Last Thursday marked 50 years since Guyana attained its Independence from Britain. It is only fitting that we reflect on our achievements over this period of time, our collective failures (if any) and the challenges that lay ahead of us as we begin our journey into the second half century of post-Independence.
So we conclude this May 2016 Independence Half Century Anniversary “series” of Reflections today.
First let’s reflect on Forbes Burnham’s message to the British and to his brand new nation in the Assembly on May 26, 1966.
Economic growth and net forest loss
This week’s column continues with the exploration of the relationship between, on the one hand, Guyana’s population and real national income growth, and, on the other, its rate of net forest loss/deforestation, over similar long-term periods, (that is roughly from the early 1960s to the early 2000s).
Just before Bohemia on the Corentyne, East Berbice is the tiny village of Susannah, also called Number 15, a fairly obscure community as most persons refer to the road up to the Borlam turn as the “Nineteen Road,” although Number 19 is a few villages away.
There is no shortage of astute advice, or practical thinking about the region’s future. In the last two weeks alone, speeches from significant regional figures have again made clear what practically is required if the Anglophone part of the region is to become better integrated, prosper and offer its citizens a brighter future.
On previous occasions we have offered surveys of different areas of Guyanese literature, from its origins in the oral literature of the native Amerindians in the pre-Columbian period, through the beginnings of the scribal literature—both Dutch and British—covering the colonial literature up to the founding of modern Guyanese national literature.
We all know about Chicken Noodle Soup but have you ever had Fish Noodle Soup? Some of the basic principles of making Chicken Noodle Soup are applied here, just that you are using fish instead of chicken.