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|Cheddi Jagan truly felt the call to be Guyanese|
|Monday, 12 March 2012 21:58|
…says PM Hinds at opening of photo exhibition
A PHOTO exhibition and a book display are now on at the National Library, Georgetown, in honour of the life and contributions of the late Dr. Cheddi B. Jagan. The exhibition is part of many activities that will be held during this month to observe the birth and death anniversaries of President Jagan, a man who always sought to promote national unity.
In his remarks at the opening of the exhibition, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds acknowledged that Dr. Jagan was the “revolutionary individual” who lit the torch for freedom and struggled to bring independence to Guyana.
“Dr Jagan was truly a revolutionary person, and I would say, perhaps, the first person who truly felt the call to be Guyanese, to be a person of this land, with its six peoples brought here under various circumstances,” he said.
He recognized the late president’s remarkable ability to strive to embody all things Guyanese and to be representative of the Guyanese people, even though he grew up surrounded by family members who were immigrants from India.
Hinds highlighted Dr. Jagan’s courageous journey from his homeland to study abroad, where he eventually met and fell in love with Janet Jagan, who became his wife and life-long partner; the two then returned to Guyana and took up the task of working for the Guyanese people, in the social, industrial and political arena.
“His aim of struggling for independence was so that we would be free, and that all excuses would be removed so that great things could be achieved, that Guyanese would rise to the challenges (of nation-building) , “ he added.
Meanwhile, the Administrator of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre, Mohammed Sattaur, pointed out that the annual exhibition was initiated by Janet Jagan five years ago; and she was always there to declare them open, until the time of her death .
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