Dear Editor,I am compelled by every decent fibre in my consciousness to express outrage, disbelief, and utter frustration that the discourse which surrounds the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman by President David Granger would move so swiftly into the gutter.This ought to be an intellectual discourse as it relates to the constitutional provisions, instead of an open, unbridled perpetuation of racism and a pro-black agenda by a small group of Guyanese who clearly have special interest.For the purposes of clarity, it is my belief that no race is superior to another, neither should anyone be discriminated against, or positively promoted, because of his or her race. I believe in meritocracy. A person should be judged on the content of their character, their performance, their capacity, and more importantly their integrity. All race groups have produced outstanding, distinguished and noble citizens in this country, and we have persons of all race groups on the wrong side of the law.Having said that, let me now respond to public utterances of the Rastafarian Community of All Guyana, The African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA), Pan African Group (Guyana) Branch, The All African Guyanese Association, and Concerned Citizens in the Diaspora.The Rastafarian Community of All Guyana, which I have noted are 12 citizens, as distinct from the Guyana Rastafarian Council, said these words: “Thus, of the six General and Regional Elections since the implementation of the Carter Formula, five have been chaired by a Guyanese of East Indian descent and one by a Guyanese of African Descent. For our sacred space and consciousness as a multi-racial society, we urge all Guyanese to embrace the appointment of Justice James Patterson, a Guyanese of African descent. This bodes well for ethnic relations within Guyana. We are in the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent.”This statement is:(a) Toxic and laden with a pro-African agenda, and it is an open promotion of a belief that “it’s Afro-Guyanese time now”.(b) It represents total misunderstanding of the Carter Formula, since all of the names extracted and appointed GECOM Chairman came from the various lists submitted by various Leaders of the Opposition during the 1990 to 2015 period. In every instance six (6) names were submitted, and on every occasion the President, from that first list, chose one (1) name. The PPP/C, whilst in office, had no way of installing an Indo-Guyanese as Chairman of GECOM if that name was not submitted by the then Leader of the Opposition. At no time was an Indo-Guyanese unilaterally appointed by any PPP/C President as Chairman of GECOM. Mr Doodnauth Singh S.C., Major General (Rtd) Joseph Singh, and Dr Steve Surujbally were names on lists submitted by Mr Desmond Hoyte S.C. to the then President of Guyana. Those lists included, among others, twice the name Brigadier (Rtd) David Granger.(c) The issue of the race or ethnicity of the six (6) nominated persons as required by Article 161 (2) of the Constitution was never a matter of discussion. Race is not a criterion for suitability for this post. Even if, for argument’s sake, race is to be considered in this appointment, why didn’t the President choose any of the Afro-Guyanese that were named among the eighteen (18) persons submitted by the current Leader of the Opposition?(d) The “Rastafarian Community of All Guyana” may want to consider this outlandish and ill-advised commentary, for in their above-mentioned statement they have disparaged the names and reputations of very eminent, qualified, distinguished and upstanding Afro-Guyanese. On behalf of all Guyana, I do offer these eighteen distinguished Guyanese my sincere apology for this mistreatment.This diatribe must be rejected as the views of twelve (12) Rastafarians, and not as the view of the Rastafarian community in Guyana, or the majority of Afro-Guyanese citizens.I now turn my attention to the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA), Pan African Group (Guyana) Branch, the All African Guyanese Association, and Concerned Citizens in the Diaspora.In a very bold attempt, these four (4) groups have sought to justify President Granger’s action as constitutional by beating the drums of racism. In one statement, they have attacked, insulted and created wedges, built walls of division by coming up against every group that has spoken as it relates to the President’s action in an unfavourable manner. This is a worrying development, and can be viewed as an evil of monumental proportions.Is the Private Sector Commission comprised solely of Indians? Don’t we have successful Afro-Guyanese entrepreneurs and businessmen?Is the Guyana Human Rights Association a partner of the PPP/C? Laughable!Are all the Guyanese lawyers, businessmen, accountants and other professionals Indo-Guyanese who have benefited, according to their statement, “in a developed criminal state of money laundering, theft and embezzlement, etc.”? Are all our professionals crooks? Unbelievable!Are all the beneficiaries of lands, radio and television licences, house lots, scholarships etc under the PPP/C Indo-Guyanese? Who revoked the leases of the 41 Afro-Guyanese farmers at Seafield on the West Coast of Berbice?Are all the people who died as a result of extra-judicial killings during the vicious crime wave only Afro-Guyanese? Were they killed by Indo-Guyanese? It is time for these groups to be honest with themselves and the Guyanese people.Is it true, as stated by these groups, “that the PSC, GCCI, GMSA, bankers, Indian Supremacists, accountants, lawyers and others who have illegitimately benefited under the PPP/C showing their true colours as they continue to sabotage our ‘democracy’ with the hope of again plundering Guyana with its newfound oil wealth”?Do these organizations — which include in their leadership Mr Eric Phillips and Tacuma Ogunseye, paid employees of the Ministry of the Presidency –represent the views of the masses of Afro-Guyanese? Certainly not!This jaundiced and unsubstantiated view must not be allowed to be peddled unchallenged. Afro-Guyanese, like all other peoples, have core values, and are guided by principles that are highly elevated beyond the mere lens of racism.I call upon all my fellow Afro-Guyanese brothers and sisters, and all other Guyanese, including my respected elders from the above-named groups, to be responsible, civil, and stay within the bounds of decency as we debate and engage on this very sensitive matter of the President’s unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman.Bishop Juan A Edghill,Former Chairman,Ethnic RelationsCommission
