India, Kitna Pyar!

Prime Minister the Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar visits her ancestral village Bhelupur in Bihar, India

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BACK TO THE ROOTS: An affectionate touch for the child
from Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar
during her visit to her ancestral village Bhelupur in Buxar district on Wednesday.

Persad-Bissessar (centre) with her family in Bhelupur.

"I appreciate this simple visit from the PM of Trinidad more than the grand Republic Day visit from Barack Obama or Putin or Sarkozy.
She has really spoken from her heart, rather than speaking from
the US State Department "Strategic Diplomatic Briefing Notes"
---Mohan (Patiala) The Times of India | Jan 11, 2012
So said reader, Mohan, from Patiala - a city located in south-eastern Punjab, in northern India. I found this opinion among a sea of comments responding to the article, "Kamla Persad-Bissessar returns to village in Bihar for an emotional reunion." by Faizan Ahmad in the Times of India, Jan 11, 2012, 09.13PM IST. I am paying attention to the articles in the Times of India because there are many readers who are motivated to leave comments there. I like to get an idea of how people on the ground have responded to our PM's state visit to that country. So far it is only at the level of hearts that anything seems to be registering and much of it is positive. Only time will tell what the return on the investment will be for both countries. This is not the first time that a Trinbagonian Prime Minister has visited India and others are more qualified to comment on the benefits that came our way as a result of that last visit. One scholar, who mistakenly refers to Vasudeo Pandey [Basdeo Panday] as having been the PM of Suriname, remembers our Panday's visit to the village home of his ancestors in Lakshmanpur village of Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, on January 27, 1997. That sent me looking for responses to his visit to India and I found the book below from which I took some excerpts:

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On a personal level, it is abundantly clear that our PM was deeply, deeply moved by this visit and I cannot help but celebrate with her. With all these blessings, I look forward to her returning energised and inspired to redouble her efforts to lead our homeland with grace and wisdom.

God bless our leaders
Give them grace to guide
Bestow on them thy judgment wise
To rule our land aright
To keep the flag of freedom high that we may sing most lustily
We take a pride in our liberty.
---God Bless Our Nation

"Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay!