Oh Beautiful Guyana – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Oh Beautiful Guyana – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Center for Caribbean Diaspora Engagement is launched by the University of Guyana.

First impressions can be everything. Three planes landed at the airport within an hour and it caused a bedlam. The scene was the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at Timehri and it wasn’t from a long bygone era. It happened a fortnight ago.

The crowds converged into the makeshift space with hand luggage and screaming tired children clinging to equally tired arms. There was no staff to direct the crowds, no voice to stamp its authority on the proceedings. The crowd did what it had done in the past. It pushed and jostled and fought for every square inch to reach the four counters that were manned by the immigration officers.      

The conversation that was friendly at first became hostile to the administration at the Airport and then towards the government. If they are doing renovation at the Airport then the traveling public needs to know. There should be signs explaining this and ‘pardon our appearance’ would have been handy. There was no such luck. You took matters in your own hands and hoped for the best.

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  • Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith  On August 13, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Hello Dhanpaul,

    Thanks for this–as usual–well-crafted article. The accompanying picture is powerful! Please send me it–and others–separately.

    I was going to write to you separately on a few matters, but I’ll take the opportunity to do so here: 1. I’m putting together the outline for a Renaissance Labor Day Weekend program, and I’d like to have at least one event in Queens. Please let me know if you’re able to host an event in one of the temples on Monday, September 4, as you did last year. In yes, please tell me soon the name of the temple. 2. Your donation of T-shirts last year was a hit; the design was simple but powerful. Let me know if you can have someone or some company sponsor the donation of a few hundred of the same design, to be sold at the Guyana Family Day on Sunday, September 3. 3. I’m anxious to get more active engagement of Roy, Herman, and other ERAs from Queens, and I would welcome your suggestions on how we could accomplish this.

    I’ll be coming to New York this Thursday for two weeks for a much needed break, and for my birthday, which is on the 19th. Perhaps you could have me on your TV show while I’m there, as a follow up to the show done last year.

    Kind regards

    ILG

    “Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted.”–Albert Einstein

    “Like a jig shakes a loom, like a web is spun a pattern, all are involved all are consumed.” — Martin Carter

    Sent from my iPhone

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  • Gigi  On August 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    You’re a sly one Dr. Narine. They say a picture speaks a thousand words. How true. If the faces and hands were not visible in the picture, I would have confused the races of some of the men from the clothing choice. They are more suited up than the white man. I bet that sight in hot and muggy Guyana made for plenty of gay laughter. I too laughed at the comedic display.

    But then Dr. Narine, you had to go and insert a bigly dollop of “fake news” at the end into an already ridiculous article – not the writing. It’s the whole situation and all the events associated with it. But then again, the fake news lends itself to the preposterous shenanigans. Readers, please be aware that the process of reaccreditation for the medical program began under the previous administration/PPP who instituted the current “systems and procedures in place” to ensure its fruition. These uncle toms/present day Agador Spartacus, but of the ugly kind, sure know how to entertain the masses. Thanks for the Sunday laffs…now I shall go tackle with the weeds in my front yard, still chuckling while admiring the natural beauty of what Americans call weeds (that I am required to uproot)…sigh.

  • Gigi  On August 13, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I got to thinking that I ought to be proactive and help out folks here about Agador Spartacus

  • ndtewarie  On August 14, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I have to quote this gentleman who asked, “How do we mould a country?” Imagination, intelligence and integrity, sometimes simple decency, it works as well. Talking about gossip he remarked, “We can’t afford it; we’re a little nation. We need to think and act outside of our skins. Every day must be about excellence without let-up, until we drop; where every person feels like a leader because every person is a leader.” He said that even a man who has a family is a leader, but stops being a leader when he beats his wife. “Then he becomes a word; coward, a coward. You can’t build a nation from cowardice, you can’t do it; you destroy it like that. Our country can be a very, very special place, but we need to take practical steps to make it real.”

    WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE

    Lets get to the very real story
    And review our sorry history
    Firstly our leaders vied for Independence
    Its our right its to get rid of our hindrance
    Promising progress with very lofty idealism
    Then the Big Two accused us of Communism
    Got instead a lukewarm brand of Socialism
    Those were the hot days of Cold Wars’ ism
    We ended up with a big dose of corruption
    Racialism, bloodshed and sheer destruction
    The people run away from their beloved Guyana
    To England and to the cold harsh North America
    Causing a huge brain drain leaving Guyana rudderless
    Various parties struggling they too come up clueless
    The good ol’ days when rigged ballots rained
    And at the same time coffers were drained
    As the other parties jump and take over
    So did the people as some run for cover
    But a simple Guyanese people we are
    Don’t want to relive another Wismar
    After 51 years we still have a chance
    We’ve to stop this bias racial dance
    Sadly politicians would never change
    Its like telling a dog it has bad mange
    The two races have to come together
    Live again like sister and like brother
    We have to be Guyanese again not a black man
    Think like a Guyanese and not like a coolie man
    Be accepted as real down earth Guyanese
    You be Chinese, Amer-Indian or Portuguese
    Maybe our last chance to make it
    Or hate will drive us out of our wit
    And politicians on both sides please pard!
    Stop hiding, reciting playing the race card
    There are some things we have to eradicate
    Stop fighting one another and stop the hate
    Talk to one another stop deny we’re steeped in racialism
    Stop lying, face the fact, we have far too much nepotism
    Govern for everyone bring back equality
    Or drop the darn “e” and focus on quality
    Pray to the one Above
    For all we need is Love
    Listen people take heed
    For Love is all you need.

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