ON SPEAKING OUT

Leaders of the PPP are accused from time to time of not speaking out. Both Emile Mervin and Frederick Kissoon, prolific commentators, so accused me recently.  All organisations have rules. When you join one you agree to subscribe to its rules. There is no other basis on which an organisation can function. I chose to be a part of the PPP and to abide by its rule against public criticism.
Very often members of organisations have differences with proposed decisions. When these differences are on a fundamental principle, then the member is expected to resign. However, once members have a common purpose, differences not on fundamental principle are usually resolved. This sometimes happens when the members whose views are not supported, accept the decision and continue to work for the common purpose. Leaders of the PPP, like other organisations, do not always agree with all of its decisions. After debate, the minority invariably chooses to accept the majority view and work together for its implementation.
 
The PPP and its government stand for many things. These include the elimination of corruption, transparency and an end to discrimination. Many measures have been implemented to deal with th

THE MANDELA FORMULA

The world recently celebrated the 92nd birthday of Nelson Mandela. The PPP commemorated the occasion by a public event at the National Library. The continued presence of Nelson Mandela among us is a source of inspiration to those who treasure forgiveness and reconciliation. The dismantling of apartheid in South Africa necessitated a transitional arrangement of […]

LIGHT PRISON SENTENCES ARE NOTHING BUT A SCANDAL

Our society places little value on human life. The newspapers reported on November 17, 2009, that seven year prison sentences were imposed on two persons for manslaughter. Mahendra Singh lived in the same yard as his uncle, Ganesh Rai. He was drinking at Rai’s house. There was a mild altercation and Rai asked Singh to […]