Donald Ramotar once asked me what is “the poetic essence of history” – By Freddie Kissoon

Pres. Donald Ramotar

Donald Ramotar

Donald Ramotar once asked me what is “the poetic essence of history”.

May 16, 2015 | By KNews | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Freddie Kissoon

In a letter in the Kaieteur News, published several years ago, long before he became President, Donald Ramotar, inquired about something I wrote in one of my columns, “the poetic essence of history.”  I didn’t reply. I felt if I had defined the term, it would not have made an ounce of difference to Ramotar.

I didn’t offer a definition because (at the time) I felt Ramotar had become disrespectful of the poetic essence of history when in a conversation at Bakewell’s, he bluntly told me that the giant of a woman, Andaiye, a founding member of the Working People’s Alliance, was racist against Indian people. 

I couldn’t believe what I heard. This woman was married to a white man, formed a political party that was multi-racial, and that party fought to weaken a Black-led government, working in fraternity with the PPP in the seventies and eighties. More importantly, I knew this woman close up and personal.

For someone like Ramotar who knew Andaiye as a fierce fighter to refer to her as a racist was an indication of a fallen mind.

But this was what the PPP had become – people who turned their back on history and would one day see the poetic essence of history cascading down right in front their eyes, banishing them into the dustbin of history. Observers are now urging the PPP to get on with the business of being in the opposition and work hard to the next election.

I don’t see the PPP surviving in a physiological state that would allow it to be an energized competitor in the next election in 2020. In my column of December 19, 2014 titled, “The PPP will physically die should it lose power,” I explained why the PNC survived after 1992, but the PPP will not after May 2015.

Here is what I wrote back then. “There is the inevitable judicial inquiry from which the PPP will not escape. The PPP will not survive the findings. The skulduggery involving murder, corruption, land-grabbing, sexual criminalities, judicial venalities, racial preferences, personal abominations will degut the PPP.

Many of the fulcrums on which the PPP now stands, will be dissolved if the PPP loses power. Gone will be the Rice Producers’ Association, GAWU, NAACIE, the millions that come from favoured contractors, criminalized businessmen, and the debauched nouveau riche. These funds when they go, will literally wipe out the resource base of a fallen political party. There is absolutely none with any kind of talent or skills in the PPP to maintain its existence as an opposition political entity.

Once the PPP falls from power, it will die. All PPP leaders are scared of this reality.” Ramotar has days (maybe even a day) remaining before he moves out of the presidential compound. As his car drives out, he will not look back because if he does, he will see the poetic essence of history printed graphically in the court yard of the presidential secretariat.

I didn’t want to explain to Ramotar what the term meant, because one day I know he would have seen the poetic essence of history unfolding before his very eyes. The bestial, sadistic levels to which the PPP descended under Jagdeo when Ramotar was General-Secretary of the PPP, were bound to come back to haunt them.

Now it is haunting them. Ramotar doesn’t need someone to explain to him what the
poetic essence of history means. He just has to study the percentage of politics and the politics of percentage, and he will see the poetic essence of history. In 2011, he lost the election by one parliamentary seat and he governed.

In 2015, he lost the election by one parliamentary seat again, but this time history has stepped in. Ramotar wants to rule once more with his one percent loss. History told him that this is not the way history works. Ramotar got 32 seats and he ruled. This time, history will not repeat itself   History catches up with you one day. It has caught up with Ramotar.

Mr. Ramotar believes history is like the Guyanese people that he and his benefactor, Jagdeo, can pulverize, bend and shape to their liking. In 2011, Ramotar became President. The International Observers said that the 2011 elections were fair. In 2015, the International Observers made the same pronouncement but Ramotar rejects it.

Suppose one tells Ramotar that the 2011 elections were not free and fair and that he had three years of free, illegal power. What would he say? Was the 2001 election free and fair? It was and so was the 2015 one. Give up Mr. Ramotar!

