FREE FREE A Publication of the Indo-Caribbean Federation ~ 108-05 Liberty Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY 11419 Tel: (718) 805-0948; (718) 845-1014; Email: email@example.com INDO CARIBBEAN FEDERATION CELEBRATES 169 YEARS OF INDIAN ARRIVAL SMOKEY PARK - RICHMOND HILL - QUEENS - SUNDAY - MAY 20,2007 @1:00 PM For the 22nd consecu World. Today, Indians have tive year The Indo immigrated to the USA, Caribbean Federation is com- Canada, etc. memorating the arrival of In- Our forefathers carried dians to the Caribbean and their language, culture and other parts of the world. This rich heritage. We cherish the year the event will take place history and greatness of our at the Smokey Park in Rich- Indian ancestors. We recog- mond Hill, Queens, New York. nize them for the hardships It was on May 5, 1838 that and sufferings they bore, and Indians first went to the Car- we are proud to celebrate, ibbean as indentured servants once a year, their triumph and on the British plantations. survival. We invite all broth- Nearly 300 Indians arrived in ers and sisters to join us in this Guyana as laborers. That day of joy and festivity. Let started the exodus of Indians us celebrate and glorify our from India to other parts of the culture. A section of the huge crowd at last year's Indian Arrival Day Celebration Smokey Park, Queens, Caribbean and the New NY Immigration to the Caribbean THE CARIBBEAN By Vishnu Bisram Indo-Caribbeans are celebrating Indian labor to non-British colo- Surinam and Trinidad have Indians under these adverse conditions Although a ten year the 169th anniversary since their nies. Indentured immigration was maintained much of their traditional and made the planters and their re- service in the colony qualified one ancestors first arrived in the Carib- the solution adopted in the colo- ways of life; their cultural spective empires, especially the for a free return passage to India, bean. The Indian communities are nies in the aftermath of emancipa- persistence is largely a result of British, rich from their hard labor. very few Indians took advantage descended from immigrants im- tion of slavery and the economic their comprising the majority of the The initial term of of this part of the contract because ported by the British from India. difficulties to which it gave rise. population and indenturedship was for a three year the planters enticed them with set- The immigrants came to work on And the Indians rescued the Brit- the work of local organizations and period with an additional two years tling on Crown land in lieu of the sugar plantations on contracts as ish plantations from what would missionaries from India to propa- of “in service” on the plantation. return passage. Thus many settled indentured servants because the have been certain economic disas- gate Indian culture. Conditions as an indentured ser- down, went into farming, and made plantation owners were faced with ters for which the Indians received The vast majority of Indian re- vant were as harsh as those that their mark in the development of a grave shortage of labor arising no gratitude from their masters. cruits to the West Indies came from existed under slavery. The con- the colonies. They also bought from the abolition of slavery in Indentured immigration from In- the states of Uttar Pradesh and tract could be renewed upon expi- additional land with money saved 1836. dia to the West Indies began in Bihar. Even now, many Indians ration. But after the initial five year during indentured servitude. The ‘freed’ slaves disdained field 1838 in the case of Guyana and 1845 mention with pride the province, period, the emigrant was free of his/ On the plantations, their work and as such abandoned plan- in the case of Trinidad and came to district, fiscal unit and village from her servitude to the planters and lifestyles were derided by both tation life for better labor opportu- an end in 1917. Indians also went whence their ancestors came as was guaranteed a Whites and ex-Black slaves. Mar- nities in urban centers. With “com- to Surinam, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, related by their fore-parents. They return passage to India providing riages under Hindu or Islamic rites HG A PAWH plete emancipation of the slaves” Jamaica, Grenada, Martinique, also remember the rivers, the moun- he/she served a ten year period. were looked down upon and were in 1838, and their withdrawal from Cuba and other islands in the Car- tains and other characteristic of the The contracted emigrant worked not legally recognized until after plantation agriculture, the planters ibbean, the Pacific and Indian area from where their ancestors six days a week for fourteen hours 1946. But in the eyes of Indians turned to the importation of a Ocean, and countries in Africa and emigrated. a day and earned a shilling (25 and according to their cheap and easily managed labor Asia. About 240,000 Indians de- On the plantations or barracks or cents) and could not wander away Dharmashastras and Quorons their 1999 force from India. The cost of im- parted for Guyana, 143,900 for estates, poor sanitation, lack of from the plantation where he or she marriages were valid. They also portation of a cheap docile labor Trinidad, and 37,000 for Jamaica. proper toilet facilities, unsuitable was consigned. They were only retained their languages and other force from The other islands received insig- diet, overcrowding, bad water, en- off on Sundays which was ob- customs; Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu India was not prohibitive and with nificant numbers and these minori- demic diseases (malaria and para- served as their day for prayer. The were taught at various centers in- India being a British colonial pos- ties have shed most of the original site-caused diseases such as hook- immigrants could not leave their cluding the temples and Mosques. session, it meant that planters did Indian cultural traits and customs worm, anemia, ground itch), and plantation without a pass which Today, however, except for Surinam not have to deal with foreign pow- and have been assimilated into the other health problems combined to was rarely granted except for those where Hindi is the second lan- ers in importing British Indian la- dominant creole values and make the population continuously who completed their contracted guage, the younger generations bor to their colonies or exporting lifestyles. Today only in Guyana, sick. But the Indians persevered service. continued on page 11 THE INDO-CARIBBEAN FEDERATION CELEBRATES 169th YEARS OF EAST INDIAN IMMIGRATION THE BIGGEST EVER TALENT COMPETITION FREE ON: May 20, 2007 ~ TIME: 1:00PM FREE AT: Smokey Park, 127th Street & Atlantic Ave., Richmond Hill, N.Y. INDO-CARIBBEAN FEDERATION May 2007 Page 2 EDITORIAL: Happy Indian Arrival Day OFFICIALS OF ICF President Happy Indian Arrival in of Indians who built a life tive ways. The region is culture. Hard work, fa- Ralph Tamesh Vice-President the Caribbean and in a new land distant from much richer today we milial support and social Bisram Bhagan America. Indians first their motherland of India. must honor this richness. consciousness have Secretary came to the West Indies As a prominent Indian or- The heritage of Indians been the causal thinking Roy D. Singh Treasurer/PRO during the 1800s and ganization noted, Indians will continue to be the of Indians in diaspora. Frank Singh from there began migrat- have handed down a rich foundation for the future Despite brutalization of Committee Members ing to North America. A treasure of cultural values development of the Indians in Guyana and Anoop Dhanpat Bob Singh holiday was been de- and traditions that have region.But Indians face Trinidad, celebrating In- Rajeshwar Barron clared by government to lived on and have helped many challenges in the dian arrival today marks Lisa Edoo recognize the presence us to deal with difficult region. They are ill- an important step in their Padmini Persaud of Indians in Guyana and circumstances and situa- treated by their govern- collective history, rising Board of Directors Trinidad — May 5 for tions. Indian Arrival Day ments and are the vic- above the odds to be- Jagdesh Mohunlall Ricky Singh Guyana and May 30 for is a day of reflection for tims of criminals of come masters of their Balram Rambrich Trinidad. This year, a Indians and the commu- other ethnic groups. It is destiny.The Indo-Carib- huge delegation from In- nity at large. Indians are hoped that the spirit and bean Federation paper This Newspaper is the Publication of the Indo- dia will visit several is- an integral part of the courage that their fore- takes the opportunity to Caribbean Federation lands for the occasion, region’s rich cultural di- parents had shown in extend best wishes to all The views expressed are including the Minister of versity and they contrib- crossing the kala pani East Indians in this great those of the writers and not necessary the views of the overseas Indian Affairs ute to the economic, so- into a new world would land of ours on the spe- I.C.F. and businessmen, as part cial and political life that be a guide while facing cial occasion of Indian The next issue of the ICF of their shape its future”.Since the challenges ahead.We Arrival Day. May we all Review will be in September 2007. 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Some of us can still remember participating in this our 22nd year of cel- are frag- the March 2007 issue of the Indo-Caribbean when the Indo Guyanese population did not ebration. mented and if Review by Mr. Ralph Tamesh, President of cooperate in seeking the leadership of the The commemoration of Indian Arrival Day the pulling the Indo-Caribbean Federation. Mr. Tamesh country, although we were the majority of began in 1985 by the Indo Caribbean Fed- and tugging alluded to problems within Phagwah Parade the population. We saw betrayal from even eration in New York. Today it has become continue. Committee when he appealed to”burrying great Pandits and a host of others that col- traditional for this event to be celebrated Our children the hatchet”. I believe that he is totally cor- laborated with the PNC and the country annually year in May at Smokey Park, Rich- will suffer be- rect as evident by the creation of the Holi ended up in a dictatorship for 28 long years. mond Hill, Queens. This year marks the 169th cause we are Sammalen which was another Phagwah Cel- Seems like we learned nothing from that era anniversary of Indian immigrants migrating so much di- ebration to compete with the original that showed what can result when we are a to the Americas. vided. They Phagwah Parade. divided community. My message to our community is to will be taken I actually attended the Holi Now let us return to the United unite and make the Indo Caribbean Commu- advantage off. I want to reiterate the need Sammalen and was actually impressed by States. It seems like we also did not learn nity a strong one. Recently, there has been a for this community to work together. the level of professionalism exercised dur- anything from our great founding fathers lot of mud slinging on the local radio sta- As President of the ICF, I want to thank ing the conduct of the event. Unfortunately, such as President Washington as well. As tions. Gentlemen, let's act professional and Ramesh of Star Party rental, Vinod Bisram of was unable to attend the parade but that is your readers may be aware that General stop this kind of behavior. Listeners do not the Angels band and Anoop Dhanpat from besides the point I am attempting to make. Washington always believed that we can want to hear these type of attacks on the air. the Sansar Sangeet Orchestra for their as- The point is why do we as the Indo only become successful by assigning the Listeners prefer to hear beautiful Indian sistance year after year. Thanks for your Caribbean community – a very small com- leadership position to the best qualified per- songs and messages to educate them on patience in practicing with