LOCAL GOVERNMENT

by Ralph Ramkarran Once upon a time, during the colonial era, Guyana had a local government system that functioned. It emerged from the establishment of village democracy in estates purchased by freed slaves. It did not cover all of Guyana and its functions were limited. But legislation throughout the 20th century improved and expanded the local government and municipal systems. These became so well organized that there was a national body called the Guyana Association of Local Authorities, which had great influence in the early years of our modern political development. Many might be tempted to attribute the destruction of … Continue reading LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Charity: The Elite’s Virtuous Weapon

Once again, great piece of writing by the Guyana Mosquito.  I touched on the topic of charity in my early days as a remigrant and made the faux pas of criticizing one particular act of charity I couldn’t wrap my head around. Cue the colourful comments. The idea that not all charity is good or that charity itself is a problematic enterprise is almost unheard of in Guyana, a country seemingly overflowing with charity at times, as the author explains below, and where there appears to be a perpetual blind spot. Anyway, this piece popped up on my Facebook feed … Continue reading Charity: The Elite’s Virtuous Weapon

There is a paucity of women on the state boards

Dear Editor, I continue to wish the government well, in part because the PPP/C-led government was so thoroughly corrupt. In spite of this, however, and although I am unwilling to give Mr Rohee ammunition he can use in his so far ridiculous PR campaign against the coalition, I feel compelled to speak out. The GHRA’s excellent statement of Wednesday July 29 has drawn widespread attention to the paucity of women on the newly-announced state boards in the finance sector; only three out of 32 new chairs of these boards are women, and only 22 out of 125 board members nominated … Continue reading There is a paucity of women on the state boards

Of Love and Other Demographics

“Any discussion of demographics is about race, and it’s about migration — but if not stifled by taboo, it’s also about that most unpredictable of variables, for the political scientist or anyone else: love, which causes people to cross in their daily lives the fault lines that history has created and that elections here enunciate. With the May 2015 contest decided by only 4,500 votes, it may have hinged on an elusive, hard-to-map group: interracial couples and their mixed-race children.” More of this thought provoking piece by Gaiutra Bahadur here. Continue reading Of Love and Other Demographics

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Submission on the attitude of Guyanese to corporal punishment and its possible abolition

Dear Sir/Madam Re : Submission on the attitude of Guyanese, especially parents and children, to corporal punishment and its possible abolition; My name is Vidyaratha Kissoon . I am Guyanese. I have been beaten as a child and have witnessed … Continue reading Submission on the attitude of Guyanese to corporal punishment and its possible abolition