Fishermen of Carli Bay, Couva went out to sea to make an honest income and are killed. Why were the authorities so slow to act? It was a repeat of 2019 when seven fishermen were killed and their engines were stolen. Where is the outrage from the media?
Running a media house and avoiding issues is wasting time. Media is a battlefield, not an infirmary. The Sun Zu made it clear that wars are won by propaganda. To parade as a media personnel and avoid controversial issues is tantamount to wasting precious time.
Writing about blatant racist acts against Indians is difficult for many. It is much easier to post an article or video from the international media but never to confront the truth. If one is not controversial then why get involved in media or academia? If controversial matters are never raised, then what is the purpose of these institutions? Are we faced with is an absence of courage and character – a kind of diarrhea in the battlefield?
Indians are by-passed for promotion to the senior ranks in the public service and there is no mass outrage. The rare individual may hire a lawyer to have his or her matter reviewed but the majority has chosen to ignore the injustice. And why? It is because we are individuals and not a community. And that is so because we have a false sense of individual success, when in reality we are powerless as a community.
Our leaders must be exposed for their indolence and cowardice. They are afraid to rock the boat for fear of losing the crumbs they are enjoying. One would expect our academics to stand up against injustice but, unfortunately, they are as good as dead. The few academics who have fought for social justice have done so as politicians. The reality is that institutions of higher learning are alienated from the welfare of the masses.
What we are experiencing now is a raging war with the enemies at the gate and no one willing to be conscripted to offer some resistance. The truth is many have grown numb to injustice and believe that others must fight their battle while they live in their cozy mansions and drive around in their luxury vehicles.
The truth is the current situation is overwhelming and there is a strong feeling of helplessness. Despite this truth, the Indians retreats into his big fat ego…empty boasts and comical rhetoric, all being done to mask his cowardice.
The recent racial attacks of Indians in South Africa are cause for concern. The few individuals who are openly making racist comments against the Indian community should be brought to justice but who among us are making the call. It appears that social justice is distant from our psyche and our thinking does not go beyond the search of the next meal. Securing our stomach is paramount in our psyche leaving no room for rights, freedom and social justice. The fact that Indians have been living in the society for the past 170 years and have failed to produce an elite class to secure the welfare of the community is a revelation of abject failure.
If our mind cannot go beyond our stomachs, would it not be better that all of us return to farming, catching crabs and hunting iguana and agouti. Why waste our time with learning history, sociology, political science and sponsoring conferences? Are these adventures necessary when our needs are basics- eat, drink and merry.
The Indian community can be likened to a car with nice body, flashy rims and other gadgets but no engine. The reality is that this car is stalled, parked in a garage while other vehicles are moving ahead.