Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 5th 2014 Contents Dr Kublalsingh, you have broadened your con-
cerns from the actual re-route campaign to other
social and political issues...
Well, they have always been issues, they have never
been different. In 2002 we undertook a huge attack
on transparency and accountability; when you go
and destroy all those human assets, when you destroy
communities, the forests, the seas, the mountains,
you have to justify why you are doing these things.
It is now 12.32 pm, Dr Kublalsingh. Have you
had lunch yet?
(Breaks out in a hearty laugh) Well, my lunch today
has been a very good interview with Clevon Raphael,
sent by a beautiful solider and angel to consciously
support us. I do a lot of praying and fasting, so lunch
is much more than the material.
It is much more economic and financial...that is
the point we want to make. There are a lot of spiritual
and cultural values here (turning his head in the
direction of his supporters).
Dr Kublalsingh, at what point do you think you
would relent if the Government refuses to back
down from its stand? ...and this is a two-point
question: Is it your belief that the Government
should base its policies on threats by citizens to
stage a fast, and wouldn t this be setting a bad
It is a bad precedent to make promises and not
abide by them. When the Government does what
she has promised, which is to put on hold and review
the Debe/Mon Desir section of the highway, this
hunger strike would come to an end immediately, if
She doesn t have to do it, she only has to agree.
Weren t you being a bit facetious saying that you
were going to New York to meet with her last week?
Not at all. My life is at stake. I am totally within
my rights to ask her for a meeting.
It is within her rights to refuse. She refused the
meeting, saying it would be unproductive.
Is it that you couldn t afford the airfare to go to
It is she who decided she would not meet me, so
I had no choice.
I hope when she comes back, she looks very thor-
oughly and carefully and would make the best decision
on behalf of the people.
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But I think it is much more than the body;
the body is one part of it...
You have to be practical: the body can
go without food for much longer than
I cannot explain the mystery of what I
do, but very early in the morning I get up
and sit in my wife s garden, which is very
cold, and I breathe in, and I expect to breathe
in a little bit of moisture in the evening.
When the sun goes down I do the same
thing. To what extent that helps, I really
don t know, but that s my programme.
You wouldn t say you are an extraordi-
nary human in that you do not drink water
on a regular basis?
What is extraordinary is that God, the
spirit, He makes these things possible. It is
a mystery to me as well. It is a mystery to
At some point---I do not expect to last
forever---at some point my body will relent,
I know that. It is just a matter of time.
Dr Kublalsingh, are you taking this fast
to its logical conclusion...the taking of
your own life?
Oh, that has never been my conclusion,
taking my life. This fast, this hunger strike
is about life, it is not about death. I will
never promise anyone that I would die.
I have made a pledge to everyone, includ-
ing my family. I have given my doctor strict
instructions: if my body relents, if I have
gone unconscious, they have full authority
to deal with my body.
To save your life? (One of his female
supporters wipes his greased feet with a
They know what they have to do...
Including the taking...
(Interrupting the question) I expect they
would stick by their professional code of
conduct. My body can go only so far and
if it relents, I can t help after that: I wouldn t
be conscious to know what is going on. But
I intend to just face the issue and go through
until my body relents. I can t do anything
more than that.
Didn t Mr Warner (when in government)
wish you would die quickly? What do you
make of his apology to you this time
Well, he apologised for breaking our camp
and I accepted his apology, as I think he
deserves the respect of forgiveness, and I
have done that.
We are about creating a revolution in new
economics. We have to be able to value our
society through its various assets, the human
and sociological included.
You understand the value of these assets---
because if you don t understand them, you
can t go to the market.
It's no political farce
We are not involved in partisan politics. I do vote,
but I don't think I would publicly endorse any
From Page A8
Dr Kublalsingh says at
some point his body will
relent. It is just a matter of
time. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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