The thing David Granger gave East Indians in 2015 – By Freddie Kissoon

The thing David Granger gave East Indians in 2015

DECEMBER 29, 2015 | BY  COLUMNISTS, FREDDIE KISSOON

On more than one occasion, the Stabroek News has referred to the razor thin victory of the APNU-AFC coalition over the PPP. The analyst reading that is bound to conclude that the PPP nearly won. There are some mistakes in that conclusion. First, I think the coalition victory had more votes than what the official results showed. I wouldn’t say a substantial number but in riverain areas and distant enclaves where opposition activities are traditionally weak, there has been a long pattern of PPP electoral skullduggery. Unfortunately, over the decades the PNC, later APNU, has not been able to prove it.  

I know Aubrey Norton and Vincent Alexander are convinced of this pattern. But one has to concede that without a multi-party contest, the coalition should have come far above the fifty percent mark.
Secondly, the racist poison, Mr. Jagdeo unleashed was unsavoury and demented. One is sure he was not alone. While his deliveries consisted of open racist incitement at the rallies, the bottom house meetings were perhaps even deadlier.

If the gigantic race monster of the African president devouring the helpless Indian population was not invoked by Jagdeo and his acolytes in 2015, maybe the coalition would have taken in far more votes. But at the end of the day, the coalition didn’t hold its own because racist brew or no racist brew, the coalition should have been able to dent Jagdeo’s race baiting.

When we review the politics of 2015, no doubt the PPP’s ignominious fall from grace overshadows everything else, and I mean everything. But 2015 has neatly transplanted itself on the pages of Guyanese history because of those racist chants of Mr. Jagdeo.

Open exhortation of race has been an intimidating taboo in modern Guyanese politics. The most rabid African Guyanese politician who disdains Guyanese East Indians is going to scandalize Indians at his/her private party and in shuttered rooms but never in the open. No African politician ever went that far from the fifties onwards.

The same goes for the Indian politician who hates African Guyanese and wishes they never have a say in Guyana’s political economy. Indian politicians would say the most derogatory, mean-spirited things about Blacks in Guyana but it would be in small groups after church is over in the mosque or temple or at the wedding celebration over drinks and at the vicious bottom-house meetings, but never in public.
The irony of race-condemnation and race-baiting is that at a time when the two major ethnic communities were locked in violent competition in the sixties, PNC and PPP leaders were virtually scared of using racist vocabularies.

If you examine the newspapers from the first victory of the PPP in 1957 to the end of the violence in 1964, there is nothing near to what Mr. Jagdeo said in 2015 in relation to race. Despite its tempestuous rage over rigged election from 1968 to 1992, there is nothing you can find from the mouth of PPP leaders that was a cussing down of African Guyanese.

The simple fact was that public abuse of people’s ethnicity was taboo from the time the PPP spilt in the 1950s until Jagdeo’s 2015 election poison.

What came off the lips of Jagdeo never even slipped off the lips of Burnham, Jagan, Hamilton Green, Ptolemy Reid, Boysie Ramkarran, Reepu Daman Persaud, Janet Jagan, Desmond Hoyte, Robert Corbin, among others. They simply did not have the inviting environment to preach race openly.
Now mind you, the emphasis is on the adverb, “openly.” Jagdeo broke out of that self-imposed jail in May 2015. That year has gone down as the year of the worst race- incitement in the history of this country. I could understand an educated Indian eulogizing the mythical talent of Jagdeo, but it numbs the mind to see Indian intellectuals supporting a politician who was encouraging the expansion of racist venom in 2015.

In this context, I lost all my admiration for Swami Aksharananda.

One can say that 2015 belonged to David Granger. He showed the East Indian race in Guyana that it was wrong about Black politicians; that the stereotype of Black leaders calling for blood against Indians was a figment in their minds, planted by Indian politicians from the PPP.

The 2015 general elections should have opened up the eyes of all Indians. It wasn’t the Black man running for president that was manufacturing racist morbidities that threatened the fabric of Guyana, but an Indian leader who served as President for twelve years.

Whatever analysis we put to the significance of 2015, two motifs stand out – Jagdeo unmatched infamy and Granger’s moral example that he gave the Indians of this land.

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Comments

  • West Dem  On December 29, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Freddy are you out of your mind. What nonsense are you writing. To be honest I do not read your editorial simply because they are racist and biased. You forget that you are an Indian or wanna be Indian. If you really want to understand Indian issues and concern in terms Guyana’s politics and past historical experiences I strongly believe that you need to align yourself with this group that way you have a better understanding before your fingers start typing.

  • De castro  On December 29, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Started reading above …..then “switched” off my critical factor and commented.
    Please please “stop” going backward ….election results is now history so please
    let’s move one…..forward.

    Thanks

    • Thinker  On December 29, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Everything is open for discussion here. No one decides what is off limits. You compare distilled cane juice with molasses based rum and no one tells you ENOUGH.

