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We are a very small country,
but do you see T&T benefitting
at all in this respect?
(Sharply) No. I don t think there
is any talk of nuclear energy so far
From your position, do you
think it is at all feasible?
I have not really gone into this
aspect at all in terms of renewable
energy. I think they are looking at solar
and water in so far as talks with T&T
are concerned and basically, you have
such a strong energy sector yourself,
and you are looking at diversifying your
energy sector, which is very obvious.
But even your Government has not
looked at nuclear energy so far, and I
think they are still with solar and water.
Coming from the world s largest
democracy, what sort of advice can
you impart to our brand of politicians
keeping in mind what I told you about
diplomats shying away from the
domestic situations of host govern-
When I look at T&T in terms of its
size and its population it is 1,000th
part of India, which means if you look
at the canvas of India and put T&T,
when we can manage our country with
such a big population (1.3 billion) and
here in T&T with just over one million
people, politically there could be a cohe-
siveness in government.
Politicians of all hues and colours
for a small society like this could sit
together and work out many things for
the benefit of your beautiful country.
I see so many bills coming up in Par-
liament which are discussed for days
and nights, which are not really worth
that, in my view. They could be settled
in joint parliamentary committees,
which can eventually provide for a
smooth handling of some of these
Have you been able to discern, dur-
ing your stint here, whether our politi-
cians are too confrontational in the
practice of their craft?
(Scratching his right eyebrow) You
see, in a small society it is geared
towards that, because you have no big-
ger issues to confront one another on.
So if I were to answer your question
without...I don t want anybody to say
"Oh, the Indian High Commissioner
(laughing) was answering Mr Raphael
and he makes a controversial state-
ment." I don t want to say anything
like that...to put myself in hot water.
But it obviously means that because
you are not blind sitting here, and I am
a diplomat who always mingles with
the people, that is the way I look at
society. If we don t study the society,
then we don t do our jobs properly. You
just don t sit at your desk writing papers
for my government. You have to observe
things and people around you, and
obviously the answer to your question
But, why yes? Why should it be like
that (perplexed expression). Why can t
it be more complementary and co-
Your Excellency, I am sure one of
the most unpleasant moments you
had here was that incident at the Piar-
co International Airport where you
had that matter with an immigration
officer, where you called for the matter
to be investigated. How far has that
Well, I am told that the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs did have an enquiry and
thereafter I did not ask what happened,
but after that there has been no unto-
ward incident as far as I am concerned.
They must have taken some measures,
I am sure.
Some of your most enjoyable
Carnival, number one. Divali, second.
It s an amazing celebration you do for
Divali. These will go as part of my psy-
che, and when I remember T&T these
two will hit me directly...and many
Finally, Mr High Commissioner,
this is something that has always
aroused my curiosity...how come your
Parliament is partly populated by con-
victed criminals, including killers?
(A heavy sigh with a contemplative
pause) It is a difficult question.
However, recently our Supreme
Court has disallowed politicians who
have records of conviction of any kind
of crime. They cannot stand for elec-
tion. There has been an awakening in
our society at large that certainly we
cannot allow ourselves to be governed
in some way or to be represented in
some way in our Parliament by people
who have such records.
This takes effect from our next gen-
eral election, which is carded for 2015.
in T&T politics'
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Politicians of all
hues and colours
for a small society
like this could sit
together and work
out many things
for the benefit of
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