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THE Bamboo Settlement
No. 2 Branch of the
,Food Crop Farmers As-
/ sociation claim that their
members' losses could
have been avoided or
minimised if the Govern-
ment had taken the
action advised by the
President of the Bam-
boo Settlement No.2
Branch Raghoonath


,St. Joseph Rivers as
recommended by the
Association since August
In January this year
Drainage Division work-
men came and touched
up the sluice gates.
Tapia Community Se-
cretary and Candidate for
St. Augustine Bhoendra-
datt Tewarie who was
last week taken to see


the sluice gates described
the repair job as "a most
inefficient piece of patch-
Describing the measures
that were supposed to
stop the flooding, Tewarie
reported: "The concrete
reinforcement that had
been pasted on by the
irrigation department was
less than a quarter-inch
thick in each instance. In

addition, both sluice
gates were leaking."
As a result, Tewarie
concluded, the major
damage iin Bamboo was
caused not by the accumu-
lation of rain water inside
the village, but by the
seepage of river water
through the sluice gates.
The farmers had gone
so far as to write the
Turn to page 2



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Allan Harris "after nearly
eight years Tapia is ready ."

By Political Reporter
towards the elections in sireek -
creeping towards polling day by
squeezing every ounce of publicity
available and going against the
spirit of the Constitution in the
Tapia Secretary Lloyd Best
and Administrative Secretary Allan
Harris made this charge at a Press
conference called at the Move--
ment's Cipriani Boulevard Head-
quarters last week.
Best said Tapia had "no use
for the assertion" that the Gov-

ernment wasgoing to postpone the
elections. He didn't think the
Government was so foolish or
would act so irresponsibly and
stir up "the anger of the people"
by a postponement.
But the Tapiamen also slam-
med the "undisguised campaigning
by the Prime Minister" who was
"reluctant to campaign under the
banner of his own Party" but was
making public appearances all
over the place "on the slightest

Charging that this was "an
abuse of executive power by the
Prime Minister", the Tapiamen
said since Parliament was dissolved
(and one day late to boot), the
outgoing executive ought only to
act in a caretaker capacity and
not be going about announcing all
kinds of grand plans.
The Prime Minister's recent
appearances on TV were also "in
conflict with the political broad-
casting policy handed down by
Jimmy Bain", the Tapiamen said.
A call was made for access for
TV and radio time for opposition
groups to counter the Prime Min-
ister's one-man publicity campaign.
Arrangements for the elec-
tions were also, criticised. The
Tapia spokesman said things were
not moving smoothly with the
Voters' Lists and there was still
the issue of .unavailable constitu-
ency maps.

There was also the lingering
"mystery" over the date for the
proclamation of the Republic
which Tapia understood the Gov-
ernment was planning to make a
big show of, to boost its electoral


All these low-dodges, the
Tapiamen said, were further im-
pbsitions on the Opposition which
over the years the Government
had tainted with "illegality".
The Government had suc-
ceeded in "creating a climate of
fear" and thereby 'restricted parti-
cipation in opposition politics.
X This was particularly true of
public servants and teachers, who
were crucial to the political move-
ments here. Reiterating its call for
reform to allow public servants
and teachers to take part in

Friday 23rd July
San Juan (Croisee)

6.30 p.m.

The Movement is fully prepared to deal
with the Government at the polls.
politics without punitive results,
the Tapia spokesmen called for
the creation of "a new class of
political appointees"to work in
top policy jobs in the various
These persons would be
known as Political Undersecretaries
who would come in and go out
with the Government of the day.
In the interim, the Tapiamen
said they were "advising Tapia
teachers and public servants" that
the Movement would provide them
with legal backing in the courts if
they chose to come out and
take open part in the politics.
"After nearly eight years of
preparation", Harris told the Press
conference, "Tapia is ready for
the elections".
The movement expected the
Government to hold the elections
no later than Mpnday, September
13 and was fully prepared to deal
with the Govermnent at the polls.

Saturday 24th July

Meeting of cadres from San
6.30 p.m. Juan Region at Tapia P.O.S.
Centre 3.00 p.m.

Chaguanas Market 4.30 p.m.

Saturday 24th July

Wednesday 28tl, July
5.30 p.m. Point Cumana 6.30 p.nm.


Kemraj estimates that
last week's flooding in
Bamboo caused as much
as $50,000 worth of
damage and created a
serious threat to the
livelihood -of some 600
It could all have been
prevented, the farmers
claim, if the government
had repaired the sluice
gates to the Wirebal and

This -wee'k.

SUNDAY JULY 25, 1976

Vl6No. 30

SUNDAY JULY 25, 1976
-ii L'o .-re- -I .a &.

demonstrating last Tues-
day against the Govern-
ment neglect which once
again led to heavy flood-
ing in central Trinidad,
have vowed to struggle
to the end for justice and
proper representation.
Such determination
was voiced in a protest
demonstration at Sieu-
narine Trace staged by
some 200 villagers as
water almost knee-high
surrounded the gathering.
One huge placard read
"Embankment 'to Stop
Flood Now".


The call for an em-
bankment referred to the
unsatisfactory flood con-
trol measures undertaken
by the authorities, which
had provided no obstacle
to the rushing waters
after last Monday's heavy
sho wers.
A Tapiaman who
attended the demonstra-
tion at Kelly reported
that damage was severe
with water as far as the
eye could see on both
sides of the Southern
Main Road.
Homes were flooded
out, property damage
widespread and all-work
not connected to rescue

NEXT WEEK the following
the Tunapuna Region.

Monday July 26 -

Tuesday July 27

Thursday July 29

was at a standstill.
Young boys carried
piglets in their arms like
babies to save them from
Last week's floods
seemed to convince vil-.
lagers that they could no

longer take for granted
such avoidable hardships,
as part of the way of life
of Kelly.
They said they were
fed up with being ignored.
by the Government, as if
they are not citizens or as

if their problems didn't
"Who is going to com-
pensate us for our losses?"
they asked, vowing to
demand compensation for
damage and loss of

Tapiaman hailed inl

Bhoendradatt Tewarie was
on hand last Tuesday to
talk with Kelly residents
who suffered because of
the flood.

meetings will come off in

Members' meeting -
Tapia House

Hillview College

Back Street, Macoya

7.00 p.m.