our budding munity - need two celebrations for one festi- son for that particular job. So why can’t we Saturday's and Sunday's morning on pro- artistes. val? It seems to me that the management of follow his principles and get the best per- grams. They don't want to hear other As customary, the highlight of our program two organizations should resolve their dif- son to lead the Phagwah Parade Commit- peoples personal business. So let's keep at Smokey Park is the Male, Female singing ferences and deliver one spectacular celebra- tee? listeners tuned in to the radio stations for competition and the Female dancing com- tion that the community deserves. With the I am not only going to criticize the musical entertainment and messages of petition as well as guest performances. current leadership in place, this will no longer people that are managing the two events, value. Otherwise people will simply turn off Sansar Sangeet and the Angels bands pro- happen. They will only further seek to di- but will provide a simple solution. Both their radios and the entire community be- vide great entertainment music for our artistes vide the community to support one or the sides should at least agree that the best comes losers. and their cast of superstars. other. After all, they both need the financial qualified person should lead the committee. Our parents came to this land and made sac- I am also grateful to all of our sponsors support from the community. They both will I imagine both sides can agree with this state- rifices for us to have a better life. They have for their support each year. strive to be “the only game in town” and ment. The next step will be for both sides to toiled for long hours under difficult condi- Without their financial contribution, this always stay in competition. This is one area jointly develop the requirements for the po- tions in snow, rain and sun, in factories and event will not be possible. I look forward to that we need cooperation, not competition! sition and at the same time, prepare evalua- in other difficult jobs. Our people have ac- their continued support. I personally believe the time has tion criteria that will be used to select the cepted jobs that members of other races I look forward to seeing with you all at arrived for silent majority of our community individual. Once this is completed, publicly refuse. We have become a successful and Smokey Park on May 20th. My best to speak loud and clear to send a message solicit candidates from the entire commu- model community. We have decent housing wishes to all. God bless you with health, to these so-called leaders that this is totally nity, not only among the two sides. Finally, and have transformed many neighborhoods strength and happiness Thank you. unacceptable and we deserve better. When interview the potential candidates and make from slums to high priced real estate. Rich- they approach local businesses to sponsor the selection. The entire process must be mond Hill has become a little Guyana or a Sincerely yours their particular event, I encourage the busi- monitored by an arbitrator. Little Trinidad with high valued homes. Ralph Tamesh ness owners to respond “return when you This process will only work if the Now, we should put aside our egos and work President of ICF can work together.” Obviously, these are requirements and evaluation criteria are together to build a stronger community. We not leaders when they cannot bring the com- continued on page 4 Congratulations to the Indo Caribbean Federation on their 22nd Annual Indian Arrival Day Celebration and the 169th Years of Indian Arrival to the Americas KAWAL P. TOTARAM (Attorney at Law) √ Accident, √ House Closing , √ Divorce √ Immigration, √ Landlord & Tenant √ Criminal Law, √ Wills 126-03 Liberty Avenue Richmond Hill, NY 11419 (718) 845-3100 (Office) (718)845-5728 INDO-CARIBBEAN FEDERATION May 2007 Page 4 Diabetes the Sweetest Epidemic on the rise by Sharron Ghany from page 3 When I was a little girl I never truly us a reality check to the meaning greasy food and the best of them understood the impact of diabetes of life. all the overeating of food. developed objectively. on the human body. I always be- I am sure that this let- lieved that if your blood sugar was Riana like all seniors in high school We must realize that Diabetes has ter will be dismissed by these high then eat salt and it would bal- was ready for the next phase in life no cure it only has treatments to so-called leaders, and they will ance off. Funny as it seems now and was on her way to college. But promote longevity of life. Diabe- continue to expend resources to and many years later, my knowl- at school she began experiencing tes is the principal reason for boost their egos and pat them- edge of diabetes has changed. It’s some strange symptoms. She be- blindness and even amputation of selves on the back for a job well not a disease that only targets the gan with a loss of appetite and a limb. done while dividing the people elderly or the poor it can affect any- found herself eating and craving The disease can be controlled for ulterior motives. If they one at any age. junk food. She noticed the con- a through careful monitoring, truly have the best interest of stant thirst for water and frequent lifestyle changes and medication. the community at heart, then It’s estimated that over 800,000 dryness of the mouth followed by As strange as it may seem even they will cooperate. adult New Yorkers, more than one frequent urination. She thought These symptoms occur gradually. though Americans may know they The people that origi- in every eight now has diabetes. nothing of it and saw it being However, they are no less impor- have the disease, about two-thirds nally started the parade should It’s what the city health department stressed with life and school. But tant than those associated with are not doing enough to treat it. be given credit for their vision calls an epidemic. Diabetes is the inside her body the early signs of TYPE I and must receive immedi- and leadership at that time, but only major disease in the city that juvenile diabetes was beginning to ate medical attention. Nationwide, the disease’s cost just they believe that they own the is growing both in the number of take its course. The symptoms that new cases and the number of were occurring were indeed the for 2002 from medical bills to dis- parade and should be given life- • Blurred vision people it kills. Please understand onset of juvenile diabetes. Each ability payments and lost work- time rights to it. The first pa- • Tingling or numbness in the that diabetes is not a disease that year, approximately 30,000 Ameri- days was $132 billion. rade dated back to 1990 and legs, feet or fingers you can catch from the person sit- cans are diagnosed with type 1 (ju- most of the original people are Diabetics are more likely than oth- • Frequent infections of the skin ting next to you but its one that venile) diabetes; over 13,000 are still managing the parade. What ers to develop heart disease or • Recurring skin, gum or urinary can be passed genetically or with children. That’s 35 children each happened to succession plan- have a stroke, and three times more tract infections poor dietary intake. and every day, approximately 1 • Itching of skin and/or genitals ning? If they had any manage- likely to die of complications from ment skills they should have child per hour. (http:// • Drowsiness There are two predominant types flu or pneumonia, according to the planned for succession and www.jdrf.org) • Slow healing of cuts and bruises of diabetes. In Type 1, the immune Centers for Disease Control. Most implemented those plans to pre- diabetics suffer nervous-system • Any of the symptoms listed system destroys the cells in the At Riana’s visit to the doctor he under TYPE I Diabetes vent the current situation. pancreas that make insulin. In Type took a simple blood and urine test damage and poor circulation, which Those people must realize that 2, which accounts for an estimated to get a better reading of what was can lead to amputations of toes, they do not own the parade…it feet and entire legs; even a tiny cut By following the government’s Di- 90 percent to 95 percent of all cases, casing this young lady to be so etary Guidelines you can promote belongs to the people. When the body’s cells are not sufficiently tired. Riana recalled looking at a on the foot can lead to gangrene they die the parade must con- because it will not be seen or felt. your health and reduce your risk receptive to insulin, or the pan- bottle of insulin and a syringe and for chronic diseases such as heart tinue. They cannot take it with creas makes too little of it, or both. being told she had juvenile diabe- disease, certain types of cancer, them. By no means I am say- Women with diabetes are at higher tes. She would now have to inject diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis. ing that they should not be in- Type 1 used to be called “juvenile risk for complications in pregnancy herself each day with insulin to volved as senior advisors…they diabetes” and Type 2 “adult-onset including miscarriages and birth AIM FOR FITNESS . . . keep her blood sugar low and to should as they have the “coop- diabetes.” defects. Men run a higher risk of stay alive. She went through a erate knowledge”. If they con- impotence. Young adults have Some people with diabetes use the sequence of phases beginning tinue the current trend, the pa- For years I have watched the dis- twice the chance of getting gum Exchange Lists for Meal Planning. with depression, regression and rade will only become another ease swept through families and disease and losing teeth. This system, established by the suppression. Today she can hon- dinosaur. We need succession friends. I even heard stories of TYPE I DIABETES MELLITUS: American Dietetic and American estly say she is looking ahead with planning. young kids being born with the These symptoms occur suddenly Diabetes associations, separates a positive attitude. She believes I am appealing to both disease. Many in the community and must receive immediate medi- foods into six categories based on that once she takes care of herself sides to find common grounds refer to diabetes as “sugar” or cal attention. their nutritional makeup. People fol- she will have control not the dis- and cooperate to find the best “sweet blood”. Trust me there is •Frequent urination (in large quan- lowing this plan choose a set num- ease. person for the position to lead nothing sweet about this disease. tities) ber of servings from each category daily, depending on their nutri- the committee and both sides to New York, perhaps more than any •Excessive thirst I see diabetes as a sneaking and tional needs. support that individual with their other big city, harbors all the in- •Extreme hunger silent disease that flows through http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/ undivided attention and unity to gredients for diabetes we see im- •Rapid weight loss the blood and slowly damages the fdpyrmid.html#dietary enrich and elevate the commu- migrants like ourselves in Rich- •Fatigue (weak and tired) organs its comes in contact with. nity at large. We need to set mond Hill beginning to consume •Irritability and mood changes To help us understand the true With any disease, diet or medica- examples. Where are our vi- diets that we never had before. We •Nausea and vomiting symptoms of diabetes I met with tion questions it is strongly ad- sionary leaders when we need begin to eat the fast food, the junk •Nausea and vomiting an 18-year-old young lady Riana vised to speak to your health care them? food, the sweet food, and the TYPE II DIABETES MELLITUS: from Trinidad. Her story will give provider. Indo Caribbean Federation Port Mourant CC Sundar Memorial presents its present its presents its 18th Annual 11th Annual Reunion 15th Annual Cricket Match Cricket Match Cricket Match September, 2007 On: July 21, 2007 On: August 4, 2007 At: Ferry Point Park At: Ferry Point Park Whitestone Bridge At: Kissena Park, Queens Whitestone Bridge Guyana Call Vinoo Beasmonie Guyana vs (718) 589-4402 vs Trinidad Terry Etwaroo Rest of the (718) 232-8614 Call Ralph (718) 805-0948 Caribbean INDO-CARIBBEAN FEDERATION May 2007 Page 5 Keith R. Singh P.C. 