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Grenada Day 15
Sometimes I think, "Maybe I
should stay." Over the Easter
weekend Grenada was shocked by
the murder of a man killed over a
gambling dispute. That same weekend,
a young man was chopped and hospi-
One source put Grenada's murder
rate at 11.5 per 100,000 last year.
(Grenada's population is 108,000.) The
same source put T&T's at 35.2.
Everywhere I go in Grenada, the
moment I open my mouth and the
Trini jumps out, Grenadians tell me
how much they love T&T. Then they
add: "But it spoil now, man."
It's hard to argue with them when
there were over 400 people murdered
in T&T last year alone.
When I walk in town at home I take
off my wedding ring. Better to hide the
little bit of gold than to have some
viper or piper wrench it off my hand---
possibly taking the hand with it.
Here in Grenada men and women
walk fearlessly with gold and jewels
flashing, giving nary a thought to ban-
It's not uncommon to hitchhike. I've
done it myself, and have given rides to
hitchhikers in the car I borrowed for a
few weeks. It would be unthinkable for
me to hitchhike in Trinidad, as one
man reminded me, squeezed up next
I'm not trying to say Grenada is
without crime; of course not. In the
same articles reporting the Easter mur-
der, there were reports of a man get-
ting eight years for stealing and caus-
ing grievous harm to a person. It's not
all kites flying and bougainvillea in
But, honestly, I've never felt safer.
This weekend I'm coming home to a
country terrified, scandalised,
appalled---add your own adjective of
outrage here---over the assassination of
Dana Seetahal, SC.
I cannot forgo the paeans to Dana
Seetahal. She was one of the attorneys
I'd have on speed dial when I was a
reporter, ready to clarify in her drily
humorous way some bit of law I didn't
understand. I may not have quoted it
in my column as much as I read it,
but I read her column often, and
enjoyed her integrity and dexterity in
explaining complex legal and statutory
Dana Seetahal certainly has left
behind immense shoes to fill.
Those assassins, whomsoever they
may be working for, have ushered in a
whole new era in T&T.
Or, perhaps not.
As the writer of The Eternal Pan-
tomime said on her blog yesterday: "If
a little boy being raped to death in a
swimming pool at a birthday party
wasn't a wake up call then, Dana's
assassination can't wake you up to
nothing. You in denial long time and
using your moral panic over this latest
killing to soothe your general inertia.
"Seetahal's gruesome and shocking
death is a marker. The act (...) will
become a part of a macabre and grisly
list of checkpoints that heralded our
descent" into "narco-state fourth-
"You hear it on the lips of citizens
all the time, Here getting like Mexico,'
Here getting like Colombia.' We not
getting, folks, we reach. That is what
Dana's death means. Final destination
More cynical words, these from a
Facebook friend's wall, but they res-
onate with me today:
"Dear Trinis, how does it feel to
wake up to the reality that we are
ruled by bandits, and that our govern-
ment does not want us to have the
means to protect ourselves from them?
Don't worry, Trinis, I'm sure you'll for-
get all about it by the next feteing sea-
It's really hard even for a Pollyanna
like me to see a silver lining here. I
have no desire to see such a dynamic
and unique place as T&T become the
Ciudad Juárez of the Caribbean. But is
it already too late?
Will the 15 bullets that Dana Seetahal
reportedly took silence us all, not just
the lawyers and the politicians, but the
journalists, the speakers in Woodford
Square, the taxi drivers and maxi pas-
Will we take this as an indisputable
signal to eat we biscuit and hush we
mouth, like the doctor who took the
cocaine out of a man's belly and said
not a word to police?
Will Dana Seetahal have justice? Or
will this be another in the long, long
list of unsolved crimes in T&T?
Sometimes my homeland makes it
hard for me to love her. Yet I do.
I'm coming home. And I'm not going
to hush my mouth.
LISA ALLEN AGOSTINI
COMING HOME TO HORROR
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May 12 marks the death anniversary of Dr
Rudranath Capildeo, one of our country's
He was a physicist, many say the Einstein of
the Caribbean, a lawyer, opposition leader and
half our independence duo.
His work in politics, science and academics is
To know the man, we must examine the child.
He was born on
the February 17,
1920 in Chagua-
QRC and the Uni-
versity of Lon-
He has a the-
ory on rotation
named after him.
In 1960 he
founded the DLP,
the initial UNC.
He was leader of
from 1960-67. Together with Dr Eric Williams
he laid the foundation for an independent T&T.
The comparison between both men always
comes up. It is my humble opinion that both
men were gifted in their own way.
Dr Capildeo's work should serve as an inspira-
tion for future generations. His contribution is in
danger of being forgotten. We must ensure this
Ask any young person if they know of his
work, you will be surprised at the reply.
T&T is proud to have produced an academic
of the stature of Dr Capildeo.
Inspiration for all of
us from Dr Capildeo
Dr Rudranath Capildeo
I cannot forgo the paeans to Dana Seetahal. She was one of the attorneys I'd have on speed dial when
I was a reporter, ready to clarify in her drily humorous way some bit of law I didn't understand. I may
not have quoted it in my column as much as I read it, but I read her column often, and enjoyed her
integrity and dexterity in explaining complex legal and statutory issues.
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