PM: Divali, much more than lighting deyas

"Di­vali en­cour­ages pu­ri­ty, not just in the clean­ing of our homes, but in the pu­rifi­ca­tion of our hearts and our minds," ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley.

In a mes­sage to Hin­dus who will cel­e­brate the Fes­ti­val of Lights to­mor­row, the Prime Min­is­ter, in a state­ment said: "Such pu­ri­ty ex­tends to the way in which we in­ter­act with our nat­ur­al and phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, the strate­gies we em­ploy to con­serve our most vi­tal re­sources and the life changes we em­brace to­wards achiev­ing per­son­al goals."

"This Hin­du fes­ti­val is about much more than the light­ing of deyas. It is the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of that in­ner light which dwells in every one of us, when ig­no­rance is pushed aside by un­der­stand­ing and en­light­en­ment; kind­ness re­places self­ish­ness and where love tri­umphs over hate, en­vy and ill-will," he said.

Re­fer­ring to the re­cent dev­as­tat­ing floods which de­stroyed hun­dreds of homes and left many peo­ple with­out fur­ni­ture and ap­pli­ances as "tru­ly a time of dark­ness."

"In this time of dis­as­ter, how­ev­er, many lights pierced the gloom," the state­ment said.

"School chil­dren, mul­ti-na­tion­al cor­po­rate gi­ants, the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty, non-Gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, re­li­gious bod­ies and pri­vate cit­i­zens worked along­side the State to pro­vide aid wher­ev­er it was need­ed and gave self­less­ly to en­sure that those who were im­pact­ed by this cat­a­stroph­ic event were as­sist­ed."

"In the face of seem­ing­ly in­sur­mount­able chal­lenges, we may be tempt­ed to for­get the pow­er we pos­sess to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence. When we set our hearts and minds to a com­mon pur­pose we can to­geth­er make a pro­found im­pact," he added.

"Let Di­vali once again re­mind us of our abil­i­ty to be a light in our homes, com­mu­ni­ties and our coun­try. May we all, as we shine our in­di­vid­ual lights, cre­ate an il­lu­mi­na­tion that re­veals a path to­wards peace, pros­per­i­ty and na­tion­al suc­cess.

"On be­half of the Gov­ern­ment of Trinidad and To­ba­go, I ex­tend joy­ous greet­ings to the Hin­du com­mu­ni­ty on the oc­ca­sion of Di­vali, the beau­ti­ful “fes­ti­val of lights,” the state­ment said.

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