but it is in fact not so. We owe it to ourselves to understand each other. We cant do that if mores and history is kept away from us. we need to know facts and history to have a better understanding on how we think and act the way we do. We cannot if facts are submerged. No one doubts or want to submerge the atrocities that occur in Africa or Indian for that matter BUTTTT….. that is not where our minds are in terms of our local conversations and how we deal with it. This is not a topic for the faint hearted BUT WE MUST DEAL WITH IT IF THERE IS TO BE LIFE IN A DIVERSE SETTING. Trinidad is too small to divide the land mass and we must know who our neighbor is to continue living harmoniously. I agree that in coming to certain realizations it may not be pleasant but it is imperative that we have discourse on how we see each other. That being said, I hope that you do not take this as a negative connotation of how we view the dalit situation. If anything I believe that most of those who write are more understanding of the dalit than we criticize them. We have more in common with them. When we look at the dalit, we analyze how they come into being in the state that they are in and that is important to know and take heed of. There is nothing in our conversation that suggests that we are lecturing to the Indian community but the Indian community has had over 145 years of interacting with us and understanding our good and our bad. They know what hurt us and what enlightens us but in the process the aAfricans never knew or understand what motivates and propel the Indians. The case of the dalits is a starting point and while we don’t expect you to agree with anything or everything that we discuss, you should not deny us the effort to try to understand who you really are. That is our purpose and with or without you we MUST go through that process to understand that part of the population that share the island with us.

  • Hahahahaahaah….The Black Caucus frightens you doesn’t it? The imagery Of Africans supporting one another even 1% more than the status quo eh? There is a arab caucus, chinese caucus,straight haired muslim caucus, Hindu Caucus, Supermarket Caucus, Drug trade Caucus…but you zero in on the Black Caucus…strange…i wonder WHY??…One reason is that unlike the other caucuses for other ethnic grouos & their derivatives…Africans have to announce the awareness nationally in public media & spaces…i.e. openly rather than closed doors because the concept of an an exclusively African Association or ‘caucus’ is New to the African Trinidadian Mind…& instead of encouragement we get hate speech from Mamoo & his family

    • Alyssa,

      I was living in Wash D.C. when BET (Black Entertainment Television) got its start. It was set up by a so-called “black man”, Bob Johnson if memory serves. It was mostly about foolishness — as black entertainment was then and still is today — but its viewership skyrocketed. That’s where Cedric the Entertainer and the other “Kings of Comedy” got their start.

      But in between the foolishness, there was some conscious programming. The Powers that Be were having none of that! So they offered Johnson the proverbial offer he couldn’t refuse. They offered him billions of dollars for an operation whose operating budget probably scarcely registered $1 million. I use to drive by the building fairly regularly and it certainly looked nothing like the headquarters of a billion-dollar operation. But that’s what they offered, and he took.

      He said he didn’t want to sell, but was pressured. You can be sure that backing up the offer of silver was an alternative of lead, or the business equivalent. These guys have ways of shutting you down whenever they choose, such is their financial, economic, political, and media power.

      The story here is that even if *we* don’t know, the rest of the world knows that we the “Negro”, and especially those scattered to the West, are the “princes of God” prophesied to reclaim the kingdom. That is alluded to in many places in Scripture, e.g. in the story of the prodigal son, but stated almost plainly here:

      “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art ,b>rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Revelation 2:9)

      We are they who are the poor and meek and indeed downtrodden of the world. But we also are rich, says the scripture. We are “rich” because as the holy seed, we are to inherit the kingdom. Every gentile religion proceeds from a resentment of that fact, and sets themselves up as an alternative to the true holy seed. Chap. 2 of the Q’uran lays it all out as to how undeserving are the holy seed, laying a foundation to offer themselves (sons of Ishmael) as being supposedly more deserving because of greater virtue, religiosity, etc. The Brahmins (sons of Esau) likewise offer themselves as being even purer than the holy seed. It’s a lie of course, since the Aryans are not even mentioned in the Bible, and are indeed a mixed seed. And as wicked as we assuredly have been and continue to be, there is certainly enough grist to feed the brahminist mills of Mamoo, Sat, TMAn, Naipaul and etc. who seem to feel that God will hearken to their denunciations of the “Negro”. Even the gentile Christians feel that the “Church” is the new Israel, supplanting the wicked Israelites who earned God’s wrath and punishment and were scattered out of the Holy Land. And of course, the most blasphemous of all are the so-called Jews who claim to be Jews, and therefore entitled to be the heir to the Promise, when in fact they are not the true seed at all.

      My point? At some level, certainly at the level of the various punditocracies of all the would-be shunters-aside of the true prince (Israel) slated to inherit, they have not at all forgot who the real heirs to the promise are. And they all want to keep us from waking up to that one salient truth.

      That is why they took control of BET away from Bob Johnson. That is why I95fm is now under occupation by Ralph Maraj, and the Trinidad Express is a far ethnic cry from what it was under Owen Baptiste. They make it their business to know what the “black caucus” is doing, and to try to control their thinking.

      “They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee…” (Psalm 83:4-5)

      It is a conspiracy of long-standing. Of such long-standing that it is now a matter of reflex. As poor, meek and seemingly self-destructive and irrelevant as we are, they are afraid that as princes with God, we will awake to our inheritance under God’s Covenant with us, and basically wake up and take the kingdom. That’s why they are afraid of anything smacking of consciousness-raising among the true sons of Israel.