6.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m.

As Tewarie stepped
from his car, there was
the shout: "Look the
Tapiaman! Leh we take
him on a tour! "
Well known in the area
as a political personality,
Tewarie accepted the
offer of a tour and heard
the villagers tell their
Bridgelal Jebodh, a
canef armer in the dis-
trict, told Tewaric about
his livestock which were
"swimming in my yard" .
le 'claimed minor
losses of poultry and
some damage to goods
which he kept down-


stairs. 1iis backyard
garden was completely
"iI lever fowls have


in a Mo-fl-






From Page One
Prime Minister, late in
May this year, asking
that officials from the
relevant Ministry be sent
to survey the situation in
Bamboo No.1 and No.2
before the rainy season.
The Prime Minister's
Office wrote on June 22,
acknowledging receipt of
the farmers' letter.
Following the floods
last Tuesday Kemraj led
a delegation of food crop
farmers to see Minister
of Agriculture Overand
Claiming that the Gov-
ernment's negligence was
the cause they demanded
compensation for the
Turn to Page 11

survived," sobbed Jebodh,
"are now roosting in the
trees in my yard, unable to
come down."
An angry Alfred
Richards claimed that
water had entered his
house and damaged his
property. With things as
they are these days, he
could not afford to make
good the damage.
In fact, so fed up was
Richards that he wanted
to leave Trinidad as soon
as possible.
Seepaul Ramdial, David
Stafford, Joseph Solomon
an Ramsaran Seenath who
had worked the night
shift, were stranded at
the junction in the morn-
ing, unable to go home.


Andrew Alleyne also
claimed flood damage to
his home. But even more
ruinous was the loss of
"a couple hundred dollars'
worth of chickens".
Fighting to hold back
tears, Chandrohan Jagai
told about the condition
of his blind wife who
was trapped by water that
surrounded and covered
the floor of the shack
in which he lived.
Ramdass M a h a r a j
wailed: "My house is a
little shack. Everything is
K a w a I Rampersad
showed a receipt for $8
which he had paid to the
relevant authority to have
his cesspit cleaned. It
bore the date February
10, 1976.
"This is the govern-
ment's way of cleaning
my toilet," Rampersad
said. "They never came
and the flood is going to
wash the filth all over the
place now."

SUNDAY JULY 25. 1976

rS HAm '

Beau Tewarie introduces some members ot the National Executive at the Foundation Assembly at SWWTU on April 11th, 1976.




Manager (in "election
"season"), Business Man-
ager, Public Relations
Secretary, Editor and
Recording Secretary.
And if the Annual
General Assembly agrees
to the proposals voted for
by the Council last
Saturday, all posts on the
Executive will be elected.
At present there are
16 elected posts on the
National Executive and

THE TAPIA National
Executive is to be
reduced to a nine-member
body with Secretary
Lloyd Best in the chair.
This is one of the pro-
posals for reform of the
Tapia Constitution which
the Council of Represen-
tatives at the end of an
almost 10-hour session
last Saturday voted to
recommend to the Annual
General Assembly.
According to the Tapia
Constitution, it is the
Annual General Assembly,
the supreme body of
Tapia, which alone can
decide upon changes in
the constitution.
The reform .proposals
came in a package pre-
sented to the Council by
Secretary Lloyd Best.
Arguing for emphasis
to be placed on the
"action" and "execution"
functions of the Executive,
Best stressed that per-
formance of these func-
tions could be facilitated
in a much smaller body.
Such a body, Best
continued, would com-
prise persons who could
work together as a team,
and who would present
themselves for election as
a single slate.
In the scheme pro-
posed by Best and
adopted by majority vote
of the Council of Repre-
sentatives, the Executive
would comprise: the
Secretary (in the chair),
Treasurer, Community
Relations Secretary, Edu-
cation and Research
Secretary, Administrative
Secretary,- Campaign



HOW DO those people
who aren't in big business
or in big labour unions
make out? Most of us
can't be in either, so .the
answer is: it depends on
your luck.
If you're lucky,, then
you manage to get by
somehow, but if you're
not so lutky, then cra-
paud smoke yuh pipe in
affluent, "civilized "Trini-
dad and Tobago.
Take' the very young'
There is no provision by
the government of welfare
services for the young.
The worst off have to go
to the somewhere called
the orphanages.
There are two large;
ones in Trinidad the St.
Dominic's Home with
over 400 children, run
by the Catholics, and the
St. Mary's Children's
Home run by the Anglican
Board, where there are
more than 500 kids.
In 1973 the wife of
the President of Mexico
wept during her visit to
the St. Mary's Home and
many people sniffed
Two months ago, two
children who were the
subject of a legal inquiry
spoke the truth about
that place and were made

eight appointed posts. By
recent convention, those
of the 25 already an-
nounced. candidates not
already on the Executive
have been invited to
attend its meetings.
Also approved by the
Council for recommenda-
tion to Annual General
Assembly is a measure to
determine the future
composition of the Coun-
cil of Representatives.
If adopted, the Council
of Representatives would
comprise 1) Representa-
tives of local groups and
or constituency parties;


2) Members of Standing
Committees; 3) Members
'of the Parliamentary
Party, and 4) Members
of the National Executive.
The Council would,
like now, be chaired' by
the Chairman of Tapia
who would also preside
over the General Assembly
The proposals that
came before last Satur-
day's Council Meeting
also made provision for
a new arm of Tapia to
be called "the Parliamen-
tary Party".
This Parliamentary
Party, to be chaired by


Gloria Henry candidate for Arima and Shadow Minister for Family Re-

to look like liars.
The truth is that very
nearly everything is wrong
with the St. Mary's
Children's Home.
The Children are far
from well cared for. The
staff is underpaid and
That is one of the first
institutions that a Tapia
government should set out
to remake entirely.

