Daily Archives: July 30, 2019

Rise of Modi’s Hindutva isn’t good for Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad – Commentary

By Ray Chickrie

The respect for one’s natural rights like religious freedom and freedom of association in the Caribbean are protected. There is no written or unwritten law that stratify us into permanent ranks in society. We are free to choose our names and our religion; who we associate with and marry. In some places this is not possible. But in Modi’s India a skewed understanding of the caste system has led to growing intolerance of minorities.

This is no secret. In 2002, the world watched the Gujrat genocide of Muslims under the former chief minister of that state and now Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Hence, the communal relations in India have had repercussions in the Hindu and Muslim Caribbean communitiesContinue reading

New York: Queens Literary Festival 2019: A Celebration of the Imagination!

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Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273) said, ‘You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.’ This profound, and mystical expression led many to drink deeply from the well of poets and sages.

The Queens Literary Festival and Book Fair was founded over a year ago to bring to the public the works of writers and artists. In June last year, over 40 authors from around the world gathered in Queens to read from their writings. In the ensuing months, programs were held on women as change-makers and trailblazers and a tribute was dedicated to V.S Naipaul. The June 2019 program saw students and their parents participating in poetry, the arts and the spoken word.      Continue reading

Guyana: Let’s have a ‘One Guyana Peace Concert’ and a ‘Day of Prayer’ Before the Elections!

By. Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Three Worlds One Vision

COMMENTARY By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine
The West Indian Magazine, July 27, 2019
Reprinted with permission of the author

 

Some may think that the idea is outrageous or even downright crazy. But we need to allay the fears of Guy­anese, to ease the tension, and show that we can work, sing and pray to­gether. We need a ‘One Guyana Peace Concert and a Day of Prayer’ and we need it before the elections. Both events should be non-political and aim to celebrate Guyana as a peaceful nation.

The daily vitriol on social media, from peo­ple that live thousands of miles away from Guy­ana, is bereft of peace or harmony. The online posts stir up hate and call on people to go to war. But Guyanese know bet­ter. They know that at the end of the day the races depend on each other for their survival. They know that we are…

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Mercator Misconceptions: Clever Map Shows the True Size of Countries

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Mercator Misconceptions: Clever Map Shows the True Size of Countries

Maps are hugely important tools in our everyday life, whether it’s guiding our journeys from point A to B, or shaping our big picture perceptions about geopolitics and the environment.

For many people, the Earth as they know it is heavily informed by the Mercator projection – a tool used for nautical navigation that eventually became the world’s most widely recognized map.

Mercator’s Rise to the Top            Continue reading

Guyana Politics: No walkouts, only law-based decisions for elections – new GECOM Chairman

No walkouts, only law-based decisions for free, fair and transparent elections- new GECOM Chairman

Newly-appointed Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Retired Justice Claudette Singh on Monday vowed to make decisions based on Guyana’s laws and the constitution, while signaling that she would not tolerate any walkouts from meetings of the seven-member commission.      Continue reading

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