      I honour David Muhammad and his efforts, but there are two errors that detract from his otherwise laudable message: one, our identity is not defined by skin colour; that is a nonsense of label that will frustrate the logical brain-computer at some point in the honest search for Truth; and two, the sons of Ishmael have nothing to offer the sons of Israel, but rather are among those who have been confederate against us:

      “For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites (today Arab and Muslim) etc. etc.” (Psalm 83:5-6)

      So I do not make common cause with the “black caucus”. But I preach, from the standpoint of the enemy, a far more dangerous doctrine. It is that we the “Negro” are in fact the holy seed of the Book. That is the awakening of which our adversaries are most afraid.

      And btw, God has said very clearly that He is unimpressed by those coming to Him making claims of righteousness and pointing fingers at His Chosen: their righteousnesses shall be counted to Him as “filthy (menstruous) rags”, what the Jamaicans call “blood claht”. He wants us to return unto Him on our knees confessing our sins, and all who would supplant us, as self-righteous as they are, prideful as Brahmins as they are, will find their pridefulness counts against them. Such is the foolishness of Naipaul and those who rail against the “Negro” because of a brahminic sense of entitlement.

      May the Most High raise back up His holy seed, in accordance with the Promise.

      Shalom.

      “But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.” (Daniel 7:18)

      • NAR was the Trojan Horse Of The UNC….The ever EXPANDING acreage of land that is called “Divali Nagar” is a constant reminder Of How Africans discriminate against themselves in order to impress others (who can’t be impressed into seeing them other than Rawans) while in leadershil roles. Imagine to this day the emancipation support commitee acts like a nomad with no home. But during NAR, robinson gave, or allowed to be given to Hindus, exclsively, For a single Holiday event, Prime,acreage!On the highway! so everyone has to see! (was it with with the unofficial option to steal more over
        the decades??) i.e. ever expanding
        To this day many africans don’t understand the depth of
        this injustice…the immasculation by their own hands..
        my god….the amount of land by the thousands of acres squirrelled away, unjustly for one religious/ethnic group in the last 5 years…
        Los ninos que viene Van A Pagar!

        • African children in the coming generation will pay dearly for this Brahminist Evil Machinations.They will be like in The Metropols…e.g. NY…they will be slaves to landlords draining their income & compleetely immasculated…Kamlas ‘close neighbour’ ALONE got 200 acres Of Land! (DANNY ENTERPRISES)…Kristyan ‘working hard’ ‘selling stones’ (his excuse for his wealth)…Since they are neighbours…did he sell Kamla any stones??

        • Sin un plan, Nuestros ninos africanos van a pagar!

    • Hi Alyssa,

      Who cares if the Black Caucus frightens anybody? If the Tmans and Mamoos of this world are unsettled and threatened by the emergence of a black caucus, that is their problem.

      People of African descent are ultimately responsible for their own political, economic, spiritual and social advancement. As such, a “black caucus” is definitely needed since we need people who are intimately attuned to the experiences of being a native or Diaspora African in a world system stratified according to skin tone, among other indicators.

      The East Indian descendants in Trinidad and Tobago have their own support systems, so why on earth should African descendants not have their own? Do we not have the right to be at the vanguard of our own liberation as Africans?

      I have written off bloggers such as Mamoo a long time ago because they tend to engage in borderline cyber-trolling, with fallacious arguments which instantly fall apart when subjected to closer scrutiny. In fact, many times, I find it hard to believe that bloggers such as Mamoo truly believe what they write, such is the utter weakness of their arguments.

      Thus, with that said, I will continue to support what you write. While our style and delivery may be different, I agree with you in principle.

  • The Indian Caucus was spearheaded by recently ejected PM Kamla Persad Bissessar & Her Leader Sat Maharaj….So we had the leader of a sectarian movement running the country for all….winston said it best in the Indian Empire interview…”Indians must shape the society for ALL!”…..
    But Mamoo & his brothers & sisters can’t sleep at night knowing that African Trinidadians might own their ow Supermarket…
    Unlike the indian community where Spirituality is inextricably linked to ethnicity & race & therefore every mandir is an Indian Caucus meeting….African spirituality in T&T & the diaspora REJECTS any notion on race (christianity & Islam) So inversely….Africans who are “religious” are even more difficult to convince in joining A ablack caucus…interestingly especially African christians will use jesus to denounce ethnic unity among themselves, but have no problem joining & supporting caucuses of other ethnic groups…sad!

  • A previous blogger (some months ago) referred to Chinese eating dogs as part of their menu, which was disgraceful to say the least as stereotyping became the norm since but transferred towards the Indian. The Indian seems to have no positive contribution, values, principles nor beliefs towards the growth and development of Caribbean nations. The Indians, based on some previous bloggers were referred to as nasty, liars, dis-respectful etc. pointing towards the direction of non-entities occupying essential space and corrupt practices. This is after having some of their mentors stripped of both character and reputation e.g., Dookeran, Capildeo, Naipaul, Gandhi to name a few. Maybe that is why the cow is a symbol in the hindu religion and a worthy dog may receive more recognition than 300,000 Dalits. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34742702
    It is so easy to see the specks in other peoples eyes rather than asking for the scales in one’s eyes to fall – the need to be aware of false prophets amongst us.

