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Why should he when he has min-
isters who can be delegated to perform
Why? Because he is the chair-man
of the Cabinet, and I myself want to
complain about certain ministers. I
don t want to run to the press unnec-
essarily although I know I should. But
these complaints must go to the PM
because he said on the platform that
people should take the complaints
against local government representatives
to the Government and he should
extend that to his cabinet members.
What is this issue specifically?
(A quick dab at his forehead) I am
waiting to see how things unfold. This
matter does not concern me personally.
It concerns the country and when it
concerns the country, I expect ministers
to respond kindly.
Dr Deosaran, it is an established
fact that Afro-Trinis are the main per-
petrators of the vast number of homi-
cides, what is the phenomenon we
are looking at here?
Clevon (a pained expression), gen-
erally the young people of all races and
creeds are in crisis mood really, because
the changes are so brisk and uncertain
in our society.
But the rural working class, especially
the Black young people, both male and
female, are relatively speaking quite at
Is this situation primarily one of
failures by successive governments,
is it a problem primarily of bad par-
enting, and is it primarily a problem
of class or however one may want to
Let me put on the record what I have
confirmed in the last few years of
research which according to one review-
er of my research, it was quite authentic.
And there is a very compelling amount
of data to establish what I am saying
about the rising underclass among our
Black young men and women.
This was forcefully discovered in
1994, when in a report done by the
Centre for Ethnic Studies it was stated
quite categorically that the most dis-
advantaged group in the secondary
school system is the young Black male
and female...that is in black and white.
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with Clevon Raphael
Dr Deosaran, you have been a
virtual one-man campaigner on
some of the country s most debil-
itating issues including crime and
race relations. Isn t it apparent
that none of your fears have been
assuaged by officialdom over the
Some of those efforts have suc-
ceeded (A pensive glance in the
study room at his Champs Fleurs,
home Wednesday morning), and
I clearly remember that under three
different prime ministers, begin-
ning with ANR Robinson, I was
appointed to committees to come
up with recommendations dealing
with particular subjects.
So why, Dr Deosaran, are you
now bringing this up at a time
when you might say it is water
so long under the bridge?
Well, Clevon, the reason I am
doing this is simply because I have
a very real fear that this might
repeat or, at least, I am hopeful
that it does not repeat itself in this
new administration. And if it does,
the Government would be cheating
the country of an opportunity for
development that awaits it.
Have you, Prof Deosaran, seen
any possible signs of this hap-
(Arms folded and resting on his
chest) Well, Dr Rowley...in terms
of opportunity and opening the
space and having a new mode of
governance rather than spite and
hateful politics, I think that his
opening remarks in his address to
the nation was quite accommo-
dating. However, so far I am a bit
doubtful as the evidence seems to
be quite shaky on that ground.
Aren t you jumping the gun
and shouldn t they be given some
more time into their tenure?
Yeah, and I am not saying there
is evidence, I am saying there is
a little shakiness...a little doubt,
because I have seen some ministers
retreating into their protective
spaces without loosening up their
space for others to come and
advise, to help and so on, but we
will wait and see.
And the issue I want to raise to
the public, to the Government and
to Dr Rowley is that when a citizen
has a grievance against a minister
for maladministration, dissatis-
faction, because they had promised
on the platform to keep the citizens
What specifically are you get-
ting at, Prof Deosaran?
(Two fingers on his right cheek
and putting on a somber expres-
sion) I want to know to whom a
citizen must go.
I will propose Dr Rowley open
his office to receive complaints
from citizens against certain min-
isters rather than having it exposed
in the press prematurely. And that
kind of governance the public
Take politics out of police service
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt January 17, 2016
It's time to take politics out of the T&T Police Service. That's the position of former
chairman of the Police Service Commission PROF RAMESH DEOSARAN, a former
head of Department at the St Augustine Campus of the University of West Indies
and independent senator.
Dr Deosaran, who studied and researched extensively on this country's race and
crime issues, said young Afro males and females were most disadvantaged in the
... 'if you taking the recommendation for a commissioner to be appointed by the
Parliament, I don't know why you still have a Police Service Commission'
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