Guyana: 53 years as a Republic – By The GHK Lall Column

GHK Lall

By GHK Lall –  Feb 23, 2023

Kaieteur News – After 53 years of existence as a Republic, Guyana should have so much more to show for that time, so much to be proud about, even boast about, considering our fabulous endowments.  In people.  In the fruits of the earth, and now of the sea.  In the reality of potential and possibilities actually in our hands, in how well we are now positioned.  Though I am loathe to acknowledge, after 53 years, we have fallen short of our grand promise, been a huge disappointment.  So much given, so little to show for it.

Half of our citizens, however counted, have foreign addresses as their home.  The most telling demographic is our youth, the vigorous bloodstream of a polity and people, only for them to live and relive the ancient prejudices and bigotries of their forebears.  It is what punishes our social environment, what tampers with our minds, yokes our thinking.  We can have all the riches in the world (and we do), but if we do not have the skills and smarts and strengths to make the most expansive (inclusive) use of them, then we are all the poorer for what we have failed to contemplate, prioritize, achieve.  We have failed to do so, haven’t we?       

Our strengths have been neither ethical nor noble.  Rather, they have been of what is political leadership craftiness, and supporting citizenship cunning, that leaves us not as a Republic of sturdy proportions, one standing on its own feet and operating on its own steam.  But of a society that is the pity of the world, and one still a chronic charity case.  Anybody and everybody that is not Black or Brown or Beautiful Originals of Guyana’s earth is welcomed and embraced as our heroes; our saviors to point us on the way forward.

They have done so with one hand on our shoulder, and the other in our purse.  We call ourselves leaders and citizens of a proud Republic, an almost incomparably rich one.  Yet we are content to remain in this dreadful impoverished state, so beholden we Guyanese are to the whims, artifices, and contrivances of foreigners.  We were divided before, and with a whole lot traceable to those interfering outsiders starting in their pale strategies of centuries ago, and which became apparent in their putrid cruelties and social devastations just 60-70 years ago: Divide.  Devastate.  Drain.  Yet, being the suckers for punishment, the weaklings, that we are, we yielded again to their overtures and their maneuvers.

At one time, around that same six to seven decades ago, Guyanese were among the most literate people in the world; in the top five, if my recall is accurate.  The havocs of the 60s and 70s resulted in not just capital flight, but the flight of this country’s human capital, with its cream gone.  We ought to have been self-taught, transform into the best of self-instructors.  Unless we genuinely commit to holding hands, and maintaining a single head, then we become prone to the machinations of those who scheme over our property, our patrimony, and stunt our prosperity.

I exhort my fellow Guyanese on this Republic anniversary to examine how stunned our leaders are.  Look at how they walk around like controlled zombies, theirs is the stunted shadow of helpless sleepwalkers subject to the directions, the push and pull, of those who hold the strings of this Republic in their fingersstained with what is detrimental to our interests.  For us to remain divided and at each other’s throat is the best of all outcomes, while foreigners work their commercial sorceries, which enrich their treasuries, their own peoples.

I urge my fellow citizens across the national canvas of this Cooperative Republic of Guyana, to not look on neighbor and competitor as enemy, but as fellow strivers in the shared objective of a country of which all of us can be proud.  Scrutinize what we have and there is nothing about what is ‘cooperative’ in either our hearts or our visions.  Nor of a Republic reveling in its own authentic strengths, the beauties of its citizens.  Nor of a Guyana that is this economic Nirvana, this arcade of a social utopia, that it is made out to be.

Who we are and what we live with is a limping Republic, and all due to our willing prostrations before the alphabet soup of powers, who say they know what is best for us.  Perhaps, they really do because of what we have allowed them to do to us in this Republic of inequity, amid an ongoing litany of countless political iniquities.  In this Republic of Guyana that should have been, we could have been a contender for the status of a respected champion.  We relish, instead, being a perennial pretender.  Such is the graceless state of our Cooperative Republic of Guyana.  For whatever it is worth: my tidings to all citizens.  Be assured that they are good.

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  • kamtanblog  On 02/24/2023 at 2:27 am

    An interesting take on Guyana past, present but short on its future. Poetic rendition indeed.
    Now that we found “wealth” what are we gonna do with it ? Only time will tell !

    A message for el presidente comrade Ali !

    Here is a suggestion from a Guyanese in the diaspora!

    Apply for membership of BRICS (Brazil Russia India China and South Africa)
    By end of 2023 many new members will be admitted making it the new world order
    encompassing almost 46.5% of the worlds
    People’s. To counter/compete with the IMF/WB
    USA hedgemony. Google NDB FMI.
    Most of us in the diaspora heart ❤️ bleeds for de fatherlands success 2023 and beyond.
    The responsibility rests on the shoulders/skills of the next generations of Guyanese .
    Way forward IMHO aka in my humble opinion.
    Good luck Guyana 🇬🇾
    Happy 2023 and beyond.

    Kamtan uk

  • wally  On 02/24/2023 at 10:47 am

    new world order???????EEEEEKKKKK

    • wally  On 02/25/2023 at 9:35 pm

      new world buddies…
      Tunisian President Reveals Globalist Plot to Alter Country’s Demography through Mass Migration
      You really think Guyana is not in their sights… rich country..lots of space..great GNP???? yea man

      • Jim  On 03/03/2023 at 11:16 am

        Wally, the US-Canada border is a mess. More illegal crossings from Canada than Mexico recently. Is Canada a cesspool?

  • John Hintzen  On 02/24/2023 at 10:48 am

    This is such a true assessment of the State of Guyana. I hope that Guyana’s leaders read this article and realize that it is a true statement of where Guyana 🇬🇾 is, and not where it belongs. Greed has allowed foreign investors to take what should be invested in Guyana’s future and instead foreign companies are lining their pockets with what should be used to lift Guyana 🇬🇾 out of poverty and racism and make it the shining example for the world to marvel over. What will it take for Guyana’s leaders to stop ✋ the destruction of our country and make it into what it has the potential to become?

  • theonly  On 02/24/2023 at 6:33 pm

    A very biased column. If my uncle was still in power this man would be hiding in the bush.

  • Kayume Baksh  On 02/24/2023 at 7:33 pm

    There’s much truth in what you say. The facts are there for all to see, even the wilfully blind. When will we ever go past our historical best so that we can have something worthy of pride and achievement to show the world? We’ve been a sad story now for too long.

    • kamtanblog  On 03/03/2023 at 2:10 pm

      A voice in the wilderness.
      But words of wisdom !

      If change is to come in Guyana it will be from within influenced by the opinions/decisions of its present and future generations.
      Culturally Guyana is a melting pot of the races/cultures of the planet with one common language. English aka broken English.
      Optimism (positive) is the way forward !
      Avoiding nationalism or any other isms of past
      A united Guyana eco/politically/culturally way forward.
      Guyana got talent
      Let it shine

      Good luck “everyone needs some luck sometimes”

      Saludos 👋

      K uk

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