Mr Rai deserves some recognition
Stabroek News
August 30, 2001

Dear Editor,

I refer to Mrs Janet Jagan's letter [ please note: link provided by LOSP web site ] captioned "Neither Brindley Benn nor I recall Dr Ramharack's version of events". The reflection of Dr Ramharack, which appears to be coming after discussion with Mr Balram Singh Rai, demonstrates that the PPP are never prepared to jump for the star and because of this will always be a mediocre government.

Why is the PPP never prepared to do something bold for the people even though it will be beneficial to the people? Why are they always placating and pacifying forces opposed to it? For example, Mrs Jagan stated in her letter that it made sense to not implement Mr Rai's position, "since the UF and many of the churches were violently opposed to the ending of dual control of schools. The PPP had already experienced the suspension of the Constitution in 1953 which arose over several issues". Come 1992, 1997, 2001, the weak PPP continues to pacify the opposition forces.

As Minister of Labour, Health and Housing Mrs Jagan claimed that she " did a lot of things during my term of office". For this, she was recognized as someone who contributed to Guyana, so why can't Dr Ramharack recognize Mr Rai for his honourable attempt and success at positive policy making while being a Guyanese Minister? The Indo-Guyanese have a lot of reasons to be proud of Mr Rai because he was one of the few leaders who genuinely stood up for their cause without fear of the establishment. The Jagans were fearful of the British, the UF and the Americans in those days and now the PNC today and because of this they always compromised the Indian cause.

Yours faithfully,

Ramnauth Persaud