Frankly Speaking

Slowly understanding their Indianness

-After her heritage poem

-‘It was always illegal’ Two small up-front points: I’m glad I actually purchased a Guyana Times this past Sunday (I’m not too much a regular); secondly, what follows is as much a testimony to my fascination with other people’s Indianness in Guyana, as it is a brief nano-summary of my continually-delayed enlightenment on the issue, the phenomenon, the complex matrix of (a) people’s origins, history, culture, religion, ethnicity and generational lifelong bond.

Arrival, ‘cohesion’, Douglahs

- ‘J’ for Jubilee, ‘J’ for Jamaican

The American “Solidarity Forever” trade union battle song was meant to say it all: in unity there is working-class strength; strength to negotiate workers’ rights even though there should be no need to have to “bargain” for just rewards.

My own trumpet, before and beyond Jubilee

- Controlling your PPP blood pressure

-Primo passes pellets Most of you will bear with me and this short sharp blast on my own personal trumpet.  (Sometimes if you fail to recognise your own worth and contributions no one else will; self–respect might even earn external respect/appreciation?) But perhaps in keeping with Historian/President Granger’s penchant for a renaissance in terms of national heritage and identity, this is a mere auto-biographical snapshot of my perspective on being a cultural patriot, a steadfast citizen. 

Concerning Hamilton ‘Old Sawakie’ Green

Forever loyal, forever tribal, regardless?

Emanating from my brief paid-up membership but years-long support of and for the People’s National Congress (PNC) – 1973 to around 1996 – I was one under–35 who admired Leader Forbes Burnham and wondered about the brash, ubiquitous, once-powerful Deputy, Hamilton Green.

Electing (and selecting) an American President

- An inquiry – and – audit government? Proverbs

Greetings! As I hereby present one of my very brief – and rather escapist – pieces today. This means that I’m leaving our own “significant issues of national import” – Local Government Elections, El Nino Drought, Jail Riots, etc – to others competent.

SOCU, SARU, CANU, GRA, FIU, etc: Securing us?

-Rodney and Roopnaraine

– truth and healing The Special (?) Organised Crime Unit, the State Assets Recovery (?) Unit, the Financial Intelligence (?) Unit, The Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit, the Investigative Arms of our National Revenue Authority, the newer “units” and departments under the Police, especially Mr Blanhum’s Criminal Investigation Department CID- all the above, before and after the APNU+AFC installation in the corridors of authority, power and responsibility, were/are meant to secure us, taxpayers and law-abiding citizens, from those who pilfer(ed) our Public Purse.

Growing old (and “golden?”) in Guyana

-Political thievery: Irrefutable cases?

Here are some relevant definitions from one of my old-time dictionaries. (Are dictionaries still in use by the dot-com generation?) “Jubilee” – a” fiftieth (50th) anniversary.” “A season or occasion of/for celebration.” “Golden Years” – the advanced years in a life-time.” “Golden-Ager” an elderly and often retired person (usually engaging in club activities.”) “Golden” Wedding Anniversary –


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