The Indian Action Committee (IAC) yesterday afternoon (March 13) held a symposium to reflect on the life and work of the Founder-Leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and former Executive President of Guyana, the late Dr. Cheddi Jagan.
The event held at the National Library, Georgetown, was in observance of his 100th birth anniversary which is on March 22, 2018.
Making pertinent presentations were Dr. Cheddi Jagan Jnr., the son of the former President; PPP Members of Parliament, Collin Croal and Vickram Bharrat; former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall; Social Commentator, Raymond Gaskin and former President and Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds.
The younger Jagan gave the audience an insight on aspects of life with his father and reminded of Jagan Snr. fearlessness, humility and his relentless efforts to improve the lives of Guyanese. Others spoke highly of the former President’s invaluable contributions through his visionary ideas that helped to positively impact the nation and its people.
Dr. Jagan was described being a man ahead of his time, and his passion for national development was highlighted. Major projects he helped engineered including the MMA Scheme, the University of Guyana and Guyana’s quest for sustainable energy through hydroelectricity were also spoken about.
The attentive audience was also reminded of Dr. Jagan’s selfless struggles for adult suffrage, the attainment of independence, the restoration of democracy, poverty reduction, improved working conditions and social harmony.
A lively and informative interaction between the audience and the panel of speakers brought the curtains down on what was described as a well-received event.