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BPTT funds Robinson’s ‘In the Midst of it’

Monday, September 10 2012

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Accompanied by his granddaughter Anushka, former President and Prime Minister ANR Robinson presents a copy of his autobiography In the Midst of it to ...
Accompanied by his granddaughter Anushka, former President and Prime Minister ANR Robinson presents a copy of his autobiography In the Midst of it to ...

It was a deeply emotional moment for past President and Prime Minister Arthur NR Robinson as his autobiography In the Midst of it was launched at a celebratory but intimate event hosted at the Central Bank Auditorium last Tuesday.

The select audience included His Excellency George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and his wife, Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards; Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Mrs Archie; Winston Dookeran, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Rodger Samuel, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister; and Orville London, Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly. Several of his close associates were also in attendance.

As some guests noted, it was fitting that for such a highly esteemed statesman, the long-awaited account of his life story was launched during the 50th Anniversary of the country’s Independence. Published by Hansib Publications Limited, In the Midst of it was fully funded by energy company bp Trinidad and Tobago, mentioned in the book’s credits as being “pleased to be associated with the legacy of ANR Robinson”.

Lifelong friend, Professor Courtenay Bartholomew, delivered the feature address at the function and chronicled the life of the author.

“Robinson’s motto has always been morality in public affairs and this is reflected in the way that he has lived his life. He has had to make some very difficult decisions and there is no leader who has ever escaped criticism, but his patriotism has never been in question – his love for country is an undying love. This is a man who was prepared to sacrifice his own life for democracy and we must reflect on how much his sacrifice is truly appreciated and lauded. Robinson has had a remarkable life and has altered the course of history by his extraordinary leadership. Here is a man of vision and I urge you to read this very instructive biography,” expressed Dr Bartholomew.

Giselle Thompson, Vice-President Communications and External Affairs, bpTT explained the company’s support for the book, “It is a special honour for bpTT to support a man who is indisputably one of the most pre-eminent and iconic figures of our time. We find in Mr Robinson’s life, the embodiment of the same values that we stand for – safety, respect, excellence, courage and being One Team. The concept of safety may not be obvious, but we are convinced that on that profound day when he issued the command to ‘attack with full force’ his heartfelt concern was for the safety of the nation above his own well-being. His are indeed qualities that we should all emulate as a people.”

Guests were deeply appreciative of the message from historian, Professor Brinsley Samaroo. “As we launch this autobiography, let us consider the mixture of Tobagonian determination, Methodist discipline and high learning that guided the author. Together with his deceased wife Patricia, these two must be considered as major builders of this nation as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary,” Samaroo said.

In the Midst of it weaves a captivating tapestry of a man’s life and its intimate connection to a nation’s development.

It begins with Robinson’s humble beginnings in Castara, Tobago, and chronicles major milestones, including his own efforts in establishing Trinidad and Tobago as an independent state, the fight for internal self-governance in Tobago, the pioneering work in establishing the International Criminal Court, his ascendency to hold the nation’s highest offices, his unwavering courage during the 1990 Coup d’état and his staunch resolution of the stalemated political tie following elections in 2001.

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