Indeed the "orphan
homes" are far too large
for the wellbeing of the

"inmates" children of-
our country.
Day care centres and
nursery schools must be
introduced at the level
of the local, government
that Tapia must make
haste to implement.
Or let's take the aged.
Homes for senior citizens
have deteriorated over the
past several years for
want of adequate assist-
ance. By and large they
are overcrowded, smelly,
darkened and unfit for
human habitation. Real

the Secretary or "Chief
Executive',' would consist
of Tapia members of
Parliament and candidates
in those constituencies for
which there are no Tapia
At an earlier Council
Meeting in February, it
was proposed that the
Secretary be designated
as the Chief Executive.

The Parliamentary
Party would form part
of the Council of Repre-
sentatives as described

poor houses. Houses of
Refuse, rather than Re-
Senior citizens who
aren't in homes can get
old age pensions if they
are lucky $60 per
month compared with $8
per month in 1956.
An increase of 800%
big deal! But the $60
per month of 1976 can
buy just about as much
as $8 per month of 1956,
so what's the change?
And to judge from the
'official figures, a poor
old soul still has only a
fifty-fifty chance of get-
ting pension at all.
In 1973, there were
58,800 persons over 65
years old. But only
28,559 of ,these were
receiving pension.
And when you con-
sider that government
assistance goes to only
eight homes for the aged
in Trinidad and Tobago,
and that these homes have
a total population of just
130 persons, you under-
stand why ketchass in
this country is no respecter
of age.
Needless to say, urgent
action to bring immediate
relief to the young, the
old, the mentally and
physically ill and those
who are also poor on top
of it all, awaits the arrival
of a Tapia government.
Which, thankfully,
won't be long in coming.



sc oo
Nu su h Is to

SUNDAY JULY 25. 1976

Ivan Laughlin candidate for St. Anns

Syl Lowhar





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douens coming in a dif-
ferent guise nowadays!"
The hills of Brasso Seco
were alive last Sunday
with the thunder of
Tapiaman Syl Lowhar as
he gave this impassioned
warning to the crowd of
villagers who came out to
hear the Tapia bandwagon
when it rolled into this
mountainous northern
area of the Arima con-

According to Lowhar,
the douens of 1976 come
bearing rum and roti to
fool the people, but they
remained douens all the
same, though they no
longer shrieked "Hoop!
Lowhar's mention of
douens and rum and roti
came in reference to an
all fours competition
sponsored last Sunday by
another candidate for the
Arima constituency.
Douens were not the
only things that -e:-ained
unchanged since the days
"of Lowhar's boyhood in
Lalaha and Brasso Seco,
"The hills are still
beautiful, the air fresh
with the luscious vegeta-
tion, but the roads are
just as badly, transport
facilities more irregular.

Nor is there any elec-
tricity or health service
to tend to people who
get snake bites," Lowhar
said. "even though Brasso.,
Seco has some of the
biggest mapipires."
The villagers had earlier
heard from Gloria Henry,
Tapia candidate for
Arima, about the need for
them to take charge of
their own lives as far as.
health, housing, trans-
port, roads and education
were concerned.
The means of doing
this, Ms. Henry said,
would be a system of
local government, and
she gave a spirited account
of Tapia's plans in this


Jeremy Mar who heads
the Tapia Shadow Min-
istry for Agriculture,
noticeably moved his
audience as he dealt with
our plans to refonn agri-
culture so as to bring
bread to the farming
The villagers of Brasso
Seco, a scandalously
neglected district, under-
stood only too well the
need for power to be
decentralised so that they
would 'no longer have to
depend on their constitu-
ency representative to
dole out patronage accord-

ing to hisi whim and
His voice echoing
through the hills, Ivan
Laughlin, former chair-
man former Community
Secretary and now
Treasurer of Tapia, re-
couneted Tapia's history
as a political organisation
committed to serious
analysis of the country's
problems. Tapia, he said,
has been the vanguard of
change ,in the country.
Meetings held by that
Tapia team were chaired
by Brother "Rabbit"
Lewis, a Tapiaman of
longstanding with a noted
flair for leadership.
The team reported a
similarly warm welcome

Jeremy Ma;r candidate for Nariva


in La Fillette, Blanchis-
. People braved the in-
clement weather to meet
the Tapia persons and
hear the Tapia message
that brought a. ray of
hope to the despair and
forlornness that have
characterized the feelings
-of most people there.

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IT IS easy to label this little book
obscene. But such tags, as is often
the case, are not only misleading
but superficial.
One can 'afford to be more
generous with the use ot more
endowed words. Certainly the
book is frank, seasoned as it is
with naked four-letter-based
purple words and traditional
expressions which exploit the
island's vernacular.
However, its basic and more
important frankness rests at a
higher level of understanding and
intuition: in the sharp literary
prod the novel takes at bureau-
cratic organisation at the statutory
level in a neo-colonial society. In
dealing with the corrupt methods
of promotion and on-the-job
relations this author, by his use of
stereotypes, will manage to com-
municate to a fair cross-section of
a sympathizing public.


The frequent sexual inter-
ludes, banal "cuss" words and
slang have not only reinforced the
moral theme but also .serve to
heighten it. They also enhance the
communication; it brings the novel
to the people, as it were. Yet
because the setting of the action
is in more or less middle-class
environments, this will remain a
book that will identify with those
from the middle-class. It could,
nevertheless, be appreciated by
Peter Ramkeesoon has
attempted to write about the
average middle-class executive in a
post-Independence Trinidad which,
it anything, has grown more
corrupt under self-rule. Immorality
exists in the highest echelons of
the social structure. Those who
are placed in a position to challenge
backwardness either become a part
of that same degradation or fall
short of meeting the challenge
because of venal ineptitude. Ran-
jitsingh is this type of character.


