Is Clarence making a bid for the leadership of the PNM? He appears to have a clear plan to win a place in the hearts of PNM supporters? What else would explain his attack on doubles vendors, a hard working community in the country.
Rambharat’s choice of Point Fortin to release his salvo is proof he is reading well the pulse of the PNM supporters. He knows that the sole way to rally the PNM’s diehards is to attack the Indians, the largest ethnic group that has opposed the PNM since its inception in 1956.
Dr. Eric Williams, the founder and first political leader of the PNM, entrenched himself in the hearts and soul of the PNM grassroots after he referred to the Indians as ‘recalcitrant minority’ and went on to describe the Maha Sabha’s schools as cowsheds. Dr. Winston Mahabir, a psychiatrist, not wanting to be left behind, also jumped on the Indians describing them as having hookworms in their brains.
George Chambers was not of the caliber of Dr. Eric Williams and it was difficult for him to rally the supporters of this third world political movement called the PNM. He was soon replaced by Patrick Mervyn Augustus Manning who described Petrotrin as Petrosingh, and went on to put three prominent Indians before the courts-Occah Seepaul, Chief Justice Sat Sharma and Professor Vijay Narinesingh, despite the DPP expressing his reservation on those matters. But, more importantly, Patrick Manning has a duty to rile the PNM supporters.
Dr. Keith Rowley is now making Dr. Williams and Patrick Manning’s shibboleths look like child’s play. He has been more frontal and brutal in playing the ethnic card and with much success. Despite his failure as a Prime Minister, Dr. Rowley was able to return a second term when he attacked a UNC ad which he claimed was labelling blacks negatively. That was the password and the PNM diehards rallied with him.
Now that Rowley said that he will not be running for a third term, the PNM is open for a leader and definitely not one like Penny Beckles. She is too mild and lady like, and does not have a history of playing the race card. Would Penny be able to move a PNM crowd at Piggot’s Corner on a Friday evening? Definitely not! But Clarence Rambharat will! His mere standing on the stage would send the crowd in uproar!
Rambharat has history to his advantage. He was the economic hitman that executed the PNM plan that dismantled Caroni Ltd. More than 9,000 workers and their families were put on the breadline. Several districts and businesses in south and central Trinidad never recovered from this severe economic tsunami. Nevertheless, in the eyes of the PNM diehards, Rambharat demonstrated unswerving loyalty and commitment to the policies of the PNM.
After losing Mayaro seat to Ruston Parray of the UNC in 2015, Rambharat was rewarded the position of Minister of Agriculture. Interestingly, he was again given the position of Minister of Agriculture after losing the Caroni East seat to the Vandana Mohit, a neophyte politician of the UNC. Without any moral standing, Rambharrat survives at the mercy of Dr. Rowley, thus explaining his diatribe against the doubles vendors fraternity.
Why not Minister Kazim Hosein making such racist statement? He certainly doesn’t appear to have the personality for such dirty work. And Rohan Sinanan! But, when you are a loser like Clarence Rambharat you are at the mercy of Dr. Keith Rowley.
Kamal Mohammed was denounced by the PNM cabinet when his name came up for appointment as Prime Minister immediately following the death of Dr. Eric Williams. Kamal was a hard worker but he did not have the envious credential of a Clarence Rambharat. In addition to his morals and values, Kamal remained a patron of Indian culture and a friend to many in that fraternity.
Rambharat should know that the masses can be unforgiving and ethnic consciousness makes man act in the most inhumane and diabolical manner. Could anyone have imagined that Kamal Mohammed would be refused an ambulance to take him from Mt Hope Hospital to his home in San Juan, a mere three miles away?
Kamal Mohammed was the line minister when the Mt Hope Hospital was built. Today it is named after Dr. Eric Williams. Worst was the insult to the family when the government requested their permission to name a round-about at Divali Nagar after Kamal Mohammed. Rightfully, the family refused!
Kamala Harris is proud of her Brahmin inheritance. Now elected Vice President of the USA, Kamala Harris will now have Vedic chanting in the White House for her inauguration, a precedent set in the USA. However, individuals like Clarence Rambharat lives in denial. Instead of going toward the light, this fallen Brahmin is now embracing darkness.
Clarence Rambharat needs to be cautious in his denigration of the doubles vending community. If not, these double vendors would make a chutney of him and serve it to their customers.
Rambharat is now in choppy waters and time would have a way of devouring him. This fallen Brahmin is a far cry from the like of Kamala Harris who so proudly share to the world her Indian heritage.