Guyana is rich with its own cultural identity
and there is no need to promote vulgarity in the guise of
culture, and adults should be leading by example by practising
what is preached.
This was Minister of Human Services and Social Security Priya
Manickchand’s message to hundreds of Region Three residents
gathered today at the Vreed-en-Hoop stelling for the 169th
anniversary observance of East Indian Arrival in Guyana.
“ We live in an exciting and promising time where all
cultures are given an opportunity and indeed are encouraged to
flourish, providing those of us who live here with the
enviable prospect of being part of a multi-cultural,
multi-ethnic society in which we can all participate equally
in the nation’s development and growth,” Minister
Vulgar and suggestive dancing at cultural presentations
among children taking part in these events must not be
tolerated, she urged.
She said it is worrisome to see children in shows that are
erroneously dubbed ‘cultural’ in vulgar and suggestive
“We must not misled them as to the true nature of culture by
involving, teaching and cheering them on in activities that
are vulgar and debasing and have nothing to do with true
cultural expression,” she said.
The Minister urged the gathering at the event hosted by the
Indian Religious Cultural and Social Organisation to encourage
their children to be confident and progressive in order that
they become productive and well- rounded individuals.
She also noted that as a society, we cannot speak of arresting
the violence and abuse meted out to women and girls and then
in the same breath encourage behaviour that can lead to
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds was also at the event that
highlighted cultural performances in the form of dances, songs
and skits. Indian cuisine was also on sale.
May 5, 1838 is observed as the date of arrival of East Indians
to Guyana, on two ships the Hesperus and the Whitby. During
the period 1838 and 1917 more than 200,000 East Indians
arrived on these shores to work on the sugar cane plantations.