Member of Parliament for San Juan/Barataria, Dr Fuad Khan, is calling on the Government to ensure that the legacy of Makandal Daaga is recognised in a form befitting the contributions he made to Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr Khan has joined those paying tribute to the late 'Chief Servant'.
"My sincere condolences go out to he family of Makandal Daaga and the nation at large for the loss of a great leader and revolutionary who has served this country and its people with distinction. I have personally had the honor of working with Mr. Daaga both at the beginning and end of his campaign, when we marched together from Couva to Chaguaramas as part of the Black Power Movement, and then collaborating to develop the nation as part of the People's Partnership government.
Mr. Daaga's cause of fighting for the freedom of our citizens against discrimination will undoubtedly inspire generations to come.
Not only is he responsible for the dawn of a new era in the modern history of our twin island Republic, that began with the Black Power Revolution of the 1960's and 1970's, but he affected the way that we think about ourselves as a people and elevated our status in the eyes of the world, and those who sought to control it at that time.
But despite all of this, Mr. Daaga had fought for multicultural coexistence in our country rather than the dominance of any one group, and sought to spread this message across the world, where he traveled both officially and unofficially as an Ambassador of Culture and Peace.
As such, during his later years, his philosophy was to inspire the resolution of conflicts through open dialogue and mutual understanding rather than the social unrest that was required during his earlier struggles.
In achieving these feats, Mr. Daaga faced great hardships and trials, but had remained true to the noble ideals of his campaign throughout his life.
As such he deserves the respect and recognition from the nation that reflects his contribution to building our society. I am thereby calling upon the government to memorialize Mr. Daaga in a form befitting his accomplishments and stature, as a symbol of our eternal gratitude to his sacrifices and commitment.
At a time when we appear to be taking our rights and freedoms for granted, it is important to be reminded of the struggles those like Mr. Daaga endured so that we can fully appreciate the lives that their labors have allowed us to enjoy."
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