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Former Self Help Commission
chairman, Krishna Rajkumar, believes
Patrick Manning, former prime min-
ister and San Fernando East MP, had
a premonition death was knocking on
Rajkumar, who was very close to
Manning, said he formed that opinion
based on the last conversation he had
with Manning which was before he
(Manning) did his tooth procedure the
Friday (June 24) before he died.
Manning was admitted to the San
Fernando General Hospital on Monday
June 27 where he was diagnosed with
an aggressive form of leukemia. Man-
ning succumbed to his illness on Sat-
urday July 2.
Rajkumar recalled: "The last conver-
sation we had was on Friday before he
went to the dentist. We were talking,
he was jovial as usual.
"He said to me Krish let me tell you
something if I die before you when I
reach up in heaven I will keep a seat
next to me for you and he said if you
(Rajkumar) happen to go before me to
do the same. "
Describing Manning as a wonderful
person, he added: "I have lost my best
friend. I cried and I cried."
He recalled he first met Manning
after being appointed by a UNC-led
government as the chairman of Self
Help Commission and they became
very close friends.
"The first political platform I spoke
on was Mr Manning s. He thought me
politics. He did not care whether I was
UNC or whatever affiliation. He said I
was a good person and he will teach
He said Manning did not replace him
when he defeated the UNC government
in the general election in 2001.
"I always admired that about Mr
Manning. He was not a racist. He was
one of the nicest persons you could
meet." He said they spoke almost every
single day and met almost every Friday,
as recent as a month ago.
Of late, he added, Manning strength-
ened his relationship with Jesus Christ
in a very serious way.
"When we spoke the conversation
changed about life after death. We also
spoke about the direction the country
was moving and what he wanted for
Rajkumar, who resigned when the
Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led coalition
came into power, said Manning enjoyed
life and when he spoke about death he
was excited by it.
Manning s former bodyguard, Roop-
narine Arjoonsingh, who protected
Manning during his three terms as
prime minister said he never knew Man-
ning to be in the cocktail circuit.
He said on a Friday night Manning
would leave the PM residence and head
down South where he relaxed with "reg-
ular people" and even went to Richie s
on Cipero Street, San Fernando, which
was a popular dancing club, which
played a lot of oldies music.
Describing Manning as an affable
person even behind the public glare, he
said he admired when Manning would
attend to people at his constituency
office on Thursday from 3 pm to mid-
Ex-Self Help Commission chairman:
RADHICA SOOKRAJ-DE SILVA
Hindu women should never
be prevented from assuming
leadership roles says secretary
general of the Sanatan Dharma
Maha Sabha, Sat Maharaj.
He was speaking at an initi-
ation function where general
secretary of Brahma Vidya
Peetham, Sushri Ananda, was
ordained as the Caribbean s first
female sansyasi (highest spiritual
order of life).
The initiation was conducted
by India s Swami Brahmadev
Upadiyah at the Brahma Vidya
Peetham Ashram, 41 Caratal
Road, Gasparillo, on Sunday
During the ceremony Anan-
da s name was changed to Sad-
hvi Anandamai Giri Ji.
Maharaj commended Ananda
for her decision which required
her to renounce her family and
take an oath to relinquish any
desire of sensuality.
Under her new way of life,
she can no longer complain, cast
blame or display anger, jealousy
Maharaj said Ananda must
always act with purity of heart
and have good wishes for the
Maharaj also said that there
was a misconception about the
role of a Hindu woman.
"There is a wrong miscon-
ception that the Hindu woman
is a chattel with the responsi-
bility to maintain the home and
produce children to ensure con-
tinuity of family and race.
This is a wrong perception of
the Hindu woman. From early
times Hindu women provided
leadership," Maharaj said.
He also added that one of the
weaknesses of Hinduism is its
inability to organise.
"That is the biggest weakness
in India and throughout the
world," he said. Maharaj added
that more than 40 years ago
when he became secretary gen-
eral it was his ambition to ensure
"When I became secretary of
the Maha Sabha there was hard-
ly a Hindu in America. Indians
were afraid to migrate to USA
because of international politics.
Indians were not permitted to
migrate. Today, Indians and
Hindus are dominating the
land," Maharaj said.
He urged Hindus to use the
institutions of Hinduism, its
schools, mandirs and the media
to promote culture. He added
that women have always main-
tained a low position in Hin-
"While we men stand at the
forefront of institutions it is our
womenfolk who drive our insti-
tutions and drive our dharma
forward. Don t let anyone tell
you that a woman cannot be a
sansyasin," Maharaj added.
Ananda, who also spoke, said
she felt satisfied having been
"I have transcended happiness
and I am beyond elation," she
said. She also vowed to raise the
flag of the SDMS globally.
"In this short life of 34 years,
I have been fortunate to be
blessed," Ananda said. She
vowed to spend the rest of her
life to improve humanity, living
a celibate life without any world-
ly possessions, practising yoga
and devotional meditation.
"The goal of the Hindu san-
syasi is moksha or liberation,"
she stated, adding this liberation
means connecting with God and
performing only his work.
Ananda, who was born in
Claxton Bay, has been learning
philosophy for ten years.
She has mastered both Hindi
and Sanskrit and plans to travel
the world with messages from
the Vedas (Holy text of Hindus).
She has already travelled to
many countries, including many
states in the USA, UK, India,
Holland, Norway, Denmark,
Israel, Japan, England, India,
Indonesia, Hawaii and in the
Caribbean, Barbados, St
Maarten, Guyana, Curacao, St
Lucia, Suriname, Jamaica and
In India she visited Rajasthan,
Punjab, Mysore, Madhya Pradesh
and Uttar Pradesh for various
Hindu women are also leaders---Sat
A nine-year-old girl
who was allegedly found
naked and intoxicated in
the backseat of a car,
along with her sister,
gave evidence in the
Princes Town Magis-
trates Court yesterday.
Reeshie Surajbally, 39,
is before Senior Magis-
trate Rajendra Rambachan
charged with six charges,
sexual touching and serv-
ing alcohol to a minor.
The girl gave evidence just
over an hour in the First
Court and was cross
examined for about 30
minutes by defence attor-
ney Pamela Elder, SC.
Phillip is prosecuting the
matter by way of paper
but the girl gave oral evi-
dence. Her 14-year-old
sister s statement was
tendered into evidence
but she is expected to
cross examined at the
Surajbally, a father of
two of Princes Town, was
granted $300,000 bail
just over a week ago by a
High Court judge. Paper
into the matter began last
The charges arose out
of an incident on May 16,
where it is alleged police
found two sisters in a
vehicle parked along
Cedar Hill Estate, Bar-
It is alleged that Sura-
jbally, a technician, took
the girls there after he
allegedly kidnapped them
from High Street, Princes
Town. He was charged by
PC Alcala of the Child
The matter was
adjourned to August 17.
Girl, 9, testifies in technician's sex trial
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