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the ex-sugar-factory compound, Brechin Castle, Couva; and to provide a status
update on the development of a Master Plan for this project. The project is aimed at
preserving and showcasing the history, heritage, culture and legacy of the sugar
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
MINISTRY OF TOURISM
Levels 8&9, Tower C International Waterfront Centre,
#1A Wrightson Road Port of Spain
A Moder n Sports Club with
A Heritage Village
A Sugar Botanical Garden
Restaurants & Shops
Brechin Castle, Couva
Sugar Heritage Village
& Museum Project
VENUE: Couva Chamber of Commerce, Camden
DATE: Wednesday 11th June, 2014
TIME: 5.00pm. -- 8.00pm
Your participation at this forum will be greatly appreciated.
The build-out of the project will be pursued through a strong business model premised
on public/private sector partnerships.
Elements of the project are to include the following:
Pre-Registered required by Monday June 9th 2014.
Please send your email to the following addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The life of T&T s first Opposition leader Dr
Rudranath Capildeo has been dissolving into the
fabric of the country s history.
According to Central Bank governor Jwala Ram-
barran, it is a name that might be familiar to "only
the generation of yesteryear," but in the wake of an
exhibition and an annual lecture series launched by
the Central Bank in his name, UWI lecturer Dr Jerome
Teelucksingh writes in a commemorative booklet for
both, "There is the common designation of Williams
as Father of the Nation . Similarly, there is some
merit if perhaps Capildeo is remembered as the
Father of Democracy ."
The Learning Resource Centre in Couva is named
after Capildeo and his Theory of Relativity, a theory
of rotation and gravity, kept him, according to Teel-
cuksingh, "in the esteemed fraternity of Isaac Newton
and Albert Einstein."
"Dr Capildeo s story is a forgotten one," adds Ram-
barran, in his speech for the Inaugural Dr Rudranath
Capildeo Legacy Lecture, "but there is much richness
in his life that is worth sharing with a new generation,
as a source of inspiration."
The exhibition, From Lion House to Legend, housed
in the Central Bank, chronicles the life of the sci-
entist/mathematician and politician, who can be seen
in one of the images exhibited, side by side with Dr
Eric Williams on Independence Day in 1962.
Like Williams, Capildeo was an island scholar. His
Cambridge results at Queen s Royal College took him
beyond the sugar cane estates that marked his early
childhood to the University of London, where he ini-
tially enrolled in medical school.
Unable to complete medical studies because of ill
health---he had suffered irreversible heart complica-
tions from rheumatic fever in early childhood---
Capildeo was encouraged to pursue Mathematics
and the Sciences instead. He gained First Class Hon-
ours in 1943 for his BSc in Special Mathematics, a
Master s degree in Mathematical Physics and a PhD
in the same in 1948.
These degree awards are displayed in the Central
Bank along with Capildeo s family tree, which show
his name among other members of his illustrious
family, including his nephew, Nobel Prize winner for
literature VS Naipaul; grand-nephew Neil Bisoondath
and his uncle, politician and lawyer Simbhoonath
Capildeo, who helped to found the Sanatan Dharma
Capildeo s years of political service, 1959-1967,
were marked by constant absence, as he divided his
time between the UK where he met his need for
ongoing medical care and worked at the University
of London and Trinidad where he was the leader of
the Democratic Labour Party.
In 1967, the Speaker of the House declared
Capildeo s seat vacant. By then his health had so
deteriorated that he was unable to return to Trinidad
to receive the Trinity Cross he was awarded in 1969.
Capildeo died, at the age of 50, in May 1970 at St
James Hospital, London.
"It remains debatable," reads one plaque, under a
picture of Capildeo in his late 20s, "as to whether
Capildeo s involvement in the historical evolution of
our new nation was a mistake or a sacrifice. Certainly
his brief encounter with local politics was generated
The Central Bank of T&T has extended the Dr
Rudranath Capildeo Legacy Exhibition until June 30.
For more information about the exhibition and to
book a visit, please call 625-2601 ext 2400, 2342,
The public can also visit our Money Museum to
learn about the exciting history of Money and
Banking in T&T. Admission is free.
Rosemarie Serrette, left, and Judith-Anne Emamali look at a photo montage of
members of the Capildeo family at the exhibition From Lion House to Legend at
the Central Bank, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
by patriotism and a great sense of hope for the future."
From Lion House to Legend, a portrait of a life,
Dr Rudranath Capildeo as "politician, lawyer, teacher,
doctor of philosophy, scientist, activist, husband and
father" exhibits everything from the last book that
Capildeo was reading as he lay dying, to the postcards
he sent to his family and correspondence he sent to
DLP party members during his absences.
Central Bank hosts
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