The Prime Minister's cabinet without question represents the racial kaleidoscope that is Trinidad and Tobago; this while keeping in mind the fact that if it didn't, there would quite frankly be no issue with that whatsoever.
A Prime Minister has dominion over his Cabinet, to select and choose the persons who best suits his own subjective criteria.
"In fact, the notion of ‘representation’ in a society committed to the concept of a nation as a ‘melting-pot’ is quite frankly absurd."
"A Prime Minister has dominion over his Cabinet, to select and choose the persons who best suits his own subjective criteria. "
“Together, the various groups in Trinidad and Tobago have
suffered, together they have aspired, together they have
achieved. Only together can they succeed. And only together
can they build a society, can they build a nation, can they
build a homeland. There can be no Mother India, for those
whose ancestors came from India....there can be no Mother
Africa, for those of African origin. There can be no Mother England
and no dual loyalties.....There can be no Mother China, even if one could
agree as to which China is the Mother; and there can be no Mother
Syria and no Mother Lebanon. A nation, like an individual, can
have only one Mother. The only Mother we recognize is Mother
Trinidad and Tobago, and Mother cannot discriminate between her children…”
The notion of racial representation in Trinidad and Tobago is as anti-Trinagonian as roti without curry, bake without shark, or doubles without ‘channa’.
The bottom line is, Trinidad is for Trinis. The fortunate reality with our society is that it affords ample room for people to integrate and become part of this Trinbagonian experiment. If one identifies more with India, or Nigeria, Ghana, or any other nation on the African continent, Asian or European continent, Caribbean Airlines offers connecting flights. Our social welfare programs are already strained as it is…
Mikhail E.D. Byng is the author of the book ‘Off the Island’, which is available on Amazon.com. He’s also a graduate student of Peace Studies at the University of Belgrade.