On New Year’s night, the nation experienced a tremendous loss as we learnt of the passing of Mr. Basdeo Panday.
Mr. Panday came from very humble beginnings to become an economist, a lawyer, a trade union leader, and a politician. He served with distinction, as a Member of Parliament for Couva North for 34 years, and the 5th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Panday dedicated his life to serving the people, especially the poor and the oppressed, as he fought for social justice, equal opportunities, economic development, and national unity across this country.
Mr. Panday’s charismatic leadership was widely admired by many. His tenure was marked by economic reforms, social progress, and a vision for a united nation. His ability to bridge divides and foster unity, exemplified his statesmanship, leaving an indelible mark on the nation he served.
Mr. Basdeo Panday was a true statesman and a guiding light in the realm of politics. His legacy is one of unwavering dedication to public service, marked by his profound impact on the socio-political landscape.
Mr. Panday will always be remembered as a man of courage, vision, and integrity. He was a poised man of principle, passion, and humor. He was a man of faith, family, and friendship. He was a man who loved his country and his people.
Mr. Panday will surely be missed by many, especially the constituents of Couva North, who kept a picture of him on their altar.
However, as we celebrate the life and contributions of Mr Panday, his teachings will surely live on in the hearts and minds of those he touched with his famous lines:
“If you ever see me and a lion fighting, don’t feel sorry for me, feel sorry for the lion”
“ Never, never, never surrender!”
And “Send me off, in a blaze of glory!”
As I salute Mr. Panday, on behalf of my constituents, my executive, Councillors and staff, I express deepest condolences to his family and I pray that his soul attains liberation.
Om Sadgati. 🙏
Member of Parliament
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