Monday 6 July, 2020

Sat predicted 5th President’s medal for Lakshmi Girls, Kamla says

United National Congress (UNC) supporters at a public meeting in Marabella November 18, 2019. Photo via Facebook, UNC.

United National Congress (UNC) supporters at a public meeting in Marabella November 18, 2019. Photo via Facebook, UNC.

It was a fitting tribute to the late Secretary-General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS), Sat Maharaj, that Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College cop its fifth President’s Medal.

So said Leader of the United National Congress (UNC) Kamla Persad-Bissessar as she delivered the feature address at a public meeting held in Marabella on Monday night.

The school falls under the purview of the SDMS.

As she lauded the school where she had her first job as a teacher for its successes, Persad-Bissessar said the establishment, which began as nothing more than a structure with no windows or doors, continues to produce students who excel.

“A fitting tribute to the great man, Sat Maharaj, and the SDMS,” she said.

She recalled she was at an SDMS event about a month ago, at which Maharaj made the bold prediction that the Hindu girls college would produce a fifth President’s Medal winner in the 2019 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

“Sat Maharaj said, Look up on the wall, you will see the photographs of the scholarship winners and he said: I see five photographs of scholarship winners.”

And everybody said, No, no, Sat. There are only four photographs of the girls who won scholarships.”

“Today, what he predicted has come true,” Persad-Bissessar said.

The UNC leader heaped praises and congratulations on the late SDMS Secretary-General as well as the students who were announced as this year’s President’s Medal winners – Celine Roodal of Lakshmi Girls and Sharvaani Rampersad-Maharaj from Naparima Girls’ High School, and all 400 scholarship winners.

Persad-Bissessar reflected on her relationship with the late Hindu leader who she described as a pioneer. She said while they had their differences, there was no bad blood between them.

“We didn’t always see eye to eye, but what is a little difference when you are family? You agree?,” she asked supporters gathered at the political meeting.

“In your own family you fall out, but the main thing is you fall back in. That is where there is true love.

We might fight, there are things we would disagree on, but we do love each other,” she continued.

Persad-Bissessar offered up prayers and condolences for Maharaj on behalf of the UNC and pledged the parties continued support to the Maha Sabha.

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