Bas Wanted ‘Blaze of Glory’ Send Off

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By Sue-Ann Wayow

THE constituents of Couva North will sorely miss their former Member of Parliament Basdeo Panday who served the constituency for 34 years. He became the MP for Couva North in 1976.

Current Couva North MP Ravi Ratiram said the constituency has a lot to be grateful due to the hard work of the former prime minister who passed away on Monday. 

Ratiram said Panday served the constituency with distinction and expressed condolences to the members of his family.

He said, “Mr Panday dedicated his life to serving the people, especially the poor and the oppressed, as he fought for social justice, equal opportunities, economic development, and national unity across this country.  

“Mr Panday’s charismatic leadership was widely admired by many. His tenure was marked by economic reforms, social progress, and a vision for a united nation. His ability to bridge divides and foster unity, exemplified his statesmanship, leaving an indelible mark on the nation he served. 

“Mr Basdeo Panday was a true statesman and a guiding light in the realm of politics. His legacy is one of unwavering dedication to public service, marked by his profound impact on the socio-political landscape.”

He will be remembered as a man of courage, vision, and integrity, a poised man of principle, passion, and humor.  

“He was a man of faith, family, and friendship. He was a man who loved his country and his people,” Ratiram continued.

The current MP said the teachings of Panday will live on in the hearts and minds of those he touched with his famous lines. 

These include, “If you ever see me and a lion fighting, don’t feel sorry for me, feel sorry for the lion” and “Send me off, in a blaze of glory!” 

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