Guyana Politics: British perceptions of Guyanese politicians in 1953: Cheddi Jagan– By Winston McGowan

By Winston McGowan – Stabroek News  – October 4, 2002

(Left to Right): Jainarine Singh, Sidney King (Eusi Kwayana), ​Forbes Burnham. Janet Jagan, Cheddi Jagan, Joseph Latchmansingh and Ashton Chase – 1953

British perceptions of Guyanese politicians in 1953: Cheddi Jagan

1953 was one of the most momentous years in the history of British Guiana- now Guyana. It witnessed two striking but contrasting events. Firstly, in April the country had a general election under a new constitution distinguished by universal adult suffrage and the grant of a measure of ministerial responsibility to the winning political history. The election resulted in a convincing victory for the People’s Progressive Party, led by Cheddi Jagan with Forbes Burnham as his chairman. The PPP won 51 per cent of the votes cast and 18 of the 24 seats in the new House of Assembly.     

Later in the year in October the second major event took place. The British government suspended the new constitution, removed the PPP from power after only 133 days in office, and placed the responsibility for the administration of the colony into the hands of an interim government. This government administered British Guiana until 1957, when new elections were held.

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  • Trevor  On March 31, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Burnham was an ally with an American Jewish woman (Janet Rosenberg) and an Indo-Guyanese man (Cheddi Jagan)?

    Look at this picture carefully. Afro-Guyanese and Indo-Guyanese uniting with a PPP party, which is now an Indo-Nazi elite cabal.

    The 1960s and 70s were known for racial tensions between Afro-Guyanese and Indo-Guyanese, but the Portuguese and European elite were immune from the racial violence.

    The British must have bankrolled racial tensions in Guyana long before it was released from the clutches of the Queen of England.

  • Trevor  On March 31, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    The late Dr. Cheddi Jagan (1951): The Sugar Producers never got money to do anything for the workers, and you all must ask yourselves where Bookers is getting the money from to build big and modern houses at Bel Air for Mr Seaford and all the big chiefs coming from England.

    Trevor (2019): The Oil, Gold, Bauxite and Maganese Producers never got money to do anything for the workers, and you all must ask yourselves where RUSAL, Bai-Shai Lin, Exxon-Mobil and Tullow is getting the money from to build big and modern mansions, 10 storey steel structures, and mega-malls at Bel Air, Lamaha Gardens, Sheriff Street, Vlissengen Road, Camp Sts, for white people and all the big chiefs coming from England, USA, Canada and white countries.

  • Joseph  On June 6, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    People engage in politics with the sole purpose of making money. This is a kind of business, they are lobbying their interests. In every country there are such people, but they rob the entire population in different ways. If you knew how much they earn from this, https://kryskritters.com/category/politician/ would have taken them differently. Tell me, do you know at least one poor politician?

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