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On Tuesday last, the new Hindu year commenced with the celebration of “Nau Raatri.” This is a nine-day period when Hindus all over the world worship God in the female form or Goddess “Shakti.” She is revered as the driving force in all Gods and she is the ultimate cause for everything that happens. She is worshipped as mother, sister and little girls. In...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Given the rampant corruption, nepotism, cronyism, favouritism and wanton wastage of the last government, it is understandable any government following in its path would have to make difficult and sometimes harsh decisions, but there is no excuse for the appalling manner in which the 114 Tourism...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My daughter Jinaki, who will be four years old in May, is at that stage where children start mimicking the words of songs they hear around them. Most times, she will just pick up one or two lines and repeat them. Sometimes, she creates her own lyrics.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Perhaps it was because MPs were seeing each other for a second time for the week, that yesterday’s pre-Parliament mood had been light.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Anger sets in when the public is asked to assist in finding a child who goes missing and when the child is found no explanation is provided to them. This has been happening at a more rapid pace lately.

Friday, March 17, 2017

On International Women’s Day, one radio call-in discussion debated whether women and men’s biological differences meant that they are supposed to be unequal. As if equality requires biological sameness or, for women, that they be like men.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

During the Cultural Revolution in China, spanning the period 1966–1976, the keeping of pets was considered to be a decadent, bourgeois practice and was outlawed. It had clearly not helped that Confucius was thought to have been a lover of cats.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 18, 19 and 20 of 2017 will mark three days of commemoration of the centennial of the abolition of Indian indentureship.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

As usual, I am writing my annual calypso long after the Carnival.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I nearly fainted on hearing Minister of Education Anthony Garcia, commenting on the near-80 per cent student absenteeism after Carnival, invoke the “hidden curriculum”–the things we teach through action rather than preaching.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In the early 1980’s when the first oil boom had come to an end, the late Prime Minister George Chambers famously remarked “Fete over, back to work.” Carnival 2017 has passed and we will soon see whether MX Prime is a prophet.

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