Prof Deosaran: TT a ‘work in progress’
By Richardson Dhalai Sunday, September 1 2013
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Pandita Indrani Rampersad, left, recipient of the Medal for the Development of Women, Gold, shares a greeting with Prime Minister Kamla Persad -Bisses...
On the nation’s 51st Independence celebrations, Professor Ramesh Deosaran, one of three recipients of the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, has described Trinidad and Tobago as a “work in progress” and expressed the hope that the national community did not become its own “barriers” against national growth.
Speaking to reporters after receiving the national award at the Southeron Academy for the Performing Arts, Rienzi Kirton Highway, San Fernando yesterday evening, Deosaran said the nation still has “some ways to go in fulfilling the promises of Independence made 51 years ago.
“And if I have to make any remarks on this occasion it is to reflect on what is the spirit of independence is all about,” he said, adding, “the first requirement for citizens of this country as an independent country is to have a greater amount of love for your country.
“I think there is need for a greater amount of caring for one another, caring for the environment so whilst Independence is still a work in progress we have to make sure we are not our own barriers to fulfilling those promises,” he said.
“I am a bit concerned about the environment, I am also concerned about the lack of love for country, countrymen and I think what we need now apart from love is a question of work,” he said, adding that independent countries like Trinidad and Tobago need “work and that whole question and challenge needs to be put more firmly on the agenda.”
He also stated that hope and “faith in ourselves” as a nation was also needed for TT to be considered independent and to cut down on “hate and envy” which he said seemed to plague citizens.
The national awards, which was held for the first time in south Trinidad, witnessed 41 persons being awarded for their contributions in the fields of national service and overall development of the nation.
NJAC leader, Makandal Daaga also received the Order of Trinidad and Tobago.
Two cousins, Shiv and Ganesh Bansraj, were both awarded the Hummingbird Medal, Bronze for Gallantry after they saved a motorist from drowning after his vehicle plunged into a river a few weeks ago.
The awards which started at approximately 6.40pm concluded at approximately 9.15pm. Painter, John Julien, who received the Humming Bird Medal, Bronze for Gallantry, said his act of heroism, in which he rescued a baby was “done for God” as he was not expecting any earthly reward.
Speaking to reporters after receiving his award at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts, San Fernando yesterday Julien said: “I feel as a hero knowing that the baby alive and well. I feel great. I wasn’t expecting nothing cause what I do I do it for God.”