Photo : Kamla Persad Bissessar
The English [UK] or Brexit Referendum as it is more popularly known has basically been implemented to “save” Britain. For all the cries of helping their economy and other reasons it certainly helped them to slow down the massive influx of immigrants and refugees seeking asylum and entitlements which can put the country at further risk of terrorism and other hazards. Grass roots English populists and nationalism movements is taking its roots not only in England, but in America, France, Germany, Russia, and evidence of this can also be found in Guyana , Trinidad and India by the grassroots movements ignoring established leaders and parties in favor of those whom they see as favoring their people and their way of life.
In Trinidad and Guyana third parties are becoming a threat to the traditional political establishment.
Our Indian leaders need to yield to the more contemporary political ways of the world and do not remain fossilized in ideologies that are not compatible to Indian people. They must be able to respond appropriately to threats to the Indian community and Indian way of life which they have been ignoring for far too long.
In Guyana and Trinidad, people of Indian ancestry have no control over their destiny or developments in their districts or constituencies. Indians have no say in their children’s national identity, national economics, the nation’s politics and the education system. It’s time that Indians do like the Brits and seek a political system to safeguard their Indian nationalist interests too. Indo-Caribbean people need to Brexit to safeguard their interests as well. They have no sense of a political identity and practice too much socialism without any reservations for themselves and leave their children’s future at the mercy of any government that comes to power.
The of grassroots nationalism that is sweeping America, India, Russia, Europe and by extension some Indian intellectuals in Trinidad and Guyana and even other parts of the world have relevance to the Brexit referendum of June 23, 2016. In Britain, populist nationalism was able to relinquish the chains of the interference of the European courts of the European Union. The court housed in Brussels had more power over Anglo / Saxon people’s ability to govern themselves than even the English courts due to the larger union and agreements. They want to break away from a central governing body and control their own destiny. How can a court in Brussels understand the needs of the English people and how they feel about immigrants or other issues? Most instances of nationalism begins to rise when established leaders and political parties ignore their own people’s demands for change and control of their economic, social and political stability for far too long, sometimes at the expense of the native inhabitants. In India, the Narenda Modi government branch of politics, referred to by some as Hindutva, allows the silent suffering majority Hindus to have a greater say in how India’s national identity should develop and not just at the expense of the Hindus which it has for years.
These parties are doing well because the majority of people are tired of the politically correct domination by foreign cultures calling the shots and the outright audacity to label the locals as racists and bigots. Leaders like Donald Trump in America, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Vladimir Putin in Russia do not like how their countries' national identity are changing by the electorate of immigrants.
In Guyana the PPP or basically the 'Indian-based' party do not want to change or afraid of the change it takes to help their voters. The PPP party strives on its antiquated communist ideology ignoring their Indian base needs for change in order to take greater control of their own communities by some form of federal decentralized system. Whenever, the PNC or “black-based party” comes to power as in the case of the Guysuco industries, Indians have no say in their political social and economic wellbeing. What happened to Guysuco in Guyana is a reflection of what happened to the Caroni lands in Trinidad under PM Patrick Manning’s leadership. Lands traditionally tended by Indian people were taken away and their traditional industry abolished. Apparently Indians never learn anywhere.
In Trinidad the 'black-based' PNM government decides what is good for Indians and it’s usually never to their benefit. The PNM government continuously disrupts the Indian way of life by changing the ethnic composition and cultural habits of Indian districts and villages by creating an African voting bank in those areas. If anyone complains they will be labeled racist so Indians have to sit and watch their way of life become more and more restricted until it disappears. . In Trinidad we can achieve this by decentralizing the country, localizing the power away from the central government. By doing this all people can achieve their own success and satisfy themselves without feeling like any group dominates them when they come to political power. America has this decentralization efficiency where New York State, for example, has laws for New York State aside from central governing body. By localizing power we could sustain a certain amount of power in Indian areas and not feel as marginalized.
It happens right in front of us in Trinidad with the Tobago House of Assembly. We need a referendum where we could have our own localized power. Tobago decides what Tobago wants, not just what Port-of-Spain tells them to do. What if a change in government decides we don’t need a hospital in Debe or a Hindu school in Penal? It has already happened like the denial to have a Hindu TV station. It is happening as we speak. The Children’s Hospital at Couva and the Debe Campus of the University of the West Indies built by PM Kamla would have benefited those communities but have been shut down due to the cooming to power of the PNM. All the UNC projects to develop anything south of the Caroni has become obsolete because Port of Spain is controlling everything. If Tobago could keep demanding power why other constituencies cannot do the same? Why does Port of Spain have to control everything in south Trinidad?
In Trinidad and Guyana Indians are beginning to move away from their established leaders and parties by forming third parties. This is proving to be a threat but, not yet successful. Just as in Britain, America, India and other countries national identify is important and must be reflective of its citizens’ political, social and economic way of life the same must be for Indians in Trinidad and Guyana. Our established leaders and parties must be aware of an electoral uprising or move over.