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.
The Month of March
March is a month that brings back many happy memories, most of all, March 22 when we celebrated my father’s birthday. But March is also a month that holds my saddest memories – my father’s illness and finally his death on March 6, 1997 and my mother’s death on March 28, 2009.
As we remember them both this month, let us not to dwell on their deaths, but remember and celebrate their lives and the impact they had on our own. The sacrifices they made for us all and what we as a country have gained by their struggles for a better way of life for all Guyanese people, and for the world as a whole, not only on political and economic issues but also on the cultural life of our country.
BIOGRAPHY: Here you will find a biographical summary of Dr. & Mrs. Jagan's life containing numerous photos. (Updated Jan. 12, 2013)
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.(Updated March 4, 2014)
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.(Updated March 4, 2014)
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.(Updated March 4, 2014)
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.(Updated January 19, 2014)
ARCHIVES: Summaries of Articles written by Dr. Jagan. (Updated January 19, 2014)
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. (Updated December 4, 2013)
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. (Updated January 19, 2014)
LINKS: Links to websites and documents related to the lives of the Jagan's and the history of Guyana. (Updated Aug. 27, 2013)