    • This is not an objective blog. This is very subjective and not worthy of being classified as being on topic. The examples of the people you mentioned are in fact are somewhat suspect because when one becomes a ‘celebrity’, they are scrutinized in every way possible. Lets take Ghandi for example. Within the Indian diaspora there are people belonging to the Indian family (from Indian) who are actively bring forward that the character ‘Ghandi’ was a creation of the British. It is their contention that the true hero is really Dr. Ambedkhar, the one responsible for writing the Indian constitution. He did not get the recognition because he was a dalit and therefore was not worthy of the praises. Ghandi is on record as saying that he wanted the Indians to be given second class recognition as a caste Indian because he felt superior to the native South African. As for Dookeran, he did receive a great deal of respect from African people, but as information of him is revealed, the African community is troubled about things that he has done on the foreign circuit eg:
      “Please explain to us why the Indian identity in the West Indies remained subverted for years, and the Caribbean largely became known as a place made up of Africans, even though East Indian majority was established through indentureship in many of the countries?
      There are two reasons. The power structure in the country did not facilitate the plurality of the political voices. My name is Winston, I was named so by my parents as it allowed me entry to an English school. My grandson’s name is Dhruv, and those things do not matter anymore. The structure of society was such, that is why identity became a big issue. The Indians saw themselves as victims, not shapers of society, and the Africans captured political power. They felt they had the power of the state. What is required now for the Indian community is to be the legitimate shaper of the New Society. When we talk about Indian identity, we need to talk in terms of Caribbean identity. The time has come when the Indian community must now shape the society for all so that they can offer that leadership.” That is a direct excerpt from an interview he gave to Indians in India. Do you expect us to praise him for that? His reply was favorable to his hosts but demeaning to his countrymen. Naipaul – does Naipaul belong to anybody? Very early in her administration, Kamla Persad Bissessar brought Naipaul to Trinidad for a week long celebration of his works. He remained only a few days and cut short his visit and returned to England, effectively turning his back on ‘the celebration’. His works speak for itself. The man has a problem with identity. There are positives and negative about Capildeo. When we speak in terms of science and space, there are accolades to be poured on him. But he definitely was not a shining light in terms of his political pursuit. Some people do some things good but a terrible at other things. Capildeo is one such person. This information is certainly not new to you or anyone else.
      Not because a person is placed in the limelight and accorded celebrity status, does it mean that we should worship them.
      Humans, no matter how accomplished, have failings. People like you (and I for that matter) who want to worship them must be aware that they are not gods. They are humans with sometimes very serious short comings than one would expect and we as the audience fanning their flames of greatness must know that they may not be faultless. The most celebrated scientist – Einstein was exceptional as a scientist but dismal as a family man. He remains in the books of science as the greatest scientist however. If you were to read the online daily ‘The Hindu’ you would see where that even the hindu worship of the cow is being challenged and criticized by Indian people from India and elsewhere. It is therefore unfair to burden this blog of Trinidadians trying to understand each other with the semantics of culture that really belong elsewhere.

    • “It is never a question of belief; the only scientific attitude one can take on any subject is whether it is true…” Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi.

      I would suggest you follow the unassailably true advice of Yogananda. The only question in any of these criticims directed against the indo is whether or not it is true. If it is not true, lump it. If it is true, take it on , apply the necessary introspection, and act accordingly.

      If you follow the tribe to do evil, you will perish in the judgment brought against the tribe when it comes, as it surely will. Follow truth, not tribe. That will be the only way to escape the judgment.

      “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment…” (Exodus 23:2)

      We all have to make the same judgement as to whether we will follow God, or remain ensnared by Satan.

      “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4)

      And yes indeed, that scripture applies even more surely to the Israelites aka “afro”, “African”, “Negro”, and other such bywords, scattered to the West… as punishment, lest we forget … under the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Some of us in indignation at the indo (more specifically the Edomite Aryan strain thereof), however rightfully so, are apt to forget that. I don’t.

      It remains the case that the only question is what is true. Once that determination is made, the wise man deals with it. Denial is not appropriate.

      Shalom.

      • Maybe that’s why the book ‘Satyagraha’, written by Gandhi, when he was imprisoned in South Africa had more to do with love (truth) than hate of his oppressors. Compare that with what we read here on the blogs. By the way the satyagraha was the guiding force for Nelson Mandela as well as Martin Luther King Jr. It is amazing how forgiveness is sort by most of us when we become incarcerated for example when thoughts become crystalized and the ink runs freely from the pen, realizing there and then that the pen is mightier than the sword. Look at some of the experiences of men like Milton Obote and Nkrumah in their biographies before leading their people from mental slavery into liberal mindedness. https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyagraha

        On the other hand there seem to be the prevalent use of the words nigger and negro which when employing political correctness are considered derogatory terms today. Following the blogs there seem to be the notable absence or omission of the use of the word ‘coolie’. Now, if we know where we are going then we should know where we are coming from, then let’s re-educate ourselves as to who the term was applied to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coolie
        Sorry, I do not have electronic references to refer to you when mantras were sung of niggers eating jigger toe and coolies coming for roti half past ten, brown girl in the ring etc. Dam it when we came here we came with our culture, ignorance and wisdom. Some of us progressed others retrogressed.

        Menu of meat: Just as the Israelites saw manna from heaven as their food supplies were diminishing (Exodus), we tend to have more an explicit picture of Peter’s vision in Acts when he saw a sheet coming from heaven with all kind of 4 legged animals, and he responded to the voice from heaven that said rise Peter kill and eat. http://biblehub.com/acts/10.htm
        Can that be hogs as well which were referred to as unclean at that time. After all demonic spirits were entered into them before they ran down the precipice.

