Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP, says even though we are facing uncertain times in our nation, this Divali, the light of the deya is a symbol of hope.
Speaking at the Divali Nagar on Saturday 19th October, 2019, she said, “The deya communicates to us all that the purpose of our existence is to create that continuous flame of brilliance in our hearts and in the hearts of our fellow human beings.”
“I remind all gathered here tonight that it is through the celebration of our festivals such as Divali that we increase our consciousness of the ways in which light can triumph over darkness and good over evil,” Mrs Persad-Bissessar said. “We can recommit ourselves to be that light in our country.”
“I want to ask you all to guard against those who may try to divide us. Those who recognize their only pathway to power is through division and hatred,” she said. “We must recognize them and become even stronger in the face of their division.”
“Trinidad and Tobago has a valuable lesson to teach the world – this lesson of unity. Only in our beloved nation you can see such unity and we must protect it,” she said.
The Opposition Leader congratulated the National Council for Indian Culture, remarking, “The creative spirit of our people is on display tonight – in the production of this Divali Nagar. From the performances to the set design, to costumes, the wealth of talent is amazing.”
Mrs Persad-Bissessar noted that the party she leads recognizes the critical role the creative sector can play in revitalizing our economy.
She re-stated some of the UNC’s plans in this regard, which are expected to generate about $US 50 million in foreign exchange and contribute about 1 % of GDP by 2025.