Feature Address On The Occasion Of The Celebration By The National Council Of Indian Culture (NCIC) Of The 47TH Anniversary Of The Independence Of Trinidad And Tobago,Divali Nagar Auditorium, Chaguanas, Saturday, August 29, 2009, 6.30 p.m.

I thought I would say something this evening about the state of our Republic as we prepare to enter the 48th year of our political independence. It is no secret that our population, whatever the socio-economic or other status of its members, is on the whole unhappy, or at the very least uncomfortable, with the condition of Trinidad and Tobago. We have specific concerns about crime, or race, or the cost of living, or the health service, or the carnage on the roads, and so on. But driving all these concerns is one major factor among others: the tarnished quality of governance….

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