The whole focus of the book
is on Jason Ranjitsingh. In more
than one sense he is the tragic
figure. Not only does he not fit
into the political jigsaw of a
state-controlled bureaucracy but
he is culturally alienated from his
He is Indian only in name,
having retained few if any of his
ancestral -customs. He adopts
middle-class habits: partying and
grog, gambling and perverse vices.
These pursuits (even though carried
on out of office hours) are not
only pastimes but ways of life.
In a certain sense he is a
marginal individual, dispensable at
least to the Economic Advisory
Board. Moreover he is unable to
cope with his environment,
Rooted in theme and, with
the plot as it is, bracketed safely
between office-glass and bachelor-
flat, this novelette embraces
bourgeois social life at one relev-
ant level of interaction mainly.
The aspect of debauchery is
mainly an attempt to commercial-
ize on a predominant preoccupa-
tion of popular culture.
But it is not only this.
It is also an attempt at authenticity,
portraying life in all its verisimili-
tudes. And sexual freedom is
certainly more prevalent than

DOWN", a 123-page novel by
Trinidadian Peter Ramkeesoon,
gained some notoriety recently
when copies of it were seized and
the publishers, SCOPE Publications,

venereal disease nowadays, much
as this may shock Victorian-
minded hypocrites.
As a result, situations as
depicted are very familiar to
almost any Trini who has worked
in an office and is exposed to the
invisible fabric of its work-hours:
the male-female social life that
seeps between file papers and-
whispers. Rumours about "so and
so and the boss" and other rituals
of local clerical serfdom are
actually commonplace. One of the
typists within the pages com-
ments, in reference to Ranjitsingh
secretary's preoccupation with

"I feel she like Ranjitsingh, you
know. She always in there."

Such suspicions and insinuations-
are really manifestations of in--
security as displayed in a framne-
work with such limited scope for
promotions and financial gain.


Jason Ranjitsingh, acting in
an executive position of the
hypothetical Economic Advisory
Board, typifies this insecurity with
more complexity than any other
person in the book, even though
he is not as limited in scope as
clerks and *typists. In terms of
qualifications and competence
Ranjitsingh should be the natural
successor for the vacant post in
which he is made to act.
But as is so often the case in
reality, qualifications, aptitude,
competence and responsibility, not
to mention experience, are not
necessarily guarantees for promo-
tion. Connections are vital. Inevit-
ably politics comes into the
As it was, Errol Davis, an



summoned to court on a charge of
In this article poet-reviewer
Alvin Massy finds that author
Ramkeesoon succeeds, after a
fashion, in reaching the reader.

insubordinate, undisciplined, in-
competent affiliate of the ruling
Party is able to use his political
assets to full advantage. He is
able to flout Ranjitsingh's author-
ity and get official decisions
undermined with flattering sim-
plicity. This is regularly accented
with abuse as was the case when
his Travelling Schedule was taken
away from him.

Ah going to the General Manager
for your arse! Is we ruling the
country! All you coolie go learn
that black is beautiful!"

Significantly, the lines also illus-
trate the persistence of Indo-
African conflicts which are still
oozing into politics and other func-
tional spheres of public life. If
there has been any change in
relations between these two major
groups, it is that hostilities have
gone underground.

Ranjitsingh is the isolated
Indian individual, marooned in
urban lifestyles. He does most
things alone, and is uncomplomis-
ing to corrupt practices which
flourish within the F.A.B. When
during lunch-hour the high-ranking
officials flock to the Broadway
Restaurant for lunch and indulge
in liquor-swilling sessions, the
moderate Ranjitsingh prefers to
sequester himself eating "a hurried
meal in a small Chinese restaurant".
Then it's back to the job. Others
have learnt that assimilation is a






sure guarantee against victimiza-
13ut Jason R. docs not only
have Errol Davis to contend with,
there is the Afro-Saxon incrimina-
lions of "Oxbridge" E-.rnest Ovid
Benjamin, the Genenrl Manager,
double-talker, diplomatic-minded:

"Our excellent Nicholas (a Syrian
businessman) informs me, rather
hints so to speak, nothing official
mark you, that you how shall I
put it? -- were really rather rude.
Bad show, that. Bad Show. And
that you ah solicited financial
recompense in the event that the
loan is granted. Nonsense! Absolute
nonsense, my boy! I don't believe
a word of it."

Actually the Syrian businessman
had attempted to bribe Ranjitsingh
in order to solicit a loan for the
purpose of expanding his enterprise.
When paper-money proved ineffec-
tive he decided to report to the
General Manager, whom he is
accustomed to lunch with. So
again Jason is very much made a
victim of circumstance and awk-
wardly mis-spells his innocence,
which in itself could be inter-
preted as guilt.


Besides all these travails,
Ranjitsingh- has a.s his personal
secretary the Deputy Prime Min-
ister's daughter, a privileged, in-
disciplined, precocious and head-
strong single-child. She comes to
work late usually, or absents
herself as she wishes; she addresses
her father by his first name.
Ranjitsingh's eventual in-
volvement with this hussy com-
pletely seals whatever future he
may have had at the E.A.B. He
has no future in that particular
organisation because of his lack of
involvement with his colleagues.
Perhaps this type of com-
promise could have salvaged an
iota of morality in public affairs.
In the end, instead of struggling
against the status quo, Ranjitsingh
opts out of confrontation by
voluntary resignation.
As it stands the value of this
little book lies in the brand of
originality which its author stamps
on it. The very colorful prose is
tinged ,with sexual imageries
throughout, and though this per-
haps distracts from the main flow
of the book, the tactic ensures too
that there is no lapse into ennui.
But the prose could, have been
used for exploring more ambitious
depths of the situations dealt with.
--Despite this, the book does-.
meet the taste of a wider public,
it reaches its reader. This is one of
its prime claims to fame.
For Jason, in its final de-
nouemnent, Sunday morning came
down not in a drizzle of "stinging
water-tipped darts" but in an
avalanche of bittersweet reminisces,
cigarette smoke and coarse woollen
darkness. Ile was the discarded
creature unworthy of sympathy.
In a sense he is a subject of
symbolism. For the rest of the
book, characterization is mainly
treated through the process of
stereotypes, which may be resented
by more conscious readers. But it
is as an exercise in stereotyping
that the book strikes home easier
to the average man-in-the-street.







Three candidates are framed in this Jerry Llewellyn shot ot the Fourth
Assembly platform from left, Beau Tewarie (St. Augustine), Michael
Harris (Port-of-Spain West) and Arnold Hood (La Brea).
Below: In conference before the start of a public meeting in Scarborough
are from left, Llewellyn Belgrave, Robert Maxwell, Joe Lindsay, Angela
Cropper and Winthrop Wiltshire (standing) and Annan Ramnanansingh.

