Save the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre
As Guyanese prepare to celebrate the New Year, the President of Guyana H.E David Granger has announced his decision to revoke the lease for the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre from its permanent home at Red House.
The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre is dedicated to the preservation, conservation and research into the life and works of the late President of Guyana Dr. Cheddi Jagan (1918 to 1997). It was officially opened on 22nd March 2000 at Red House. Dr. Jagan lived at Red House in 1961 to 1964, when he was Premier and Minister of Development and Planning.
The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre is home to a large collection of papers, documents, photographs, audio and videotapes related to Dr. Jagan’s involvement in political life of Guyana. This unique archive has been available to all Guyanese, free of cost. Those who have visited over the years and utilized the facilities have certainly developed a greater appreciation of our contemporary political history. They would have developed a better appreciation for Dr. Jagan’s political service to Guyana, starting with the formation of the Political Affairs Committee (1946), the formation of the Peoples Progressive Party (1950), service in the Legislative Council (starting in 1947), service to rice farmers (president of Rice Producers Association), service in government (1953, 1957-1961, 1961-1964, 1992-1997), service in opposition (1964- 1992), service to sugar workers (honorary president of GAWU) and service to the PPP as General Secretary (1970 to 1997) and so much more.
Dr. Jagan was loved nationally, and a person of immense stature in the Caribbean and Globally. His advocacy for the new Global Human Order to eradicate world poverty is still a viable option that is engaging the United Nations.
The decision by the President Granger to revoke the lease of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre is an attack on Dr. Jagan's legacy. It is a deliberate attempt to undervalue his role, to erase his significance and to prevent the Guyanese, home and abroad, from having access to information pertaining to him. We strongly believe that this action is ill conceived, wrong and vindictive:
1. Revoking the lease is effectively closing the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre, which has been in existence for sixteen years. It is a most grievous act and the greatest insult to the memory and legacy of Cheddi Jagan.
2. Closing the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre threatens the archival material, which includes documents from the 1940 to 1997, video and audiotapes and important photographs that is housed in the Centre.
3. Closing the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre denies researchers access to these important historical records.
4. Closing the CJRC disrupts the annual Cheddi Jagan Memorial Lecture.
5. Closing the CJRC disrupts the publication of “The Journal of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre.”
We call on all fair-minded Guyanese to sign this petition asking the government to immediately rescind this decision.
- President of Guyana - David Granger
- Prime Minister - Moses Nagamootoo
- Government of Guyana
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This website is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Cheddi Jagan and Mrs. Janet Jagan, both former Presidents of Guyana.
The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre which is privately run by Dr. Jagan's family and friends, was declared open on March 22, 2000.
Our aims and objectives are to promote research into and publish materials on the life, work and ideas of Dr. and Mrs. Jagan - this will also promote research into the history of Guyana's struggle for Independence and social justice, the history of Guyana as a whole from the early 1940's to 2009. Welcome to our website dedicated to the life and work of Cheddi and Janet Jagan.
The year was 1918, when on March 22, in a rural village in Guyana, the remarkable life of an ordinary sugar worker's son began. His name was Cheddi Jagan, and before his time was over he would change the course of his country's history by first struggling to liberate it from British colonial domination, then by waging a 28 year long struggle for the restoration of freedom and democracy, and finally by ascending to the Presidency as Guyana's first democratically elected Head of State.
Alongside Dr. Jagan in all these struggles was his American born wife, lifelong friend and political partner, Janet, who left the USA for life in Guyana where she remained until her death on March 28, 2009. She was a woman of a number of firsts in her long history of involvement in her adopted country's politics. She was to reach the pinnacle as first woman Head of State in December 1997, following the death in office of her husband on March 6, after first serving as Prime Minister.
They were the founders of the country's first mass political movement and unquestionably the leading political figures in the history of Guyana for over the last 66 years. Through their tireless efforts, the small country of Guyana experienced a wealth of benefits, social advancement and economic prosperity.
As international figures they are well known for their fight for peace and freedom around the globe. Dr. Jagan's ideas on debt relief, as well as his proposals for a New Global Human Order, were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 14, 2002. As such, he deserves credit as a major figure in modern history.
BIOGRAPHY: Here you will find a biographical summary of Dr. & Mrs. Jagan's life containing numerous photos.
CJ ARTICLES: Learn about Dr. Jagan's fight for Guyana's freedom, Independence and the restoration of Democracy while reading many of the important articles and speeches he wrote over the period 1942 to 1997. Find out about his proposals for a New Global Human Order which have been adopted by the United Nations. Independence Articles
CJ TRIBUTES: Read speeches, stories and poetry written about Cheddi Jagan and you will have a clear understanding of why he was called "Father of the Nation," and "The Mahatma Gandhi of Guyana" by the people of Guyana.
JANET JAGAN: Read articles written by Janet Jagan, former President of Guyana, during her years in politics from 1942 to 2009. Also read speeches, stories and poetry written about her.
GALLERY: A collection of rare photographs and videos on various aspects of Dr. and Mrs. Jagan lives, speaking at different forums, being interviewed and sometimes with family.
ARCHIVES: Summaries of Articles written by Dr. Jagan.
QUOTATIONS: Cheddi & Janet Jagan's more famous and important quotations. By reading them you will have a chance to quickly understand some of their thoughts, ideals and visions.
THE CENTRE: Information about its location and history and about other places associated with the lives of the Jagans. Find out even more about Dr. Jagan's life and thoughts, purchase his written works and read book reviews on several of his books. Also for sale are books of children's stories by Janet Jagan.
LINKS: Links to websites and documents related to the lives of the Jagan's and the history of Guyana.