Photo : Dr. Cheddi Jagan
The government of Guyana has agreed to issue a commemorative stamp in honor of the late freedom fighter and father of the Guyanese nation Dr. Cheddi Bharat Jagan on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary. The Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) announced plans to launch the commemorative stamp in March. Dr. Jagan’s birthday isMarch 22. He was born in 1918 at Plantation Port Mourant with ancestors from Uttar Pradesh, India. Dr. Jagan spent 54 years struggling for the poor working class in Guyana.
Dr. Jagan was first elected to Guyana legislature in 1947. He led his party to victory in 1953 becoming the first Chief Minister before it was sacked because of Dr. Jagan’s sympathy with the Soviet Union. Guyana became a focus of cold war rivalry between the Soviet Union and USA. Jagan was re-elected in 1957 when constitutional rule was restored and was re-elected in 1961. His government was toppled from office by the CIA and British Intelligence in December 1964. He was kept out of office by the US backed PNC government till 1992 when the US had a change of heart about Jagan following the end of the cold war. The US allowed a free and fair election in Guyana that saw the return of Guyana as the country’s first democratically elected President.
Guyana’s Public Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes, who holds responsibility and oversight for the GPOC, said that the stamp is being produced and designed by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC) which is headquartered in the US.
The minister said the US based IGPC has a long standing relationship with the GPOC and has produced many stamps over the past years.
Separately, the University of Guyana, which was founded by Dr Jagan in 1963, announced that a series of academic activities in honour of the late Guyanese premier and President will be held in March.
And the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), which was co-founded by the late President, will host several activities throughout 2018 to mark his 100th birth anniversary.
In New York, a committee has been established to commemorate the birth centenary. A number of activities has been planned including lectures, seminars, symposiums, cultural activities, and a banquet.