Sam Hinds helped save the economy for all Guyanese – Guyana Times
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Dear Editor, In other media, a PNC strongman questioned Mr Sam Hinds, the former President and Prime Minister, to explain what he (Hinds) did to raise Guyanese. I’m sure Hinds will respond with a list of items he presented to the nation that were of benefit to all Guyanese regardless of race. When Hinds introduced goods and services, he did not think of one “race”, he thought of Guyana and of all races. Sam Hinds did much for Africa that no African leader could surpass. Hinds was a real Guyanese nationalist and patriot. He was not an ethno-nationalist like Green, Burnham, Hoyte, and other African leaders. After he became Prime Minister in October 1992, Hinds helped save the national economy after two decades of economic malice and deep turmoil. Turning the economy after 1992 was of great benefit to Africa and other ethnic groups. While PNC leaders, including Green, rammed Blacks and the nation into deprivation, Hinds helped pull Africans out of poverty. It transformed their lives, reducing poverty from 80 per cent under the PNC, to less than 40 per cent at the end of the first term of the PPP Government. It wiped out a famine that was common before 1992; once again the country became self-sufficient in the production of food under the leadership of Jagan / Hinds. Clive Thomas concluded in a study that it was under the PPP Government that Sam Hinds served (October 1992 to May 2015) that Africans made the greatest economic strides. In contrast, under the PNC Government, December 1964 to October 1992), of which Green was Minister almost all of the time, the standard of living of Africans and other Guyanese dropped significantly to one-fifth of what it was when Jagan enthrone. office in December 1964. The presidencies of Jagan, Hinds, Janet, Jagdeo, and Ramotar that improved the lives of Africans and the rest of the nation. Hinds also taught Africans to respect democratic governance and accept the result of elections, something Green and PNC leaders opposed. Hinds is no electoral criminal, no murderer, no thug, and no racist, unlike many other African leaders who rigged elections and ordered the murder of Africans like Rodney, Koama, and Dublin, and who sent donations to intimidate opponents. Prominent individuals from other ethnic groups, Portuguese and Indians, were killed by Burnham donors. Green should know about the murders and the operations. Hinds condemned electoral fraud; other African leaders are yet to condemn fraud. And obviously, that angers Green, who has been involved in electoral fraud since the 1950s. Was he also involved in political assassinations? Hinds is a role model, exemplifying qualities such as character, integrity, honesty, and professionalism, and good governance. Green asked Hinds if he is qualified to speak on behalf of Africa. The same question can be directed to Green – who can speak on behalf of an Afro Guyanese? Hinds is far more competent because of his life of morality and decency. No one can accuse Hinds of murdering anyone or releasing thieves on political opponents or using sports food and equipment as a political weapon. Hinds have credibility; can anyone say the same about Green? Green said there was a need to understand what happened in Guyana from the 1960s as a result of the cold war. Does the cold war justify rigging elections and murdering political opponents? Does it justify apartheid or racial or minority rule in Guyana? How can the White Man be condemned for racial control in South Africa and Rhodesia while at the same time Green is justifying rigging and racism in Guyana because of the cold war? Green asked what Hinds did for Afro Guyanese? The same question can be asked of Green, who held the second highest position in the country, as Prime Minister, although neither he nor the PNC were ever elected to office (alone). What productive measures did Green implement for Africa? Green claimed that Hinds did not speak out when hundreds of Africans were killed in Guyana, as he claims. SN did a study that disagrees with the number of Africans killed. The paper also noted that almost all those killed were “criminals” or “wanted” or had links to the “underworld”. Green can be asked a similar question – What did he do when these alleged murders took place? (He was Mayor). Could Green clarify his role with the Rabbi Washington terrorist group? What role did Green play in the 1964 Wismar massacre of the Indians? What was his role in the X-13 plan? What was his role in the Sun Chapman event? He accused Green Hinds of telling Africans to forget the history of slavery in response to others who sought redress from the White Man. That is not correct. What Hinds said was that it would be almost impossible to get compensation from the White Man, and therefore, Africans should not rely or wait for redress to rebuild their lives. Indians, Chinese, Portuguese and Amerindians do not tie their futures to redress; they have rebuilt their lives wherever they are found. Also, most Africans have moved on from slavery and do not condition their futures on reparation. The nation has some pertinent questions for Green that can help shut down some unsolved crimes.