Ranji Chandisingh

Ranji Chandisingh was a political leader in Guyana. He was born on 5 January 1930 at San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, and died on 15 June 2009 at his home at Waterloo Street, Guyana. He was the son of Dr. Charles Washington Chandisingh and Amelia Chandisingh.[2][3][4] Chandisingh is survived by his wife Veronica and son Yuri. He was among only a few that mastered the pragmatics of communist ideology in Guyana.

Ranji Chandisingh
Vice President of Guyana
In office
PresidentForbes Burnham
Personal details
Ranji Chandisingh

(1930-01-05)5 January 1930
San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Died5 June 2009(2009-06-05) (aged 79)
Cummingsburg, Georgetown, Guyana[1]
NationalityGuyana Guyanese

Education and early occupationsEdit

Ranji Chandisingh attended Buxton Methodist School on the East Coast Demerara (ECD), Guyana and the Modern High School at Robb Street in Georgetown, Guyana. In 1946, at the age of 16, he went to Harvard University, US, to pursue a degree in medicine, but switched to social science, graduating with a BA in 1949.[3] Chandisingh became an editor in the United Kingdom for monthly newspaper Caribbean News.[2] On his return to Guyana in the early 1960s, he joined the People's Progressive Party (PPP) and took editorship of its newspaper, Thunder. Chandisingh was Director of Studies of the ideological institute, Macabre College, the PPP's official college at Success Village, ECD, and then at Land of Canaan Village, East Bank of Demerara, Guyana.

In 1976, Chandisingh chose to leave the PPP to join the People's National Congress (PNC) party, also becoming Director of Studies of the Cuffy Ideological Institute at Loo Creek, Soesdyke–Linden Highway, Guyana.[3] The reason for this change remains speculative. One reason given is that Chandisingh was not comfortable with the slow and diverse path the PPP was taking towards the goals of Marxism and Leninism, the philosophy he most cherished. The PNC government was then a declared socialist party and seemed to him the best party at the time to unify Guyana.[5] Another reason is that Chandisingh was not comfortable following the orders of the PPP's leaders—he was recently married and took to drinking.[6]

Political affiliationEdit

  • British Communist Party (? – early 1960s)
  • PPP (early 1960s – 1976)
  • PNC (1976—?)

Parliamentary experienceEdit

From 1961 to 1964 Chandisingh was the Minister of Labor, Health and Housing in British Guiana.[7] In 1960, he introduced the Labor Relation Bill in Parliament. He also initiated changes in education reform.[8]

In 1976, Chandisingh defected to PNC. In January 1980, Chandisingh was made Minister of Higher Education.[9] In 1981, his responsibilities were expanded as Minister of Education, Social Development and Culture.[9]

In 1984, he was made General Secretary of the PNC.[9]

In 1984, Chandisingh was made one of the Vice Presidents[10] and First Deputy Prime Minister. He was later also appointed Ambassador to Moscow.[2] He hold the position of Vice President until PNC lost the 1992 elections.[11]

From 1989 to 1991, Chandisingh was Guyana's Ambassador to the former Soviet Union.[12]


  1. ^ "Ranji Chandisingh – Former Ambassador to Moscow passes on". Kaieteur News Online. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "CHS/JCCSS International Alumni - Alumni Blog". Chs-jccss.org. Retrieved 7 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Obituary-Ranji Chandisingh, January 5, 1930 − June 15, 2009". Guyanagoverance.blogspot.com. Retrieved 7 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Guyana says farewell to Ambassador Ranji Chandisingh". Kaieteurnewsonlnie.com. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "The struggle to end PNC rule continues during the 1970's" (PDF). Jagan.org. Retrieved 7 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Colin A. Palmer. (2010)."Cheddi Jagan and the Politics of Power: British Guiana's Struggle for Independence." Chapel Hill, N. C.: The University of North Carolina Press, p. 171.
  7. ^ http://chs-jccss.org/blog/ranji-chandisingh-1931-2009/
  8. ^ Ranji Chandisingh, "Education in the Revolution for Socialist Transformation and Development", in Report on the Third Biennial Congress of the People's National Congress, Vol. 2 (1974), pp. 149–173, in Guyana National Archives, PNC Collection.
  9. ^ a b c "Ranji Chandisingh – Former Ambassador to Moscow passes on". Kaieteurnewsonline.com. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435024019895
  11. ^ https://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435083449264
  12. ^ "Index Ch". Rulers.org. Retrieved 5 September 2020.