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INDO-CARIBBEAN FEDERATION May 2007 Page 10 A True Life, A Real Life, A Life Style To Follow Pandit Dr. Mahin Geer the son of the late Pandit when one leaves the United Com- true life of a pandit. He has devotion to God. Gosine is a Professor of Sociol- Shivlakhan Geer Gosine and munity Mandir or wherever his served the congregation at the Panditji is also often ogy and Anthropology in the De- Molly Gosine. The Panditji was performing service, one can take United Community Mandir, and called upon to sit in as a mod- partment of Social Sciences at one of the village pandits who away a message that he or she has been the resident Pandit of erator and help resolve conflicts Suffolk County Community Col- made it on bicycle to his work- will never forget and one that has this institution since it was in the community, and his sense lege of the State University of place at the then St. Patrick some real meaning for him or her. founded four years ago. He has of balance and fairness has dis- New York. Born in the Caribbean County Council in Siparia. Dr. If Sanatan Dharma teaches given generously the Mandir but tinguished him in this commu- Island of Trinidad, Pandit Dr. Mahin usually accompanied him about the Law of Karma, then also to the people whom he nity. Panditji is a very humble Gosine received his early educa- on weekends and during school Pandit Gosine’s Kathas are a true serves. Many in our community man but yet a stalwart in the tion in the British system and vacations whenever he officiated reminder of the action that must have reached out to Panditji Dr. community. He is hard working, later completed his college and at poojas and kathas. It was way e performed to cross the ocean Gosine, and he is often sought and a man of character we can University studies in the United back in those early childhood of Maaya. for counseling and guidance. The look up to. He is an asset to this States. He earned his Bachelor’s days that the Professor developed Panditji completed a se- Indian community sees him as a community, and we pray that degree in 1974; his MA in Soci- a passion for the Hindu religion. ries of CDs on the Ramayan, role model for our young chil- God continues to give him ology and Social Psychology Panditji is one of the with musical accompaniment by dren today. He is highly accom- strength and knowledge to live from the Graduate Faculty of resident Pandits of the United the Amrit Kirtan Mandali of plished but yet overwhelmingly the life he is living and to serve Political and Social Science of the Community Mandir located at Trinidad whose members are humble, and has that rare but all mankind. New School for Social Research 135-06 Liberty Avenue, Rich- mostly Trinidadians and nevertheless important combina- in 1976; and his M.Phil. and mond Hill, Queens, NY. He is Guyanese. Professor Gosine has tion of service to the world and Ph.D. in Sociology from St. widely traveled and visited India recorded five Ramayan Kathas. John’s University in 1980 and on several occasions to study The first deals with Duty, the Indo Caribbean Federation 1982 respectively. Hinduism and sit at the feet of Guru and Right Action. The sec- Dr. Gosine has a rich and diversified scholarly back- many of the saints and spiritual masters. Panditji is a specialist onds is Protocol and the Treat- ment of People. The third is about Raffle ground. Since earning his Doc- on the Bagwat Gita and the Keeping Promises Amidst Adver- torate, he has taught at Fordham Ramayan and is a humble stu- sity. The fourth concerns the On: May 20, 2007 University, New York Institute of Technology and John Jay Col- dent of all of the sacred texts of Sanatan Dharma. His academic Purpose of Life. And the fifth deals with Good and Evil. In ad- 1st Prize - TV/DVD Combo lege of Criminal Justice. He has background, coupled with his dition to his Ramayan CDs, 2nd Prize - Portable DVD Player written and published nineteen training as a Pandit, helps greatly Panditji has recorded fourteen books and well over one hundred in his reading and interpretation CDs of devotional songs and 3rd Prize - Dinner for 2 at a famous scholarly articles, and is consid- of the holy scriptures, and this bhajans. ered to be one of the foremost is clearly visible in the presenta- Panditji has a great West Indian Restaurant scholars on East Indians in the diaspora. tion of his intellectually rich but nevertheless realistic Kathas. It amount of respect in this com- munity. In addition to his schol- Cost $1.00 each; Book of 6 $5.00 Professor Dr. Gosine is is truly a joy to listen to him, for arly achievement, he lives the Call Frank (718) 845-1014, Ralph (718)805-0948 INDO-CARIBBEAN FEDERATION May 2006 Page 11 Nutritional Facts by Sharron Ghany Indian Arrival Talk to Some dried fruits are packed with nutrients. Others are sim- is during spring we see the bud- ding of trees and of motherhood. discontinued their antidepressant medicine relapsed into depres- Focus on Identity Crisis FINDING a voice: The Indian Nation” by UWI lecturer Dr ply packed with calories. Here’s But remove a layer of mother- sion while they were pregnant, what different dried fruits have hood and birth and we begin to but only 26 percent of those who Experience in Trinidad and To- Jerome Teelucksingh, and “Cor- to offer. ADDED CALORIES discover some hidden messages continued their medicine through bago, 2007 will be the theme of porate Trinidad and State Dried fruits are not necessarily associated with pregnancy. We at least 16 weeks of gestation had this year’s Indian Arrival Semi- Sector’s Sponsorship for Indian- low-calorie; if you’re trying to begin to see the signs of depres- a relapse. nar. oriented events, festivals, semi- lose weight, you’ll want to sion, which is so often the main The Archives of Pediat- Organised by the Indian Arrival nars and group activities” by watch your portion sizes, as with focal point behind the mood rics & Adolescent Medicine, re- Day Committee headed by Deo Deosaran Bisnath. any snack. But you can at least swings. ported that newborns exposed in Bisnath, the seminar will be held Rampersad will explore the vari- avoid those fruits that have calo- Studies done on preg- the womb to Prozac and similar on May 27 from 2 p.m. at the ous influences on the identities ries added. - Many dried fruits nant women show that antide- antidepressants, can develop neo- Divali Nagar, Chaguanas. of Indians, with emphasis on are sweetened with sugar. - Ba- pressants can have many effects natal abstinence syndrome. This Organisers said the seminar will Indo-Caribbeans. nana chips are not only sweet- during pre and post pregnancy condition creates a physically explore the theme from the per- In his paper, Ramlogan will ad- ened-but also fried in oil (just like to both mom and unborn. uncomfortable withdrawal period spectives of identity crisis, me- dress the issue Indian-less adver- potato chips). IMPRESSIVE During pregnancy a woman’s of about 48 hours and can bring dia, integration, corporate cul- tisements and the manner in NUTRIENTS - Some fruits are body begins to make changes on crying, tremors, sleep prob- ture and the issue of social jus- which Indians are portrayed in excellent sources of fiber: Rai- both internally and externally. lems and gastrointestinal distur- tice and equal opportunity for all. advertisements. sins, apples, dates, prunes, figs, Research shows that pregnancy bances, among other symptoms. Bisnath will address the issue of The four papers to be presented pineapples. These are also high provides no protection against We must understand that the en- the disbursement of funds by and discussed include “The In- in potassium and practically fat- emotional or psychiatric well tire childbearing year including dian Identity Crisis” by Pandita both private and State agencies free. - Dried apricots are loaded being of a woman. pregnancy, childbirth and post- Indrani Rampersad, “Media Con- for Indian cultural, social and with beta carotene. - Apricots Studies show that preg- partum is a time of tremendous struction of Identity: The Indian religious events and activities in and raisins contain a good nant women who take antide- changes, psychologically and amount of iron. pressants have babies who may physically. Women need support Male and Female in the Print and Trinidad and Tobago. Broadcast Media” by attorney-at- The seminar will commemorate the Can pregnancy cause depression exhibit symptoms of drug with- to take care of themselves, emo- law Anand Ramlogan; “Indians 162nd anniversary of the arrival of Soon we will be visited drawal. tionally and physically, through and Integration in the Political, Indians to Trinidad. by the crisp clean air of spring Researchers found that this important life-changing Economic, and Social Life of the The seminar is free to the public. followed by the birth of life. It 68 percent of 207 women who event. from page 17 such as mangoes, guava, tamarind, ochro and seime thrived in the tropical conditions of the Caribbean. Third and fourth generation East Indians need to seriously ask themselves: what does Indian Arrival Day mean to me in a so- Sooroojenee (Lisa) Edoo ciety as diverse as Trinidad and Tobago Owner/ Broker and the Caribbean? Does it mean vot- email:firstname.lastname@example.org ing for a political party, ethnic wear or listening to a > particular radio station? Obviously, attending a cultural program and eating particular foods are no longer hallmarks of identifying Indi- ans in the society. Today, many young Indians are unaware of the personal and financial sacrifices of the early im- migrants to ensure a better future for their offspring. from page 1 have lost the ability to communicate in Hindi. But efforts are afoot to teach the younger generations Hindi and Urdu. Hindi has become part of the curriculum in schools in Trinidad and there are calls for the introduction of Hindi in the curricu- lum in Guyana. Inspite of the many problems Indians faced from the British and the freed Blacks during colonialism, the Indians have main- tained their ancient cultural traditions. They continue to celebrate all the major religious holidays and festivals with pomp and ceremony — Eid, Divali, Holi, and the birth dates of the various Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The Indians also took a keen interest in developments in their mother country es- pecially with regards to home rule or swaraj. Singing the Indian National An- them and flag hoisting ceremonies were prevalent within the colonies. The inde- pendence of India in 1947 and the inaugu- ration of the Republic Day of India in 1950 were celebrated with jubilation by Indians throughout the Caribbean. Today, being third generation Indians, they continue to take a keen in- terest in the affairs of Bharat Mata. 