We still have a nation to build! – By Walter B. Alexander

We still have a nation to build! – By Walter B. Alexander

Nearly half a century ago in May 1966 with the arrival of Independence, Guyanese were saying that we have a nation to build.  The then leaders on both sides of the political divide and forward-thinking Guyanese had a vision of development, economic and social, in all spheres of life and living in all parts of the country.  The Late Rev. A. L. Luker captured some such sentiments in the third stanza of our National Anthem:

Great Land of Guyana, diverse though our strains,
We’re born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains,
And ours is the glory their eyes did not see,
One land of six peoples, united and free.

And now nearly fifty years later we are still waiting to see the glory.  The majority of Guyanese voters are against the Government; the y are dissatisfied with the state of play, with their quality of life and living, with the observance of law and order in the society, and with the manner in which the government operates.        

Furthermore, we are not united and we are not free.  I hasten to point out that the recent granting of radio and television licences to certain selected persons does not spell freedom.  If we are to witness nation-building, there must be genuine democratization processes and practices.  There must be on-going modernization of the country, and there must be the assurance of service and protection by the police.   [

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  • Cyril Balkaran  On June 1, 2013 at 12:20 am

    What will it take us to get to the political goal of idealism for the land of six races. As we forge the Motto One People; One Nation One Destiny! Yes the debate is on going since the Union Jack was lowered and the Guyana Flag flew in its place on that fateful night of May 26 1966. The two leaders hugged each other in tight embrace and vowed support to the Dear land of Guyana.
    Some things have happened since then but do we appreciate the things. If one million Guyanese outside of Guyana disapprove of the happenings in our Parliament then let them invite the return of the Overseas Voting so that they too can become part of the voting Process. We must get involved in the national activities at the One man Majority Opposition that has the Parliament in Disarray. Half a century has elapsed and nothing has developed to bind the Nation together. All we hear day after day is how Corrupt the nation has become and no one has any clout to do something about this! Guyana must have meaningful change and all our citizens must be at the end of the line to usher in this great Political and cultural change!

    • Realist  On June 4, 2013 at 6:30 am

      Voting by Overseas Guyanese is a non-starter. They have in general no intention to return. Why should thet have a say in the future?

      A Parliamentary majority is exactly what it is. Why talk of it having the country in disarray? It represents the majority. Let the President appoint a new PM to form a new cabinet. The Constitution obviously needs to be changed.

  • Cliff Thomas  On June 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    It is the Politicians that are causing disunity among the races particularly the AFC.

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