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Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago Inc., one of the oldest grassroots organizations in Trinidad and Tobago, is now fighting for its survival in the space and the arena that it struggled long and hard to establish and maintain for over sixty years.
What is saddening, maddening and frightening, is the fact that some people who don’t have a clear history of the evolution of the Steelpan are recommending that it be taken away from us, and placed in the hand of big business, who they believe are more capable and more competent to manage the business of Pan. This has brought tears to the eyes of many who made great sacrifice.
The same Steelpan that society rejected and branded its early pioneers outcast, rogues and vagabonds, who stood up and faced all the prosecution and persecution to preserve it. I have never seen any business man that invested in a business venture to benefit his employees. And I have not seen any big business that was or is successful with out their dependency on government for concessions or bailouts.
The impasse between the Minister of Community Development Culture and the Arts and Pan Trinbago, has nothing to do with accountability on the part of the Steelpan organization. That is all red herrings in order to implement their bigger agenda. Those who pays the piper call the tune. And today, big payback is expected.
Not certain if PT/PRO is pulling the race or class card, or both for that matter and no doubt that plays a certain role in all politics in T&T. But that does not negate the need for PT to be run with accountability and transparency to have the movement go forward. It might be the excuse for now, but it's not a reason for all that ills.