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Mahesh, MA, BA, Dip. Ed. This humble tribute is about the Harry Prasad was an Arya Samajist, in 1949, saw me as group leader of sure did them well. late Indo-Guyanese school teacher who took religion more seriously a batch of sugar estate children Our trip to Saraswat was one of Harry Prasad, from the Saraswat in his life than the other three from Enmore. I was going to an- the highlights of my teaching ca- Primary School, West Coast teachers. Janet’s article has made other sugar estate, to meet sugar reer, with very vivid and personal Demerara, Guyana. I have been me learn a lot more about his exem- workers’ children, near to the place living historical memories of great motivated to write this tribute by plary Hindu religious side, and that of my birth. I was the son of a sugar significance, which I have been Janet Naidu’s article, appearing in of his family. worker and was returning to my using to write my poems and prose the Guyana Journal of February I never forgot how I had missed Alma Mater no more dejected, but book-lets. It has been an activity 2007. Her wonderful article was Saraswat so badly after my expul- as a proud product of old Saraswat, that has been keeping me profit- captioned The Exemplary Pandita sion. I approached teacher and as a young qualified teacher ably occupied in my retirement Jasodra Prasad. Pandita Jasodra Jainauth to enlist the support of of some worth. By that time I was a years in New York City. Nothing Prasad is the beloved wife of the the other young teachers, to get trained teacher (1961-1962 twenty- could have been more enjoyable late teacher Harry Prasad. the headteacher to re-admit me into eighth batch) and as a graduate and spectacular, but to see the joy- Janet specifically wrote Saraswat. Teacher Jainauth got the from the University of Guyana ous interactions between students about the religious background of other three teachers and together (1970s fourth batch). and teachers of the two schools. the Hindu couple, in addition to they approached the headteacher, Teacher Harry Prasad did not That was taking place in the bril- their wonderful family life. Not who refused to re-admit me into welcome me and my party, but ap- liant sunshine, in the large school much was written about Harry Saraswat. I lived with that disap- propriately asked my old teacher playground and in the school build- Prasad as a school teacher. I bear pointment as a lonely teenager, but (from Standards one to four) Henry ing at every turn. The great leader living testimony, that he was at first nonetheless pressed on with my Khargie, to welcome us before the of the moment who stood quietly Robert H. Mahesh my one-time teacher, and later a education. I eventually became a whole school. At that welcome by, and observed with utter enjoy- teaching colleague, in the teach- school teacher like my role models teacher Henry Khargie referred to ment, was headmaster Harry suffer the expulsion because my ing profession in our Dear Guyana. from Saraswat in 1954. me as one of the heroes from Prasad. It was truly a moment of father refused to allow me to at- My interaction with him as a stu- After a long and very hard Saraswat, who has returned to proven practice of living and valu- tend the Hindi classes at the dent and as a teacher has caused search for a teaching job, I was Saraswat as an accomplished able education at Saraswat that glo- school. My father supported the me to always recall, some very spe- eventually employed in the teacher. He took pleasure to say rious day, which I remember to this Pandit of the Hindu temple, while cial moments in my life. Pomeroon River, as a seventeen- that I was a Class 1 Trained Teacher, day. the headteacher supported the I have been reminded of my stu- year-old Pupil Teacher at the and also a University of Guyana The other great moment when I other Pandit whom he had asked dent days at the Saraswat Unde- Marlborough R.C. School. Previ- graduate with a BA and a Diploma interacted with teacher Harry to teach the Hindi classes. That nominational Primary School, when ously, I could not get a teaching in Education. He went on to praise Prasad, was at an Administrative meeting with teacher Harry Prasad it was first located at Pln. De- job near home, because I was not a me as a young and brilliant student, Teachers’ Conference at Queen’s at the teachers’ conference at Kinderen, West Coast Demerara, Christian. I was turned away by as the whole school listened with College in the early 1970s. The Edu- Queen’s College was the last time I Guyana in the 1940s. I attended two Anglican priests, one being rapt attention. It was indeed very cation Officer had invited adminis- was seeing him. We became sepa- that wonderful school from 1942 to from my own school at St. Simon’s flattering. He then called on me to trative teachers to share their ex- rated with my migration to the 1949, when Hindu religious fac- Anglican, although I had brought address the school. It was one of periences, particularly new ones United States with my family. Now tions in the community, caused me first of four passes at the school. the most touching moments in my that they have been trying out in I was learning that he had also to be expelled from the school. My The school had topped the life. The very thought of being ex- their schools, and which they migrated to Canada from Janet’s ar- father had refused to allow me to West Coast with its four pelled from Saraswat as a teenage found to be successful. The floor ticle. I was truly moved to write this attend Hindi classes at the school, passes, and when only sixty student, who was now returning was open for contributions. My special tribute about him. because the teacher-Pandit was not passes were allowed in the County to my Saraswat in an elevated po- Headmaster and Deputy Headmas- Later in New York I was to learn his Pandit. The headteacher sup- of Demerara. You could not write sition brought tears to my eyes, ter from my Enmore-Hope Govern- about the great tribute that was ported this Pandit, while my father the exam over the age of sixteen. I and my voice nearly cracked. ment School sat quietly but I stood paid to teacher Harry Prasad by Dr. supported the other Pandit in the had one chance and I was success- I told the whole school, that I up. I talked about our novel Satish Prakash (Hindu priest in Hindu temple. I was the innocent ful. was proud to be at their and my ‘Teachers’ Educational Tours,’ New York) in his book the ‘Atma fourteen-year-old student, who The goodly Catholic priest at Saraswat, after a very long ab- which were initiated and tried out Geet.’ His book carried a short paid a terrible price, when teacher Charity who employed me in the sence. I never forgot the school in our school, and which turned out write-up in the beginning and there Harry Prasad served as a young Pomeroon River, gave me the job that was built by selp-help twice at to be very successful. That inno- was also a photograph of teacher teacher at the school. without my being a Christian. It De-Kinderen at first, then at De- vation came out of problems that Harry Prasad. He always wore a I had reached Standard Four at was my outstanding performance Willem. Although the building was were encountered when teachers beautiful smile on his face. Janet’s the head of my class and was just on his school’s stage in our scout not a super structure, yet it has took students on educational article also shows the now historic promoted to Standard Five. I sub- concert in August 1953 that given many of us, a very sound tours. There was the tendency for pictures of himself, his dear wife, sequently had to attend the St. truly impressed him. It was that educational foundation during our teachers to congregate and not to and children. Thank you Janet for Simon’s Anglican School at De- performance that won me the student days. That foundation was supervise the students and did not sharing such an historic revelation Willem, West Coast Demerara, far- teaching job, so far away from guided by very wonderful young make the tour as educational as about my old teacher Harry Prasad ther away from my home. There I home. I unfortunately lost my dear teachers. Among those young possible, by pointing out places from our Dear Saraswat. Thank you passed the Primary School Leav- small sister and dear immigrant fa- teachers were dear headmaster and other information during the Guyana Journal for allowing Janet ing Certificate Examination in 1951 ther by not being near to them in teacher Harry Prasad and teacher tour. This problem was observed and I to share such golden pieces and the Pupil Teachers’ Appoint- their great hour of need. My self- Henry Khargie my old teacher. I by me on our tours. The matter was on our unsung heroes, teacher ment Examination in 1952, at the published true-to-life story A Pil- was living proof of that part of the brought up in our report on the tour Harry Prasad and his dear wife age of sixteen. grimage to the Place of his Birth in Saraswat story. I called upon the at our staff meeting. To solve the Pandita Jasodra Prasad. They have That unfortunate expulsion Guyana, now tells that story. (New students and teachers to love their problem I suggested that we can certainly done our Indo-Guyanese from Saraswat never caused me to York 1995). school, just as I have done in my have Teachers’ Educational Tours community proud. dislike Saraswat, which had actu- There were two very special days, as an old student despite the following the students’ tours. The It is gratifying to note that the ally laid a great educational foun- occasions which I clearly remem- difficulties. teachers supported the idea and we late Dr. Cheddi Jagan had built a dation in me. That foundation was ber, that caused me to interact with Teacher Harry Prasad again was put it into practice, and it worked new school building to replace the to bear great dividends in my later teacher Harry Prashad as teachers. kind enough to leave me and my well ever since. The Education Of- old one at De-Willem. I had the glo- years as a proud school teacher for The first occasion was when he teachers, in the caring hands of my ficer hailed the practice and called rious opportunity in 1997 to do twenty-five years (1954-1979). I was headmaster of Saraswat Pri- old batchmate from the teachers’ upon teachers of the other schools some voluntary teaching service in never forgot the young Indo- mary School at De-Willem, (the college, teacher Mahadeo Singh ( to try it out. the new school. The school was Guyanese teachers of Saraswat at school had to be relocated from De- also known as Ceily now deceased That day teacher Harry Prasad then under the headmastership of that time. They were our heroes and Kinderen to De-Willem when the ). Teacher Singh arranged for sump- was truly proud of me, and insisted Mr. Parmanand Singh. Again I was exceptional role models. The four ‘logies’ were being replaced with tuous refreshments and food pre- that I have lunch at his house in given a hero’s welcome and had young teachers who stood out housing schemes) in the late 1950s pared in their home economics cen- Murray Street. I was living in Kitty the privilege to work with my most to us as young students, were and early 1960s. I was Senior Mas- ter, even though our bags were well not far from Queen’s College but batchmate Mahadeo Singh who Arjune Lall (deceased), ter of Enmore-Hope Government packed. We simply and joyously he insisted that I go to his home. I was serving as a retired teacher. Chandradat Jainauth (deceased), School in the 1960s, at Enmore, shared and partook as a jolly group drove him home and we had lunch. That trip from New York saw me as Harry Prasad (deceased), and East Coast Demerara. Unforget- of teachers of the two schools. We shared a lot of our experiences a sixty-one-year old returning to Henry Khargie. These young table was when, I had taken about Teacher Harry Prasad in all humil- since I left Saraswat as a student. the school. For that occasion I had teachers were always well dressed 80 to 100 Post Primary students to ity during our visit, never stole the He wanted to know how I had made written a special poem as a special and spoke almost immaculate En- Saraswat on an educational tour in thunder to be in the limelight, but out after leaving Saraswat. He was tribute to Saraswat. It reads as fol- glish. Many of us tried to emulate the 1970s. very accommodatingly sought out happy to learn about my efforts to lows: them both in dress and language. That glorious return to Saraswat those teachers who were closer to forge ahead despite my problem at I remembered too, that teacher after my expulsion from the school me, to do the honors. And they Saraswat. He knew how I had to INDO-CARIBBEAN FEDERATION May 2007 Page 15 All About Hindu Temple By Sunhamoy Das Arya Samaj Introduction: Unlike other orga- progressed, temples became impor- steeple of the dome is called the temples usually has a big me- nized religions, in Hinduism, it is tant because they served as a sa- ‘shikhara’ (summit) that represents tallic bell that hangs from the ceil- not mandatory for a person to visit cred meeting place for the commu- the mythological ‘Meru’ or the ing. Devotees entering and leav- a temple. Since all Hindu home usu- ally have a small shrine or ‘puja room’ for daily prayers, Hindus nity to congregate and revitalize their spiritual energies. Large temples were usually built at pic- highest mountain peak. The shape of the dome varies from region to region and the steeple is often in ing the porch ring this bell to de- clare their arrival and departure. 