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Memories of Regiment's first Indian officer...
a personal experience

March 28, 2001

Black Power 1970
In 1970, Raffique Shah was a young soldier who was part of a mutiny at Teteron. Today, he is a writer and union leader. This is his story as he reminisces about the events of the 1970 Black Power period. — 2000


Labour Day 2005 Photos

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Army backlash was predictable - July 6, 2014
At the risk of being branded a snarling sewer rat by Senator Camille Robinson-Regis, I return to the issue of pensions for parliamentarians. Following expressions of outrage from a broad cross section of the population, across partisan lines, over the pensions approved unanimously by members of the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister made a mild retreat. More

Sewer rat snarls - June 29, 2014
At the risk of being branded a snarling sewer rat by Senator Camille Robinson-Regis, I return to the issue of pensions for parliamentarians. Following expressions of outrage from a broad cross section of the population, across partisan lines, over the pensions approved unanimously by members of the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister made a mild retreat. More

Heartless Parliamentarians - June 22, 2014
Disclosure: I am a parliamentary pensioner. I receive the princely sum of $3,000 a month. In 1976, I was elected Member of Parliament for the Siparia constituency, and I served for five unremarkable years. When I look back at my life, my achievements, my contributions to country, I easily forget those five years. More

Architects of our own demise - June 15, 2014
I am writing this column knowing that it will not be read by the target audience—young, black and ‘er...unschooled men. Few if any in this group read anything, least of all newspapers. If they pick up an Express, it would be to watch a photograph of some dead "bredren", felled by bullets from police or criminal, same difference, and to wonder if they, upon meeting a similar fate, would make a pretty corpse. More

Dance Macabre in the COP - June 8, 2014
I suppose the Congress of the People (COP), born a robust, bouncing baby in 2007, died of greed rather than malnutrition in the aftermath of the 2010 general elections, so there is little to mourn today as its corpse twitches in delayed rigor mortis, signs of life that are really spasms of death. More

Fanning the race flames - June 1, 2014
The persons who orchestrated the racist placards that triggered a furore that lingers long after the protest-dust has settled do not belong to any "lunatic fringe", as some politicians suggest. More

Whither India? - May 25, 2014
With Narendra Modi taking office as Prime Minister of India following a convincing victory in the month-long general elections, the world's largest parliamentary democracy, India, stands at critical crossroads. More

Rumours of war, weapons of war - May 18, 2014
Maybe he does not realise it, but by his untimely utterances and seemingly panicked posturing, National Security Minister Gary Griffith is fuelling fear among the populace. More



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