He inspired us to be as hopeful as ever before: 115 years Dòktor

Moises Frumencio da Costa Gomez (Dòktor) is the father of our modern nation, not because he was an intellectual, the most popular politician ever, or even the architect of our autonomy. Dòktor made us proud to be who we were. He was able to inspire us to be as hopeful as ever before about what we were going to be or could be as individuals or collectivity. Dòktor both influenced and was influenced by great Caribbean emancipation leaders. Unfortunately, he’s rarely mentioned in the emancipatory history of the Caribbean. This is because we don’t document and write enough in English and frankly because we barely pay attention to or make an effort to join the Caribbean. Seems we prefer to remain myopic and stare across the pond (The Hague). This must change. The ambition is to have our political emancipator among the other Caribbean founding fathers. I’ve already established with some regional scholars to have this realized. We shouldn’t keep our stories to ourselves.

Malacca, Malaysia

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Author: alexdavidrosaria

Alex Rosaria is from Curaçao. He has a MBA from University of Iowa. He was Member of Parliament, Minister of Economic Affairs, State Secretary of Finance and United Nations Development Programme Officer in Africa and Central America. He is an independent consultant active in Asia and the Pacific.

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