From Vasanth Bharath
Basdeo Panday’s life was dedicated to improving the lives of all the people of Trinidad and Tobago. His unwavering commitment to public service transformed mere politics into a noble pursuit of improving lives.
He was a man of immense courage, charisma, character and integrity. Through tireless advocacy and struggle, he championed causes that raised up communities and an entire country, leaving a profound and lasting impact on all of our society, regardless of race or religion.
I will always treasure his leadership and counsel in and out of the Parliament as well as the private and personal moments that our families spent together.
Of course he is best remembered for his witty retort and acerbic tongue. He wielded words like a finely crafted sword, navigating the complex web of local and international relations with finesse and intellect. His strategic acumen shaped our nation during a difficult time, and his leadership left an indelible mark on our history.
What for me was most impressive was his unwavering discipline and dedication to improving the lives of the people he served, and he saw that as his goal for all the people of Trinidad and Tobago. In all the time I knew Basdeo Panday, I never, ever once heard him utter a racial slur, either publicly or privately.
With a laser-like focus on addressing societal challenges, he implemented policies that uplifted communities and fostered a sense of well-being, harmony and unity.
His legacy extends beyond the political arena, reaching into the hearts of those who benefited from his commitment to positive change.
Unequivocally, despite our deep political divide, he will be remembered as the most loved politician that this country has ever had.
Today, we honor not only a skilled politician and strategist but a compassionate leader whose impact resonates in the lives of every single person he touched.
He leaves a void in our political landscape that may never be filled.
May we remember him not only for his political prowess but also for the legacy of progress, statesmanship and stability that he has left behind.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.