Historians are well aware that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”” as George Santayana so wisely wrote. When Mr Eusi Kwayana can completely clear his conscience about his role in Guyana’s turbulent history, similar visits to other Doobay Renal Centres may dispense need for his own Field of Akeldama.
The truth does indeed set one free. “A person who admits being wrong, pays less”, has been a well known Ugandan proverb; no doubt a very good reminder for a hefty deposit from Mr Kwayana for – the usual black monument thing. After his visit to the Doobay Renal Centre at Annandale, right next door to Buxton, he ensured it was made clear he was invited by Dr Budhendranath Doobay, “the worthy pioneer of the project” who is a devout Hindu Brahmin physician residing in Canada.
Writing in the KN of 8-10-14 titled “Doobay Renal Centre- a beacon of hope” such “A visit seemed to me like a pipe dream” come through for the aging rebel on a crutch.
That Doobay Renal Centre can only continue to be an excellent credit to that magnanimous Annandale Indian Hindu family, regardless who visits, regardless of race. Also noteworthy is the aging Buxtonian pointing out that it was not him, but rather “Dr Doobay (who) had recalled what is lost to the wider history but what to small communities was important.
His father, the eminent Pandit Ramsahai Doobay, and I, a rural high school principal, separately accepted an invitation from the British Colonial Secretary, Mr Duncan Sandys during his fact-finding visit to Guyana in early July, 1963.
It was an invitation to meet at short notice on the big bridge between Buxton and Annandale and shake hands in the presence of large crowds from both villages, in order to help defuse tensions” due to the destabilizing CIA financed TUC 80-day strike. Mr Kwayana played his role all too very well at that time to secure his objectives.
God does not make mistakes. So beloved were Indians who predominantly supported the PPP that God first sent his beloved son Jesus Christ, (John 3;16) to save them – who apparently failed?
Then on further reflection God promptly dispatched his two-also-much-dearly-beloved Sandys and Kwayana to shake hands and make peace through a Hindu Pandit? God must have a very special interest in Guyana to have dispatched President Jimmy Carter to ensure free and fair elections which saw the PNC removed and the Jagans PPP/C re elected in 1992!
That Annandale/Buxton orchestrated drama did indeed take place and eased political tensions. But the record does not show that Mr Kwayana himself subsequently became and remained any more peacefully transformed by that specific public political encounter with the venerated Hindu Pandit which he now extols.
Lamentably, no significant proactive effort to influence UWI’s Dr Kean Gibson to withdraw her scurrilous book attacking Hinduism after he originally shook the eminent Pandit’s hand has ever occurred. It would still be an awesome signal most welcome in gratitude for past Indian munificence wouldn’t it?
Denied “critical support”, by the opposition African leadership, most timely when it is most needed by Indians on such issues, it still remains a nasty blot, fogging up better race relations in Guyana. Indians who were vilified for practising “pagan” religions, have still endured within and outside Guyana. The Doobays have demonstrably moved on. Their Renal Centre has effectively debunked the racism charges against their treasured but maligned Hindu religious practices.
But Dr Gibson’s book still continues to perpetuate falsehoods. Is this the best way to engender trust? Mr Kwayana as a favoured earlier dispatched divine “ chosen one”, still alive, can still work a miracle or two and restore our faith in local goods.
Now despite all the divine truth which the British and American archives have confirmed about their accurate and active role in Guyana’s affairs, how credible is Mr Kwayana misguided attempts to further hoodwink Guyanese about our history?
He still wants us to believe that both Anglo-American governments were not, in cahoots, not guilty in destabilizing the PPP government with him as a star player? During that period Mr Kwayana specifically attacked Mr Burnham and the PNC for conceding that should the PPP win the 1964 elections they would be entitled to lead Guyana to independence.
Under his “creole meche meche” broadside specifically blasting the PNC for “betraying black people and leading them into a new slavery,” the PNC promptly reversed its earlier commitment.
Moving into the 21st century, and please forgive me, a mentally disconnected Mr Kwayana still perseveres by publicly regurgitating private well intentioned conversation to embellish and perpetuate fallacies in which he was conspiratorially involved.
How credible is Mr Kwayana who wants us to actually believe that “On Her Majesty’s Service” the Englishman Sandys by “invitation made separately”, with both village elders , both without any available telephone service but just by mysterious “short notice” (jhandi conch or talking drum transmittal ?) they were to coincidentally meet on “the big bridge” and “shake hands” in the “presence of large crowds” (plural!) from both villages, in order “to help defuse tensions” after the CIA, with British approval, had massively financed the PNC- UF -TUC oppositions’ 80-day strike to destabilize the 1960s PPP government!
All the above many American-British-Opposition goals were achieved, supposedly without any advanced premeditated planning both in the 1960s and 1900s if Mr Kwayana is correct?.
All successfully and completely achieved without Mr Kwayana’s whatsoever and whomsoever direct input?
Mr Kwayana will continue to remain a consummate political performer should he succeed anytime in convincing anyone that he was not in conspiracy with his former ancestral colonial slave-master, both supposedly Gods own “redeeming divine peacemakers” sent get rid of the PPP by a symbolical hand shake proclaiming peace on earth and goodwill among men with a pious Hindu Pandit.
While that 1960s barb wire fence which was erected like a Berlin Wall symbolically separating Buxton from Annandale was afterwards dismantled it still remains embedded in some Buxtonians minds. The PNC opposition which the external forces wanted to win the 1964 elections effectively took over, and the rest became all too familiar Guyanese history.
Until our Kwayanas become courageous enough to confess,atone and make reparations for our violent misguided past, Guyanese can only wander in the desert for their elusive promised land – despite what they still possess.
A more peaceful future cannot continue to be held hostage by the those in automatic destructive mode. The usual refrain is to say “yes we can!” When the cocks soon crow in parliament we will know for sure by which road lies our destiny ahead.
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