This book can only spread fear

Stabroek News

November 10, 2003

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Dear Editor,

With all the “scholastic” propagation of the evil intentions of Hindus against Guyanese of African descent, as espoused by Dr Kean Gibson, one must cringe with deep fear and suspicion of what is planned for a significant section of Guyanese citizens.

I am neither interested nor bothered by what Dr Gibson has written about my heritage. I am proud to be the descendant of a rich culture, heritage and tradition. I recall the outright attempts by “God parents” to change my Hindu name to one that sounded more modern and acceptable by the society in which I grew up.

However, I am angry that my heritage was attacked and brutally branded as the most evil happening on this planet, and more particularly Guyana. To label me as one who was born under a Dharma that specifically targets a class of God’s creation for deliberate extinction, is the ranting of a maniac.

In the present fragile society in which Guyanese live, dangerous and inflammatory promptings, as can emanate from Dr Gibson’s book, must be cause for serious concern. By my ethnicity I am already seen by some misguided persons as unwanted. Dr Gibson’s book can serve to put me at severe risk of personal harm because I am described by Dr Gibson as one whose birthright is a threat to my brothers and sisters in God.

What must be the great paradox is the embarrassment that Dr Gibson has caused the main opposition party, the PNC/R. With so many Hindus in the party, some of them holding positions in the Central Executive, how must the leadership distinguish Hindus that are supposedly different? Dr Gibson made no exception about good and bad Hindus. It must have been very painful for the PNC/R to send out Diwali greetings to Hindus. Celebrating with those who have an objective of racial cleansing is difficult to understand. At least one television station divorced itself from airing any mention of the Hindu holiday, Diwali. A prominent talk show host, who is on a campaign to have this book adopted by Guyanese of African descent as a mantra, must have been pained when he heard his party joining with other groups and organizations to send out greetings to Hindus. I can recall a talk show host, who was removed from one of the television stations, putting out a daily call to boycott all businesses which have affiliation with the ruling party.

Yours faithfully,

Rudolph D. Mahadeo