• 24 Jun, 2024

Why not Israel Khan as leader of UNC?

Why not Israel Khan as leader of UNC?

Why not Israel Khan as leader of UNC?

Dear Editor,
Israel Khan is the opposition UNC’s sacrificial lamb in today’s (January 20) contest for President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Supporters of UNC and Independent minded floating voters in T&T ask: Why sacrifice this respected Senior Counsel in an electoral race in which he has no chance to win. Defeated, he will! The question is the margin of defeat among the 72 members electoral college.
 
Will Khan get any Independent Senators vote to narrow the margin of defeat? In my count, he could get a minimum of four Independent voters. Will any PNM MPs or Senators defect? Won’t happen! Will there be any spoilt votes? Likely from Independent Senators.
 
Supporters of UNC and floating voters feel that instead of sacrificing Israel Khan in the Presidential contest, the UNC should make him their leader? They say that he or someone else of his integrity and reputation like a Ramesh Maharaj will sweep the elections in a landslide victory. They also say that if the UNC continues to maintain internal status quo, it will be defeated in the next general elections in 2025 and remain in the opposition probably well beyond 2030.
 
Yours truly,
Vishnu Bisram (Pollster)

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.