Don’t expect dogs to sing, even if birds bark
The other day, a highly respected compatriot expressed in a letter to the Editor his understandable disappointment at the misuse of the platform provided at Highbury, East Bank Berbice on the 5th of May to celebrate Indian Arrival Day. I also attended that function and, like that writer, I felt uncomfortable with the ‘political overtones’ that dominated the entire proceedings.
However, unlike my friend, I believe culpability rests more with the organizers of such programmes, than those who use such occasions for political gain. I believe it is difficult for politicians to avoid ‘politicking’
I am told that the sight of a microphone induces their vocal cords the same way Pavlov’s dog instinctively salivated at the sound of a gong. Therefore, it might be easier to ‘solve the problem’ if the organizers resist the unhealthy habit taking root in Guyana of ‘worshipping’ the politicians (those garlands!!!) at every nook and cranny, at every turn, in all walks of life in this unfortunate land of ours!
I strongly believe Professor Samad’s excellent presentation along with the rich cultural programme was quite enough; the politicking really detracted considerably from the event. Let’s have more drama, dance, music and other cultural items and leave the political posturing for the street corner meetings.