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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, February 13, 2015
The funeral service of former East Indian cultural
activist and promoter Ajeet Praimsingh takes place
tomorrow at the Caroni Cremation site, according
to his daughter Savi Praimsingh.
Praimsingh, 72, who was the founder of the Mere
Desh Committee, died in a New York hospital on
February 4. He had been ailing for several months.
For the past 30 years or so, he has helped to pro-
mote Indian culture in the form of music, song and
dance through recordings and in the staging of
scores of cultural shows. He was the owner of Praim-
singh s Pooja Bhavan and Indian Music Store,
One of the highlights of his career was the estab-
lishment of the Mere Desh Committee in 1990
which honoured scores of East Indian entertainers
for promoting their cultural pursuits.
At the launch of the initiative, he said: "The
motive of the Mere Desh Committee was to honour
and highlight the unsung heroes in the Indian dias-
pora as very few, if any at all, were given national
recognition by the State."
He was honoured with the Humming Bird Medal
(Silver) in 1995. He visited India twice and took with
him several local performers.
Surujdeo Mangaroo, public relations officer, Nation-
al Council of Indian Culture (NCIC), said Praimsingh s
Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly
(THA) Orville London says he welcomes a decision
by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to set up
a team with the THA to discuss the issue of internal
self-governance for Tobago.
London, speaking at a press conference on Monday,
confirmed that he met with the political leaders of
two other parties on the island and other nominees
and they have all agreed to represent Tobago at the
"The team will comprise me as THA Chief Secretary;
Hochoy Charles, political leader of the Platform of the
Truth and former chief secretary; Stanford Callender,
former minister and MP of the People s National Move-
ment (PNM); Allan Richards, former THA chief admin-
istrator, as well as the political leader of the Tobago
Organisation of the People (TOP) Ashworth Jack," he
London recommended that the first meeting be
convened no later than February 27.
The Prime Minister recently named Ganga Singh,
Minister of Environment and Water Resources, Dr Lin-
coln Douglas, Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism,
Devant Maharaj, Minister of Food Production, and Dr
Delmon Baker, Tobago West MP and Minister of Tobago
Development, and Government s team to work with
the THA to examine further the issue of constitutional
reform with regard to internal self-government for
London also disclosed that he had written to the
Prime Minister again regarding the ongoing instances
of blatant incursion by the Central Government into
areas delegated to the THA under the Fifth Schedule.
He said Persad-Bissessar informed him in writing
that he could "expect a carefully-deliberated response
from the Attorney General regarding the issue.
"Failure to address this issue will continue to under-
mine the integrity of the process and fuel the per-
ception that a Central Government which is prepared
to support attacks on the limited autonomy now
available in the Tobago House of Assembly cannot
be seriously committed to the granting of self-gov-
ernment for Tobago," he added.
Praimsingh to be cremated tomorrow
Tributes for East Indian cultural activist...
death has left "a vacuum, not only in the Indian
diaspora, but to the people of T&T, as he became
a national promoter of Indian culture.
"The NCIC has had the opportunity to work
with him over several decades and we were
impressed with his deep humility, his passion for
Indian culture and his amiable personality. He will
certainly be missed both at home and abroad,"
Rafi Mohammed, cultural activist and radio
announcer, said: "Praimsingh was a noble person
who exuded care for the distressed Indian cultural
performers and he would surely be missed as one
who gave a new breath to Indian culture. By his
active involvement, he gave Indian culture a new
impetus both locally and internationally," he said.
Former mayor of Chaguanas, Orlando Nagessar,
a close associate of Praimsingh, said the Chaguanas
Borough Council formed a great partnership in
the annual Indian Arrival Day celebrations held at
the Chaguanas Market Square within recent years.
"He was a decisive man of action when it came
to the promotion and enhancement of Indian cul-
ture," Nagessar said.
new reform talks
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