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Guyanese in the USA: Are East Indians at war with themselves? – By Paul Sanders

Albert Baldeo

Albert Baldeo and Ed Ahmad

A sneak preview of a brutally frank and introspective column by Paul Sanders to be published in the Caribbean Daylight (precipitated by the conviction of Albert Baldeo last Monday), on the shopping list of Guyanese who have screwed over their fellow countrymen and run afoul of the law in the United States.

Introspection: Are East Indians at war with themselves?

By Paul Sanders – Caribbean Daylight, NY  – February 2015 

I’ve been thinking…..
And I have thought long and hard whether I should write this. Last week Thursday, I had this same conversation with a good friend, Sankar Nirahu. He challenged me into making this my next writing project. He died 24 hours after that exchange. This piece is dedicated to his memory.

We all wish to bounce around happily with our political correctness, filled with warm euphemisms, ready to hide our conscience, closing our eyes to the truth under the pretext that if we don’t see it then it doesn’t exist.

We want to be shaken and stirred – but not too much. We want to be guilt-schlepped – but not too much. We want to be provoked – but not too much. We want to be transformed – but not too much.

Yeah, I get it. But as an East Indian I have a compelling obligation, a responsibility to articulate what is in my heart, and what I passionately believe must be said and heard.  Continue reading

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