Above: Allan Harris at the microphone, opens Roxborough public
meeting with Jeremy Mar waiting to talk.
All the neighbourhood was roused when the Drummers picture at right
arrived in a mini-bus for the San Fernando Assembly. In a cooler
moment later, they pose for TAPLA camera:


iLY 25, 1976

Top, far left opening shot of the entrance to
the Fourth Assembly of the National Con-
vention at Lions Civic Centre in San
Above: Tapiaman Billy-Montague is the
ringleader in this hoopla game held as part
of the "fun-raising" rally in Maracas St.
Left: Tapia Secretary Lloyd Best gets
around during the recess of the South
Assembly. Tapia cadres in picture include,
from left, Churan Roberts, Jerry Pierre,
and standing, Robert Maxwell and Ken



Eutrice Carrington, Tapia candidate.
for Tobago East, talks to a meeting in



Nicholas Guillen.

Poet or



I who love freedom so simply as
one loves a child, or the sun, in
the tree planted in front of ones
home I shout to you with the
voice of a free man that I shall
accompany you, comrades;

That I shall match my step with
simple and happy
pure serene and strong
with my curly hair and brown body.

TO JUDGE a poet by his political
relevance is to do him an injustice,
for there are other criteria, and to
display such critical negligence is
almost unforgivable even today
when the depth of one's commit-
ment is one of the first tests..
A bad test in my opinion.
And part of Naipaul's disparage-
ment for instance (to take one of
our own cases in point) is born of
his failing this test. But that failure
is one of the few things I put to his


Putting one's political beliefs
directly into one's work is an
affectation of style. The writer's
duty is to paint his picture and
put it into a good light, not tell us
what it means: pictures last; mean--
ings change.
And -to write verse that is
both political and poetic is to be
on a tightrope that few have
walked without falling over.
That Nicholas Guillen is one
of the few who have not fallen
over is the claim that Dennis
Sardinha (in his "The Poetry of
Nicholas Guillen an Introduc-
tion") seems to be making for the
great Cuban.
But in the end he says that
Guillen's "poetry is an obvious
vehicle for his social and political
commentary, which detracts little
if any from its artistic merit."
I would have believed if we
are dealing with poetry, as opposed

to mere verse, the opposite would
be true. But the way he sees it, the
poetry is secondary; it is the
politics that mutters.
He invites you to meet a
poet and introduces you to a
maker of political statements. Has
he done Guillen a disservice or is
that all to which Guillen amounts?
In his preface he tells us that
this introduction was a talk: this
we can believe. His first paragraph
has a padded an almost shoddy
expression forgivable in a speaker's
first paragraph (nervousness, try-
ing to get the listener's interest)
but not in a writer's. But this is
beside the point.


What is not is that the book
itself seems padded. The last third
is an interview by one Ciro Bianchi
Ross and Guillen that Sardinha
translated. Another third is made
up of quotations and their trans-
lations, which read well, again by
Sardinha, and the other third is
Sardinha's hand.
But does he use the poetry
to illustrate the points he makes
or to illustrate the points he
cannot or does not make? And
anyway what point exactly is it
that he is making?

MA( ", ,I '/.I[

The section concerned with
style, which the preface -tells us
has been added on, tells us that
Guillen uses dialect, that his work
is rhythmical and lends itself to
musical accompaniment, that he
is satirical, that he uses symbolism.
And that is all.
One poem in the book,
though, "Sol de Lluvia 1927" is
a beautiful symbolist lyric and it
says more than Sardinha does
about Guillen's symbolism. Just as
much of his other verse tells us
that he is a poet who should be
heard read or read aloud.
f A lot of the verses make one
feel that when he iv trying to be
"big" his vision is not penetrative.
He is just making statements.
Statements of fact need to
be treated by poetry so they
create truths. Poetry is created
when two facts or facts and feel-
ings are so inextricably mixed by
language that a new reverberating
truth is liberated and the poorer
the mixing the poorer the libera-
It is not what you say but
but how you say it.
Guillen himself says that
throughout his practice of poetry
he saw himself "spurred on by
revolutionary tasks" and "also by
a somewhat sectarian criterion of
his poetic office."
One builds up a picture of
Sardinha a writer who might
give you a good factual biography

(we know he has told us much
much less than he knows) if not
a masterful and incisive one: a
man who enjoys Guillen's poetry
but does not appreciate the work-
manship and therefore cannot
pass on his experience of it.
Were there no problems while
translating of getting the essentials
into the new language, of finding
the right words?
The questions we would like
to have answered he does not
formulate properly.
Is Guillen really a good poet?
Why is he a good poet? Why
should we read him? What is his
relevance? Has the West Indian
(black, white, mulatto) gone
beyond the confusion of being
that Guillen wrote about or not?
And did he write about it well?
Did he really express what it was
to be mulatto? If being mulatto,
dougla, mixed, creates in people a
sensibility that needs to be expres-
sed, we want it to be expressed
by the poet from the depths of
his being and not just with his
We want the truth of being
mulatto to become articulate. The
fact of being mulatto must make
his verse mark his pages the way
his tropics

... parch in the bark of the trees
the anguish of the lizard.
Has he no antecedents, no resem-
blarices, no followers? .
Sardinha tells us that Langs-
ton Hughes appreciated Guillen

and that Federico Garcia Lorca
did too. He tells us one critic
called him "the poet of Cuba
whose muse is mulatto" while
another said of him that "he can
and must be the Rabindranath
Tagore of Cuba."
All this is very high-flown
and commendable but is it
enough? Apparently for Sardinha
it is more than enough:

The spate of literary judgements
continued, but it is not necessary
nor possible to indulge ourselves
by quoting passages at random
let us proceed secure in the
knowledge that Guillen was-being
acclaimed for the quality of his
And all the time I thought that
was what he was trying to prove
to me.
Yet the fact remains that
Guillen's magnetism, even impor-
tance, is brought across to us by
the feeling the writer obviously
has for his subject and by the
force of the feeling certain of the
poet's lines so obviously contain
(and we must thank New Beacon
for bringing us this monograph):

Oh Camaguey! oh gentle
district of shepherds and
I cannot speak, butI can hear the
cries of the night, of the
I cannot speak but I feel the
pressure of the profile of my
father, his index finger urging
me to remember;
I cannot speak but I hear the call
of his long dead voice and
the weeping of the wind.

