• 07 Feb, 2023

Wrong to poke fun at Publisher Glenn Lall of Guyana - A champion of democracy and free press

Wrong to poke fun at Publisher Glenn Lall of Guyana - A champion of democracy and free press

Wrong to poke fun at Publisher Glenn Lall of Guyana - A champion of democracy and free press

I generally don’t read or respond to social media comments or blogs, most are non-sensical and lack academic rigor or scientific basis or logic. One blog was brought to my attention involving a disparaging comment about Glenn Lall, publisher of KN. The bogger was commenting on a gesticulation of Mr. Lall (in which he appeared to be dancing) about governance in Guyana and the oil contract. The blogger asked: “Is that a dance or is he suffering from epilepsy?”
 
One should not derogate, deprecate, mock, ridicule, demean, disrespect those with whom one has differences. Worse, if one is suffering from epilepsy or some other medical issue, it is not a laughing matter. It is not one to jeer or mock the victim. Anyone can suffer from epilepsy or a medical problem and a victim would need medical help not poking fun at him or her. It is wrong to compare epilepsy with or mistake it for a dance. Only an uneducated functionally illiterate fool would make such remarks. Separately, another blog was brought to my attention in which a pix of Mr. Lall’s brain was shown to be abnormal – a normal brain and a defective one were placed side by side. Lall's brain was shown to be defective. Lall’s brain was described as not being that of a regular person just because the criticized the handling of contracts, auditing, etc. He enjoys freedom of the press to critique others. One does not have freedom of press to denigrate peoples' medical conditions.
 
I have disagreements with Lall on several issues. But I respect his right to offer his views. We don't have to be in agreement for me to respect him or anyone else. Opponents must not be discourteous towards him or towards anyone with whom one has disagreement.
 
For the record, Glenn Lall made an invaluable contribution during the five months struggle for the right count of the outcome of the 2020 elections. He made his media available to us who were exposing the fraud and bringing pressure to bear on the officials responsible for the right declaration of the results.  He provided fulsome coverage of the PPP spokespersons during the campaign and the five months ordeal. I am also aware of the behind the scene role he played in that struggle that probably led to the right declaration. In short, his role helped to bring about a change in administration in August 2020. It is, therefore, wrong to denigrate or jeer or make snide remarks about him. He was praised for his role combating electoral fraud and even recommended for the Democracy Award. Now, he is attacked because he expresses disagreements with others on various issues.
Regardless of differences, one must not be personal in a discourse. Lall should not be called names. I applaud his role and that of others in rescuing democracy.

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 holder of multiple degrees in the natural sciences, social sciences, and education. He taught for over forty years in the US. He is a specialist on the Indian diaspora traveling globally to research and write about Indian communities.