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Revealing lecture about Capildeo

Sunday, May 11 2014

THE EDITOR: On Sunday evening, I had the distinct privilege of attending the inaugural “Dr Rudranath Capildeo Legacy Lecture” at the Central Bank in Port-of-Spain. The bank should be commended for undertaking such a venture, as the memory of this intellectual colossus should be preserved and told to the youths of the nation so they could aspire to his level of excellence.

The lecture was delivered by his son, Dr Rudranath “Rudy” Capildeo, a brilliant medical doctor in his own right. Capildeo delivered an intimate, insightful and riveting talk about his father which revealed snippets of history not previously told. For that I was eternally thankful that I was there.

What was poignant was the fact that the country could not properly utilise the brilliance of this man when he was alive. Capildeo was an academic but could not find meaningful employment in his country.

With a family to take care of and commitments to be met, he had to divide his time between TT and London in order to meet those commitments.

In 1966 he requested assistance from the then government for full-time employment in Trinidad, but none was forthcoming. In 1967 he applied for a post at the University of the West Indies and was accepted. However, this appointment was revoked. He went on to live out his final years in London, constantly battling ill health and regular hospitalisation, finally losing the battle in 1970

This situation is all too common with what obtains today. Too many of our brilliant scholars are not given the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the development of the country.

The oil and gas may end at some point, but our best resource, our human resource, will constantly perpetuate itself. We need to find better ways to develop and engage this resource.



Ricardo Jimenez

Diego Martin

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