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NCIC head: First People deserve much more

Published: 
Friday, September 1, 2017

Dr Deokienanan Sharma, head of the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC), says T&T’s First People deserve more than a one off holiday.

“I do make a genuine appeal to the powers that be to consider very seriously the granting of a permanent annual holiday to our First People,” he said in an address at the NCIC’s annual Independence Rainbow Dance Festival at the NCIC Nagar, Chaguanas, on Wednesday night.

Sharma said recognition of the First People had come exceedingly late and the one off holiday, though welcome, is inadequate.

He suggested that one of the many holidays “that do not hold contemporary relevance to T&T” be replaced with a permanent First People holiday.

He said the worst disease of all plaguing the country was crime which seemed to be escalating,

“Each day brings news of death of the most horrendous kind. It has become so commonplace that we are tending to accept such situations and we now miss such news when the newspapers report no murders on a particular day which is in fact a rare occurrence,” Sharma said,

NCIC PRO Surujdeo Mangaroo was critical of the business community’s failure to sponsor the Rainbow Dance Festival which he said was funded from the pockets of NCIC members.

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