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pictwittercom/KYxDdfk8L3 — VNarayanasamy (@CMPuducherry) September 7 2017 In fact PTI reported that an expert committee of environmental scientists and lawmakers are in the process of drawing up a draft policy recommendation which suggests exactly the same solution which this campaign proposes to replenish rivers: To create a kilometre-wide tree cover on riversides and half a kilometre for tributaries But there are some problems with this campaign which have been pointed out by some experts Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s campaign has some flawed methods Image courtesy: @rallyforrivers/Twitter First off for the purpose of this rally Vasudev is travelling in a Mercedes AMG G63 SUV along with 20 other Mahinda XUV500s To compensate for the air pollution caused by this rally eight lakh trees will need to be planted according to The Quint Moreover the solution of simply planting trees at riversides is an oversimplification of the problem "Tree planting is over-hyped as an environmental good If rivers are to be revived it is not just trees that do the most good but grasses shrubs aquatic vegetation and hardy floodplain plants that can withstand and even thrive in intense flooding" The News Minute quoted noted environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman as saying Jayaraman also pointed out that ironically many of the sponsors of the campaign have already caused harm to the environment And one of the sponsors is the Adani group which is involved in many environment-related controversies Another environmental journalist Prerna Bindra said that some of the major causes of thedestruction of rivers are mining of sand beds and boulders pollution deforestation river-linking encroachment on river beds None of these issues are addressed by the campaign "Saving rivers must start with cleaner water coming from our cities Industrial wastewater gets mixed with city’s domestic wastewater thereby making it tough to treat Natural forests in river catchments are essential to a healthy river basin But buffering river banks with tree plantations might be a poor approximation to that" The Wire quoted Sunderrajan Krishnan executive director of India Natural Resource Economics and Management Foundation as saying The article added that around 62000 million litres of sewage is generated in cities in India per day but only 30 percent of this gets treated So while one needs to admit that the heart of this campaign is in the right place one also needs to rely on science and logic to tackle the problem rather than belief or assumptions With inputs from PTI Mumbai: A magisterial inquest into the death of a Byculla jail woman inmate has ruled out any injury on her private parts though her autopsy has suggested multiple injuries on her body State Women’s Commission Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar said on Thursday File image of Manju Shetye Puja Changoiwala Rahatkar said the SWC will form a three-member special investigation team (SIT) to further enquire into the death of the woman convict Manju Shette who had been serving her sentence in the jail "According to the panchnama (inquest report) all her organs and body parts were intact and no new or old injuries were found on the private parts of Manju Shette" she said Manju 45 died at government-run JJ Hospital on Friday of her injuries sustained in thrashing by a woman jailer on 23 June The police had earlier said Manju whose death had triggered protests in the prison was allegedly tortured and a stick was inserted in her private parts Manju’s post-mortem report has been received and it suggests multiple injuries on her body Rahatkar said adding that the details of the report were yet to be known According to her deputy inspector general (Prisons) Swati Sathe submitting a detailed report to the Women’s Commission on Manju Shette’s death and the subsequent protests by the jail inmates Sathe appeared before the Commission this morning at its suburban Bandra office "Sathe appeared before the commission on Thursdayand gave a detailed account of the events that led to the incident She (Sathe) also told us that six jail staffers have been suspended and sections 302 and 34 (of the Indian Penal Code) have been invoked against them (jail staffers)" she said Talking about the SIT she said "The women’s commission will form a three-member SIT in connection with Manju’s death It will be chaired by a retired high court judge and it would comprise a retired senior police officer and a womanNGO member" "The SIT will conduct a thorough investigation to ascertain the sequence of events and on the basis of its report the Commission will take further action and make recommendations" she said The SIT will record statements of the Byculla jail inmates including the Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea she said "Police has registered a case of murder against the jail staff who allegedly beat up Manju Shette and they have been suspended" Rahatkar said She informed that the commission has sought a detailed report on women prisoners in the state "The SWC has sought a detailed report on the condition of women prisoners in the state within the next 15 days" she said "The commission has asked the jail authorities to present a report card of the women prisons and prisoners —the steps taken to ensure their safety the problems they are facing and efforts undertaken to resolve the issues" Rahatkar added Following Manju’s death enraged inmates of Byculla jail had protested on Saturday with some of them going to the prison terrace and some others making a bonfire of newspapers and documents inside the premises to vent out their anger The Nagpada police had later booked nearly 200 inmates of the Byculla jail including Indrani Mukerjea lodged in the same prison for rioting unlawful assembly assault on a public servant and other relevant sections of the IPC Indrani has moved a Mumbai court alleging that she was beaten up by the jail officials after the convict’s death triggered a protest in the prison Six 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