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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Issa Shivji: Remembering Walter Rodney

"I’ll try to be as fair as possible. My own view is there were aspects of Rodney’s organizational inclination which I think, in a sense, exposed him. Of course, a powerful movement like that is bound to have enemies. But I am not quite sure if Rodney always paid enough attention: to a matter of tactics, number one, and number two, to security of the leadership. It does happen with powerful leaders like Rodney, the movement tends to become very dependent on single leaders. That is one lesson to draw. When that leader goes, invariably the movement falls apart. That’s what seems to have happened in Guyana. While in theory, of course, we talk about the importance of the movement, importance of the people, importance of the working people, in practice we always find it difficult to build movements which can continue regardless of original leadership" -  Issa Shivji on Remembering Walter Rodney

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Msota Waya December 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM  

In contrast, I am of the opinion that there can never be a strong movement without a strong influential and visionary leader. The survival of the movement is a mixture of the leader’s ability to inspire and encourage but equally counter his foes missiles

Msota Waya December 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM  


In contrast, I am of the opinion that there can never be a strong movement without a strong influential and visionary leader. The survival of the movement is a mixture of the leader’s ability to inspire and encourage but equally counter his foes missiles

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