        Whilst denial is not appropriate, certainly respect is:
        The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs). Fear meaning respect in this context. One may defend ad nauseam that the contents expressed in the recent spat of blogs are academic and the moderation of the site is excellent. I do not know what the guidelines are but I beg to differ.

        It has been very glaring for some after reading the outbursts here on this site some appears to be emotionally driven rather than rational thinking (logical). If one is talking of scientific attitude then hopefully commonsense will take precedence in seeking what are possible consequences.

        Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding , acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Understanding is with the mind (soul), knowledge and wisdom are of the spirit (heart). To disenfranchise a whole race as one not having any belonging is sinful.

        • To disenfranchise a whole race as one not having any belonging is sinful.

          I don’t know that anyone on here is seeking to do that, or even advocating it.

          On the other hand, letting a light shine on the essentiaal evil of brahminism and hindutva is long overdue. There can be no sin in that. Quite the opposite.

          For those who share space with the indo in this land, it is a necessary prophylactic, long overdue. The fine sounding principles like satyagraha and ahimsa unfortunately mask an evil praxis. Therefore, I filter all of that through the lens of Matthew 7:15. Ignore what they say, check what they do. Look for the spin of the ball in the air, ignore the apparent action in the wrist and fingers.

          I am not interested in the word, coolie. As an afro in this land, I have nothing there to own, defend or deny. And no one on this blog has sought to offend the indo by the use of that word either as slur, or as the neutral denotative term of occupation, which it remains in India to this day.

          May the Most High continue to expose the evil devices of the Wicked, and protect the innocent from his machinations.

          Shalom.

    • The cow , sun & crop worship pre-dates hinduism & is part of Indigenous (daravidian/ethiopian) culture Of India.Ironically, the main instigators of stereotyping & villifying the chinese (recent) immigrants to T&T is the Indian Trinidadian community. The main hidden agenda behind these attacks is competition in Business. The chinese are just as competitive in Business (small & large) & main competitor to the average Indian Trinidadian (Supermarkets, restaurants etc.) & some dotish africans started taking the bait & joining in. With that said…political correctness cannot take precedent over Public health. It is a fact that cats & dogs are common delicacies in China & south/south east asia.That is a fact!, Also, china & india are world reknowned for their ruthless approach to business (as a culture) Irrespective Of human Life…e.g. In NY some chinese fish vendors wash down the fish with bleach to eliminate the naturally pungent odour in order to attract ignorant urban dwellers who expect fish not to smell…like fish….just as bananas are coloured to look an unnaturally yellow hue becuase again urban born & bred expect this. This is why death penalties are handed out in china to curb this
      immoral business culture.This is born partly out of extremely large populations & poverty. There are many
      chinese who wouldn’t think twice about substituting the meat
      as it would save a LOT of money & boost profits. Even so,
      even if they don’t switch the meats it is highly likely that they cook the dog for themselves which they admitted to
      doing in the same pots as the other meats & food etc…I expect that.

  • The nine beliefs of Hinduism as articulated by the progressives of the faith:

    *Hindus believe in one, all-pervasive Supreme Being who is both immanent and transcendent, both Creator and Unmanifest reality.

    *Hindus believe that the universe undergoes endless cycles of creation, preservation, and dissolution.

    *Hindus believe that all souls are evolving toward union with God and will ultimately find Moksha: spiritual knowledge and liberation from the cycle of rebirth. Not a single soul will be eternally deprived of this destiny.

    *Hindus believe in karma, the law of cause and effect by which each individual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words, and deeds.

    *Hindus believe that the soul reincarnates, evolving through many births until all karmas have been resolved.

    *Hindus believe that divine beings exist in unseen worlds and that temple worship, rituals, sacraments as well as personal devotionals create a communion with these devas and Gods.

    *Hindus believe that a spiritually awakened Master or Sat Guru is essential to know the Transcendent Absolute, as are personal discipline, good conduct, purification, self-inquiry, and meditation.

    *Hindus believe that all life is sacred, to be loved and revered, and therefore practice ahimsa or non-violence.

    *Hindus believe that no particular religion teaches the only way to salvation above all others, but that all genuine religious paths are facets of God’s Pure Love and Light, deserving tolerance and understanding

    The persistent negatives about Hindus and Hinduism expressed by certain biased bloggers crudely fit their skewed agenda of persistent ridicule and derision. They have collectively focussed on the ancient Caste system which is being rejected by all progressives and declared illegal by successive Indian governments. They have repeatedly cited literature which obviously support their theory of ancient caste stratifications. They have sourced and quoted Indian scholars who have presented one view of Hinduism which fits their theories. It is widely known that the struggle to undo centuries of societal habits continues and no one pretends that caste is not a major ingrained irritant in India.
    These bloggers will never cite the vast body of literature which presents a different, more current and progressive view of Hinduism because those sources will debunk their negative and derogatory theories. Some of these bloggers should know better because they implicitly claim to be academics.
    Their target-like obsession on discrediting many famous Indian heroes, politicians and dignitaries is now becoming tiresome, unproductive and vindictive. It is in fact classified as “hate literature”, religious bigotry and a violation of the rights and religious freedom to worship a religion of your choice.
    Kian finally said it best when he stated in his last posting that, “It is therefore unfair to burden this blog of Trinidadians trying to understand each other with the semantics of culture that really belong elsewhere”.

  • “Hindus beleive that all lives are sacred”

    So 300 million plus people are lying!…BBC, CNN & all the professors & researchers have it wrong…Just ask Professor Tman.
    I’m trying to not say ‘YUH LIE’ buttttttt….