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SU!NI)AY' JULY 25, 1976



Caroiism, our


IN THE last decade there
has been a great upsurge
of interest in Indian
culture and civilization
among our citizens. This
upsurge is by no means
limited to those who are
Hindus, nor to Indo-
Trinidadians, but has many
of its most imaginative
enthusiasts drawn from
other races, cultures and


This spiritual bond is
both a tribute to the
capacity of our peoples
to grow with and draw
from ancestral traditions
and a homage to the
immortality of Indian
Indian culture in this
country faces to a large
extent the same challenges
faced by immigrant cul-
tures and communities in
other parts of the world,
and, is not, nor has it ever
been conceived as, un-
changeable, nor should it
be construed as every-
where the same.
The conditions of
growth, of re-appraisal,
must everywhere be seen
as part of a process of

of ancient


adjustment to the needs-
of society as a whole and
the demands of the time.
Hinduism is fully able
to meet such demands
since it is not only a
religion, nor only a philos-
ophy, but a way of life
based on the teachings
of the present and the
experiences of the past.
Although it is difficult
accurately to determine
when Hinduism acquired
its present framework,
the ritu.alsa nd symb holism

can be traced to the
Indus Valley civilization
with its major centres at
Mohenjo-D'aro and Harap-
The Jhunkarseal, which
is perhaps representative
of the middle phase of
cultural development, has
been found in strata dated
at 3250-2750 B.C., But
the townships of Quetta,
Amri and Zhob, -located
hundreds of "miles from
Harappa, were founded
before e''' .iiddle ,i!;ise
of the civilization.

Since the growth of
hIe sie would require a
si :bou'i a thousand-
vY,1 ,, .. ;, !

4000 u ;.
Thelc ar.' several dif-
iecrences Oetween the
culture of the Indus
Valley and, that of later
Hindus. The nature of
the metalwork, sculpture
and town-planning show
that their thinking was in
advance of the times.


Sir Mortimer Wheeler,
who carried out a series
of excavations on the
riverine culture, concluded
that it was "the sudden
offspring of opportunity
and genius".
.Yet by 1700 B.C. the
civilization showed a
remarkable decline, leaving
us with very few clues as
to the causes of the sudden
When the Aryans
entered north-west India
by 1500-1200 B.C. the
Indus Valley civilization
had virtually ceased to
exist, and settlement had
to begin anew.
These later tribes made
a unique contribution to
the development of Indian
culture, bequeathing to

posterity the Hymns of
the Vedas, the Sanskrit
language and elements of
large-scale agriculture.
What is of significance
is that Shiva-Mahadeva
and Shiva-Natesan, who
occupy important posi-
tions in Indus Valley
iconography, were accord-
ed no such roles by the
early Aryans.


Only much laterpundits
and philosophers resur-
rected Shiva to his present
position in the Hindu
pantheon. It is, therefore,
historically valid to argue
that Indian culture, as
we now understand it,
did not begin with the
incursions of the Aryan
tribes, but showed a
distinct continuation
from Mohenjo-Daro and
Harappa to the present
This claim is supported
by representations of the
Lingam of Shiva, yogic
postures and the pipal
tree found in seals of
the period, and figurines

of the Great Mother or
Shakti (Mataram of the
The name "Hindus" is
now widely accepted as
referring to followers of
the original and evolving
culture of India in its
manifold aspects. Whether
we choose to refer to our
version as Hinduism,
Aryanism or Caroniism,
it does preserve much
that is common to the
eternal religion of India.
Local culture is all the
more vigorous and inspir-
ing in drawing from
resources of the past.

Through 'he dusky horizons
Where dark shadows stream,
I see the LightuofMohenjo-Daro,
And hear whispers of age-old
Glowing in the temples,
Pulsating in the breeze.
I recognize thespheresofShakti,
Lakshmi, Nandi, Mahadeva,
Incarnated in the rills of Caura,
Aripo, Valencia and Tamana,
Breathing down the Caroni,
Palpitating with the pleasure
Of meeting with the theopanies
Rhapsodized in the symphonies
Of the zestful Orinoco.



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No. of dwelling houses approved
No. unemployed
No. employed in agriculture
Food Imports
Worth of TT$ in 1960 prices
Tons of cement
Tons of fertilizer
Pounds of beef
Pounds of pork
Gallons of milk
Doz. table eggs
Barrels of oil refined
Barrels of local oil refined
Barrels crude oil produced
No. PTSC buses
No. miles by PTSC buses-
No passengers carried in PTSC buses

SINCE the' February Revolution and even before the
termination of the last five year plan 1969-73, the present
People's National Millstones Government has been operat-
ing a policy of ad hoc economic management.
There are no real plans, either short or long term,
only announcements of proposals like the Oil and Food
Conference of January 1975 or the Mobilisation of Finan-
cial Resources this year, plus the other mini proposals about
employment of the 0 Level graduates and so on.
Meanwhile, all the economic indicators are showing
sluggish trends, little real growth and the social indicators
in fact show backward trends.
If the Arabs had not been kind enough to orches-
trate the massive increases in the price of oil,the economy
of this country would have suffered a total collapse by
The truth is that the CARLTON PASCALL
country is temporarily 154 million to 130 million.
rich. But since oil is a In other words, while
wasting asset, what we do marine production had
now4 would determine what increased, compensating
happens to the health of for falling land production,
the economy in the coming the oil being pumped out
years, by AMOCO, a major
The test will be how marine producer, was ex-
well we use our oil re- ported to be refined in
sources to create a dyna- North America,in effect,
mic, diversified economy pumping jobs and more
and bring bread and justice money in North America
to all the little people of from Trinidad and
this country. Tobago.
Let us see where we As for agriculture, we
stand in 1976, and where produced less sugar, cocoa,
we have come since 1970. oranges, grapefruit, cocoa,
Through the accident table eggs, beef, pork, milk,
of Gaddafi and the oil fish, in 1975 than in 1970.
price increases, our Central There are some slight in-
Bank assets have increased creases in the production
from $160 million in 1970 of coffee, broilers and
to $1,840 million by the mutton.
end of 1975, and to over Meanwhile loans from
$2,000 million today., the banking system to
picLet us look at the agriculture hardly increased
picture in oil production, in real terms, remaining
the mainstay of the gov- just about two per cent of
ernment revenues, total loans.
Total production has The fall evinced in
increased from 51 million agriculture was seen in
barrels to 78 million other areas, for example,
barrels, but land produc- cement, bricks, and blocks
tion has fallen from 25 and fertilizer.
million to 15 million. As for housing con-
Crude oil refining, struction, there was a
however, has fallen from slight increase in the


74 cents
3.3 million
4.6 million
1.596 million
4.5 million
155 million
41 million
51.0 million
9.5 million
28.6 million

number of building plans
approved from 2,122
units to 1970 to '2,322 in
This is in spite of the
fact that 60% of the popu-
lation is living in substand-
ard homes, according to the
Central Statistical Office.