5. The Reservoir: If the temple is USA generally go to temples only on turesque places, especially on river the form of the trident of Shiva. not in the vicinity of a natural wa- Offers auspicious occasions or during banks, on top of hills, and on the 2. The Inner Chamber: The inner ter body, a reservoir of fresh water religious festivals. Hindu temples sea shore. Smaller temples or open- chamber of the temple called is built on the temple premises. The Indian Classical also do not play a crucial role in air shrines can crop up just about ‘garbhagriha’ or ‘womb-chamber’ water is used for rituals as well as marriages and funerals, but it is anywhere - by the roadside or even is where the image or idol of the to keep the temple floor clean or Dance Classes often the meeting place for reli- under the tree. deity (‘murti’) is placed. In most even for a ritual bath before enter- gious discourses as well as Temple Architecture: The architec- temples, the visitors cannot enter ing the holy abode. by Trained Indian ‘bhajans’ and ‘kirtans’ (devotional songs and chants). ture of Hindu temples evolved over a period of more than 2,000 years the garbhagriha, and only the temple priests are allowed inside. 6. The Walkway: Most temples have a walkway around the walls Teacher History of Temples: In the Vedic and there is a great variety in this 3. The Temple Hall: Most large of the inner chamber for circumam- Every Saturday period there were no temples. The architecture. Hindu temples are of temples have a hall meant for the bulation by devotees around the main object of worship was fire that different shapes and sizes – rect- audience to sit. This is also called deity as a mark of respect to the 3:30PM - 5:00PM stood for God. 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The Fatel Rozack de- cades of indenturedship, not all the Indians formation. The Villa resident, tracing his Moore, Phils, Bacchus, Bullock, Woods, parted the Calcutta harbor, in India, on 16th in Trinidad originated from India. Some came Joseph, King,Thomas, Bowman, Gunsam February 1845 with 231 Indians. The correct from neighboring colonies of Grenada, Brit- ancestry, said he is the great grandson of and Deane. name of this ship is Fath Al Razak (Victory ish Guiana and Martinique. Some Indians Rambulock Singh who was brought to Giving an account of his family tree start- of Allah the Provider) however, it is com- after serving their contracts in other places St.Vincent and the Grenadines as an in- ing with his mother’s line, Baptiste said monly referred to as the “Fatel Rozack”. Af- as South Africa, were re-indentured to the dentured labourer from India. ter 103 days on the seas, the ship arrived in Caribbean. Indians worked on various sugar Baptiste recalled meeting his great grand- he is the grandson of Sinanan Singh who Trinidad on 30th May 1845. estates. Among these estates were Water- father or (Aja meaning grandfather) on was renamed Ridley Bacchus, the son of We need to realise that the entire Indo- loo, Woodford Lodge, Picton, Union Hall, the then Argyle Estate for the first time at Eugina Bacchus (mother) and Simeon Trinidadian population did not ‘arrive’ on Bronte, Esperanza, Caroni and Canaan. An- age four when he was brought down from Baptiste (father), who was the son of Jhan that historic trip in 1845. During 1845-1917, other fallacy which should be removed is the Orange Hill Estate to live at Argyle. Archoo, who also originated from India scores of ships transported thousands of that all Indians worked on the sugar planta- He remains adamant that his great grand- like Rambulock Singh. Indians from India to the Caribbean. Among tions. A significant percentage of Indians father was not an Indian king (Rajah) as Archoo was christened and given the the ships which docked at Trinidad were: were employed on the cocoa, coffee and some name John Baptiste. “I should have been Alwrick Castle, Allanshaw, Grecian, Brenda, coconut estates. Also, a considerable num- people have claimed. “He was an Aja. “He Archoo instead of Baptiste,” Baptiste Avoca, Clyde, Mutla, Chenab, Rhone, Here- ber of East Indians sought employment as was praying to the sun,” Baptiste re- proudly stated. He said his grandfather ford, Jarawar and Wiltshire. These ships, shop owners, petty traders and as primary counted, speaking of a ritual his great Archoo’s brothers were taken to other which were mostly British, visited Trinidad school teachers in the Canadian Mission- grandfather performed that struck him. Estates and given surnames like on more than one occasion. Thus, after 1845, ary Indian (CMI) schools (established by Baptiste said the ceremonies that were Sutherland, Moore and Phils. This is one the overwhelming majority of ancestors of the Presbyterian missionaries from Nova practised were called the Katha and of the reasons given for some of the in- Indians in Trinidad ‘arrived’ on ships other Scotia). A glimpse of the population figures Surajhpuran. termarriages that took place between the than the Rozack and at different times. Other provides an idea of the extent of immigra- “After Rambulock died there was a gentle- descendants of the East Indians. British colonies as Jamaica, British Guiana, tion. In 1914, the colony’s Indian popula- man by the name of Little John who used Baptiste believes that the descendants of Grenada and St. Lucia also received Indians tion was 118,822 in a total population of to carry on the Hindu prayers. He lived at East Indians in St.Vincent and the Grena- from these ships. 352,145 persons. By 1927, the East Indian Calder, but when the Hindu religion went dines are fast losing their culture. “I tried Interestingly, the ‘arrival’ of Indians in population in Trinidad had risen to 127, 326. out, the people became Christians,” said to organize an Indian Association but was Trinidad was not a permanent status. Thou- The trip across the kala pani was not merely told by legal people if we do that it would sands returned to Trinidad after completing a trade in human cargo but also had a wider, Baptiste, who explained that the inden- be counted as being racial,” said Baptiste their term of indentureship. During 1904- more pronounced environmental impact. tured labourers prayed to a God called who welcomes the idea of establishing 1908, between 670 to 827 persons returned Products from India which were included on Bhagawan. an East Indian Heritage Foundation. to India. the ships, heading for the West Indies, were Rambulock said Baptiste died at the age A common misconception is that Indians cloves, ginger, saffron, dhall, peppers, mus- of 112. Highlighting some of the areas of transported to Trinidad originated from the tard, spices, ghee and the now infamous Baptiste noted that his foreparents told him St.Vincent and the Grenadines where the same provinces in India and thus possessed marijuana. Our landscape provides visible Indian Bay (named after the Indians who East Indians live, Baptiste referred to a similar background. Nothing could be fur- evidence of the items brought by the inden- landed there) was one of the landing points Calder, Akers, Richland Park, ther form the truth. 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How- better performance. fice-he worked as a plumber at one Berbice produced an excellent the national side since 1958 when ever, bad luck stepped immediately. “The experience I gained time-but cricket had made him a crop of world class batsmen in the touring Pakistan side under In only the second match of the tour playing on English county wick- man who, throughout the Carib- Rohan Kanhai, Basil Butcher, Joe skipper Abdul Karder first came to against a Combined Eleven, ets the previous season helped me bean and in many other parts of Solomon, Roy Fredericks, Alvin the West Indies. This unfortu- Fredericks was struck on the head tremendously,” says Fredericks. “I the globe, too, was recognized as Kallicharran, Leonard Baichan, Seu nately affected his chances of play- by Test fast bowler Graham never really watched the ball until one of the best, if not, the best left- Shivnarine, Clayton Lambert and ing many more first-class matches, McKenzie. He had to retire hurt, but I joined Glamorgan. Playing my handed opening batsman the the new kid on the block, the and ultimately an entry into Test typical of a brave warrior came back entire cricket on flat West Indies world had ever seen. young and sensational Narsingh cricket, which the late Sir Conrad later, and was never troubled men- and Australia wicket offered me a This fine left-hander from Deonarine. Hunte was advocating. Amsterdam tally or physically by the blow little slack. You don’t have to con- Blairmont Estate displayed an ad- This was not by accident, had a colorful career in the summer throughout the remainder of the centrate so hard at home, once you venturous approach to opening since due credit must be given to game, and if he had only played in tour. are in and got the pace of the pitch the batting and his cavalier stroke- the Venn Commission which in more first-class matches I would Again, in the final Test, he and the bounce of the ball only play delighted the crowds. He 1948 advised the British Guiana have unhesitatingly gave him the was hit on the head, this time by a fatigue should get you out. In En- loved to hook-a la Basil Butcher- Sugar Producers’ Association nod to open the Guyana X1 in- ball from Allan Connelly, but he kept gland, it is quite different. You can the fast bowlers and was equally (BGSPA), in its recommendations nings with Roy Fredericks. Make on batting as if nothing had hap- get the ball bowled at you when strong on the off-side with force- to produce adequate grounds, no bones about it if Amsterdam was pened. Roy was quick to correct his you are say 40 and set which is ful cuts. good facilities and suitable equip- playing today he would have fault of lashing outside the off- totally unplayable. It’s made me a A small, courageous ment to enhance sport and games walked into the West Indies side, stump, and as the tour progressed, lot more selfish if you like. By that opening batsman is probably re- on the sugar estates where cricket one-legged. he became one of the most reliable I mean once I got over the initial membered for two contrasting Test had already taken root. The Asso- Roy Fredericks is worth batsmen in the team and seemed few overs, and survive, particu- innings played within three years ciation itself, interested in cricket, his weight in precious gold on any dead certain to gain selection for larly in a Test match. I try to make of each other. The first came in the not only improved playing fields, side, and to prove this, let us look the first Test, when he scored 136 the most of my time at the crease second Test against England at built pavilions and made adequate at some of his achievements over against Queensland in the final first- and not throw it away as I used to Edgbaston in 1973, where his cricket available, but first em- the years, he had been engaged in class before it. But this was not to do.” eight-and-a-half hour 150 was criti- ployed Guyana and West Indies the sunshine game. The little left- be. Injury kept him out once more. When Australia visited cized as one of the most tedious star batsman Robert Christiani as handed batsman featured promi- But Fredericks did not have to