By Tracey Khan-Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Prime of St Vincent & Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, during his lectur at the Cheddi Jagan Research Center on Tuesday evening (April, 13) made it clear that his visit to Guyana during the impending general and regional elections was only to contribute to the ongoing conversation about the late President Dr. Cheddi Jagan following his 15th death anniversary.
“I am not here to support any political party in the impending General elections, even if I was inclined to offer such support it would be entirely futile since I have no influence on the electorate in Guyana, further I have good friends in the several political combinations contending for political office and I thus have no desire either to embarrasses or disappoint any of them.”
He called the late Dr. Jagan a mentor and friend whose life experiences fashioned his outlook on life and ideals.
Gonsalves made it clear that his only mission is to contribute to the ongoing and annual discussion about the ideals and philosophy of the late Dr. Jagan, “and more specifically his perspective on nationalism, regionalism and internationalism, Cheddi being of course one of Guyana’s iconic political leaders who was also one of my dear friends and comrade and one of my mentors.”
He spoke extensively of the immense contribution Dr. Jagan made to his people which has propelled Guyana to where it is. He called him a “political titan”
Even now, Dr. Gonsalves noted that he continues to read through volumes of speeches from Dr. Jagan during his time in Parliament and recommended that others do as well to under better how he used philosophy to better Guyana as a nation.
“When people say he wasn’t interested in developing the country he is only talking about these ideas will what productive forces are about, it’s to lift the development of the productive forces to improve people’s lives and to alter the nature of the relations of productions to have a greater sense of equality and oneness between people, those are the prescriptions which flow from the analysis.”
The late Dr. Jagan was a long standing friend of Dr. Gonsalves, who has been a political activist for some 47 years and is currently the longest serving Prime Minister in his country.
The lecture series which was held on the lawns of Red House yesterday brought the curtains down on a month of activities that was held by the PPP/C to commemorate the life and work of the life and work of Dr. Jagan and his wife, Janet Jagan. Dr. Jagan died March 1997 while Mrs. Jagan died in March 2009.