Two weeks before General Elections, one that will truly be a watershed event in our country’s evolution and history, Ravi Dev (Kaieteur News, 20th November 2011) has chosen to reveal what has been a little secret. That is today’s Indians comprise “far below 40% of the population”- informed observers places it at about 37%.
In the context of elections in Guyana, Ravi understands what this means. He explains it in this article as it relates to “what makes the average (Guyanese) voter tick” which is not esoteric concepts such as ideology or even “elementary political information, such as what policies are being offered to them in manifestos”, but if I may say, more primal instincts.
In the case of Indians, he gives this as an “ethnic security dilemma” and African/Mixed, as fear of being excluded from the executive because of their former minority status. Now that the latter (African/Mixed groups) (“which traditionally voted as a bloc from the 60’s onwards”) are now over 50% of the voting population, he poses the rhetorical question: “Will they continue to see themselves as a minority?”
Presumably, hoping that their voting actions will be reflective of what the Mighty Sparrow calls the “humility of the strong”.
Ravi himself knows the answer but vainly posits an invention of his (in stark disregard of real-time information of the infectious enthusiasm and exuberance of this base on display on Nomination Day, at Buxton, Linden and elsewhere on the Coast) which is that “it is obvious that their votes will once again be splintered!”
Ravi has recognised though that the light cannot be concealed (given his undoubted knowledge of the massive inroads that the AFC is making in the traditional PPP‘s base) and chooses to prematurely inform the wider public of the new dawn which will appear in two weeks time.
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