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  • Miss Info Caribbean  On 05/16/2015 at 6:31 pm

    Reblogged this on missinfocaribbean and commented:
    I thoroughly enjoyed this commentary by Freddie Kissoon

  • guyaneseonline  On 05/16/2015 at 9:15 pm

    This article was published on May 5 – a week BEFORE the elections:

    The ontological rejection of African headship of the Guyana Government

    Ronald Bulkan wrote that he has been transfixed at the transmogrification of a number of Indian Guyanese who just months ago found the PPP regime to be characterized by cascading incompetence, corruptibility, unpleasant functionalism and other unacceptable motifs.
    Bulkan listed a few– Ralph Seeram, Shaun Samaroo, Peter Ramsaroop, Asgar Ally, the ousted PPP mandarin from years back and Leon Suseran. These names are in the same category with people like Dolly Hassan, Immigration Lawyer in Richmond Hill. They have been joined by some huge surprises. The line-up includes Hindu priest, Aksharanandan who stayed away from politics for a long time; literary figure, Ryhaan Shah; Varshnie Singh, former common law wife of Bharrat Jagdeo, and the good friend of Eusi Kwayana who is in advanced age and lives in the United States, P.D. Sharma
    The sudden transformation of these people is no puzzle at all. Once Bulkan had looked hard enough he would have seen the philosophical foundation for the attitudinal departure – election time and the strong likelihood that Indian rule would end.
    There have been millions of statements throughout the past sixty years in Guyana that Africans and Indians appreciate each other, see the kindness in each other, desire the continuation in the warmth of the relationships but at election time, ontology takes over.
    Since elections are racial competition for the administration of Guyana, racial instincts take over and Guyanese vote for politicians who belong to the same ethnicity they do. A break with this tradition first came in the 2006 elections when substantial numbers of African Guyanese defected from the PNC edifice and voted for the overtly multi-racial Alliance For Change.
    The Indians did emulate their African counterparts in 2011 and gave Moses Nagamootoo a vote of confidence but the numbers were much smaller than what the African Guyanese gave the AFC in 2006 and the emulation was confined to Berbice with input from middle class urban Indians in Region Four.
    The May 11 elections will decide whether the Guyanese nation, particularly Indians, have finally accepted that the PPP is not synonymous with the Indian race in Guyana. But there will always be an Indian mind-set whose ontological make-up prevents them from accepting African leadership and control of the state in Guyana.
    What is important to note is that character wise, these are not bad people and in fact, may be decent humans who probably are not racist in the sociological sense; (though philosophically they are but that is a complexity, a discussion of which space constraint will prevent). If you look at these people’s perception of the PPP’s tenure before the prorogation of Parliament, it would include severe condemnation of some of the terrible forms of PPP’s misbehaviour. In fact, Bulkan did cite some of those condemnations and identified who made them.
    Even after the announcement of the date for general elections, these folks were still irritated with the corrupt and depraved nature of many of the PPP’s monarchs. The reason for this is because they felt their criticism would not harm the PPP’s election chances because in another three-way race, the PPP will still win the presidency and the government.
    Once an Indian government was in place, the Indian names cited above feel that they could take the liberty of castigating the PPP’s misbehaviour. All hell broke loose and paranoia took over after the opposition parties entered into a coalition and its image and its political capital expanded phenomenally. For the Indian names cited above, the control of the state by an Indian party was about to end and an African presidency is likely to happen.
    It is important to understand that the substance of the fear is not loss of power by the PPP. All the names mentioned above couldn’t be bothered with the current PPP leadership many of whom they despise or dislike. The coalition is likely to remove an Indian party and by extension, Indian hegemony over state and society in Guyana.
    The Indian personalities identified above would probably have voted for a Nagamootoo/Ramjattan ticket and dump the PPP. But a victory for the coalition is going to bring a Blackman into the presidency and other African Guyanese will have strong control over the state machinery. This Indian mind-set has an ontological aversion to Black people in control over the total governmental machinery even though there will be an AFC input into the governance of the country.
    This explains the unexpected ideological embrace of the PPP. I hope this short analysis puts an ends to Bulkan’s bewilderment.

  • Thinker  On 05/17/2015 at 8:21 am
    Since Freddie has included Leon Suseran, we can see what the latter has to say. We can also mention the Kaieteur editor’s article even though it doesn’t deal with the same subject.
    A final example of the nonsense that Guyana must turn away from, comes from Freddie
    Guyana has no hope if it cannot overcome pettiness and short-sightedness on all sides. The Fourth Estate has to be allowed to do its job.

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