• 23 May, 2024

NY Organization Condemns Racist Violence on East Coast

NY Organization Condemns Racist Violence on East Coast

NY Organization Condemns Racist Violence on East Coast

The New York Guyana Democracy Project (NYGDP) joins the President of Guyana, other individuals and organizations in condemning the looting and robberies and the racist violence unleased on Indians and the destruction of (including arson on) their properties (buildings, market stalls, vehicles, and goods). The organization’s President Dr. Tara Singh, former Senior lecturer at UG, says he categorically condemn the violence that has been motivated by race.  is led by   

In a press release, the organization says that the racial violence that was portrayed on phone, computer, and TV screens on Tuesday June 28 is a stark reminder of how far race baiters and bigots, affiliated with opposition politicians and irresponsible media operatives, would go in encouraging unjustified attacks on Indians just to push their political agenda.   


The organization noted that no opposition politician or opposition affiliated media has condemned the violent attacks against Indians. “Opposition politicians and their supporters have been silent”, it claims.   
The NYGDP says that it  deplores the hateful environment willfully stoked by opposition politicians that contributed to these atrocities  against Indians.   “When public figures see injustice, an attack on a people on account of their race, they must speak out forcefully and as strongly as the President did. Otherwise, they are complicit in the aggression and oppression carried out by others. One cannot be neutral when there are racist attacks in a nation”.   
 
The organization feels that those engaged in the anti-Indian attacks must be brought to justice.  “They must be found and made an example and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”.   
 
NYGDP also calls for support for the victims. “The country must bond together in solidarity, empathy, and support for the victims.   We support the government’s decision to give just and fair compensation to the victims for their losses”.   
The organization also extends condolence to the family of Mr Bacchus who allegedly was killed by a police officer urging a quick investigation into the shooting. “We seek justice in this case, too”, says the organization in its release.    

Dr Vishnu Bisram

Dr Vishnu Bisram is Guyanese born who received his primary and secondary education in Guyana and tertiary education in the US and India. He is a fourth generation Indian. His great grandparents from both his mother and father’s sides were born in India -- Gurbatore from Ghaizpur, Amru from Azamgarh, Sau from Chapra, Mangri from Mau, Bhuri and Bhura Singh from Bharatpur, among others. They all came at different times to then British Guiana (1880s and 1890s) to work on sugar plantations as indentured laborers. After serving ten years, they were freed laborers. They remained on the colony rather than returned to India, married and had children. They used the savings from indentureship to purchase landholdings to cement their ties to their adopted land. They were not given free land. Vishnu Bisram is ninth of twelve children of Gladys and Baldat, rural farmers, she also was a seamstress and he a taylor and they attended to a kitchen garden as well. Vishnu attended the St Joseph Anglican (called English) primary school from 1966 to 1972. In 1972, he passed the annual nationwide Common Entrance exam winning a scholarship place to attend the government Berbice High School in New Amsterdam, some 17 miles from his home village of Ankerville, Port Mourant. He declined the placement scholarship and opted instead for the private Chandisingh High School to which his family pad to pay a tuition. He entered for eight subjects at the Cambridge University Exam in 1977. Vishnu migrated to the USA in 1977 to further his studies. He enrolled at the City College of City University of New York September that year at age 17, studying Bio-Chemistry and also completing a major in Political Science. After his BSc in Bio-Chem, he pursued graduate studies in International Relations earning a MA. He went on to complete multiple post graduate degrees including doctorates in Economics, Sociology, History, Political Science and Educational Administration. Dr Bisram taught for over forty years in various subjects in the US. He also served as a newspaper reporter and columnist for over four decades and is a well-known pollster in the Caribbean region. He is a specialist on the Indian diaspora traveling extensively around the globe to research and write about Indian communities. He published countless articles on various subjects in the mass media, journals, and books. He also organized international conferences on the Indian diaspora and presented papers at many conferences. He was a guest lecturer at universities in Mauritius, India, Fiji, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname, USA, and other countries. He is a well regarded political analyst on American and Caribbean politics. He makes him home in Guyana, Trinidad, and America and travels frequently to India.