    • Say it. Don’t succumb to political correctness.

      Look. Hinduism is a man-made religion that doesn’t deserve the name. It is not of God.

      In the first place, the pagan origins of Hinduism are Kushitic (Indus-Kush or Eastern Ethiopian, same thing).

      “And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.” (Genesis 10:6-7)

      This is the origin of “Ram” and “Shiva”, as the founding deities of Indus-Kushitic India. They are revered, indeed deified, ancestors.

      This is the common thread running through all Hamitic religion: ancestor worship. That is why there are literally millions of deities, because every distinct grouping, every village, and every family, may create their own. This is the very essence of paganism.

      Every succeeding wave of invaders merely fell into line with this paganistic tradition.

      The invading Brahmins did the same. They deified their ancestor Abraham — our ancestor also — and his wife Sarah, calling them Brahman and Saraswati. These Brahmins were also termed Aryans. As I have argued, per guidance (hear or forebear), the Aryans emerged first out of the Babylonian Empire (today IRaq), and formed also a distinct class within the Medo-Persian (today IRan) empire that succeeded it. They were a mixed breed fathered by Edomite men with Israelite women. The Edomites went up into the land of Judah when Judah was first sacked by the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, and took over; Obadiah 12-14. They acquired the social prestige that then the Israelites enjoyed in the world. As a prestigious class, they inserted themselves into the highest levels of the then world powers. They would first have lightened in skin colour due to the genetic mixing with the Medes, a Japhethic people from southern Russia, who formed an alliance with the Persians, lightening the latters’ skin colour also. Under the Greek empire of Alexander, that lightening of skin colour continued also. So that by the time the Greeks invaded India, the Aryans had formed itself as a distinct social grouping, in skin complexion about the same as the Medo-Persians, but known to be sons of Abraham, a branch of the Edomite family tree. As sons of Abraham, they were under the Abrahamic covenant, and so were to worship only the Most High, Yahweh.

      By falling into line with the paganistic tradition of Kushitic India, they betrayed the Abrahamic covenant. And they did so calculatingly, to secure temporal power. The gentile Christian church did the same, when they merged pagan traditions (“Christmas”, Easter, etc.) with forms of religious observance ordered under the Holy Covenant.

      There was a bad precedent established early on under Jeroboam. When the latter split from the southern kingdom, and established his own seat of temporal power in what became known as the northern kingdom, under Ephraim as the southern kingdom was under Judah, Jeroboam changed(!) God’s Law in order to preserve temporal power:

      “And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of Yahweh at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan. And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.” (1 Kings 12:26-32)

      So too the Brahminist in India. They fabricated a man-made religion in order to establish and secure dominance over the original indo-Kushitic people. The Kushites readily accepted a new set of gods to add to their already huge pantheon. But by and by, the Edomite/Aryan/Brahminist agenda of control and domination was placed into effect, leading to the results that we know today in the form of casteism, and the creation of a heritable, permanent under-class of those who now call themselves dalits.

      So all the fine phrases and principles of “Hinduism” are in fact a lie, calculated to oppress, and to maintain oppression.

      One of the pagan festivals that they embraced upon entry into India was the so-called Divali, the festival of lights. That too is a Hamitic original, for the same festival was celebrated in ancient Egypt (=Mizraim, second son of Ham).

      “50. At Sais, when the assembly takes place for the sacrifices, there is one night on which the inhabitants all burn a multitude of lights in the open air round their houses. They use lamps in the shape of flat saucers filled
      with a mixture of oil and salt, on the top of which the wick floats. These burn the whole night, and give to the festival the name of the Feast of Lamps. The Egyptians who are absent from the festival observe the night of the sacrifice, no less than the rest, by a general lighting of lamps; so that the illumination is not confined to the city of Sais, but extends over the whole of Egypt. And there is a religious reason assigned for the special honour paid to this night, as well as for the illumination which accompanies it.” (Herodotus, The Histories: Book 2).

      This of course describes Divali, the so-called Hindu Festival of Lights. And it is now a Brahminist dispensation, as we may gather from the picture of Sat Maharaj in today’s Express, guiding a son of Israel in lighting a deya. The whole program is what they accomplished so skillfully in Kushitic India, which was to take over and rule a whole sub-continent, employing high-sounding religious concepts as part of their strategy of conquest and domination. They are engaged in the same here in T&T.

      We obviously must resist. You cannot serve both God and Mammon. We who are Israelites are literally “princes with God”. The Word of God is given to us, and from us to the rest of the nations. We should let no one usurp that role. And it is because our forefathers failed in that respect, that one of the curses we would suffer would be:

      “And Yahweh shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.” (Deuteronomy 28:64)

      None of those gods would heed our cry and free us as a people.

      Divali is an imposition, which far from symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness, is intended to further an agenda of domination and conquest. We as Israelites should stay far, far away from it. God told us very clearly, “Learn not the way of the heathen” (Jeremiah 10:2).

      Understand also, as the dalits in India perhaps failed to learn: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)

      So, let us not be deterred by accusations of “religious bigotry”. And let us not be intimidated into a state of political correctness. The fine-sounding tenets of Hinduism are at best idolatry, prohibited by the one God that we as Israelites owe exclusive worship to, and at worst, are a device to enslave the gullible other.