Which explains why
we need to build some
10,000 houses a year (with
all the implications for
employment) when Tapia
takes power in 1976.
Employment has
failed to keep pace with
the growth of the labour
force thus aggravating the
unemployment situation.

Employment in agri-
culture fell from 73,700
in 1970 to 50,400 at the
end of 1974.
Meanwhile food im-
ports had grown from
$103 million in 1970 to
$285 million in 1975,
despite all the alleged
assistance being given to
According to the
official figures, the un-
employment rate rose from
13% to 16% and the total
-unemployed from 47,000
to 62,000 between 1970
and 1975.
However it is a known
fact that when one dis-
counts the numbers under-
employed from the so-
called employed, the
employment rate is much
higher than 16%, and the
number of unemployed
today is more like 80,000.
There are no recent
data on inequality, but
there is also nothing in
government policy to sug-
gest that the trend towards



40 cents
2.7 million
3.4 million
1.589 million
4.1 million
131 million
35 million
78.6 million
427 (1974 figure)
6.3 million
20.6 million

increasing inequality and
poverty is being reversed.
Unemployment is in-
creasing -and the rapid
inflation with the Trinidad
dollar falling 74 cents in
1970 to 40 in terms of
1960 cents in 1975, would
have weakened the position
of the poor even more
than the higher income
With respect to sub-
sidised public transport, we
find that the number of
buses had increased from
356 in 1970 to 427 in

However the number
of miles travelled and pas-
sengers carried had fallen
The former fell from
- 9,486,753 miles to
6,264,436 miles and the
latter from 28,584,490
passengers to 20,600,157

There is more evi-
dence which we shall
continue to present.
The People's National
Millstones have failed to
set the country on a
course of economic and
social transform action.
The oil revenues are
being used to create ,a
sense of 'euphoria, with
Ministers competing, with
each oth-er to have roads
repaired in their constitu-
encies before the elections.
The Millstone Govern-
ment cannot stand by its
record, surely not the
record over the past six
With all the money
they cannot move the
country forward.
I The time has come
to flush them out, and to
lay the foundation on
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SUNDAY JULY 25. 1976








From page 2

losses incurred by farm-
ers in Bamboo No.2.
Padmore reportedly re-
plied that his Ministry
had a limited amount
of money for compensa-
tion to farmers in cases
of "natural disaster" such
as Alma. But flooding was
not considered a natural
The Minister claimed
that even after a flood it
was difficult accurately
to estimate the extent
of the damage. Still, he
promised to send officials
to Bamboo to look
No officials turned up,


Meanwhile Bhoendra-
datt was recording the
mood of the district:
"The farmers of Bam-
boo No.2 are united in
their demand for com-
pensation. They claim
that this is their only
means of earning a living
and that they are not
going to stand idly by
while their crops are
washed away because of
Government incompe-
tence and negligence.
"In the dry season
they plant under difficult
conditions, because there
is no irrigation in Bam-
"In the rainy season
they plant fully aware
of the likelihood of flood,
yet taking a chance.
"The farmers are
demanding greater security
and they want the bread
for their losses now."


A BUMPER event in the
series ofLpolitical rallies
is expected to come off
on Sunday August 1 when
cadres of the San Juan
Region hold their "Bara-
taria Rally" at the Bara-
taria Savannah, Sixth

DAULTON O'Neil is a San Fernando born South-
erner who, not surprisingly, has been making his
life up and down the Oil Belt.
He was educated at the Santa Flora Govern-
ment School and at the San Fernando Technical
Now Daulton is a Mechanical Engineer based
currently at Trinmar in Point. He is seconded from
the Tesoro Petroleum Company of Santa Flora.
On his way to becoming a community leader,
once a Jaycee President, and a responsible man in
the oil industry, Daulton devoted endless energies
to hardwuk.
He completed his craft apprieticeship at BP
and qualified as a precision machinist in gaining his
City and Guilds Certificate in Mechanical Engineer-
Daulton's iron discipline ad passion for ,
proficiency took him through a further student
apprenticeship from which he graduated with the
Technician's Certificate of the National Examina-
tions Council.
Daulton has built a professional career all the
way from below, never escaping the knowledge of
what it means to have grease on his hands.
Remarkably, Daulton is another local Tapia-
man who always weighs his words and deeds with
We found him also to be so open-minded that
his home became our meeting place even before he
had taken a full engagement to Tapia.
At 30, Daulton is married to Sandra and they
have one daughter. Their community involve-
ments are enriched by Daulton's interest in photo-
graphy and drama.
Daulton O'Neil is Tapia's Senior Shadow
Minister of National Equipment (along with Mickey
Matthews and Hamlet Joseph). To that job he
brings a great talent for orderly administration as
well as the rass-roots experience of a man practised
in the engineering craft.


