One of the most outrageous accounts of a country’s history can be found in the mouths of the leaders of the PPP and its Government here in Guyana. We can start with the PPP in opposition from 1964 to 1968.
The pages of its voluminous productions against the PNC Government in that period are laced with condemnations of racism against the East Indian population.
Just pick up any copy of the Mirror newspaper between 1964 and 1992 and you can read the tantrums the PPP had displayed about racism against the Indian people. Careful to do its homework as an opposition party, it took its racism charge to powerful international places like the United Nations.
A generation of Indians has grown up on a diet that instructs them to see the PNC as an anti-Indian party that perpetuated racism against the Indian ethnic community in Guyana.
Simply, most Guyanese know about the politics of the PPP as an opposition party and what it had to say about the government back then. Apart from the cry of racism against East Indians, the PPP fulminated against President Burnham’s economic programmes, condemned the PNC for corruption and frameworked its interpretation of the PNC Government as a racist.
Nothing admirable was said about the PNC Government and the exercise of power under Burnham was classified as a dictatorship. The opposition PPP even chastised the better administration of Hotye for corruption in the divestment programme.
The PPP has been in power for nineteen years and what we have, if Mr. Jagdeo and the rest of the PPP leadership is to be believed, is a complete and virtual antithesis of the PNC when it was in power compared to the PPP’s reign today. The unseen and untold aspect of the PPP story is that this antithesis exists in a comic book only and not in objective reality. In other words, the PPP’s good guy versus bad guy tale is obnoxious political masturbation.
Let’s start with the bold exclamation of the PPP leadership that PPP Government doesn’t discriminate against other races. Then a scientific inquiry becomes exigent here. What is inside the genes of the PNC leaders who are alive today and PPP leaders who are in power at the moment? Why were the PNC leaders practicing discrimination against other races? What made them do it? Is it something in their genes or their religion or were they simply bad people?
What is it that is inside the genes of God’s perfect children at Freedom House that after nineteen years in power that they are not like their PNC counterparts? They do not inject race into their policies. At this stage it is necessary to make some specific comparisons.
Those who served the PNC that are present among us would include Hamilton Green, Dr. Van West Charles, Dr. Faith Harding, Robert Corbin, Carl Greenidge, Basil Williams (who incidentally is married to an East Indian woman), Oscar Clarke, to name just a few. On the PPP side we have Donald Ramotar, Pandit Reepu Daman Persaud, Harry Nokta, Kellawan Lall, Ronnie Nawbatt, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran, Gail Teixeira among others
My question is; can some sociologist, political theorist or a medical doctor specializing in genetic medicine tell me why the PNC names I have listed were people who pursued racist policies when they controlled the state machinery but the East Indian names mentioned here are people who do just the opposite – they do not think about racial constituencies when they exercise power? So Messrs. Green, Clark and Corbin just did not like East Indian people. Is this the reason? Or could it be something more disturbing? They have the prejudice in their genes.
On the other hand, the blessed pandit, when he was Minister of Agriculture, was a non-racist patriot who never thought about ethnic politics. The goodly doctor, Bheri Ramsaran, does not ever think of race. So is his colleague Ms. Gail Teixeira. Not to mention the gentleman from Essequibo, Harry Persaud Nokta. When he was a Minister, thoughts of ethnic favouritism never entered the picture.
The infamous Kellawan Lall is a true nationalist. He has handled his portfolio objectively and ethnic discrimination was never something he ever thought of. Not to mention the present crop of PPP leaders like Robert Persaud, Irfaan Ally etc. These are nice non-racial guys.
So does anyone out there have an explanation as to why African PNC leaders, when they administered governmental authority, discriminated against the East Indian population? Buy a comic book from Freedom House if you want to know the answer.
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