      The PNM slaves to political correctness should wake up and take note. By all means let us allow all to enjoy freedom of religious conscience. But let us not go so far as to embrace every nonsensical paganism. It is best for Government to stay clear of all that nonsense. Certainly I for one must register my objection to the use of tax dollars to which I have contributed, to support any form of unGodly paganism.

      May the Most High expose the Wicked in all his wicked devices of control and subjugation, and may He soon turn our captivity, and loose us from all the snares of the Wicked… Divali most particularly in the present season.

      Shalom.

      • Yoruba, you said that the brahmins originated in Iraq…Hindu Nationalist propaganda says it was from India…A couple years ago (shown on TV) a british archaeologist found a swastika relic buried for thousa ds of years (pre dating hindu india)…guess where it was dug up….??

        Iraq….

        • Alyssa,

          Thanks for that corroborative piece of info.

          A lot of inconvenient truth is conveniently buried. But there is nothing unknown to the Holy Spirit, and I find it a reliable source of truth. But it requires a certain humility to tap into it. As soon as we put up preconceptions as filters to block out what the Spirit is trying to say, it turns itself off. In the instant case, I did not like the idea of being so closely related to the Aryans. But truth is not always convenient.

          Interestingly, the information I have been given comes with the basis for scientific testing. There will be no record of any Aryans living before Nebuchadnezzar sacked Jerusalem ca. 600 BC. Therefore, if anyone can come up with conclusive evidence of Aryans in existence before that date, then my information would have been proven wrong. Likewise, the indo-Aryan as an identifiable social grouping would not have existed before the Medo-Persian Empire stretched to embrace part of what is today India. And brahminism, since brought to India by the indo-Aryans, would not have existed prior to that entry into the sub-continent.

          Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Therefore, I submit humbly to truth, whatever it be, and however inconvenient.

          Shalom.

          P.S. Who says Faith and Science have to be at odds?

          • Actually Yoruba..the plot thickens at that point especially…the “aryans” which literally means noble in their tongue, were nomads…& they did not have “organized religon” when they entered…It was created in India…for the purpose of the results we see thousands of years later…The swastika proved that they (aryans) did not originate in India but the ideology they formulated did…like europeans going into africa & spreading their version of edited christianity where christ is what Michaelangelo drew him to be…

          • P.S. The evolutionist will be willing to debate that with you. Gandhi did say in the Satyagraha that religion and politics are inseparable. We have had so many examples with Sithole, Muzorewa, Makarios, Paisely, jesse Jackson and the list goes on……….

  • “Gandhi:Behind The Mask Of Divinity” Colonel B. Singh
    Mohan Dass Karam Chand “Mahatma” Gandhi was a deceitful caste lobbyist, Lawyer & politician. Gandhi was as evidence shows in a complete analysis of not what he said to westerners & microphones but also what he wrote & championed in his native tongue (fork tongued).
    Nelson Mandela, like Martin Luther King WERE inspired by the “Myth” of Gandhi…the propaganda press etc….they never knew the MAN. Dr. Bhimrao Babasaheb Ambedkar, a Dalit (Untouchable) & author of the Indian Constitution was a more credible character witness of Gandhi than Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King or the western media. Here’s what he said about Gandhi. He is the #1 ENEMY of the Untouchables! He is conniving & deceitful. He says one thing to the media & another to his fellow uppercastes. “The Colected Works of Mahatma Gandhi” vol 5-7 has the true face of Gandhi. When the Muslim/Hindu outbreak of violence occurred listen to the illustrious Gandhi’s response “If the whole of Calcutta swims in BLOOD…it will not DISMAY me..!”
    I have already shared on this blog Gandhi’s misadventures in South Africa…his documented bigotry & war mongering against Indigenous Africans he publicly scolded as being filthy niggers & animals, beneath the indian race (caste ideology of Hinduism). So obviously Mandela, Martin Luther King & many ignorant westerners didn’t know…In fact, Martin Luther King set in motion an ignorant approach to fighting racism i.e. “we” non-whites should unite against “them whites” which is a supposition that other people’s because of their hue have the same zeal to be on his “Racism Fighting Team”….some of the most racist (anti-Black Skin/African) people on earth who perpetuate it incessantly are Non-Whites…David Duke, the father Of White Nationalism in America said he never really Understood white superiority UNTIL he visited INDIA!…he also mentioned the history of india (according to hindu sacred scriptures/The Vedas) where the light skinned Aryans (Noble People) conquered & civilized india from the Black Skinned, Indigenous people…
    Ganghi was only a “Mahatma” (Saint) in the caste minded Hindu context…he wasn’t a saint or good person according to christianity or islam for that matter. The Dalit/Untouchable community in India, who were abused & suffered under Gandhi have refuted the Hindu Gandhi propaganda as false. Anyone who promotes Gandhi AFTER being exposed to these FACTS about his actual behaviour & his belief system (Brahminism) is either Ignorant & Dotish or Deceitful & Dishonest. I believe Moomoo, Tman & Loyal (to caste) Trini to be the Latter….but maybe they will prove me wrong??..

    • Alyssa, before proceeding to my blog, I must tell you this. I was asked by my brother (he does not write but is a dedicated reader), to let you know that he thinks that you are the greatest. He says that your knowledge is vast and expansive and admires your straightforwardness in dealing with matters of fact. He wants you to keep writing and informing the public as you are doing now.

      I think the following is one of the most insulting captions
      captions a newspaper can put into the the public’s domain:
      “Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has apologised to supporters for the People’s Partnership defeat in the September 7 general election.”

