Daily Archives: 02/20/2019

New Book – Sanatana Dharma and Plantation Hinduism- By Ramesh Gampat

Gampat, Ramesh. 2015. Sanatana Dharma and Plantation Hinduism.  Explorations and Reflections of on Indian Guyanese Hindu.  Xlibris: Bloomingdale, Indiana.

“The share of Hindus in Guyana’s Indian population declined from 83.5 percent in 1880 to 62.8 percent in 2012.  Yet even a casual observer would conclude that Guyanese Hindus, at home and in the Diaspora, are a very religious people.  Many of us do a jhandi or havan once annually; others do the more elaborate and costlier yajña, where everyone is welcome, once or twice in their lifetime.  Most of us do a short daily puja – prayers, offerings, reading the Śāstras and listening to bhajan – in our homes.

Christian Missionaries worked assiduously to convert immigrants. Their first order of business was to denigrate Hinduism, designate Hindus as heathen, and disparage their culture, food and even attire.  Immigrants stubbornly resisted, led by the tiny educated elite, including Brāhmaṇas whom we call Brahmins.        Continue reading

Women as Trailblazers – Richmond Hill. NY- March 23. 2019

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US: Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Run With People-Powered Political Revolution

by Jon Queally, staff writer – Common Dreams
“We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it’s time to move that revolution forward.”
With an interview with Vermont Public Radio that aired early Tuesday morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) officially announced his candidancy for president in 2020, telling listeners in his home state he is determined to defeat President Donald Trump while building a grassroots-style campaign—with a network of “at least a million people”—designed to win :  Medicare for All, a national $15 minimum wage, reduced student debt, bold climate action, criminal justice and immigration reform, and create a political and economic system that works for the many and not just the few.

Guyana Politics: The Pros and Cons of Irfaan Ali as PPP’s Presidential Candidate – By Tacuma Ogunseye

Letter by Tacuma Ogunseye

This letter is late, but still topical, I believe. It has been some time since the much-anticipated announcement of the PPP/C’s Presidential Candidate  was made public, and in what turned out to be a two-man contest, Mr. Irfaan Ali defeated Mr. Anil Nandlall  by 24 to 11 votes in the 35-member Central Committee. The election results demonstrated that it was a “no contest” – confirming what political pundits predicted, that Jagdeo’s handpicked candidate would be selected, in spite of the party’s adoption of secret balloting.

As was expected when the decision was made public there were intense and continuing discussions in the society, both in and out of the PPP’s constituency, on the party’s choice for Presidential Candidate, and how this decision will impact its chances of winning or losing the upcoming general and regional elections. These debates are taking place in every area of the country, and in the diaspora. Citizens’ views on the matter have been reflected in newspaper articles, letters to the Editor, TV programmes and social media.          Continue reading

Guyana Elections … APNU says voters’ list bloated, PPP calls it valid

February 19, 2019. Kaieteur News By Abena Rockcliffe-Campbell

At a time when Guyana is supposed to be speedily gearing for General and Regional Elections, even the Voters’ List is something that the main political parties cannot agree on at the level of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

February 19, 2019 marks 60 days since the Bharrat Jagdeo-sponsored no-confidence motion was passed against the APNU+AFC government.

According to the constitution, the passage of a no-confidence motion results in the automatic fall of government and elections are to be held within three months. However, just a few days shy of two months after the motion was passed, no date for elections has been given.          Continue reading