• 23 May, 2024

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 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.