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Quotations by Janet Jagan

“I have no religion save the religion of equality.” 1967

“By taking me to the library when I was a little girl, my father gave me one of the greatest blessings I have ever had – a love of books. Reading has been one of the great joys of my life and one, which I recognise, has carried me through periods when life was not always what I had hoped for.” 2002

“I am a hard worker and I intend to work very hard. I have always been part of a team; I have never been a loner. I have never stood by myself and dictated. I don’t believe in it….I believe in consultation, I believe in consensus. Jan 18, 1998 (Interview by Martin Goolsarran)

“A special thanks to my colleagues in the PPP and its leadership who have walked with me and my husband all these years. I want to thank the thousands from all walks of life who have welcomed me in their homes, who have visited me in my office, who have written me and have sent me photographs, messages of support and have kept me aware of the problems and aspirations of the Guyanese people. Meeting you, my Guyanese friends, was the best part of the job.” Aug 8, 1999

“We have much to be proud of as we celebrate October 5th and we must not allow the negative elements in our society to suggest, as they do all the time, that we have not made positive gains. All we have to do is open our eyes and see that Guyanese today are better off in many, many ways than before, that democracy is in full bloom, that poverty is shrinking and that, most of all, people are free!” October 2004

"As to my responsibilities to the PPP, I think my approach has always been regular and steady work and attention to all problems." Nov 2004

"Jail was'nt easy from the physical point of view. But like my husband, I treasured the quiet of jail from the furor outside. I did a lot of reading after insisting that women, like men, should have a right to have books. I also did handicrafts and my stuffed dolls and animals were sold ourtside." Oct 2003

Remembering Cheddi

“For me, Valentine’s Day is the day that always reminds me of the loss of a great man, a loving husband, brother and father, father not only of his two children, but of the nation.” 2007 (Cheddi Jagan had a heart attack on February 14, 1997 and died on March 6, 1997)

"Cheddi's long march from Port Mourant, a small rural village in the eastern part of Guyana, to become the first freely elected President of Guyana, until his return to Port Mourant where he was cremated, spanned a half of a century. During that period, he did what few men have done in their lifetime: he committed himself to a single goal of freedom for his country and people and never, even for once, wavered. In many ways his struggles and his accomplishments are so intertwined with the history of his country that sometimes it is difficult to study one without the other. Having dominated so much of Guyana's post World War II history, he perhaps contradicted his own view that history is not made by individuals but by the people. But that is only seemingly so. In fact he was the embodiment of the people's struggles. He became their most ardent defender, teacher and organiser. He never marched alone and that is perhaps the most single important reason for his success. He captured their basic interests in his programmatic platforms and defended these with a missionary zeal unmatched by any one in the last hundred years in Guyana. The same way he became their hope for liberation, in similar fashion he was their conscience. He was always there when the people needed him most and they put their faith in him, as one they knew would never betray the cause." March 27, 1999

“Dr Jagan always held close to his heart the need to create a harmonious society. We have to continue his efforts and remove whatever impediments exist that divide us and I will continue in that direction.” Jan 18, 1998 (interview by Martin Goolsarran)

"I got through the difficult period of Dr. Jagan's death by sheer determination to do so. The most difficult part, of course, was at the hospital where his immediate family was present 24 hours a day and where each day there was the hope that he would get well. When that seemed not possible it was much harder for all of us, but we endured." Nov 2004

Struggle

“With the strength of the sun above us, the strength of the earth beneath us, the strength of the ocean before us and the strength of the people behind us, our fight against injustice will be won.” April 5th,1964 at Enmore beach

"Throughout the decade of success and failure, loyalty and betrayal, disunity and unity, the Party has held faith. During the most trying hours when the Party was close to the edge of ruin, the loyalty and firm belief of members, the Party's sound foundation in the masses of working people and farmers, have kept it alive and vigorous." April 1960

"The people's confidence is built on many things, long association, wholesome and honest dealings with people, the fact that the PPP and its leadership always move among and with the people and is never divorced from their daily life and work." July 1961

"We led the struggle by educating the people of the ills of colonialism and the need for unity to end the exploitation of this country by the dominant clique that wanted only power and profits - profits and power. We attained power by the valid ballot and proved our worth by winning in three successive elections - without benefit of a daily press or foreign finances. We did not attempt to grab power by bloodshed." April 1962

“We cannot move forward and have a strong society, a strong economy where we can eliminate poverty and unemployment, unless all the people work together and all feel safe and secure in our society.” Jan 18, 1998 – interview by Martin Goolsarran

Women

"In the 40’s and 50’s we fought for and won the right to universal adult suffrage. Before it was introduced, following mass protests including thousands of women, very few women had the right to vote. The vote then had been based on property and income qualifications which only a very few privileged women could meet." Sept 1975 (Women in the Struggle)

"The women must join in the struggle to bring about political and socio-economic changes so that there will be equal opportunities for all, so that we can end unemployment, poverty and hunger, so that genuine democratic institutions can flourish, so that our women can be free and equal citizens in the countries in which they live." Sept 1975 (Women in the Struggle)

“Aside from developing women ideologically and keeping them informed and active on local political matters, engaging working women in the struggle for better working conditions and pay, leading the struggle against the high cost of living and for better housing, education and health services, the WPO has maintained through the years a keen interest in promoting sports and handicraft, among women.” 1985 (Thunder April-June 1985) 

"It is my view that if a woman wants to succeed in whatever position she holds, she must be present when she is expected to be, at work, at meetings, in travel and expect no concessions, make no excuses for not being there when she is expected to. Men have fewer home responsibilities and thus work, attend meetings and are on the spot when needed. Its harder for women to keep up, but they fail when they don't. I had to work harder to keep my home well regulated and cared for." Nov 2004

"My advice to women in politics is, lead a discipline life, but keep close to your family." Oct 2003

Race

"The psychology of race prejudice is not an instinctive antipathy caused by physical differences, but has its basis in fear. The cause of this fear may be traced to economic, social and political reasons or the fear that the “inferior” race might threaten the power and dominance of the “superior” race ... It is my belief that one of the main causes of race prejudice can be found in fear; the fear of one race being displaced by another." 1942

“I know that as long as the PPP/Civic remains the Government we would never tolerate any infringement of the rights of the Amerindian people to their lands. They are the first people in this country and their rights have to be respected.” Feb 8, 1998 (Interview by Michelle Elphage)