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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, May 31, 2016
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Economist Indera Sagewan-Alli
says she has a responsibility to her
ancestors in India and here at home
to do better as that is an East Indian
In an address to dozens of villagers
yesterday at an Indian Arrival Day func-
tion at Robert Trace in Warrenville,
she said: "I remember as young girl
when people like Prof Brinsley Samaroo
and Trevor Sudama lobbied for this
holiday. They didn t just want a day
to sit down and do nothing. What they
thought was important was that as a
country, we took time to recognise the
contribution of East Indians to the
development of Trinidad and Tobago."
Sagewan-Alli said while much had
been achieved academically, much more
has being taken for granted.
Also speaking at the function hosted by managing
director of Sheik Lisha Limited Churchill Azard Akaloo
were Prof Samaroo, Pastor Clive Dottin and visiting
lecturer from India at the University of the West Indies,
Dr Syed Ejaz Hussain.
Sagewan-Alli said everything was failing in society:
"We are losing more than we are gaining and we need
to stop and intervene. I know that intervention is what
we need because if we don t intervene . . . we have
already lost about two generations which Cepep and
URP jobs can t buy."
Samaroo, who gave the crowd a history lesson, said
of the 227 East Indians who arrived here on May 30,
1845, ten or 12 were Muslims and the others were
"It was a man from Bombay called Ibrahim bin Youss-
eff who took his ship---Fath al Razack∏---and brought
the 227 Indians to Trinidad," he said.
Samaroo said there were 245 voyages after that
between 1845 and 1917.
"Sugarcane didn t start here in cen-
tral or in south Trinidad but in north
and later it moved to south and central.
The early pioneers who developed sug-
arcane cultivation in Trinidad were the
Indian indentured labourers who went
to the place that is today called St
James but if you think about St James
in 1845 around there, what is now
Western Main Road was a track," he
said, adding that the labourers planted
sugarcane there and all the tracks were
subsequently given Indian names such
as Delhi, Bombay, Patna, Madras, Cal-
cutta, Baroda, Mooneram and Nizam
Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh yesterday
renewed his call for joint army-police patrols in the
area and said his previous appeals had been ignored
by the relevant authorities. He did so
during Indian Arrival Day celebrations
organised by the St Andrews Sports
and Cultural Group at Carli Bay Road,
Couva, over the weekend.
Supporting the Opposition MP s call
was Allan Seepersad, councillor for Carli
Bay and vice chairman of the
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Cor-
poration, who said residents of the HDC
and Roystonia housing developments
in the community have been expressing
concern about increased criminal activ-
ity since the murder of real estate agent
Ryan Ramkissoon who was shot dead
at his Roystonia home on May 16.
"We are living in fear. Everyone has
this deep worrying feeling inside them.
The authorities, the AG, the Prime Min-
ister, the police, the soldiers, need to
put their foot down and get rid of the
criminals in this society," Seepersad
Indarsingh said after 171 years in T&T the East Indian
community is still calling for equity, fairplay and justice,
as they struggle to ensure their contribution to national
development is not watered down. He asked why small
cultural groups in the Couva area were denied funding
by the Ministry of Culture to stage Indian Arrival Day
Also speaking at the event was Couva North MP
Ramona Ramdial who said the East Indian community
has come and contributed to the economic, social and
cultural development of T&T.
A suspect held for questioning in the death of the
boyfriend of a woman police constable
was still in custody up to late yesterday
as officers of the Region Two Homi-
cide Bureau are continuing investiga-
tions into the incident.
The suspect, a relative of the police
officer, allegedly intervened in a fight
and killed Joseph Logan, 31, during fam-
ily celebrations in Malabar on Sunday
Logan, who was struck in the head,
was taken to the Arima Health Facility
where he was pronounced dead on
Reports are that the female police
officer and her boyfriend were arguing
when the suspect intervened.
Couva MP appeals
for joint patrols
Economist Indera Sagewan-Alli, right, with
managing director of Sheik Lisha Limited Churchill
Azard Akaloo and his daughter-in-law Sadaf.
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