In her Divali message to the nation, the Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar has stated that the celebration of Divali, like that of other religious observances, affords us an opportunity to stop, look within and reconnect to our divine nature which is one of love, unity and peace.
However for many of us today, the realities and challenges of modern living have made us self-absorbed and selfish, refusing to understand and accept the views of others.
She disclosed that we cannot allow ourselves and our country to be overtaken by the darkness of selfishness, injustice, pride and intolerance.
We cannot allow the darkness of crime, disease and poverty to impede the development of our remarkable country.
She stated that her Government will continue to do all that is necessary and all that is within our power to combat any and every threat to national security and the health and well being of our citizens.
Today, the world faces the darkness of the Ebola virus, which has already left its deadly mark on several African countries and which has now become a real and imminent global threat.
Through the relevant Ministries, agencies, committees and departments, and in collaboration with our international partners, she gave herassurance and that of my Government that every possibility and scenario will be considered and prepared for, to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus to Trinidad and Tobago.
Just as the lights of the deyas brighten the night sky, so too each of us as individuals and collectively in our families, our communities, within organisations, in the workplace and in our places of worship must work and shine together to dispel all forms of darkness within our country. Darkness cannot exist where there is light.