The struggle of our Hindu ancestors to preserve their identity must be lauded. The majority did not join the Canadian Missionary bandwagon, despising their tradition in exchange for a “Baa Baa Black Sheep” education. The Naipauls and the Capildeos did not went through such humiliation. Today if there is any distinguished Caribbean personality who has impacted the world, such an individual was V.S Naipaul who was a pakka (100%) Hindu.
Today the residue of the Macaulay social experiment continues to lend critical support to undermine independent institutions. The truth is that they have a culture of betrayal for their personal benefits. They are mercenaries parading as politicians. Thankfully, they are a dying breed!
The struggle of V.S. Naipaul to make himself one of the literary greats of the millennium is a lesson that every self-respecting human being must emulate. However, the mercenaries never liked him because his writings have exposed their naked hostility and conspiracy to keep Hindus down.
Life is a perpetual struggle. Once Basdeo Panday in an interview implored people to struggle and his interviewer asked “what next?” and Panday responded “struggle.” Life is a perpetual struggle and not a fairy tale where the prince recued the princess, got married and ‘they lived happy forever after.’ Today the world has come to accept the reality that there are differences, fights and divorces after marriage. No wonder, the epics such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata capture the widest spectrum of human traits.
Rama’s life was no smooth sailing. It was one of personal sacrifice for the greater good of the community. His life was similar to the experiences of our forefathers who had to undergo tremendous sacrifices and hostilities from the first day they set foot on this land and to date.
Nevertheless, our forefathers found inspiration in the life of Rama. The hardship of Rama’s life – his exile and encounter with the demons, the kidnapping of his wife and the long search for her and the ensuing battles to defeat Ravana and his army- was more than what they have experienced.
Disappointments only help to build character! Without such sacrifices or pains there cannot be growth of character. The people who stand out in history are the ones that endured and overcame several setbacks and sufferings. For example, so far in our modern history none has struggled more than Mahatma Gandhi to fight oppression from his early years in South Africa to the long struggle to liberate India from the British Raj. If today, 150 years after his birth, Gandhi’s life continues to be relevant and contentious, it is only because his life of struggle has only shaped and made stronger his character.
Vagrancy, poverty and mental illness have much to do with mental strength and character than economic marginalization. The individual who continues to blame others and does not strive to take charge of his situation, is the one that falls on the wayside. When Gandhi was thrown out of the train in South Africa, he did not have Kamla Persad-Bissessar to blame but to stand up on his legs to struggle against this injustice. Others attempted to discourage him from protesting the inhumane apartheid system but Gandhi was determined to fight this injustice.
Gandhi’s inspiration was from the warrior prince Rama. When Gandhi was a boy, he was always afraid of the dark. He told his mother about his fears and she instructed him to call the name Rama whenever he was afraid. Gandhi said that he followed the instruction of his mother and from that moment he conquered fear.
When other leaders were pursuing ideologies such as socialism, communism and fascism, Gandhi’s utopia was Ramraj, the glorious reign of Sri Rama. Though educated in London, Gandhi did not shun his civilizational ethos. He had a prayer meeting for his press conferences with reading from the holy texts and the singing of hymns and bhajans.
While Gandhi was opened and accepting of all religious beliefs, his life was a reinforcement of his Hindu identity. He stopped all communication with a son who converted to Islam and referred to Muslims as bullies for their use of threats and violence to spread their faith. He despised Hindus whom he saw as cowards, afraid to stand up against aggressors. He had no respect for Christian converts whom he called ‘rice Christians.’
The ongoing saga at President House and the collapse of the Police Service Commission and the effort to appoint a stooge to head this independent institution only demonstrate moral bankruptcy of a section of this society that present themselves as paragons of virtue.
With no respect for the laws of the land these individuals have revealed that they are no more than a band of pimps, prostitutes, mercenaries and opportunists living off the sweat and toil of the hardworking citizens.
It is only a matter of time before the President House is re-christened Buckingham Palace and the title of President to be transformed to Your Majesty with the powers to bestow titles such as Lord, Dame, Sir, Barron, Duke etc. I fervently pray that such a wish does come to past.