Guyana: A weary society demanding positive change

A weary society demanding positive change

December 31, 2014 | By | Filed Under Editorial

The society has been saying for many years that it has had enough with the fiercely divisive nature of politics in Guyana. Each party seems willing to score political points at the expense of the wider society; each panders to its followers to the exclusion of others in the society.

This has been the case for as long as one cares to remember and until now, nobody has seen it fit to do anything about it. Instead, people became apathetic in public but angry within the confines of the homes at what passed for government.

In recent times, people became increasingly worried about victimization and so they would say things, in public, that they suspected one party or the other wanted to hear. It had reached the stage where people with genuine problems would rather seek out the help of reporters to air their grievances, but were quick to beg that their identity be protected.

For decades we have been living in a society in which speaking ill of the government was tantamount to treason. We have people who cannot secure contracts; regardless of how competitive is their tender. The reason is that they happen to be from the “other side”.

There have been documented cases of contracts being awarded, with the works being duly tendered for and persons winning the tender but never getting the chance to execute the works, because a big-wig takes it upon himself to award the contract to a relative on the ground that the individual who won was “from the other side.”

The wronged individual never publicly challenges the non-receipt of the award because he/she feels that he/she has to work with the administration and any untoward comment would relegate him/her to the sidelines forever.

These and other incidents, including the apparent reluctance to initiate prosecutions into various scams and other frauds, have caused people to lump particularly the two major political parties into one lot that should be disregarded by the wider society.

The emergence and relatively rapid elevation of a third force is a reflection of how people view the legacy of the political parties that have been responsible for the welfare of this country over the years.

Traditionally, third forces have never done well in this part of the world, save for the United Force in the early 1960’s.  In every other Caribbean country none has emerged to seriously challenge the main political parties.

There are people who have held on to a far-fetched hope in recent years that history would be made in Guyana, such is their disillusionment with the two main parties. These people are adamant that a different force in government would make an impact on national life.

The two major races have been living in this country for more than 150 years. They shared hardships in years past and they recognized that they needed each other. That need of each other has not changed, but the very people who recognise the need allow themselves to fall prey to the hostilities spewed by their political leaders. The social scientists blame this on ethnic insecurities.

The harsh reality is that many people feel that they are justified to have such insecurities. They point to the exclusion from jobs for which they are eminently qualified; they point to the treatment they receive at the hands of criminals and above all, they point to their social standing that is largely dictated by their economic position.

From all appearances it seems as if only a political entity that seeks to genuinely embrace all the races in this country will flourish. This is now clearly a society demanding change – a change in politicians’ approaches to bread and butter issues and the wellbeing of the ordinary citizen. It is now left to be seen whether the rational leaders will step forward and be counted or if those set in their destructive ways will make even more virulent calls to race-based support.

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Leaders use Guyana as a vehicle to accumulate wealth – Dr. Thomas

Recently, Professor Emeritus, Clive Thomas, noted some “facts” which he said has contributed to his drawn conclusion that Guyana is a degenerating state moving more and more into criminality. Professor emeritus, Clive Thomas Among the things… [read more…]

 

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On January 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Dr. Thomas’ analysis of the state of criminality in Guyana suggests that the nation has become a “parasitic state” (my designation), in which the government exists only to feed on the labor of the people and the nation’s natural resources.

    Should this be the case, the people of Guyana are back where they started under British colonial rule. But the world is not the same. Brazil, China, and the United States and its Western allies all have stakes in this tiny piece of land on South America’s northern coast.

    Until the business community – that “wronged individual [who] never publicly challenges the non-receipt of the award because he/she feels that he/she has to work with the administration and any untoward comment would relegate him/her to the sidelines forever” – exposes the corruption and speak out for the voiceless, the parasitic ruling class will continue to consume its host.

    Silence is consent. Silence is complicity. Silence is corrosive.

    all are involved! / all are consumed! (Martin Carter, 1954).

  • albert  On January 2, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Rosaliene “the people of Guyana are back where they started under British colonial rule” …if the the government of Guyana is using the resources of the country to illegally accumulate personal wealth.

    Judging from how some politicians who steal public money in third world countries behave, Ramoutar may have already secured his estate abroad and transferred his millions. The practice of government officials in Guyana stealing public money with impunity, and taking bribes, have become so widespread and deep-rooted that it would be difficult for a new government to stop it without taking some drastic actions.

    In fact, if the opposition were to become the government, it would difficult for them not to follow the pattern of Jagdeo/Ramoutar knowing they could escape with millions in the end.

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On January 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Albert, if the people of Guyana hope to break the cycle of corruption, nepotism, and torment, they must be prepared to put their personal safety at risk.

      Kowsilla of Leonora in 1964 and Walter Rodney in 1980 lost their lives in the struggle for social change. Throughout Guyana’s troubled past, hundreds of other individuals have also suffered injuries or lost their lives in the struggle.

      I’ve just finished reading the article “What Makes Nonviolent Movements Explode?” in which the authors note that the engine of social change is fueled by civil disobedience (disruption) and personal sacrifice. You can find the article at the link below.

      http://billmoyers.com/2014/12/29/makes-nonviolent-movements-explode/?utm_source=General+Interest&utm_campaign=724db4fb34-Midweek_0903149_3_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4ebbe6839f-724db4fb34-168428033

      • Thinker  On January 2, 2015 at 5:27 pm

        Personal safety at risk! That’s easy for anyone to say. Tell that to the few who put themselves at risk for the WPA in Burnham’s time. Many now regret when they look at what has happened with the change. You all can’t even say boo to Gigi. Apan Jaat is still alive and well.

  • Cliff  On January 2, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Albert, Do you have the evidence to prove what you are writing? If so, produce same. At times many of us seem to speak garbage and cannot prove it/them.