wait the West Indies the following innings in modern cricket, but Personnel Manager at Port nently in the Davson Cup-Berbice too long for injury to step in on his year, Fredericks scored 98 in the which nonetheless secured the Mourant, knowing his interest in first-class cricket with outstanding behalf. Omitted from the first Test, second Test at Bridgetown, and series for the tourists; and the sec- cricket and later, Clyde Walcott, success and made his debut for he only gained inclusion for the played well for 76, adding 102 for ond came in 1975 in Australia one of the three Ws as full time Berbice in the 1962 Inter-county second because of a hand injury to the second wicket with diminutive when West Indies were going coach. Christiani found talent; final against Demerara at Bourda. I Clive Lloyd. Once more the gifted Alvin Kallicharran, in the third through a period of re-building. Walcott developed and exposed it recall when I saw him in the trial left-handed opener made the most match at Port-of-Spain. After West Australia was the best team in the to the full. Thus began the golden games at Mental Hospital ground, of the opportunity. On his debut at Indies lost the match, Fredericks world and Dennis Lillee and Jeff era of cricket in Berbice! I told his uncle, Charles Paul that the Melbourne cricket ground, he appeared to rethink his approach Thompson, they had two of the One such estate to ben- Fredericks had the potential to be- fought vigorously, while his more and become determined to trans- fastest and most fearsome bowlers efit from these arrangements was come a Test player. He didn’t prove illustrious colleagues fell. Out of a form his occasional outstanding ever to play Test cricket. It was Blairmont, on the West Bank of me wrong! Fredericks had been in first innings total of 200, he scored innings into regular high scores. amazing that a man of his small stat- Berbice. Although, it would not be and out of the Guyana side since 76. In the team’s 280 in the second At that time, the Guyanese was ure could prove to be intimidating in bad taste to say that Fredericks’s 1963, when he first appeared innings he got 47. suffering from both his own in- to bowlers who towered over him. uncle, Charles Paul was the fore- against Jamaica at Bourda. He was Fredericks had clearly consistency and the lack of a regu- Fredericks refused to bow to them. runner. Paul was the first batsman scheduled to be out against Bar- come to stay and he finished the lar opening partner. After his cen- His pride in West Indies and his to play inter-colonial cricket when bados in the Shell Shield match in twin-tour with over 1,000 runs. In tury at Edgbaston in 1973, belief in his own ability would not he represented then British Guiana 1967 when injury forced the num- addition, his safe catching hands Fredericks score over fifty runs, allow him to. For Roy Fredericks against Trinidad at the Queen’s ber one opener Steve Camacho to brought him 15 victims in Austra- six times in his next seven Tests. It the cricket pitch was his battle field Park Oval. He was in tremendous stand down. lia, more than anyone else, except is likely that the wiry left-hander’s on it he waged war against some form, and he gave the selectors but Yet had it been for a the wicketkeeper on the team. His performance were enhanced by of the best bowlers in the world one choice after his display in the strange twist of fate, he may still performance in Australia and New the spell he had in English county and more than often, he was vic- inter-county trial. Paul was one of be trying to catch the favor of the Zealand made him an automatic cricket, when he played for torious. He made a blistering 169 four Berbicians (the other three, selectors. At the ninth hour, choice for the team to England Glamorgan between 1971-73. He off 145 balls, with a six and 27 Kanhai, Butcher and Madray), was Camacho was declared unfit due shortly afterwards, and there scored a phenomenal 1,377 runs fours, including a hurricane hun- included on the national side to to an injury and fellow Berbician, Fredericks proved an even greater in his first season and, in his sec- dred before lunch in just 71 balls oppose the first Australian side to Romain Etwaroo who was out- success than he had done in Aus- ond, featured in a record opening as he cut and hooked Lillee and visit the Caribbean in 1955. Charles standing in the trial match was the tralia. He played in all three Tests, stand of 330 with Alan Jones Thompson with impudence. The Paul was unable to take the field man to fill the spot, but Etwaroo hitting 64 in his second innings of against Northamptonshire, finish- former Australian skipper, Lindsay for some time. And it is perhaps had already left for Port Mourant, the first being considered as one of ing unbeaten on 228. Hassett described the innings as the first time ever when a player and Fredericks who had remained the outstanding knocks of the se- Reviewing that season, the finest he had seen in Austra- was allowed to leave the field to in Georgetown was selected to ries. Wisden wrote: “There were some lia. be with his father. His ailing father play. Fredericks grasped the oppor- At Lord’s, he and Steve who even believed that Fredericks’ It is this quality above all had died the previous day and he tunity with both hands and a broad Camacho broke a long standing adventurous approach was an em- others that endear and yet infuri- had to make a speedy dash to bat, scoring 127 and 115 in the West Indies first-wicket record barrassment. He was a law unto ate both spectators and col- Blairmont. He returned however, to match against the powerful Barba- score 63 versus England set by Jeff himself, but let it be also admitted leagues, for Fredericks had two take his place on the field and the dos bowling attack. He followed in Stollmeyer and Allan Rae, adding that Fredericks brought breezier sides to his cricketing nature. The sacrifice was greatly appreciated the footsteps of the illustrious 106 in the first innings. Outside the and fresher gut of gaiety to the brilliant cavalier who either makes by the crowd. Rohan Kanhai and Joe Solomon by tests, Fredericks helped himself to cricket grounds of South Wales. a quick fifty or is caught on the Yet another left-handed scoring a century in each innings runs all over the English country- His two innings at Swansea boundary in the first over of the genius came on the scene in the of a match. That was the turning side. For his contribution to the against Northamptonshire will re- match-he was part of the 1975 late Leslie Amsterdam, aptly re- point of Fredericks’ cricket career side, both on and off the field, main in the memory of cricket cam- World Cup winning team memora- ferred to as the little man with the as few had already put this fasci- Fredericks received the R.K. Nunes eos for all times, if only for the joy- bly dismissal in the final when he broad bat. Amsterdam was only 20- nating batsman on the side-lines. trophy from the West Indies Cricket ous abandon of his batting.” hooked Lillee only to dislodge a years-old when he became the first That performance brought Board (WICB)-the second England suffered at the bail, as he slipped. I wonder how batsman in the Ancient County to Fredericks right into reckoning and Berbician to receive this honor- hands of the Guyanese once more many people also remember that top 1,000 runs in the Davson Cup before the 1967 Shell Shield series Rohan Kanhai was the first. His when they visited the Caribbean the ball was actually hooked out season-a record, which is yet to was over, he had registered yet greatest moment of glory came af- in 1974, as he put on a record 206 of the ground and deposited into be surpassed, and he had the another century to his name-128 ter sixteen Test appearances, when with Lawrence Rowe in the sec- St. John’s Wood road, which runs unique distinction of scoring a N.0. against Jamaica. New Zealand visited the Caribbean ond Test at Kingston, Fredericks parallel to Lord’s, for a six that century at Rose Hall “Oval” on five The following year The in 1972. Fredericks returned to his fell six short of his century then, never was. consecutive seasons. MCC visited the West Indies and earlier form, posting his maiden cen- only to be dismissed in the Former team-mate Colin I can still see in my mind’s Fredericks was chosen by the West tury in the first match at Kingston. naughty nervous nineties again in Croft once said of Fredericks: “You eyes, one of those belligerent in- Indies Cricket Board (WICB), to His 163 was an entertaining innings the third game at Bourda. When got the impression that he felt ev- nings when he “murdered” the play against the tourists. Batting of original stoke-play, second only West Indies visited India in 1974- ery shot he played he could put Rose Hall Welfare Centre bowlers at number three, he made 22 and 64 to the masterly double century by 75, Fredericks was determined to you away to the boundary. Even for a swashbuckling 182. In 1956, NO. It was not surprising that Roy the prodigious debutant, Lawrence make up for his early disappoint- when you thought you had him he made his debut for Guyana in Fredericks was among those named Rowe, as the pair entertain the ments on the sub-continent. He hit out he would play shots in the air Antigua against the Small Islands, in the West Indies side to tour Aus- Sabina Park crowd with a stand of and get away with it because he being one of six players from tralia and New Zealand in 1968-69. 269. He rates his 69 and 31 on an continued on page 22 INDO-CARIBBEAN FEDERATION May 2007 Page 20 Seu Etwaroo was the unlikeliest of marathon runners by Shan Razack Frail, Sew Etwaroo was the Wales. Often referred to as the bare- Wally and I would polish the floor most of all will power. There were be exemplified years later.” For that unlikeliest of marathon runners. footed contestant, Etwaroo started with mansion polish. We would no pre-favorites and every one had amazing athlete he won the most Coming from Port Mourant, home off badly at first, and never each take one half and try to see an equal chance to become a win- grueling of all events-the marathon of a great number of our outstand- seemed to recover fully. He suf- who would outdo the other. No ner. I still recall some of the ath- 26 miles, 385 yards. In the second ing sportsmen, he spent all his life fered from sore feet and jarred matter how hard I tried, Wally’s letes who were at the starting point which was staged in December in living and working on a sugar es- shins, the result of the hard sur- section always comes out on top. on that bright sunny Sunday morn- the same year, Etwaroo scored a tate there. faces on which he was training. He Etwaroo had his daily ing. There were Clem Fields and his major upset when he defeated pre- When Mc Donald Bailey had to ease off because of some chores to perform. He had to run brother Cliff, Sonny Ramnarine, favorite and the first-ever mara- went to British Guiana, as it was trouble with his right leg. He was a seven miles just before going to Boyo Changur, Madre thon winner Clem Fields, with then called in 1954 as sports orga- patient of the village hospital. He school to tend to the cattles at the Madramootoo, Jai “Copper” Sonny Ramnarine, another out- nizer with the then Sugar Produc- developed leg muscle spasms and back dams and return in the after- Persaud, Vernon Batson and standing runner from Port Mourant ers’ Association (SPA), he discov- the specialist advised complete noon to pen them up. It was a daily Stanley Tandacharry among oth- in third position. ered Etwaroo working happily on best rest for three days. ‘Chippy’ ritual and obviously this was partly ers. Interestingly, Tandacharry Etwaroo’s training would the sugar estate with no thought Dass, B.G’s other marathon runner responsible for him developing into from Skeldon Estate was only 16- take the form of running 20, 40 and of ever traveling abroad. Bailey im- had soreness in the region of the an athlete of some sort. It was fun