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

Sigh!  Let me give another quote from my intro to this thread:

His (MH's) focus is on the disconnect between the Jagan’s / the PPP and its Indian supporters, how Jagan royally screwed up and the catastrophic consequences it had on Guyanese Indians and, indeed, on Guyana as a whole. Malcolm’s paper gives the historical / political background, explains how Guyana became (and still is) a basket case and why most of us (nearly half of all Guyanese actually) live outside of Guyana today.

Frankly, way too much is being made of the initiative to bring in more Indians to the colony, way back in those days.  Apart from being off topic, we are talking about an idea that never actually materilaized.  Now, if it had gained approval and was implemented, then bad feelings could have arisen in the colony.  But that did not happen, so it can't be credibly cited for the racial polarisation in the period leading up to Independence. 

I grew up in Guyana.  I was there before and way after Independence.  I did not know or hear of this initiative and neither did the overwhelming majority of Guyanese.  In the newspapers and in the po0litical discourses and debates, it was never cited as a reason for racial tension - then or now, and the reason is simple: most people, then and now, did not even hear of this past initiative and, more importantly, it never materialized.

Glad to see this important thread still alive but, for crying out loud, stick to the topic!

Some of us really have 'race on the brain' - to the point of being an obsession and fixation.  That's not healthy.

Adios amigos.

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