Structural solutions to our problems must be advocated
Stabroek News
April 25, 2002

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Dear Editor,

I read your editorial captioned `In search of a nation' [ please note: link provided by LOSP web site ] and honestly, I become wearied by the imploration "One waits for those authentic voices to speak out, clearly and unequivocally." against the persons/groups who are transforming Guyana into a "ghetto" nation.

My boredom results from what seems to be a tirade of implorations and advice from editorials and ordinary citizens for better sense to prevail. The incessant pleas by the suffering masses seem to be rebounding off the ear drums of those "ineluctable" forces who stoutly refuse to change the status quo.

These forces, including the mainstream press, are also guilty of "greasing the wheels" of the divisive forces, you seem either incapable of, or too afraid of identifying those hate mongers who can only reason through the prism of race and colour.

The important place you occupy in society makes it imperative that you act as a catalyst for change. While this may not be the traditional role of the press, the critical nature of the nation's health compels you to be vigilant in identifying the incompetence that has dragged us into this abyss of despair.

The terrorism which Indians have been subjected to, the most recent on the East Coast road, must not only be condemned, you must call for the perpetrators of these crimes to be caught and brought to justice. The PNC/Reform, by its actions, has fostered the climate of terror and rejected democracy and the system of government that exists now.

What is the next step? The government and civil society must now make concerted attempts to save the nation. The PNC/R has chosen the path it now so masterly executes, you mu st put immense pressures on the government to innovate, to emerge from its coma to put alternatives to the nation to rescue us from violence and terror. Ideas of power sharing, strengthened provincial regions and other forms of governments must now be seriously entertained.

Yours faithfully,

Rajesh Singh

Editor's note

We have continually over the years discussed possible solutions or experiments such as executive power sharing and decentralisation.