When photos and videos of former prime minister Basdeo Panday's 90th birthday celebrations were shared online last week, the very vast majority of those who commented were heralding his milestone.
Regardless of his past political affiliations, the recognition of Mr Panday, in this case, transcended political, cultural or racial biases.
Many saw only a man they had grown to appreciate for his contributions to T&T, which also included decades of representing sugar cane workers as a trade unionist.
Mr Panday, of course, holds great significance to the East Indian community, who represent the majority of our population.
Following on the heels of many other major political contributors of East Indian descent, Mr Panday earned a place in history as T&T's first prime minister of East Indian descent when he led the United National Congress into an alliance government with the National Alliance for Reconstruction in 1995.
His journey represented an ascent to the pinnacle of executive authority in T&T, 150 years after the first 217 East Indian indentured labourers deboarded the Fatel Razack in 1945 at Nelson Island.
The value of their arrival to T&T over the years, however, has been far more than in the political arena but stretches to a wide range of festivals and religious observances which allowed East Indian immigrants to maintain the values and principles which had sustained them for centuries before.
Here in this new land that European discoverers called the West Indies, those who came here seeking better lives brought with them an array of food and traditions that all cultures and races in T&T embrace today.
T&T remains one of the few Caribbean countries with celebrations like Divali, Phagwah and Hosay as part of the national staple of activities and where roti, doubles and pholourie are among popular cuisines.
Chutney and its variances, when mixed with soca and other genres, are unique to T&T thanks to the East Indian population, as are the dances and musical instruments they brought.
Unquestionably, the beauty of the culture that T&T displays to the world is due largely to the contributions of the East Indian community, intermingled with the cultures of other races who live here.
Racial disharmony, however, has threatened over the years to disrupt the unity we've shared for the last 178 years.
The differences in our political structures and bitter ascriptions of blame for the decay in the country's social fabric, have exposed an ugly underbelly of a nation that has far more potential to progress when united than when it is not.
David Rudder struck a right note in his popular "Sweet Sweet T&T" calypso, that "how we vote is not how we party."
The levels of peace we have found when enjoying ourselves at Carnival and other festivals, ought not to depreciate because of who we support or who influences us.
If T&T is to remain an example of the interracial, inter-religious accord it has so long been known for, it would require more effort from those who set the pace of our progress in politics, business, culture, religion and academia.
As we celebrate Indian Arrival Day today, our hope is that the values of those who came to our shores as indentured labourers from India continue to blend with the values of all others who call T&T our home, in a bond that further defines this country as the rainbow nation we've long boasted about.
To the East Indian community, Happy Indian Arrival Day!