I was horrified at the outburst by former President Bharrat Jagdeo at what was otherwise a solemn and dignified occasion ‒ the funeral service of the late Reepu Daman Persaud.
His racial slurs were not only vicious, but inaccurate, clearly intended to whip up support among Indo-Guyanese, who he obviously assumed are so naïve that they can be fooled by this kind of rhetoric. This itself is a pity.
One would have thought that coming after the excellent and dignified address by Mr Robert Corbin and others, even if he intended to be abusive, wisdom and prudence would have demanded that he took he approach of President Donald Ramotar.
But what are the facts? Mr Jagdeo himself was employed during the PNC regime. The list of Indo-Guyanese in key state sectors appointed by the PNC is long. For example, among the diplomats, we had Rudy Insanally, David Singh, David Karran and Sir Lionel Luckhoo. In the key areas of security, there was Mr Joseph Singh, Chief of Staff, and Mr Balram Ragubeer, Commissioner Police ‒ and the list continues.
What Mr Jagdeo and others should be concentrating on, is the discrimination under his watch and the failure to appoint an Ombudsman in clear violation of the constitution.
Hamilton Green, JP