      This suggests that Kamla has a right to be elected Prime Minister, and because the electorate thought otherwise she was deposed. And for this she must render an apology.
      This to me is distasteful journalism and more importantly
      arrogant display of the use of power. Where does it state that this position is the sole domain of Kamla? It infuriates the intelligence of right thinking people, when journalism takes upon itself to propagate mythical illusions of grandeur, when the constitution does not grant such a right. Kamla is a politician and just like a gladiator, she competes in the arena of persuasion to convert minds to her thinking. She failed for very many reasons, none of which Stephen Kangal has mentioned as reasons for her defeat. Stephen Kangal is blinded by reality. A perfect example of Kangal’s deceptive analysis is his attribution of Hilton Sandy’s statement of the “Calcutta Ship” as one of the reason for her defeat; yet he totally ignores Kamla’s culpability of infuriating the African population when she KAMLA literally used subjective interpretation of the constitution to throw Dr. Keith Rowley out of Parliament.
      She in fact has deprived a great many people the right of representation by so doing. And yet, Stephen Kangal sees nothing wrong with that. He must be foolish to think that you can dis-enfranchise a leader and not expect the leadership to affect supporters of that leadership. That is foolish thinking and foolish analysis. It is really folly for group think. And definitely not objective analysis for seeking intelligent solutions. It is high time that we ( in the readership), tell those in media and columnists that we too have intelligence and we are not fooled by veiled captions of ignorance.

      • Thank You for the support & audience of yourself & your brother Kian. I must add however, that in order to truly benefit from the knowledge it must be passed on to the children & these issues be front burner issues i the home. Enemies of africans have observed our peculiar behaviour in the caribbean…i.e. we like to shush ourselves & our communities from discussing issues because our “friends” of other ethnic groups (one in particular) might not like it. This is a glaring weakness that has been & continues to be exploited by others e.g. Dr. Cudjoe, wrote about a year ago in the express that this (coming five year term) is “PNM’s Last Chance”..that aptly titled article addressed what is obvious to most african people/PNM supported that if PNM doesn’t focus on (not exclusively) it’s base of supporters (low & middle class africans) instead of the usual neglect & favouritism for non africans, the pnm would lose support forever…This spot on article by Dr. Cudjoe, was pounced on by Maxie Cuffie who wrote a counter to it saying that pnm cannot do so & it would simply be the same as unc’s “we time now” attitude. See that? You would never see an indian, chinese, syrian or other group jab at another co-ethnic to impress outsiders (other ethnic groups)…unless it was actual racism or hate speech…but my gosh…How can a political party use Africans for support to get in power & Non-Africans Control & Dominate the lucrative industries/streams of wealth that are CREATED BY Government’s spending?? Only colonial minded africans (M. Job) would think that behavior/reality is normal! I’m not saying only africans but HOW can it be ONLY NON-Africans becoming billionaires off of state contracts….lol..then using the money to enrich THEIR ethnic group….How the hell did Rolph Balgobin (1/3 of the trio that supported & passed the run-off bill) get put on a state board (again, he was appointed last time pnm was in power) by pnm? Did you see the tribunal/commission of en1uiry on the police strike? Did you see Rolph Balgobin speak to that senior police officer like he was a dotish child? Out of all the supporters ….you put HIM on a state board in 2015?…These type of things is what IMHO Dr. Cudjoe warned about albeit indirectly

        • Talking to children about the harsh REALITIES of religion & racism in T&T may seem harsh BUTTT. ..this is no longer an option…only the illusion of having an option. Did you listen to the UNCOPP talk about introducing comparative religions in school? How about Barry Padarath’s “contribution” in parliament chiding Dr. Rowley & if you read his language the african community as well by saying that Dr. Rowley needs lessons in Sanskrit Hindi as well s schools on the east west corridor (Padarath’s ancestors spoke Bhojpouri NEVER Hindi)…
          What do you think that whoever teaches comparative religion to our children & grandchildren would say about Hinduism?…would they talk about skin colour & inferiority? NEVER… It would be what propaganda they want them to learn…Did you hear the TTPS giving a speech to the Hindu community about Divali? Parroting the same “lightness over darkness” & how great the ideology is….See? Do they do the same for the Rastafarians? Baptists (Shouter)…,????
          I have no problem with the TTPS saying basically that it respects their time of worship & celebration & have a good day BUTTTT to praise the IDEOLOGY without understanding what you are praising…lol…they get Black skinned africans to praise “Lightness DEFEATING Darkness”….my gosh it is SELF defeating behaviour!
          When Raoul Castro visited T&T, Kamla gave him a painting of a local (african) painter & she interpreted it to the white hearted souls overcoming the black hearted, evil beings….White Skinned, Raul Castro had to tell the then PM of T&T, Kamla Persad-Bissessar that he DISAGREED with HER INTERPRETATION of the Painting & the Ideology that white is good & black is evil!!!!
          OUCH!! Weren’t y’all ashamed that a ‘white’ cuban latino had to correct T&T’s PM on skin colour prejudice?? Eh?? What a disgrace??…but Raoul is no fool…you think he didn’t understand what was going on in T&T…he could have let it slide but he said it to her in public for the newspapers to report that he did so!

          Raoul is christian, Kamla Is Hindu….very different ideologies

        • Dr Cudjoe is wrong. The PNM ,win or lose has consistently garnered 280,000 to 295,000 votes in every election. All demographic analyses have indicated that these are loyal, African Trinidadian voters.

