Many wondered why more Indo-Guyanese do not join those bodies.
the death of Amar Rajcumar, a Cadet Officer of the GDF, can explain why.
are subjected to great harassment in the Army and Police Force from the
time they join these organisations. The whole system is geared to keep
them out, despite reports and recommendations from several commissions.
first attack on them is the use of food. Hindus and Muslims, due to
cultural reasons, have some dietary specifics. These are often not
respected by the Forces and this discourages them from applying.
they survive this, by adapting, the training is doubly hard on them.
This includes beating and insults.
who survive this and begin to function in the Army or Police Force, then
find that they rarely get promoted.
their Afro-counterparts may become Captains or Inspectors, they are
often left at the level of Corporal or probably they may make it to
few who manage to go to any higher position than Sergeants, find that
they are often attacked, criticised, and ways and means are found to
push them out of the organisation.
GDF from its inception is noted for this; recall the pushing out of
Sattaur, who was a highly trained officer and later officers such as
Asad Ishoof were forced out.
in the Police Force, Steve Merai, an ace crime fighter and a few others
are being frustrated with the objective of forcing them to resign.
of them may consider themselves lucky that they are alive.
Rajcumar paid with his life for trying to defy the odds and become a
the Ethnic Relations Commission should look into this.
The guilty must be punished
IT IS an established fact that East Indians are very sceptical to join the security forces in Guyana, and justifiably so.
recent death of Cadet Officer Amar Rajcumar has underscored this
Tuesday April 11, 2006 Cadet Officer Amar Rajcumar was pronounced dead
on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation at around 14:45
autopsy revealed that Rajcumar died from haemorrhage caused by blunt
cranial trauma. In other words, the Cadet Officer died from internal
bleeding in the head caused by a blow he received from a blunt object.
Guyana Defence Force release stated that the Cadet Officer was involved
in a physical training session at Camp Stephenson when he collapsed.
of all, in order for a blow in the head to cause the effect as revealed
by the post mortem examination, that blow had to be an extremely
forceful one, and if one wants to accept that a touch to the head every
now and again during training may be necessary, it will be hard to
accept that that was what occurred on this occasion.
appears to be a clear case of brutality resulting in the young manís
I will never subscribe to such a cruel act being committed against
anyone, my question is why did this happen to one of the two East
Indians who were on training?
main reason given for a very long time now, why East Indians do not join
the Army nor the Guyana Police Force, particularly the former, is that
because of the predominance of Afro-Guyanese in these organisations,
they are afraid of victimization and acts like the one committed on
Cadet Officer Rajcumar.
Indo-Guyanese like Rajcumar had or are having the courage to venture
into the security forces in Guyana, and when those few are met with such
fate as did Rajcumar, it does not serve as an encouragement for others
to do likewise. In fact it serves as an even greater deterrent.
it is a deliberate ploy to keep the security forces with a certain
one should be annoyed when an Indo-Guyanese mother, father, husband or
wife thinks that acts like that committed on Rajcumar are deliberate,
because it is a reality that we have inherited from our colonial past
and an actuality that we have to live with.
cries of Rajcumarís mother are loud and clear. She is one of the
persons who I am certain would like to see unity and harmony in this
is testimony in the encouragement and approval she gave to her son to
join the Army but reality has superseded the chances she and her son
took, thereby shattering their hopes.
am certain that the few East Indians who are in the national security
forces can testify to the level of (and in some cases open) racial
prejudices that they are subject to.
nature of the act that resulted in the young cadetís death must be
interpreted as either deliberate or extremely irresponsible and those
guilty of the injustice committed against him must swiftly be dealt with
by the full gamut of the law.
Saturday, April 22, 2006