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Hope: Guyana’s history and the names of some “Great Guyanese”

 By Geoff Burrowes

When I was growing up I knew a mild mannered boy named Malcolm Rodrigues. His nickname was “Milky”. I later heard that he had become a Jesuit priest.

When many of us, decided that life under the heel of the Forbes Burnham regime was not supportable and emigrated to other countries to enjoy their freedoms, Malcolm continued to minister in Guyana. I recently read an article written by him about the martyrdom of Father Darke and realized that Malcolm had grown into a courageous priest who had stood up against the excesses of the politicians of the time. I guess that his Jesuit training and expectations were partially responsible for that growth.          Continue reading

Commentary: The Forensic Audit Reports … Dr. David Hinds

The Forensic Audit Reports … Dr. David Hinds

March 26, 2016 – Transfer of State resources has serious consequences

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

THE results of the recent Local Government Elections have once again confirmed what we have long known: that Guyanese generally vote along ethnic lines. One may not like Mr. Jagdeo’s politics, but he is the first PPP leader to say openly that the PPP is an East Indian party whose first line of action is to secure its ethnic base. Not even Dr. Jagan was so blunt about it. In fact, given Dr. Jagan’s socialist rhetoric, he could not bring himself to say so even if his political practice reflected that truism.

Jagdeo does not have that burden; he has never been a prisoner of socialist rhetoric. But more importantly, Jagdeo knows from actual practice what the intentional merging of ethnic politics and governance means for consolidation of ethnic support and marginalization and co-option of the ethnic opposition.  Continue reading

How the PPP lost the west for the second time – By Ralph Ramkarran

Written by Ralph Ramkarran

It was President George H. W. Bush’s February 1990 Republic Day message to President Desmond Hoyte, expressing the hope that the upcoming elections will be free and fair, that signaled the end of the West’s four decade hostility to the PPP, starting in 1953. Dr. Jagan had written to the US President in December 1989 seeking US support for free and fair elections in Guyana.

Earlier in 1989 Dr. Jagan wrote to President Gorbachev, President of the USSR, also seeking his support. Dr. Jagan had reminded President Gorbachev of the latter’s earlier support of President Bush’s demand for free and fair elections in Nicaragua, which was a friend of the USSR.  Continue reading

Two cases of struggles in Guyana without racial conflict – Eusi Kwayana

Letter: Two cases of struggles in Guyana without racial conflict – Eusi Kwayana

There has not been much examination in public of the legal framework surrounding the events of July 18, 2012 in Linden, Guyana, and no discussion whatever of what happened on the 12th and 15th of August 2012. I am glad I did not grow up in such a dumbed down atmosphere.  My mother’s male and female school mates would have been visiting her, arguing, and chewing out the rightness and wrongness of the events, even and straight, as we say, with the lawyers, the editors, and the Commission and the readers. Mr Byron Lewis and Mr Yankee Jervis would have been at shop galleries and street corners questioning the mishandling of things.

This was the atmosphere when the five workers were martyred at Enmore in 1948. Few households on the East Coast went to bed normally that night. Those were the days of Jagan in all his glory, before the PPP. Continue reading

A Tribute to Hugh Cholmondeley – By Sir Ronald Sanders

A Tribute to Hugh Cholmondeley

By Sir Ronald Sanders

Hugh Cholmondeley

To say that Hugh Neville John Cholmondeley was a golden voice of broadcasting in Guyana in the 1960’s and early 1970’s is to speak a truth but not to tell the whole story.  While he had a voice that commanded attention, it was his recognition that broadcasting had a key role to play in enlightening society that distinguished him.

In 1968, he became the first general manager of the Guyana Broadcasting Service (GBS).  In that role, he set about two important and standard setting tasks.  The first was to establish a team of outstanding broadcasters in Guyana who would extend the boundaries of radio beyond a purveyor of entertainment into the realm of debate on national issues; of investigative broadcast journalism; of reflecting the society through documentaries; and “live” coverage of national events when and as they happened.  His early radio documentary series ” was path breaking.  Continue reading

Recording Guyanese political history – Nigel Westmaas

Recording Guyanese political history: Memory, `archives’ and narrative overlook

By Nigel Westmaas

This essay is concerned about the politics of memory.  As Guyana’s newest political (elections) season unfurls there will be  numerous references to events, concepts and phrases that support attendant political narratives, that is, Guyanese political history as mainly defined by the two mass political parties that have been at the helm of the country’s political life since 1953. This contemporary concentration on a convenient nomenclature of Guyana’s political history that devolves primarily on the narrative of the two dominant political forces is hardly surprising given the grasp these organisations have held on national political consciousness up to this point.

The nomenclature of  events and concepts by which the two main political parties (the PPP and PNC) define  and control the narrative of “modern” Guyanese politics include:  the “1950s” and “1960s”; “Disturbances”; Feed, Clothe and House the nation”; Enmore Martyrs”, “First Past the Post “ system; ”Sun Chapman” and the preceding Wismar incidents; “ Power-sharing”; “rigged elections”;  “Partition”; “Proportional representation”; and “paramountcy of the party”.  These favourites in the local political lexicon, as important as they are separately and collectively, sometimes uncritically legalize the philosophy and actions of one main party or the other in the representation of Guyana’s political history. This dominance leaves in its wake silences or ill attendance to other political narratives, past and present and the need for a thoughtful search for an improvement in our political narrative and culture.    [more]