Stark omission from President’s address at Highbury

Dear Editor,

I have only just read the media report of the speech delivered by His Excellency, President David Granger, at the celebration of Indian Arrival Day at Highbury last week-end.

The speech included in some detail, the involvement of Indo-Guyanese immigrants in all aspects of manual, physical and structural activities.  However, there was a patently noticeable exclusion of their significant involvement and contribution to the equally if not more important mental/intellectual/scientific/managerial and investment aspects of Guyana’s development after the abolition of slavery and introduction of Immigration from India.

The omission is so stark, especially having regard to the President’s personal/professional background as a historian, that I am forced to wonder if the faux pas is attributable to his ‘speech-writer’ and perhaps his Excellency did not ‘proof-read’ the speech before he delivered it. I would like to think so and take this opportunity to respectfully suggest to His Excellency that he might wish to confirm this in a manner he considers appropriate.

Yours faithfully,

Nowrang Persaud

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