[singlepic id=1215 w=320 h=240 float=left]It is with deep regret that we learn of the passing of Ranji Chandisingh. Ranji was the son of Dr. Charles Washington Chandisingh and Amelia Chandisingh. Ranji was the nephew of JC Chandisingh.
After graduating from Harvard University in the early 1950’s, Ranji moved to Britain where he worked as the Editor of Caribbean News, a monthly newspaper owned by Jamaican-born Billy Strachan. Some of the people he would hang out with included Learie Constantine, Seretse Khama (of Bechuanaland, now Botswana), British MP Tony Wedgewood Benn, and David Astor, owner of the Observer newspapers.
Ranji Chandisingh served as the Minister of Labor, Health and Housing in British Guiana from 1961-64. In 1975 he defected to the then government in office and was appointed Senior Vice President and First Deputy Prime Minister; then later appointed Ambassador to Moscow.
I recall that in 1974 Ranji Chandisingh was invited by the CHS Literary and Debating Society to speak about compulsory National Service. The Principal, JC Chandisingh, was honored by his visit and insisted on personally introducing Ranji to the students assembled in the Auditorium that afternoon.
Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies go to his widow Mrs. Veronica Chandisingh and his son, Yuri Gagarin Chandisingh, daugher-in-law Serome and grand-children Stacy and Kevin. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this most painful and distressing time.