I read with great interest international journalist Mark Wilson’s comment published in the Daily Express issue of June 26 vis a vis the racial issues involving the Guyana 2020 general election.

Wilson wrote: “Why is the election so hard-fought … the big reason is race.

“Since the 1950s the political divide between Afro-and Indo-Guyanese parties has been far nastier, far more bitter and far deeper that any racial split in T&T.

“David Granger turns 75 next month. When his generation were in their teens, Cheddi Jagan’s Indo- Guyanese government was brought down by a wave of riots, strikes, arson and racially-motivated murders.”

Many Indo-Guyanese lost their lives and their properties at the hands of Afro-Guyanese.

It is very unfortunate that the PNM party is a fundamentally Afro-based party while the UNC is fundamentally Indo-based.

And I started to wonder whether die-hard PNM Ferdie Ferreira’s threat to Trevor Sudama meant that the same will happen to the Indo-Trinidadians (as it occurred in Guyana) if the UNC wins the coming general election.

Trevor Sudama is perceived to be an Indo-centric Trinidadian who desires the defeat of the PNM party in the coming general election and Ferreira in a commentary in the Daily Express repudiated PNM racism against Indo-Trinidadians.

He also warned/threatened Sudama to be careful that he gets what he wants and lose what he now possess.


Newly-released video of the police involvement in the Beetham protest in which the pregnant Ornella Greaves was killed calls for a serious review of the statement by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith that no officers were around when she was shot.

While the public is yet to see the video on which the Commissioner has based his claim, new video clips being shared on social media show a large number of police officers, with guns drawn, descending on protesters and shooting in the midst of the protesters with their hands up chanting “Don’t shoot”.

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “unreality” as “the quality of not being or seeming to be real”.

Will what awaits us after August 10 subdue the unreality that normally pervades a general election campaign in Trinidad and Tobago? Will we be real?

My principal but probably vain hope for the general election, to be held on August 10, is that it will not polarise the country further.

Realistically, one cannot hope for more, and it is mamaguy to feed us dreams of unity and overcoming, while our leaders are likely to engage in verbal warfare, way beyond the so-called cut and thrust of political debate.

I met Sophia Chote only once, but was enchanted by the intellectual sophistication and emotional maturity of her columns. Her writing reminded me of the quali­ties that one found in the thinkers of the romantic movement of the 19th century: a belief in democracy and republicanism, an appreciation for the sublime and transcendence and, most of all, a belief in the power of imagination.

I don’t know why Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar thought it necessary to appeal to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to invite a team of observers from The British Commonwealth and/or Caricom to witness the conduct of the general election that will take place on August 10.

This letter is addressed to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. Sir, following the recent protests staged by the people of severely challenged communities over the killing of three residents, you have made a masterful response and appointed a committee to undertake an analysis of the situation and make recommendations on the way forward.