• 20 Jul, 2024

Will TT Leaders follow New Zealand PM?

Will TT Leaders follow New Zealand PM?

Will TT Leaders follow New Zealand PM?

Dear Editor,
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Adern announced her resignation at a time when she is at the top of her politics after serving only five years. She stands tall in a world where leaders, Prime Ministers, Opposition Leaders, Party Leaders, don’t relinquish power easily and sometimes not even after defeat; such graceful exit from politics seemingly happens only in the ‘White’ developed world.
 
Although only 42, Adern wants to make way for new ideas and new leadership. Her term ends at year end. But decides to leave now. The fact that the ruling Labor Party has been losing ground to the conservative National Party in opinion polls would have influenced her decision to step down.  She has been facing imminent defeat in elections to be held later this year. Rather than take the party down to defeat, she steps aside hoping that a new leader would give the party a better chance in the coming elections. And she has resigned giving the party ten months to turn around the floundering ship. Which political leader in Trinidad and Tobago will follow her magnanimous act and make such a graceful exit and give their supporters a chance in the next election? Defeat after defeat, and a leader still wants to hold on! Why? It will only lead to political cemetery for a party and its supporters. A new leader provides an opportunity for transformational political change. A leader who experienced multiple defeats should do the honorable thing and resign. It will result in a landslide victory of the party in the next election.
Yours truly,
Vishnu Bisram (PhD)

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.