Now that Brig Granger has been elected by PNC members to be their Presidential Candidate, Guyanese are awaiting the PPP’s smear campaign. So far, judging from their bloggers, the PPP will resort to its usual tried and tested race baiting in an effort to hold Indian support.
This race baiting was traditionally done in two forms. In private Indians were told if they don’t vote PPP “the black man them gon get back power and come rob yuh all.”
President Jagdeo went public with this line of racism when at Port Mourant during the 2006 election campaign he stated that if the opposition won it would “share out guns to its supporters.”
The PPP felt that it was so successful in racially conditioning Indians that it was no longer necessary to whisper race politics to them in private. It could be done publicly.
The traditional public form of reinforcing its racist indoctrination was the use of certain catch phrases such as 28 years of PNC rule, rigged elections, and Burnham dictatorship.
While it is true that all Guyanese suffered hardships in the latter days of PNC rule, the only party that placed all the ills of the PNC in an exaggerated racist context was the PPP. The phrases mentioned came to be synonymous with the evil African. So in public to use the phrases 28 years of PNC rule, rigged elections, and Burnham dictatorship was a tool in reinforcing PPP racism.
Yet the same PPP official policy was “critical support” for the PNC, and the same PPP, led by Dr Jagan entered into secret power sharing talks with the PNC in 1980. How can you tell your supporters that the PNC and Burnham were evil, yet you wanted to join forces with the PNC, and still hold your supporters’ loyalty?
Ninety percent of the PPP leadership led by Ranji Chandisingh defected to the PNC in 1975. What prevented large numbers of PPP supporters from joining the PNC? It was Dr Jagan’s devious use of race politics. He called the defectors traitors.
Dr Jagan meant traitors to Indians. We Indians have been subjected to the PPP’s race politics for 60 years and it will be very difficult to wean us away from such irreligious thinking.
I urge Indians to break the chains of PPP racism and think for ourselves. The PPP has been in power for 19 years and we need to judge the PPP on those 19 years. For 60 years the PPP has indoctrinated us with race politics.
It exaggerated our genuine racial concerns into exponential fears of the African. That is how the PPP held our support. What has the PPP done in its 19 years to address our ethnic concerns? Are we still afraid of the African? Do we still emigrate by the thousands? If we are, then the PPP has not governed in our interests. Has the PPP addressed African concerns? Has the PPP governed in the interests of Africans? If the PPP did not govern in either Indian or African interests then in whose interests did the PPP govern for 19 years.
The PPP ruled in its own interests, and that is to keep Africans and Indians distrustful of each other, and to maintain racial fears in Indians.
How else do you explain the PPP’s blatant refusal to permit the US Drug Enforcement Agency to operate in Guyana? How else do you explain their refusal of British aid to reform and rebuild the Police Force? The PPP has a vested interest in nurturing crime and lawlessness. In such an environment it is easy to foment racial fears and so keep its grip on Indian support.
The past 19 years of PPP rule has been a representation of irreligion and untruth, where ego, ambition, greed, lust, jealousy, anger, and passion characterized the PPP leadership, as is evidenced by rampant corruption, crime, and child molestation in government, and wider society. The time has come to free ourselves from the PPP political racial bondage. It is time for us to stand on the side of Religion and Truth.
We now have to rally around Brig David Granger who has been religious all his life, and who is a spiritually developed person. We need a leader who will quickly restore law and order, protect all Guyanese, and end government corruption. We need a leader who will restore religious values and morality in government. We need a leader who clearly stands on the side of religion and truth.
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