Ravi Dev Column Kaieteur News May 20, 2007
They reached India in 1919-20 but opposed by Gandhi and others, they failed. However as part of the rationale to convince their Indian audience, they offered that their aim was “to induce more Indians from the motherland to join our ranks, increase our numbers and so help us make British Guiana an Indian Colony."
In reaction to this assertion, which precipitated the inchoate concerns of the African/Coloured leadership, the Negro Progress Convention (NPC) was formed on Aug. 1st 1922.
Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow, the noted labour leader, was a founding member of the Convention, which took an aggressive stand against the Colonisation Scheme. But since they advocated that if necessary, workers should also be imported in equal numbers from Africa, it was .
And this fact and not the Burnham Vs. Jagan scramble set the basis for ethnic conflicts in Guyana. If this element of ethnic competition hadn't been introduced it would have been likely that blacks and Indians would have formed alliances against the colonial orthodoxy as both were clearly being exploited for the benefit of the oligarchs.
Please note that this is sourced from Ravi Dev, a man NOT sympathetic to black Guyanese. Even here the notion of ethnic domination on the part of the BGEIA was implied.