Dr. Cheddi Jagan, left-wing leader of the British Guiana Peoples Progressive Party, is in London?
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Background: Dr. Cheddi Jagan, left-wing leader of the British Guiana Peoples Progressive Party, is in London in search of financial aid as a first step towards self-rule for the colony.
Travelling with the Governor of the colony, Sir Patrick Rennison, Dr. Jagan visits London in his capacity as Trade minister and chief advocate of the independence of British Guiana. In addition to a huge loan to increasing the trade potentialities of the territory, Dr. Jagan is expected to ask the Colonial Secretary, Mr. Lennox Boyd, for internal self government and independence within the Commonwealth for British Guiana.
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Born in British Guiana, Dr. Jagan is of Indian parentage and is the Hindu son of a sugar plantation foreman. As a young man he was educated in Georgetown but then went on to complete his education in the United States. It was while he was in the States that Dr. Jagan - who had achieved a doctorate in dentistry - met and married a young American nurse, Janet Rosenberg, who was a member of the Communist party.
Dr. Jagan, who continues his practise and is considered one of the best dentists in the colony, was closely assisted by his wife when he formed the Peoples Progressive Party in 1953. Sweeping to victory in the general election, the party - under the leadership of Dr. Jagan - proposed a plan of reform that was completely unacceptable to the British Government who ousted his government and arrested Dr. Jagan.
Allowed to stand in the recent elections, Dr. Jagan again won a majority and now seeks greater British aid as the first step toward independence of the colony.