Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Kamla's Indian Arrival Day message calls for unity to push T&T forward

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called for unity as she recommitted to improving the lives of all citizens in her Indian Arrival Day message.

She issued a statement on Friday night noting that May 30 is the 175th anniversary since the first ship carrying over 200 Indians, docked in Port of Spain. Tens of thousands made the journey to undergo indentureship and faced harsh, inhumane working conditions on the plantations along with poor living conditions in barracks.

“Indian Arrival Day honours those who journeyed to Trinidad and Tobago in 1845 and celebrates the accomplishments of the East Indian community. We remember the sacrifices our ancestors made, we learn from them and we continue to work towards addressing the challenges facing us today,” she said.

Persad-Bissessar went on to note that the forefathers of Indian descendants helped to build a uniquely diverse, multicultural, multi-religious nation.

“Those who came from India, China, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and other regions - their hard work, courage, and strength of spirit continue to inspire us today. History would show us that we all came on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now. This is true today, as our current circumstances warrant that we unite to ensure that we move our beloved Trinidad and Tobago forward,” she stated. 

The Opposition leader did not forget Trinidad and Tobago’s First Peoples who have endured insurmountable adversities but have successfully sustained their culture and traditions.

Speaking on the future, she said it is important that each citizen works together for the greater good of the nation.

“Our forefathers believed, and I also believe, that by working together, we can build a stronger, more prosperous Trinidad and Tobago, and overcome the challenges that currently face our country.  They believed in building a better society and a better nation for their children just as we do today," she said.

“That is why the party I lead, the United National Congress, remains committed to working to improve the lives of all citizens, and we have a plan to get our country working again. It is up to each of us to ensure that we leave Trinidad and Tobago a better place for future generations,” she added.

Further, Persad-Bissessar urged adults to pass on the qualities of nation-building and unity to the younger generation. She said each race that resides in T&T has had to overcome immense hurdles producing strong, brave offspring who have thrived.  

“Our strength has always been and continues to be in our unity as a people and for that, we must be wary of those who may seek to divide us for their own gain,” she warned.

“Together we will continue to build a nation proud of its diversity, with respect and love for all,” she ended.

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