      • De castro  On December 30, 2015 at 5:46 am

        Tasted rum made from Nicaraguan cane juice grown in the mountains of nica….
        Best rum ever tasted before becoming legless in Earls Court London RUM fest….
        nearest to it was El Dorado 20 YO.
        order my 12yo in uk on line amazon.com rum delivered next day to my door.

        @£26 Litre….you must try some…..in Guyana $ per litre???
        Hey man …
        26X360=$guy9.360 a bottle …..am interested in price of not 12yo in Guyana??
        Kamtan

  • chandraksingh  On December 29, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Freddie Kissoon is working hard on creating disharmony amongst the races in Guyana in trying to promote his love for the APNU. I have never seen a person with so much venom and hatred for Indians, the PPP, and Dr. Bharat Jagdeo in paryicular. This hate monger is intolerable.

  • Thinker  On December 29, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Amazing that West Dem and Chandraksingh have never ever commented on Gigi’s race hate. Yet we see ad hominem attacks on Kissoon without any attempt at analysis of what is being said. At least state where Freddie is factually wrong.

    • De castro  On December 29, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Thinkèr
      My new years resolution is to try to avoid “negative” comments or associations.
      Don’t wish to look “backwards” or “lament” on political decisions that have already been made.
      We must all try to be “positive” about guyana s future and try to refrain from more political “post mortems”
      which does not help…..if things are to move forward.
      We all have our opinions on the “causes” of the racial divide in Guyana and if its peace and reconciliation
      we wish for we must “forgive” the mistakes of past political decisions and try to avoid repeating them.
      Easier said than done …but its the only way Guyana can move forward.

      Incidentally my comment was made before “west dem” but it somehow followed because of the
      time differences.
      Mine was 5.11am UK time
      West dem was 4.56am Guyana time.

      Guyana is 4/5 hours behind UK time.

  • Thinker  On December 29, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Good for you. But all Guyanese know that past is prologue. We must be able to offer serious analysis based on fact as opposed to the strictly partisan stuff of tbe apan jaat crowd of whatever ethnicity.

    • De castro  On December 30, 2015 at 3:34 am

      Appreciate the acemdemics of prologue…..and ignorance of the “apan jaat” brigade.
      However we must remain positive for the future and refrain from “reminding” “reminiscing”
      of past “mistakes” of the political cl asses…..not “forgotten” just “forgiven”…if we are to move
      forward. Am forever the optimist….am very happy with the info provided to the diaspora by
      Cyril on GOL…..some inspirational/thought provoking comments…..Gigi Freddie et al…usually
      only commenting when I disagree…..we learn more from polite “disagreements” than pacifistic
      agreement……but am no activist politically or culturally…..just an opinion…..not wishing to offend
      others in my writings.
      Que Sera Sera
      Happy 2016 and beyond.
      Kamtan

  • Thinker  On December 30, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Kamptan,
    When it comes to distilled cane juice, cheap Brazilian cachaça is cood enough for me. I trust that you know it well from previous trips to Brazil. I trust also that the Zacapa stuff (Guatemalan) aged in cognac barrels and all that is worth the difference in price.
    Happy New Year

    • De castro  On December 30, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Tasted cachaca ‘fire water’…vile stuff!
      ……zacapa not worth the £75 bottle
      price tag….
      El dorado 12yo is my choice.
      In Guyana worked for banks dih
      so xm 10yo was my choice.
      Can’t get it here in uk.
      Thanks new year wishes
      hope yours is great.
      Saludos

  • Restorer  On December 30, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Kissoon’s comments are factual and rather than castigate his personage the respondents need to address specific points made and say where they are erroneous. No right thinking Guyanese would want for a president someone who spewed out as much cuss down racist rhetoric as Jagdeo. We want a statesman, who can address issues without thinking race all the time. I was shocked that the PPP got so many votes. Something went wrong there.

  • Thinker  On December 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    @Restorer – The real surprise was the degree of Amerindian support for the PPP due to the development in the hinterland. With Nagamootoo or Ramkarran succeeding Cheddi, a welcoming approach to the WPA, less obvious corruption, the PPP could have continued in office. The last straw for me was that fool Luncheon stating that there were no qualified Blacks to head any foreign missions. No party official dissented. That showed exactly how “inclusive” they wanted to be. The new Administration has a great opportunity now but the AFC must be strenghtened. Utherwise its back to square one.

  • Albert  On December 31, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Kamta: Please please “stop” going backward ….election results is now history so please let’s move one…..forward

    If you dont look back how would you know what went wrong (or correctly) so as to take corrective measures in the future…. unless you are not concern about repeating past mistakes.

  • De castro  On December 31, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Looking back is backward thinking.
    Looking forward is positive thinking

    We learn from history by not repeating
    it’s mistakes

    Yet mistakes in history are repeated over and over again….sometimes
    best forgotten/ignored.

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