years-old when he finished his first sometimes 100 laps around the mediately recognized great poten- Achilles tendon. Other footsore- for him alright; not realizing that at marathon. He was the youngest Port Mourant Cricket ground. tial in the young man, who, in his ness runners were Ralph Gomes, the same time he was building runner in the Caribbean to cover What is interesting is that while own words “spent most of his time the three miler, and George De stamina and endurance which the 26-mile distance and the follow- Etwaroo was doing the laps around cutting cane, and chasing mules.” Peana (three and six mile) but their would put him in good stead in ing year he repeated that feat. He the ground, players like Kanhai, He went on: “Now, the training had not been interrupted. years later. He carried forward this subsequently left for England to Butcher, Solomon, and Madray amazing thing about this boy is his Etwaroo’s problem in no trend into his working life, where improve his skills, but died a few who were to enter the Test arena in tremendous stamina, which he has way deterred this do-or-die athlete, he was employed as a cane-har- years later. There was no Seu later years were having their usual built up simply by running across who felt that it, would have been a vester in the fields. In addition to Etwaroo. Seu had gone there as a practice sessions in the middle. the vast estate day by day and it is betrayal to this nation if he did not cutting the sugar canes, Etwaroo mere spectator, but some of his Etwaroo cited Raymond Boodram, this stamina which has probably partake. He was given the ok by would chase after the mules. This colleagues spotted him and with- son of cinema magnate Dennis brought him as far as this.” But, the team’s Doctor, Nazreen spat of enthusiasm was spotted by out his knowledge entered him into Boodram for providing financial as- Etwaroo had set Bailey an early Rahaman, but fell out after 81/2 the overseers, former European ex- the race. At first, Seu was reluctant sistance-as he also provided help problem; he was unaccustomed to miles with leg trouble. His team- patriates who decided to utilize his to run; fearful of the fact that he to Kanhai, Butcher, Solomon and running with shoes, preferring in- mate, ‘Chippy’ Dass, received a talent. Etwaroo was withdrawn had not done that type of running Madray at the beginning-and en- stead to get about with his bare hero’s welcome at the stadium at from the regular cane-cutting gang, before, and he didn’t want to suf- sure that he (Etwaroo) gets a regu- feet as was the habit of the major- the end of the grueling marathon. and was given a new assignment. fer the ignominy of a defeat. He lar supply of marmite and ovaltine ity of our distance runners in dear The little distance runner finished In the 50s and 60s and friends insisted, and as they say to supplement his diet. land of Guyana. the race in 3 hrs. 8 mins. 5.8 secs to even later when there was hardly the rest is ancient history. Etwaroo Allow me at this stage to Bailey commented: “In place 21st. The marathon was won any form of communication at the emerged the winner in convincing digress at this stage to highlight British Guiana, on the sugar es- by Dave Powder, a 30-year-old back dams. Just a reminder! Who style and, that gave birth to a run- the performances of our other ath- tates, the ground surface is not as Australian bank official in 2 hrs. ever thought of cell phones or ner who was to make an indelible letes who participated in the 1958 hard as the roads elsewhere. Now 45.6 secs. (game- record) from J.H. walkie talkie playing a key role in mark in long-distance running in British Empire and Commonwealth I have got Etwaroo doing his daily Barnard (SA) 126.96.36.199 and in third years later? It was customary for the country. Thus BG’s Gordon Games. Ralph Gomes was elimi- training in running shoes. It is an spot, P.A. Wilkinson (England) one overseer to communicate with Pirie burst upon the notice of sport nated in the final heat of the one- experience at the moment and he is 188.8.131.52. Powder completed the his counterpart who is stationed fans and there was not an athletic mile and Hazelwood in the final heat slowly trying to accustom himself double. Five days earlier he won miles away. Etwaroo would more event in which he took part for the of the 120 hurdles. Lawrence Taitt to them. the six-mile race. often than not get the message to year that he was not in the lime- was the best of the Guyanese on The question is: “Was For you sports statisti- the respective overseer, and this light and prominent among the the day’s showing. He qualified in Etwaroo ever comfortable in a pair cians out there, this should inter- would entail running sometimes 5, leaders. There after, Etwaroo went the hurdles in the first heat and lost of running shoes, or for that mat- est you. In the 50s, another 8, 10 miles as the case might be. from strength to strength. by a narrow margin in the second. ter any of our long distance run- Berbician Clem Fields did the mara- “At the time I had not the Etwaroo also stamped his George DePeana put in ners? We shall see! While Etwaroo thon in 3 hrs 1 sec. and twelve slightest idea this would build my authority on the other half-mara- another good performance in the ruled the roost in his hometown months later, Etwaroo reduced it to stamina. I was only doing what was thon, from Roopmahal Cinema to three-miler. He did it in 20-seconds and the Ancient County, it was not 2.51.21. Harry Prowell 2.39.11. considered to be my job.” Canje Swing Bridge. It was Canje faster than his best W.I. perfor- until after the much-looked-for- (1968), Victor Hooper 2.34.06 In 1954, Berbice held its Swing Bridge then, until years later, mance. But meeting with some of ward-to August Olympiad in 1956 (1987), Pooran Kataballi 2.30.34 first ever half-marathon race which it was replaced by a permanent con- the world’s best, George finished that the fans in Georgetown had (1991), and up to when I was in was organized by Mohamed crete structure which was built in the rearguard. Sprinter Edwin their first look at him, and he did Guyana, Lennox Jacobs 2.24.0 I.Baksh, welfare officer at the Port across the Canje Creek. The no- Solomon, qualified in the first heat not disappoint them. Etwaroo took (1994). Mourant Community Centre. The table thing about that race was that but lost in the second. It was a the town by storm as another Seu Etwaroo’s athletic race began at No.66 Village and there were valuable prizes as you good try. Berbician, Clem Fields who had the career unlike many others surpris- ended with a lap of honor around go along the route. If you are a The lone sprinter, trade-mark patch of white hair on ingly did not begin during his the Port Mourant Community Cen- good runner chances are that you Claudette Masdammer, was beaten his head did in the first-ever cross- school days. Etwaroo attended ter ground. The race attracted an can cop all the prizes as Etwaroo in the first heat of the 220, and col- country race two years earlier. He Letter Kenny Primary School, entry of over fifty runners which had done on numerous occasions. lapsed near the finishing line. The won the annual 15-mile road race where he participated in most dis- was something extra-ordinary and The first prize was at Albion team’s captain, Roy McArthur won annual Sea Wall circuit with Walter cipline, except athletic, the very unprecedented-fine tribute to the Bridge, then to Hicken. Interest- a silver medal in the Middleweight ‘Chippy’ Dass and Clem Fields fol- sport at which he was to excel. He hard work and organizing ability of ingly enough, everyone put in the with 795 pounds. Seven ounces of lowing him home. not only made a name for himself, Welfare Officer Baksh and his com- extra effort to get that special prize body weight robbed Mike Swain Success begot success. but also helped to give his coun- mittee. This was something new to of a sheep. The sheep was donated of the B.E. Games medal-Swain In December of that year, 18-year- try the distinction of being recog- the sporting public. They were ac- by Mr. H. Fraser, a member of the hoisted 605 pounds, the same as old Etwaroo fractured the mara- nized during the late 50s and early customed to seeing the sprint 1963 Legislative Council who Mariel Gosselyn of Canada but in thon record in the new time of two 60s as the best middle and long events and a seven-mile cross- owned a big sheep farm along the the weigh-in the Guyanese was hours, 51 minutes, 21 seconds, distance runner in the Caribbean. country race. There was nothing No.19 Highway, Corentyne. just over half-a-pound heavier. beating the mark of 3 hrs,1 secs set Etwaroo’s first love was obviously of this sort. Speculation was rife Etwaroo recounted how Malcolm Smith made 6th by Clem Fields earlier in the year. cricket. His friends said that he was as to who would emerge winners he was challenged by Cliff Fields place with a total of 605 pounds in Etwaroo who beat Fields in the an aspiring pace bowler who could of an event which all recognized as they were near the line. Etwaroo the Featherweight Class. Carlton Remembrance Day Road Race per- bat a little. Berbice, like the rest of as the stiffest ever test in Berbice held a few yards lead over Fields Goring finished fifth in the Light- formed the feat barefooted over the country’s love for cricket is athletes were to undergo, and con- who was fast approaching him. weight finals won by Singapore rough going. Sonny Ramnarine of cultivated early, with youngsters sensus of opinion was that a num- Fields eventually caught up with lifter Hon Liand Tan, only 25 Whim was second and ‘Chippy’ playing “friendly” games on dirt ber who would be small enough to Etwaroo and from then on it was a pounds separated their lifts-so Dass third. Of 18 starters, only roads, playgrounds and beaches- be counted on the fingers on one neck-to-neck struggle, until close was the competition. Albert seven finished. The year 1956 was balls are of course wind balls as hand and very likely would be Etwaroo in a final burst of speed Barker was eleventh with 752 unprecedented, in that it was the opposed to the professional cork; someone with military training with barely pipped out Fields in what pounds in the Light heavyweight. first time that two such events were bats may be crude pieces of wood, the advantage of constant P.T., or was a near photo-finish to claim the B.G’s entrant in the Light- staged in one year. Later, it was, but the enthusiasm for the game maybe some lightweight competi- coveted prize. The runners went to weight division, Vibert Fernandes, decided that the marathon will and the adrenaline it provides are tor of Indian descent from one of the next point at Bholam, then to figured in two minor sensations. He close the athletic season in Decem- all the same. So how did Etwaroo the sugar estates, accustomed to Zee burgh and finally Etwaroo led arrived only 10 minutes before the ber of each year. take to athletic? While growing up running long distances by virtue the pack across the Canje Swing official weighing-in. Officials In July 1958, he was se- we were all allotted daily chores to of occupation, either cane cutter Bridge. searched for his entry sheet, but lected to represent British Guiana do before and after school. I had or to tending the mules .Compet- “This revealed the irre- was unable to find it. Meanwhile, in the Sixth British Empire and Com- to water the garden and tend to the ing in a 15-miler would certainly call pressible spirit of the man- and the monwealth games at Cardiff, fowls. Once a month my brother for a lot of endurance, stamina and character of the man which was to continued on page 21 INDO-CARIBBEAN FEDERATION May 2007 Page 21 from page 20 Fernandes jumped on the scales and was six pounds over the lightweight limit. A dejected and miserable Fernandes stood aside while officials discussed the dilemma. Good luck for him, it was suggested that Fernandes entered the Light Wel- terweight class. Highly delighted, Fernandes who had been living in London for nine months, and had been in the camp for two weeks, easily made the higher weight. “My only regret is that I now cannot meet with Dick Mc Taggart (of Scotland), the only Olympic Champion,” he said. Our late President, Dr. Cheddi Jagan, was one of the no- tables from the Caribbean group who exchanged friendly greetings with the team’s officials, P.A.Cummings and B.L.Crombie- it went all down the wire and good things wrapped up in small packages fame- along with team members Claudette Masdammer and Roy McArthur at the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. The former British Olympic sprinter, Trinidad- born McDonald Bailey talked about the BG souvenir; a four-penny bit mounted on a pin was very popular and sought after. As a result, offi- cials had to cable to Georgetown for an additional supply. Etwaroo’s success story outlined by Bailey is one of the strangest to spring from the hundreds of Commonwealth athletic competi- tors in the 30-nation township. 