Reply to "The PPP and Guyanese Indians: Malcolm Harripaul’s masterpiece of political analysis"

LOL   There were 'responses' even before MH's article was posted.  Talk about jumping the gun!

Groan!  On this site, it's difficult to get resposes to the actual post. People either ignore it or don't see what the substance of the post is, and so they go off on a tangent. Then posters start bashing each other and it veers off even more!

Anyway, here goes:

Let me quote from my intro to MH's article:

The question is: who made Burnham’s rule possible? Who had majority support? Who was a shoo-in for national leader? Who dropped the ball? Who screwed up? Who had it all on a silver platter but - through ideological dogma, rigidity, blindness, dogged allegiance to the USSR and the Communist bloc, selfishness, ego, foolishness and stubbornness - threw it all away? That is the question.

And here is how MH himself saw the essential thrust of his essay. Quote:

The aim of this essay is to briefly outline how the PPP developed and perfected its chokehold on Indians in Guyana.

Hint: At the end of his essay, MH accurately and faithfully summarized the key points, point by point. Even if you find the essay too long to read, the summary will suffice.

Billy wrote:

He (MH) speaks as if the PPP indoctrinated the East Indian population with ideology and sent the western-educated ones in camps to be re-educated like what the Chinese and Cambodians did.   We know most Indians in Guyana do not know anything much about Marxist ideology.  We know if there was an intellectual class in Guyana it was miniscule and far away from the influence of the PPP.

No, it was not that extreme, and MH does not say that. What he does say, and is irrefutable, it the the Jagans and the PPP did not embrace or encourage the retention of what he calls "Indian consciousness". In fact, they actively wrote and spoke against (sometimes even acted against) prominent Indian who wanted to retain and promote their culture - branding them "racists". That is well documented. 

The second part of what you wrote is true; numerically, the Indian intellectual class was miniscule. But that simply reinforces another central point of MH's piece - which was the tragic disconnect between the ideological Jagan's / PPP and their simple uneducated rural supporters who, sadly, did not grasp the ideology the Jagans were pursuing and the dangers that it posed to Indians - which came true. We are based overseas, are we not?

Carib, you are a good contributor and I deplore any attacks on you of a racial nature. I have no problem with Hinds and Eusi having Afro-centric perspectives. I find many things about them admirable.  Those two have contributed to Guyana, paid their dues.  Also, I can see how the idea of Indians wanting to multiply and dominate (back then) would be upsetting to a black person.  Point taken.  The thing is that is not the central thrust of the article, which still remains unresponded to. 

Hint for responders: See the stuff in bold, above.