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Police service not first choice for Indo citizens

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Senior Counsel Israel Khan allegedly needs to first consider how many people of Indian descent have ever actually applied to join the Police, Regiment or the Coast Guard. Indian parents have allegedly always preferred their children to be doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, teachers and nurses. Apart from all of the above jobs, young Indos and their parents appeared to prefer engineering, mechanical and otherwise, or opening small businesses and working as contractors.

It is only with improved salaries for T&T public servants that applicants of both races are considering employment in the protective services as increasingly attractive. It is rightly expected that all applicants should meet the basic criteria. I assume the low numbers of Indian successful applicants will be tied to the actual numbers of applicants. If it is only 10% demonstratively employed, who is really to be blamed if year in year out only 10% of Indian applicants are successful?

Is Israel Khan SC expecting that unsuitable applicants be admitted just to avoid allegations of racial discrimination? They would drop like flies within three months of starting rigorous training, if not before. The few Indian senior police officers today are there because they have displayed great ambition, dedication and mental and physical stamina.

Is it because he was a rare Indian flower that Mr Dulalchan was allegedly pressured into agreeing to considering a post higher than for which he applied? On paper, Gary Griffith’s CV appeared as different from Mr Dulalchan’s as chalk from cheese. Once the insistence that the applicant had to be a police officer was introduced, Griffith’s quite excellent CV appeared of no use.

It calls into question which applicant was being discriminated against. But do we really need to go back down that contentious race baiting road to nowhere?

We may have the paint but you cannot paint a picture without the artist. It has nothing to do with discrimination.

A superior CV is what it is. End of story.

Lynette Joseph
Diego Marti


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