cheddi jagan

Cheddi Jagan and his wife Janet in Guyana, 1943. Jagan, a dentist by trade would be democratically elected in 1953 but subsequently removed by the British (and unofficially the Americans) due to fears over his Marxist/socialist views, communist ties and the beginnings of the 26th of July movement in Cuba. Cheddi served as the leader of the People’s Progressive Party in Guyana after independence in the 1960’s. He would form the official opposition to former adversary Forbes Burnham and his successor Desmond Hoyte and the People’s National Congress for 28 years until becoming President in 1992. He would die five years later from a heart attack.

In other words, the World’s most ambitious dentist.

In multi-ethnic societies like Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, it is necessary to fight against racist ideology and racial stereotypes which were created and fostered by the capitalist-colonialist ruling class, and later exploited by self-serving politicians. It must be recognized that whatever our racial origin, we have a common heritage. Our forefathers, regardless of ethnic, religious and cultural differences, watered the sugar cane with their blood, sweat and tears.

Cheddi Jagan