Photo : Dr. Cheddi B. Jagan 22 Mar 1918 - 6 Mar 1997
This year marks Jagan’s 100th birth anniversary. Cheddi Bharat Jagan was born in March 1918. To commemorate the centennial anniversary, Indian Diaspora Council (IDC) International, in collaboration with its global membership and affiliates, has petitioned the Guyana Government to issue a commemorative postage stamp by 22 March 2018 in tribute to the late President of Guyana. Dr. Cheddi B. Jagan led the struggle for Guyana’s independence from the 1940s. Guyana obtained independence in 1966. Jagan is widely recognized as the “Father of the Guyanese Nation”. He died on March 6, 1997 after a massive heart attack while serving as President. He had the largest funeral in the country with tens of thousands attending his wake and funeral. The late Dr. Cheddi B. Jagan would have celebrated his 100th birthday on 22 March 2018.
The IDC quoted the following from Jagan’s biography:
“Cheddi B. Jagan (b. 22 March 1918 – d. 6 March 1997) was a Guyanese politician who was first elected Chief Minister in 1953 and later Premier of British Guiana from 1961 to 1964, prior to independence. He played a key role in Guyana’s struggle for independence from Great Britain. He later served as President of Guyana from 1992 to 1997. For his contribution in the struggle for independence and lifelong service to Guyana, he is widely regarded as the “Father of the Nation”. He was a popular figure due to his tireless efforts on behalf of equitable treatment of workers and farmers in Guyana”.
The IDC’s petition stated that “the proposed commemorative postage stamp is fitting, deserving, historic and timely, a recognition of late Dr. Cheddi B. Jagan, a highly acclaimed stalwart internationally, and for his lifelong service, legacy and influence on the people everywhere”.
A suggested commemorative postage stamp was included in the IDC request to the Government of Guyana.
IDC International President Ashook Ramsaran stated that, “the late Dr. Jagan was an internationally acclaimed stalwart, a champion of the people who fought for Guyana’s independence, and embraced diversity and strength through unity. His lifelong service to the people of Guyana, his ideals and vision engendered consensus for understanding, cooperation and progress among all people”.
Suggested Postage Stamp
Dr. Cheddi B. Jagan
22 Mar 1918 - 6 Mar 1997
For more information, please contact Ashook Ramsaran @ email@example.com
Indian Diaspora Council International (IDC), established in 1997, is an international non-profit organization with global affiliates and membership in 21 countries with the objective to embrace, engage, and enhance the shared heritage, aspirations, and interests of persons of Indian origin with optimum inclusiveness.