Avenue and

As usual it will be a
mix: politics and musical
and sporting entertain-
ment. There will! be the
presentation of the San


Eighth Juan Region Candidates

- Lloyd Taylor for San
Juan; Hamlet Joseph for
Laventille; Ivan Laughlin
for St. Anns; and Ishmael
Samaaad for Barataria.
The morning session

DENNIS A. PANTIN is the Tapia Candidate for
Diego Martin East and an Under-Secrstary for
Petroleum in the Tapia Shadow Ministr of Econ-
omic Affairs.
Now 27, Pantin is one of the bright, young,
second-generation Tapiamen who have arrived on
the scene in the years since 1968.
He came to p- .ki.: consciousness in the
early 1970s, attracted by the vision and the lifestyle
of the Tapia House Moveir'ent.
While at St. Augustine ,.-'.. :.-a for a degree
in Economics, Pantin was a ke-y figure in Tapia on
campus and played a proris.n part -I. student
initiatives aimed at bringing the fdves;ity com-
munity into closer conta-t with t'e world-
He was Guild Secretary an;-', Se-ay of the
External Affairs Commission.
Pantin has engagd in c-om iy activity
which at various points .: :- voGJiia"y work at
the St. Mary's Chidre- H.-, t. .. :r's High
School and the i -' ...a Slf-: cucation
A former pupin ozf ,esa. and the
Polytechnic ParnTn's work :i-,.ncludes
stints as a Civil Service CiLer a ;rk teer and a
Reporter at 610 Radio.
Pantin has quit his jb s an Econc'it- w the
Ministry of Finance, .- and Devee-opmentto
work full-time in Tapia.


"WE WERE flooded out too!"
This is the angry complaint brought to
Dennis Pantin by a number of River Estate, Diego
Martin homeowners who charge that their plight 4
has been given little or no publicity.
Pantin has !earnt that several houses in the [
Government estate of River Estate suffered from
flood damage following heavy showers last Sunday
and Monday.
In one house flooding was so severe that a
hole had to be made in the wa!l for the water to
flow out when the rain ended.
f B''O


will be taken up with
five-a-side football man-
aged by Ken Butcher and
athletics managed by
Roy Hollingsworlh and
Billy Montague.
Perfonning after thc
presentation ofcandiditics

A t
will be Mackeson So rzata,
F.l Socorro tassa drum-
mcrs, Brt ic MNrshall on
the Bcerfone. Clive Zanda
aind the Guyap Calypso
in prov'isers. Barataria
l'o!,' d.incers and African



Daulton O'Neil

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( Political Intelligence Bureau)
IF PNM Political Leader Dr. Eric
Williams sticks to the threat he
made to the Party's General Coun-
cil on May 23, then his resignation
should be forthcoming shortly.
For at that meeting, Williams
rejected the 36 candidates nomi-
nated by Party groups and said
unless the Party came up with
new nominees young people and
women in particular he was
going to quit.
Williams also blasted the
PNM candidates as a set of "tradi-
tional Party millstones", some of
whom didn't have a clue about
national or world :1al'uirs.
He then called lor a special
Elections Convention to get new
nominees, the first part of which
was held on June 13.
But last week, the PNM com-
pleted its candidate screening
exercise and at least 30 of the'
"new" candidates are the same
old "millstones" again.
As Chairman ol the Party's
Screening Committee, Williams
now has to recommend the candi-
dates for approval ofl' the Central
Executive of the PNM.
There is also. supposed to be
a second stage of the June 13
Elections Convention at which
the 'new" candidates are to be
presented. How can Williams
present to the Party and the
country the same team he rejected?
That's one of the difficult
issues facing the ruling Party on
the, eve of the elections.
Another is the so-called
"disciplinary" charges being
brought against ( ;cniiral Secretary
Nicholas Simonettlie, formncr A(;
Karl Hudson-Phillips and l'ounlder-
nember Ferdi Irrcirin lor that
JulyV 5 meeting, i n Woodl'ord
Sqi Luare.
Discussion o"f the charges
before the Palrty'sGeneral Council

was postponed to this Sun(
from last week. If, -this Sunm
the General Council raises
charges again there is bound t
more bacchanal.
Last Sunday, Hudson-Phi
faced down Party Chair
Francis Prevatt who is
man running the charges or
point that he (Hudson-Phil
was entitled to legal counsel.
This Sunday, Simonett
expected to raise another howl
will challenge Prevatt and o
members of the executive of
General Council with the issue
these men sitting as accusers
judges in the same matter.
The tension between I
bigwigs over these issues is cream
the oddest situations in the P;
For example,despite the often
between Simonette and Willi
both men sat down together
the wee hours of the morning
week to screen candidates.

JUL. 31
the St. Augus-
tine constitu-
ency have
invited "one
and all" in
Tapia and
to party with
them come
this month
end. The
occasion is a
dinner and
coming off at
the Ramnanan's
home, Laxmi
Lane, Lower
Rapsey Street,
Curepe, on
Saturday July
The imbibing
and the good-
timing start at
Tickets ($10) 4
can be had
at the

The General Secretary is a
member of the Screening Com-
mittee, as are Prevatt, Kamaluddin
Mohammed, ErrolMahabir, George'
Chambers, Basil Pitt, Lancelot
Beckles and Party PRO Horace
Since Williams told the Party
on May 23 to come up with new
candidates or else he would resign
("There is no alternative", he
said), his opposition within the
PNM is waiting to see how he is
going to react to the renominated

And as the PNM buckles
under the strain of internal wrang-
ling, Tapia Secretary Lloyd Best
reminded a Press conference last
week of a prediction he had made
early in the game (and which was
reported on the front page of the
The prediction: "At the
crucial moment the ruling. Party
will split and 75 per cent of them
will want to come toTapia because
Tapia is the movement they've
been looking for for 20 years and
they're only now realising it."

***** ** *

THE SCENE: Balisier House, last Sunday. The
Political Leader is in earnest consultationwith
'worried 'party groupies from Tunapuna.
P.L.: I hope you-all not nominating
that Frank Stephen again. He sure to lose.
P.G.: Doctor, we know. But is who we
go put?
P.L.: Don't ask me who all you going
to put. Anybody would be better than Frank
P.G.: Well, Doctor, you see, all over
Tunapuna the talk is Tapia. Like we can't


beat Tapia there at all.
P.L.: (Bristling) Who is the leader of
the Tapia?
THE KNOT of DAC followers sheltering from
the rain under the Tunapuna Shopping Centre
eaves last Wednesday night broke into a howl
of uncontrollable laughter when their leader
made the Freudian slip of the decade.
A.I\LR. Robinson was introducing his
party candidates when he said: "And so I
present to you these PNM DAC
candidates ."





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