No one looks good on Phagwah

Yesterday was Phagwah, known to the rest of the world as Holi, the Hindu festival of colours to celebrate, as usual, the triumph of good over evil. In the Caribbean, we call it Phagwah after the Bhojpuri month of “Phagun” because it is also a celebration of the beginning of Spring. Phagwah/Holi is also a love story between Lord Krishna and Radha. Getting into the spirit, President Granger said that the nation needs to refocus on love for our fellow men and women. We headed out to the Stadium for seven curry and then to the Everest Cricket Ground for some … Continue reading No one looks good on Phagwah

Elections and supermarket tourists

On Saturday we took a trip up the East Bank to see the new Massy supermarket. That’s right. We went on a sight seeing trip to view a supermarket. What can I say? That’s what it’s come to. I remember when I first got here I was puzzled by the concept of the Business Expo. How did people allow an expo largely featuring construction and furniture companies and gated communities to be billed as entertainment? Now, I’m making plans with my friend Friday night to go ogle Guyana’s biggest supermarket on a Saturday afternoon. Such is life in Guyana. And … Continue reading Elections and supermarket tourists

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