Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Myths of the Melting Pot: Challenge to Governing Diversity in a Multicultural Small Island Developing State

Peaceful Election Transition in a Diverse Society is another win for the People of Trinidad & Tobago!

Myths of the Melting Pot: Challenges to Governing Diversity in a Multicultural Small Island Developing State


As Trinidad and Tobago wakes up to a new Government, it faces the ongoing challenge that has continued to plague every regime since Independence in our ongoing evolution as a nation state: the inadequacies of the Constitution, the election system and institutions to accommodate an evolving hybrid and diverse society in which the people have themselves evolved new expectations. Such expectations are heightened for the apparatus of State to give effect to the national motto: Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve, and the resounding line from the National Anthem, that Here Every Creed and Race Finds an Equal Place.
Can you see what is missing in this picture?
 The election map on this page in one sense represents that diversity - that we are not a mono-coloured society; but in many respects it does not reflect us: We are not dual coloured either. Where is the multispectrum, multicoloured permutations of which we boast and which should be allowed to freely resonate in our politics and that are within the constituencies and which have been crying out for an equal place on representations on our political maps as well.
This video series (click on National Coat of Arms image or here to view) continues my reflections on our evolving society, culture and politics, through the series, The Emperor's New Clothes.
The challenge, as the recent elections have been showing in increasing decibels, is finding a formula to effect a nation, and a state that is in our image.... The full results of how the voting went is available here:How T&T voted
Congratulations to the new Government, the new Prime Minister, the outgoing Prime Minister and the elected team of parliamentarians on both sides who are charged with forging such a path and congratulations to the people of Trinidad and Tobago who have shown once again that they are more enlightened and more mature than our systems and mechanisms as we once again peacefully transition to a change of regime despite the diversity that elsewhere in the world lead to chaos. Again, the people of Trinidad and Tobago have won!

The Cabinet:
THE CABINET - FULL LIST
Dr Keith Rowley - Prime Minister
Faris Al-Rawi – Attorney General
Edmund Dillon - National Security Minister
Clarence Rambharat - Agriculture Land and Fisheries
Stuart Young - Minister in the Office of the Attorney General & Legal Affairs
Maxie Cuffie - Communications
Dr Nyan Gasdby Dolly - Community development, Culture and the Arts
Anthony Garcia - Education
Nicole Olliviere - Energy and Energy Industries
Colm Imbert - Finance
Dennis Moses - Foreign and Caricom Affairs
Terrance Deyalsingh - Health
Marlene McDonald - Housing and Urban Development
Jennifer Baptiste-Primus - Labour and Small Enterprises Development
Camille Robinson-Regis - Planning and Development
Randell Mitchell - Public Administration
Ancil Antoine - Public Utilities
Franklin Khan - Rural Development and Local Government
Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn - Social Development and Family Services
Darryl Smith - Sport and Youth Affairs
Shamfa Cudjoe - Tourism
Paula Gopee-Scoon - Trade and Industry
Fitzgerald Hinds - Works and Transport
Ayanna Webster-Roy - Minister of State in the Office of the PM
Senator Avinash Singh has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary in Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries
The The Members of Parliament of the People's National Movement (PNM)
DIEGO MARTIN WEST
Keith Rowley (Leader)
ARIMA
Anthony Garcia 
AROUCA/MALONEY
Camille Robinson-Regis
D'ABADIE/O'MEARA
Ancil Antoine
DIEGO MARTIN CENTRAL
Darryl Smith
DIEGO MARTIN NORTH/EAST
Colm Imbert
LA BREA
Nicole Olliviere
LA HORQUETTA/ TALPARO
Maxie Cuffie
LAVENTILLE EAST/ MORVANT
Adrian Leonce
LAVENTILLE WEST
Fitzgerald Hinds
LOPINOT/BON AIR WEST
Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn
MORUGA/TABLELAND
Lovell Francis
POINT FORTIN
Edmund Dillion
PORT-OF-SPAIN NORTH/ ST.ANNS WEST
Stuart Young
PORT-OF-SPAIN SOUTH
Marlene McDonald
SAN FERNANDO EAST
Randall Mitchell
SAN FERNANDO WEST
Faris Al-Rawi
ST ANNS EAST
Nyan Gadbsy-Dolly
ST JOSEPH
Terrence Deyalsingh
TOBAGO EAST
Ayanna Webster Roy
TOBAGO WEST
Shamfa Cudjoe
TOCO/ SANGRE GRANDE
Glenda Jennings-Smith
TUNAPUNA
Esmond Forde
TOBAGO EAST
Ayanna Webster Roy
TOBAGO WEST
Shamfa Cudjoe
TOCO/ SANGRE GRANDE
Glenda Jennings-Smith
TUNAPUNA
Esmond Forde

The Members of Parliament of the United National Congress (UNC):
SIPARIA
Kamla Persad-Bissessar (Leader)
BARATARIA/SAN JUAN
Fuad Khan
CARONI CENTRAL
Bhoe Tewarie
CARONI EAST
Tim Gopeesingh
CHAGUANAS EAST
Fazal Karim
CHAGUANAS WEST
Ganga Singh
COUVA NORTH
Ramona Ramdial
COUVA SOUTH
Rudranath Indarsingh
CUMUTO/MANZANILLA
Christine Newallo-Hosein
FYZABAD
Lackram Bodoe
MAYARO
Rushton Paray
NAPARIMA
Rodney Charles
OROPOUCHE EAST
Roodal Moonilal
OROPOUCHE WEST
Vidia Gayadeen-Gopeesingh
POINTE-A-PIERRE
David Lee
PRINCES TOWN
Barry Padarath
TABAQUITE
Surujrattan Rambachan
ST AUGUSTINE
Prakash Ramadhar (COP)
Dr Kris Rampersad is an author and independent multi-media and-cultural educator and consultant and Trinidad and Tobago Representative on the UNESCO Executive Board




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