Why isn’t the National Library named after Sir V.S. Naipaul
The reason for bringing this up now in Trinidad and Tobago has to do with the recent discussions surrounding the naming conventions for certain landmarks throughout the country. Because at the same time the current PNM administration is considering naming yet another public space in recognition of Dr. Eric Williams, it is unfortunate that not a single citizen of Indian descent can be granted consideration.
Even if the PNM were averse to granting recognition to their former political adversaries, there are many more names that deserve to be remembered and celebrated such as the first Indo-Trinidadian President, Mr. Noor Hassanali; the first Indo Prime Minister, Mr. Basdeo Panday; the first Indian Attorney General and the first female Prime Minister, Mrs. Kamla Persad Bissessar ; the first Indian Chief Justice, Mr. Satnarine Sharma; or the first Indian Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Winston Dookeran, yet for whatever reason, the government consistently chooses to ignore the sacrifices of these individuals and so many more.
Heck, the PNM doesn't even recognize the participation of the Indian community as they relegate individuals such as Mr. Kamaluddin Mohammed and Dr. Winston Mahabir to the annals of history. And even on those rare occasions when an Indian can share in some recognition, such as with the case of the naming of the Rienzi/Kirton Highway, it is only because the government chooses to recognize the whitewashed name of the individual, rather than his birth name which might have been too ethnic for their liking.
PS. If you weren't aware that Mr. Krishna Deonarine changed his name to Adrian Cola Rienzi so that he can travel abroad for his studies, now you understand why public information and education about these individuals is so important.
Ravi Balgobin Maharaj