With regards to your tribute to Sir Sridath Ramphal
(editorial Nov 19) on
being awarded the Indira Gandhi Peace
prize, we must not forget
his role in election rigging and the subsequent rise of the
Burnham authoritarian state. Many Guyanese still view Ramphal as
a pariah, thirty years after he parted company with Burnham to
become Secretary General of the Commonwealth. He is not welcome
in their company.
Every time Ramphal's name comes up, I think of the suffering
of my brethren, their denial of the right to vote, the
starvation diet, kick down the door robberies, and generally all
of the terrible things of the Burnham era. Ramphal may have
played some role in promoting peace in the international arena,
but he certainly made little, if any, effort to encourage peace
in his native land which is on the brink of collapse.
I cannot celebrate any of Ramphal's achievements and I don't
think any Guyanese should, until he tenders an apology for the
wrongs committed on Guyanese when he was the Attorney General.