          • Of course he’s wrong…how dare he question or present evidence contrary to your propaganda. Any how you twist it..Africans have a documented history in T&T in giving up dominant political position to either give indian politicians a chance or punish pnm for perceived wrong doings. In 1986 PNM lost 33-3…1995 Africans in Tobago as well as trinidad & gave indians their first taste of prime ministerial power…i remember the chant before 1995…”give them/we a chance nah”…”just a chance”…2010…PNM lost 14 seats…Kamla got PNM votes to win…”give woman a chance nah…she’s a mother..” 2015 kamla still got 18 seats when everyone even PNM haters knew that kamla & the 40 had to go….but she got a round of applause from “her base” and was dismissive of the seats that got her into office but rejected her this time…the talk was..well we never had “them” seats before 2010 anyway…..
            now this clown wants to play with figures to make it look like the indian community’s narrow, shameless ethnic thrust is the same with africans…LIE! Even Tman’s hero “Ralph Maraj” admitted when asked by Darion about Africans always vote against PNM when they think its best to….Ralph admitted it but then tried to spin by saying the reason African (PNM supporters) have a history of going against their party of choice is because they are accustomed to power so long they are more willing to give it up…RUBBISH! He said “some political analysts” put out that theory! The mindset of Kian, moomoo & those of their ilk is to merely spin & justify bad behavior in their community as being no different to Africans….in other words as low as is reached, africans are to be dragged down there!

    • Maybe, Ben Carson with the truth vs belief can help you with the media http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34752580

  • “Some religions actually go so far as to label anyone who belongs to a religious sect other than their own a heretic, even though the overall doctrines and impressions of godliness are nearly the same. For example: The Catholics believe the Protestants are doomed to Hell simply because they do not belong to the Catholic Church. In the same way, many splinter groups of the Christian faith, such as the evangelical or revivalist churches, believe the Catholics worship graven images. (Christ is depicted in the image that is most physiologically akin to the individual worshipping him, and yet the Christians criticize “heathens” for the worship of graven images.) And the Jews have always been given the Devil’s name.”

  • the “aryans” which literally means noble in their tongue, were nomads…& they did not have “organized religon” when they entered…It was created in India…for the purpose of the results we see thousands of years later…

    Small point… I don’t think “noble” would be a literal meaning, rather a meaning by association, because they had taken up a high position in the society that they essentially took over. The etymology that I’ve been given is: ereb + Yah, obviously shortened to eryah. Here ereb is Hebrew meaning “mixed” as of seed (Cf. arab), and Yah of course is a short form for the Most High, Yahweh. Part of their acquired prestige derived precisely from being near kin of the Israelites, and from having gone up into the land of Judah after Zedekiah and the throne of David was overthrown; and from being mixed literally with the Israelite women. The sense of “nobility”, chosen of God etc., derived from that.

    I don’t know the real sense in which they were deemed nomads. I doubt that. More than likely they were seekers of fortune… after the war has been fought. Like the Edomite Jewish “carpetbaggers” of the American South that sidled in after the war between the states, and bought up or stole land cheap. This they did to Judah after Nebuchadnezzar had sacked Jerusalem:

    “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.

    11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

    12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

    13 Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;

    14 Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.” (Obadiah 10-14)

    There was a pattern there established. The Edomites let others do the heavy lifting as it were, then they come in to lay hands on the spoils. Judah did the heavy lifting in terms of achieving so-called “black” civil rights in the U.S. Now there is an influx of indo into the U.S. taking advantage of the opportunity that that opened up. Rodwell has noted and commented upon this behaviour pattern.

    In that sense, they may be seen as “nomads”, or better, what in America they call “carpetbaggers”.

    That’s my take on the matter. If there are objective facts that make them out to be real nomads, like the Bedouins of Arabia, or some of the American Indians, I’d be all ears. But I don’t think so. I think they were opportunistic camp-followers — of the armies of Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus and Xerxes etc., and of Alexander– and “nomadic” only in that sense. That’s my take on the matter.

    Shalom.

    • Oh yes… Also, they would very much have had knowledge of the religion of the Hebrews derived from their, and our, patriarch Abraham. What they foisted on the Indian subcontinent showed a certain religious sophistication. It was a twisting of Holy Writ, and the Covenant Law under which the children of Israel were Chosen. They resented having been passed over in that regard, for Esau was the older twin, and so wrote themselves into the role of the Chosen of God, issuing from Brahman’s head and etc.

      The same pattern was followed by the other man-made religions based more or less loosely on Holy Writ: Talmudic Judaism, a concoction of Edomite (again) “Jews” and today dominated by Khazar Jews who are not of Abrahamic seedline; Ishmaelite Islam, with Ishmael nursing similar grievances to Esau, because he was passed over in favour of the younger brother Isaac, essentially because Ishmael was the son of the handmaid, the Egyptian Haga; and the gentile Christian church, which thinks of itself as the new Israel, and heir to the Promise.

      Shalom.

    • Noble is what himself called himself when creating the religion. “Nomads” is the anthropological conclusion of what they were….usurpers of an existing civilization..sound familiar? The Dravidians had a thriving civilization…Complex sewage (nor suruj) systems & agriculture…but they weren’t warriors as such hence eventual defeat. The crossbreed horses that the ‘aryans’ used & sealed victory..a cross between horse & bull, twice the capacity..stockier..shorter legs for quick turns…that is the exact animal the mongols use to this day on the steppes.Although ‘aryans’ brought their own language & culture, they usurped & assimilated the dravidians’ culture also,,,,hence the complexity.

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