Ramesh Deosaran

Ramesh Deosaran

Prominent Criminologist Professor Ramesh Deosaran says Trinidad and Tobago’s constitution is half-dead.

Speaking to media earlier this week, he says one of the most glaring examples of this is seen in the suffering of persons in the country’s penal system, where they are kept imprisoned for years awaiting trial and they are not allowed to speak with their lawyers and their families.

Professor Deosaran contends that democracy in this society is something that can be bought and manipulated with money, so that those who are guilty and have money are better off than those persons who are innocent and do not have money.

He is also acutely aware of the fact that these matters cannot be raised in the public domain, since there are consequences.

Professor Deosaran believes that there are many parallels to be drawn between the events of the 1990 attempted coup and today.

He notes that a large number of young men today are dropping out of school and joining gangs where they earn the respect they desire.

The criminologist says this was a similar trend with the young members of the Jammat Al Muslimeen group who participated in the failed insurrection 26 years ago.

Professor Deosaran says this is a worrying development even though we are yet to see this behavior manifest into the radicalization which can result in disastrous consequences for the nation.