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31st March, 2017
Panyard not getting
respect it deserves
It's a sacred
CHARLES KONG SOO
Head of the Hindu Prachar Ken-
dra, Ravi Ji, says the panyard should
be treated as a sacred space.
He made the comment during the
Lloyd Best Institute's Convois 2017,
titled Identity and Transformation, at
Renegades Panyard, Charlotte Street,
Port-of-Spain, on Saturday.
Ravi Ji said, "T&T has harvested
many world civilisations. In this small
twin-island state resides a wide range
of sanskaaras/rites of passage which
have survived colonialism.
"I stand here in this wholly indige-
nous institution, the panyard, which is
a space for rites of passage. It is unique
in its origin, function and nature. Most
importantly, it is unique in its potential.
"My purpose today is to call at-
tention to the panyard as this sacred
space where a verifiable miracle has
happened. Here is where the miracle
of the old discarded rubbish pan was
transformed as a rites of passage."
He said he had read ten papers on
pan, but not even one mentioned the
word 'panyard' and that was a kind of
Ravi Ji asked if people were so blind
to the panyard how they could see its
intrinsic worth if they did not know how
to explore it fully? He said as a com-
munity worker, he felt the importance
of the panyard and how it had engaged
the people for many years.
Ravi Ji said the panyard had placed
T&T on the map of the world and had
created a unique sound for the world.
Several speakers, representing var-
ious, diverse religions, gave their per-
spectives on the importance of birth and
naming ceremonies during the event.
Basdai Premchandsingh represented
the Hindu experience, Imam Muham-
mad Luqman Abdul-Latif spoke on the
Muslim viewpoint, Sister Alicson Hud-
lin gave her perspective as a midwife
and also as a Christian and Iya Shango
for the Orisa faith.
Premchandsingh spoke about the
stratification of colour among the rac-
es, where light skin was deemed better
than dark skin, when she was growing
up in Trinidad.
Author Earl Lovelace said he noted
the commonalities among several of the
religions. He said many people had been
quite comfortable almost to assume the
positions given them by society because
of their skin colour and class.
Lovelace said people had to decide
whether they wanted a society of con-
formity or something entirely new,
which he saw was coming.
A one-minute silence was also ob-
served at the event in honour of Nobel
Prize-winning poet Sir Derek Walcott,
who was buried on Saturday.
Unemployment not linked
to poverty says 2014 study
Poverty is linked to low in-
come and education and not
unemployment, Social De-
velopment and Family Ser-
vices Minister Cherrie-Ann
Crichlow-Cockburn told Par-
liament on Friday.
Speaking during the resumed
debate on a private motion by Op-
position MP Rudranath Indarsingh
in the House of Representatives,
Crichlow-Cockburn said this was
the finding of a study done in 2014.
She said while citizens have
lost jobs in the past 18 months,
the current unemployment rate
of below five per cent was "by no
means high." She said this figure
is described by economists as a
"natural rate of unemployment."
The minister told legislators that
under the former PP government,
"a large number of people were
employed in key positions who
either did not possess the qualifi-
cations, the capabilities, the skills
or the competences." She said the
new Government was not prepared
"to retain them after contracts ex-
She also spoke adversely about an
initiative by the former government
to remove street dwellers. She said
this initiative was being carried out
by a parallel unit within the min-
istry and there was duplication of
She said, however, that the
"only people benefited from that
were the owners of the establish-
ments" where the homeless were
temporarily taken for rehabili-
tation. Crichlow-Cockburn said
the homeless eventually returned
to the streets and the same situa-
She said more than $2 million
was spent on that initiative and
insisted that "there was severe
overlap" and "we were not bene-
fiting from that Inter Agency (unit)
She spoke about the issue in
the wake of an earlier comment
by Opposition MP Surujrattan
Rambachan, who noted a case in
which the homeless was taking the
Government to court.
The minister said poverty con-
tinues after billions have been spent
to reduce it over the past decades.
Crichlow-Cockburn also sought
to dismiss claims that while many
have lost their jobs in the last 18
months, no jobs were created. She
said almost 2,000 jobs will be cre-
ated in three projects shortly - the
operationalisation of the Property
Tax, the Municipal Police and the
establishment of the Juvenile Court
Early on in the minister's contri-
bution House Speaker Bridgid An-
nisette-George asked Opposition
MP Barry Padarath and Finance
Minister Colm Imbert to leave the
Chamber after failing to heed in-
structions to desist from disturbing
Head of the Hindu
Prachar Kendra Ravi
Ji speaks during the
Lloyd Best Institute's
Convois 2017 at
CHARLES KONG SOO
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