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Rowley praises T&T’s religious tolerance

Published: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Political Leader of the PNM Keith Rowley and his wife, Sharon, light deya, during the party’s Divali celebrations at Balisier House, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday. Phot0: Marcus Gonzales.

Political Leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Keith Rowley has commended the people of T&T for always displaying religious tolerance to each other. He did so during the PNM’s first Divali celebrations at Balisier House, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday.

Rowley said Divali—the Festival of Lights—represented the ascendancy of lights over darkness and good over evil. He said in T&T there was no knowledge of any religion that was seeking to find its space at another’s expense. He said citizens instead saw the different religious festivals as events in which to participate.

“So we celebrate Christmas (Christian), we celebrate Eid (Muslim), we celebrate Divali (Hindu) and any other festival which members of our national community identify as important to them,” he added. He said citizens have been taught to respect each other “and once we respect each other, then we are well on the way to establishing a model nation,” Rowley said.

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