Leave politics completely out of certain occasions
Please allow me space in your paper to have a message sent to the President, His Excellency, Mr. Donald Ramotar.
I will first say that it was a pleasant surprise to see the President at the Indian Arrival Day celebrations at Highbury, East Bank, Berbice, on May 5th. For quite a number of years now I have been attending the celebrations there and, we have seen Ministers and other officials of the Government but this is a first for the President. There were other Ministers and Government officials there and also Mr Khemraj Ramjattan, Leader of the AFC.
The message I would like to send to the Honourable President is that he should look to replace some of his advisors, especially those who advise on his attendances at social functions.
It is no secret that Dr Ashni Singh attended a Diwali Programme, in 2011, and spoke of the “sterling achievements” of the PPP/C, only to pollute the atmosphere of spirituality and love that prevailed at the time.
The very night of the Diwali Motorcade, at a different location, Dr Vasini Persaud, who is the daughter of a prominent Hindu Priest, also spoke to the people of the great achievements of the PPP/C and asked that continued support be given to that party if the Motorcade is to continue.
Like those dedicated PPP/C members, who defiled the religious sanctity of the occasions they attended, by delving into politics, you, Mr President, polluted the air of a serenity that was so beautifully blended with the pleasantry of songs and music, by addressing the issue of ‘budget cuts’ by the opposition, in your speech at Highbury.
One has to wonder who is advising you, Sir, and thus my suggestion that you have a few of your advisors replaced. The celebrations at Highbury are held to commemorate the arrival of our fore parents to this land and they did not deal with budget cuts at that time.
They were bent on providing food for their loved ones and had to focus on establishing themselves and the rich culture they brought with them.
It would have been fitting for you to speak of their struggle to get here and how they suffered at the hands of the Colonists and then reflect on their achievements.
Some of those persons would have been responsible to have you as a son of this nation and that would have been worth mentioning—not budget cuts.
You should be advised, Sir, and have your Officials also learn, to leave politics completely out of certain occasions and I am sure that you will gain more than you would lose.
Note that Mr Ramjattan spoke and delivered a clean address that befitted the occasion, even though some of the supporters of the PPP/C were quite noticeably upset that he was allowed to speak.
It was clear that he scored more points than you did. Just a word of advice, Sir, if you are desirous of attending similar functions let me suggest that you contact Radhay Evans Persaud, a lecturer at UG, for some hints on indentureship.