If one wrote with an aim to edify, one must first educate oneself

first_imgDear Editor,How often as a child have I lustily bellowed “Born in the land of the mighty Roraima”; the song of Guyana’s Children before assembly, this being a staple of schooling in the ‘70s. I remark on this as I try to comprehend GHK Lall’s missive on the “possible” motives of the Government of Canada with regards to the travel advisory issued to Irfaan Ali prior to his proposed visit there for fundraising and information dissemination activities, I have come to realise that there is a marked difference in brain wiring of Guyanese born pre and post-Independence.It has become obvious that a ‘colonial’ mentality of looking for approval from ‘massa’ exists strongly in the psyche of those born in a time when our dear land was under the yoke of oppression. GHK and his contemporaries no doubt set great store by the honorific tea with the Queen of England, a seal of approval greatly sought and cherished thereafter. My sociology Professor Ken Danns often spoke of his irrational desire to be knighted and lamented and no longer being able to receive same because of our changed circumstance. Lall casts around for explanations of Canadian action framed by his limitations but oblivious to same. GHK Lall should stick to facts and seek same before venturing down the rabbit holes of his own warren.It is now obvious that the Granger cabal looked carefully at the possible future presidential candidates of the People’s Progressive Party and moved to have them disqualified from consideration by way of pending criminal charges. Both Anil Nandlall and Irfaan Ali were prime targets of SOCU, the agency of choice for political chicanery. Irfaan Ali was written to by the Canadian High Commissioner based on information in an article by a previously unknown online news outfit “Guyana Standard”, it also made mention of a hold on his application for a residence visa when no such application was made.Canada has a clear policy of deeming anyone with a criminal charge from entering the country, this was not a law made especially for Guyana’s Irfaan Ali as suggested by GHK Lall. A simple Google search, (which, I concede, may not be so simple for the aged) would have thrown up a plethora of results to guide in forming an opinion on whether this was a set policy or a sinister plot to interfere in Guyana’s internal affairs. I believe the Chairman of Guyana’s Gold Board owes the nation of Canada an apology; eagerly awaiting same.Editor, if I have transgressed and committed the offence of ‘ageism’ I beg forgiveness as I was taught that if one wrote with an aim to edify, one must first educate oneself. I take my leave as I began, by way of song “Onward, upward, may we ever go, day by day in strength and beauty grow, till at length we each of us will show, what Guyana’s sons and daughters can be”Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img

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