[www.inewsguyana.com] – In addressing thousands of persons at the Indian Arrival Committee’s (IAC) “Hamara Guyana Concerts” at the National Stadium on Friday evening (May 01), former President, Bharrat Jagdeo reminded of the long and hard journey of their ancestors, urging the gathering not to lose perspective of the struggles made.
According to Jagdeo, the fight for dignity that Indians achieved is constantly under threat “through bullyism and the unwillingness to accept that times have changed and the old methods of repression cannot work in this era”.
He told the gathering that those who are the purveyors of this past, now “come in new guises,” warning of long dark days if freedom is taken away.
“If we allow ourselves to have this freedom snatched away from us then it would be long dark days for our country again and our ancestors would never be proud of us”.
He noted that while all are equal regardless of race or religion, the Indian group that came to Guyana brought a rich culture and tradition, philosophy and music.
“….Rest assured that no-one should tell you that you are second class in your own country. You have to stand up to forces that try to make you that way.”
Jagdeo urged persons to support the PPP/C Party as it is one that would never resort to violence, to snatch away anyone’s freedom, but would allow its children to flourish and dream the dreams of any society.
“We are not better than anyone, but we are a proud people too. We are Guyanese first and foremost, but we are proud of our ancestry”.
Meanwhile, incumbent President, Donald Ramotar described the event as recognition of the sacrifices, suffering and contribution of those who came close to 200 years ago.
He noted that Guyanese are heading to a major junction that will decide whether thee country goes forward, “as we work towards forging the national unity that we all dream of and work so hard to build and to work to develop the unique Guyanese culture that we want. We would love to recognise the contribution of every ethnic group in this regard, and on this occasion we recognise the great contribution by our ancestors, the Indians who came here to add a very important ancient culture, to bring it here, to contribute to develop the unique Guyanese culture that we have all been striving and working for.”
The Head of State called on those gathered to work with government to ensure the country does not regress, but continue the upward climb which it began in 1992 and ensure it achieves its full potential, “where it will provide a high quality of life for every single Guyanese”. [Extracted and modified from GINA]