Escrito por Hydar Ally
Miércoles, 20 de marzo 2013 20:38
The issue of race surfaced during the early 1960’s when attempts were made to destabilize the PPP administration by western vested interests, in collaboration with local reactionary elements. In his concluding remarks at the 1963 Independence Conference, Duncan Sandys, Colonial Secretary, said that it was his wish to break the political deadlock and above all, to end the problem of racialism in Guyana, which he said was the ‘curse’ of Guyana. He attributed blame for our state of affairs on ‘the development of Party politics along racial lines.’ In the present acute form, this racialism could be traced to the split in the country’s main political party in 1955. It was then that the Party which had previously drawn its support from both major races broke into two bitterly opposed political groups, the one predominantly Indian, led by Dr. Jagan, and the other, predominantly African, led by Mr. Burnham.”
This position of Sandys was debunked by Dr. Jagan who correctly observed that the split was hatched by Winston Churchill, the then Prime Minister of Britain and father-in-law of Duncan Sandys. Actually, it was the Robertson Commission set up by the British Prime Minister that engineered the split of the PPP in 1955, aided and abetted by the US Governmen, who deliberately fomented racial disturbances in order to prevent the PPP from attaining political power and taking the country into independence status.