163-18 145th Road The band that gives you Springfield Gardens, NY 11419 infectious musical styles never Tel: (718) 723-2591 before combined by any other Indo-Caribbean music group. 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He suffered this fate in the his flair by scoring 103 against man to please. ‘What I would like side to victory. second Test at Port-of-Spain when Trinidad and Tobago and 217 to see more of from the youngsters,’ But perhaps, one of the he was out to Abid Ali in the 1971 against Jamaica in his only innings. he says, ‘is the time they spend at most important developments of home series. The decision was first Fredericks was called into the West the wicket. They are not staying the series was the blooding of given out as leg before but was later Indies side at a time of transition long at the wicket! ‘I got the im- Gordon Greenidge, whose part- corrected as bowled. The ball and, in his 59 Tests, shepherded pression that they are not learning nership with Fredericks became brushed against his pad before go- the team from the jubilant era un- fast enough.’ ‘Practice is not all,’ the most solid West Indies had ing on to hit his stumps. In the 1976 der the leadership of Frank Worrell he continues, his voice straining. known since that of Allan Rae and series, Fredericks just missed the and Garry Sobers to the splendidly ‘You have to think about the Jeff Stollmeyer. However, the part- dubious honor of being bowled by successful years under Clive cricket! You have to think about the nership was not without its prob- the first ball of a Test match against Lloyd. way you get out. The fellows get Ramnaresh Sarwan lems, most notably when India. The match, interestingly Like Conrade Hunte be- out the same way all the time!’ Greenidge lost his form and then enough, was the second Test at fore him, Fredericks’ performances One could go on and on his confidence on the tour of Aus- Port-of-Spain. This time he was were all the more worthy when one recalling the many outstanding as- tralia in 1975-76. During that se- bowled by Madan Lall off the sec- remembers that, for many years, he pects of this modest cricketer’s ca- ries, Fredericks found himself ond ball of the game. was without a regular partner. reer, but suffice to say all good opening with Bernard Julian, Fredericks was Guyana’s A lot could be learned things must come to an end, and it Kallicharran, Richards and finally most outstanding batsman in Shell from the life and career of a man is indeed a nice thing to see him Rowe, as West Indies only once Shield cricket with an aggregate of who as uncompromising in his leave the Test scene while he was scored over fifty for the first- 3,565 runs, 10 centuries, and the commitment to West Indies cricket. undoubtedly at his peak, this is wicket. When the Indians visited only batsman to score two doubles It pained him to see West Indies something which few could claim the Caribbean in 1976, Fredericks at an average of 63.66. He was the struggle and of the final interviews to have done. had yet another partner for the only West Indian to score a cen- he gave with Garth Whatley of the In a colorful career span- fourth Test at Kingston, opening tury in each innings of a first-class Trinidad Express in May 2000 ning 20 years (1963-83), Roy with Rowe again, as the two of match on three or more occasions. should serve as food for thought Fredericks had scored 16, 384 first- Darren Ganga them shared in a stand of 105, In 1967, he scored 127 and 115 for for all West Indies players and class runs at an average of 45.89, which set up victory in the match Guyana against Barbados at Bourda fans. He focused not on himself including 40 centuries. He had also The Indo Caribbean Fed- and the series. In1977, he got an in a Shell Shield match. In 1973, he but how to get West Indies back taken 75 wickets (37.94). In his 59 eration would like to unbeaten half-century in front of struck 158 and 118 playing for to its former level of greatness. In Test matches he made 4,334 with congratulate Ramnaresh his home crowd in the third match Guyana against Australia at Bourda part of the story Whatley wrote: eight centuries for an average of Sarwan and Darren at Bourda, and when Pakistan lev- and in 1974 he blasted 112 and 105 “What has changed little is 42.49. After his retirement he fol- Ganga on their recent eled the series by winning the not out playing for Guyana against Fredericks’ passion for the game lowed a career in politics, serving appointment as Captain fourth at Port-of-Spain, every- M.C.C. that can keep him talking for hours. as Minister of Sports in Guyana, as and Vice Captain of the thing depended on the fifth game Freddo was also the first He is certain about the problem well as being a West Indian selec- West Indies Cricket at Kingston. Fredericks had an- West Indies batsman to score a cen- with present-day West Indian tor. Struck with throat cancer in nounced his imminent retirement, tury in a one-day International and cricketers. ‘It’s just a matter of com- 1998, he sought treatment in the team. We do hope you and, suitable, he and Greenidge the second batsman after Dennis mitment and pride,’ he says. ‘I think United States, and despite fighting two gentlemen can shared in a match-winning stand Amiss to perform the feat on the that is one of our problems. That the disease with the same courage make us proud West In- of 182, before they were dismissed 1973 tour of the West Indies to En- players today don’t give me the that characterized his cricket, dians again. in successive overs. Greenidge gland. 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The victory again rein- Dave Whatmore, 54 years old Sri average of 52.88 trails current players forced Australia’s dominance and superi- Lankan, coach of Bangladesh, decided not Ponting, Dravid and Tendulkar. ority over the rest of the cricketing world. to seek renewal of his contract, perhaps hav- On the flip side of the coin his captaincy This brash, swash-buckling bunch is alone ing his sights locked in on greener pastures was sub par, really among the worst. Allega- atop the pantheon of stars, sneering deri- – India to be precise. He engineered the tions of aloofness and selfishness abound. sively at those below. shocking upsets of India, knocking them out Quite often one is left to wonder whether Among the myriad of causalities of of the competition, and administering a swift Jekyl or Hyde will show up. this World Cup are several “mere mortals, kick to the behind of South Africa, bruis- Do you suppose a lesson could be a prince, a “king”, and a demi-god. ing their ego – ever mindful of the chokers learnt by USACA’s power that may be? Bob Woolmer, Pakistani coach, sadly tag being thrust upon them. Now he will seek A resounding yes! was the first to go, allegedly murdered in to embellish his resume by engineering an- As the 2007 cricket season is about to Kingston, Jamaica, after minnow Ireland other decapitating blow to the Indians in unfold, one is left to wonder when will unceremoniously dumped Pakistan in the the upcoming test and ODI series in USACA get its house in order and be re- first round. Thus effectively denying them Bangladesh. admitted, again, into the international cricket any chance of advancing. As of today the Duncan Fletcher, England’s coach, has family. These folks are functioning as though crime remains unsolved. decided enough is enough. Word out of they are leading a banana republic. What? A shell shocked Inzamam-ul-Haq re- England suggests he has an open ended Is Zimbabwe’s Mugabe their sole role linquished the captaincy and quit ODI’s contract. Yet, within 24 hours of conveying model? upon his return to Pakistan. At least his his resignation, the ECB named Peter For the good of US cricket these chaps lacklustre and miserable run in the World Moores as his successor. Speaking from should submerge their infinite ego, ratify a Cup continued unabated. Burning his ef- both sides of the mouth or just careful proper new, fair, meaningful constitution, have a figy did not help. prior planning? I’ll let you decide. new, transparent election and be on their Australia’s Greg Chappel, India’s coach, Trying to capitalize on the successful merry way. US cricket wins with this sce- was next to go. When India’s demi-god, 34 Australian model (nothing wrong with that), nario. It’s a win, win situation, unless they year old Sachin Tendulkar, in the twilight of the West Indies decided to emulate the sys- thoroughly enjoy the ICC kicking them out. an illustrious career countered Chappel’s tem by importing Bennett King, an Aussie, US cricket is at an all important cross- unflattering utterances, with an impassioned and his band of troubadours to the tune of roads, at a low point for the past few years. and scathing response, Chappel apparently $1,000,000 annually (allegedly) to restore Do your part, as difficult as it may seem, to decided it’s best to jump rather than being West Indies’ fortune to its former glory days. reinvigorate it. pushed. Maybe muttering to himself this The task proved daunting and insurmount- It’s not as though the current adminis- bloke is no Ganguly. The ferocious roar of able as the West Indies continue to wallow tration has “ruled” with distinction. They the scalphunters, the Bangladeshi’s, nuked in the cellar. There was a systematic break- are the butt of jokes, national and interna- his coaching pedigree (what has he won as down across the board. Without the benefit tional. Funnier, it would seem, than the a coach) when India succumbed meekly, af- of much success, King decided to quit just trifecta of Bob Hope, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris ter being outplayed in every facet of the months before the expiration of his contract. Rock. game. Chappel inherited a team from New I know, I know King did not bat for preemptive leap, jumping before being Please, please stop being albatrosses Zealand’s John Wright which was on the Samuels and Smith, nor bowl for anyone, dumped – a la Greg Chappel. The hand writ- on the shoulders of Poonoo, Dodson, cusp of challenging Australia for numero uno nor did he have anything to do with Gayle’s ing was on the wall that he would be stripped Kirton, Ajodi, Hussain etc., stunting their status. His apparent divide and rule meth- most inopportune meltdown (maybe lack of of the captaincy and may not be selected to growth and development in the process. odology has managed to land India in the # motivation and inspiration). But following tour England – even though Ken “flash” Stop suffocating US cricket! Massiah will 4 and # 6 spots in tests and ODI respec- an American sporting axiom, “you can’t fire Gordon is/was in his corner. probably retire before playing another mean- tively. And how about the development of all the players”. No denying Lara was one of the best ingful match for the US, primarily due to the the young Turks? Heard from Irfan Pathan Then the grand daddy of all exits. 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