By S Ahmed (NVONews.Com)
â€œThey had no gold, no diamond, no traveller cheque and they had no facility of cell phone and Internet. What they took with them was Ramayan, Gita and Koran and the lifestyle, tradition, values from this land.â€
This is how the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamala Persad Bissessar summed up the migrants endeavours of Bihar and adjoining area who settled in the West Indies in the ninteenth century. PM Bissessar along with her husband Dr. Gregory Bissesar reached her ancestral village of Bhelupur of Itarhi block in Buxar district of Bihar, 125 kilometers away from the capital Patna on Wednesday.
She thanked government of India, Rajasthna, Bihar and West Bengal.
Mrs. Prime Minister burst into tears of joy when she met her relatives whose forefathers were separated in 1889. According to the villagers Persad-Bissessar’s great-grandfather Ram Lakhan Mishra had left Bhelupur.
She said that her forefathers were not educated people but they had vision for better life. But now] she said that education was the only way to get rid of poverty. She told the audience, ‘Get your daughters educated. For future generations, do what my ancestors did: give education to children.’
While the entire village and the state called her ‘Bitia PM’, she introduced herself as ‘grand daughter’ and India as ‘grandmother’. She told that, ‘Whatever I am today is because Bihar is in my DNA and whatever my ancestors taught me.”
Her thrust on traditions gave her immediate fans. She started with ‘bhaiyon aur bahno, Pranam’ and ended with a ‘dhanyavad’.
She was presented with a new Banarasi sari, mangtika, bindi and other itmes traditionally given to a daughter when she leaves her parents’ house. She was also offered the traditional food items but she could not take those.