Today marks the 100th birth anniversary of Dr Cheddi Jagan, late President of Guyana, and the occasion is marked in several countries where large numbers of Guyanese reside. Last Sunday the Indian Diaspora Council (IDC) in New York recognized the former Guyanese leader at a function in which eight proclamations and citations were issued to the late leader. IDC President, Ashook Ramsaran, organized the packed programme which was attended by several diginitaries.
His granddaughter, Vrinda Jagan, daughter of his son Joey, received the accolades on behalf of her late grandfather. Some came from the Governor of the State of New York Andrew Cuomo; New York City Mayor Bill Blasio; US Congress Member Grace Meng; Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz and a few State Congressmen and Senators.
Another function will be held at Liberty Palace in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York on Sunday, in which former Culture Minister, Frank Anthony will be the guest speaker and on Wednesday, March 28, a programme has been organised by Guyanese born journalist John Mair at the Guyana High Commission in London, in which two well-known Guyanese historians, Professor Clem Seecharan and Eric Huntley will discuss the achievements of the late Dr Jagan. Professor Seecharan is currently writing a book on Dr Jagan and the Cold War.
In Toronto, the Association of Concerned Guyanese and the United Muslim Association in Canada will honour the Guyanese leader tomorrow at a night of reflection on the late PPP leader.