While many paid glowing tributes to the man who led this country as Prime Minister and Leader of the People’s National Movement years ago aftyer he passed away, one man was not so endearing.
General secretary of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS), Sat Maharaj, yesterday launched a verbal attack on former prime minister Patrick Manning, describing him as a “racist.”
In making his comments, Maharaj said he and several members of the public came to that conclusion based on a series of discriminatory practices Manning perpetuated against Indians in T&T while he served as PM.
During an interview recently, Maharaj said in retrospect he felt “hurt” that many of Manning’s actions were “racist”, unfair and biased against a number of Indians in the country.
Maharaj said that as prime minister Mr. manning acted in a discriminatory manner.
Manning, 69, died on July 2 at the San Fernando General Hospital. He had been hospitalised for a lung infection but was subsequently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, a rare, aggressive cancer of the blood.
The closure of Caroni 1975 Ltd, whose employees were mostly Indians, Maharaj said was one decision Manning made that crippled the lives of thousands of struggling Indians.
Maharaj said Manning’s attempt to have Sat Sharma removed as Chief Justice for misbehaviour in public office and for having a limited state of emergency around the home of then House Speaker Occah Seapaul were unforgettable instances.