    • albert  On January 2, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      Cliff: “Do you have the evidence to prove what you are writing? If so, produce same.”
      Well first you would have to provide the evidence to prove you are not part of the Ramoutar/Jagdeo crooked team wanting to know the evidence out there.

  • Cliff  On January 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    albert: I will leave this with you – Don’t Gossip by Pope Francis.
    Francis says: When we gossip, we “are doing what Judas did,” and begin to tear the other person to pieces.”
    Every time we judge our brother in our hearts or worse when we SPEAK BADLY OF THEM WITH OTHERS, we are murdering Christians. There is no such thing as innocent slander.

    I send this with humility and I hope it strikes a note in your heart and mind.

    • albert  On January 3, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Okay, I use to be a christian so I now understand where you are coming from.

      I read somewhere of Malcolm X saying, to the effect, that when the klu klax klan posse went to lynch and hang black men in the south the black group use to get on their knees and pray. So whenever the kkk felt like having fun they would go to the black neighborhood and have it by putting another n… at the end of a rope. They knew those loving harmless christians would turn the other cheek.

      According to Malcom if those praying folks had gotten a gun and taken out one or two of those KKK killers see how often they would return. The lives of many of those young black men would have been saved.

      We can dream of a peaceful loving world we would like to have but dont be blind to the greedy cruel real world..

      • Thinker  On January 4, 2015 at 8:18 am

        The rise of the Black Muslims scared all America in the 60s. What if they had thought of suicide bombing!!!!

  • cyril Balkaran  On January 4, 2015 at 3:15 am

    THe world is a troubled place and we all agreeto that. THe breed of people called politicians are contributing to the disaster that we face on a daily basis yet we are so helpless that we cannot move forward . They have been entrusted with the mantle of leadership and governance and we who have employed them to act on our behalf are powerless to deal with the situation. where does this land us to the land of no where. we have made our blunders and so have they. but we are weak to deal with their maximum power and leadership that we lose touch with reality. CHairman mao once said that real power comes from the barrel of a gun are we prepared for the revolution. a 10 man army will do . we have a leadership crisis in GUyana and this has to be solved by a massive uprising against the state. BUT who will lead from the front.

    • Thinker  On January 4, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Massive uprising against the State??? You have been out of Guyana too long.

  • gigi  On January 6, 2015 at 1:26 am

    LOL Thinker, you’re funny. Let me give you a brief history of my family background. My brother’s wife is African Caribbean and my sisters (2) ex-husbands are of mixed African descent. You see, although my mother was Indian, she didn’t want any of her children marrying Indians. She used to say she would rather us marry a black person instead. Why did my mother feel this way? My mother was a 13 year old child bride who became a widow at age 19. During the 6 years of marriage, her in-laws were extremely abusive to her, calling her all sorts of ugly and vicious names because she was unable to conceive. When her husband died, her parents took her back home because they knew that her life would have become an even greater living hell should she remain in her in-laws household. She would have become an all-around salve – house slave, yard slave, farm slave, and sex slave to all the male in-laws who would see her as fair game. Even though my mother was attacked by blacks during the 1964 racial uprising when the PPP were ousted in a coup d’état by the PNC (backed by the US and UK), she knew from her dealings with blacks that what happened to her was not a reflection of all blacks, especially those who were her friends and good neighbours and remained her friends and good neighbours. My support of the PPP is a form of justice for what happened to my mother. For me to not support the PPP is for me ignore and dismiss my mother’s suffering…and that I cannot do.

    • albert  On January 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      As the Christians say we all have our cross to bear. Some bitter experiences in our lives can leave permanent psychological scars. You can turn to liquor or drugs, but then you multiply the problem. You can blame others, but then those others may not even remember or know you, or care about your problems. The wonderful thing is that we are in America with opportunities to solve them and get ahead..

  • Thinker  On January 6, 2015 at 5:03 am

    You can support the PPP all you want. I used to in Guyana to a certain point. I can understand the traumatic experience your whole family has gone through and how the bullying of your daughter has affected you. . The whole society bears the scars of the 60s. Nevertheless you choose to consistently direct your venom in a rather immature way on ALL Blacks, all over the world. You start with the “African” colours of the Guyana flag, then a false story about a Black killing a White and getting away with it (like Zimmerman), then the issue of Ebola came up and I had to point out zoonotic diseases occur in India too, then finally you talk of the residents of Georgetown (them) as somehow deserving their fate, something which I would never say when I see the health problems of India. You are obsessed with Blacks.

    My more general issue is the spinelessness (apart from Albert and Clyde Duncan) of all the regular participants on this forum who have never said a word about your blatant hatred. They are part of the problem since even on the internet they dare not make a stand against obvious nonsense . Yet they are saying how much the Guyanese people must oppose injustice. There will be NO massive uprising against the state (ha, ha, ha) because we are steeped/buried in race politics. I personally would be nervous if the PNC got back in power because, unreformed as it is, we would all end up swirling around in the same mess after a while. A mess, figuratively, which would be worse than the actiual mess Georgetown is currently in.

    • Thinker  On January 6, 2015 at 7:05 am

      Oh, I forgot. I told you this before (but to no avail). Cut out that nonsense about the real Aryans being Indians. You are under the influence of 19th Century Racial Philosophy and spreading nonsense which Indian scientists and historians have rejected. There was no “Aryan” Invasion of India. The word comes from the Sanskrit meaning “noble”. Linguistic differences have nothing to do with race, essentially. Are you reading Nazi/White Supremacist sites instead of trying to understand history? Are you one of those newly minted Chat-3s (Kshatriya) that we have recently been hearing about? Yet you are talking about Africa being recolonised? Free your mind and other things will follow.

      Peace and Love

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