GIMPA Lecturer Bemoans Political Impunity & Suppression
A senior lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), has called for a new crop of what he termed, “social activists and public intellectuals” to become voices of the voiceless and champions for a humane and morally upright society.
This, Dr Lord Mawuko Yevugah, explained will address the seeming crisis in Ghana’s democratic experiment as a result of the growing economic exclusion, inequality, poverty, political impunity, suppression of critical voices, political vigilantism and culture of silence among others in the society.
“At this critical historical juncture dominated by the seeming crisis in our democratic experiment, manifesting in growing economic exclusion, inequality, poverty, helplessness, anger and mistrust as well as political impunity, suppression of critical voices, political vigilantism and culture of silence, there is an urgent need for a new crop of social activists and public intellectuals to rise and become the voices of the voiceless and champions for a humane and morally upright society,” Dr Yevugah noted.
According to him, “Dr. Doris Dartey rose to the challenges of her time and in so doing, sought to provide fitting responses to some of the timeless and enduring questions posed by critical social scholars: Can the Subaltern Speak?; Who Speaks for the Poor?; Where are the Women? What Role for Intellectuals in Social Change?”.
He described the coming out of the book as “very timely” and valuable addition because, “this book fills a critical void in what appears to be the dying tradition of public intellectualism and speaking truth to power.
“This book is very timely and will serve as a valuable addition to our recording of social and historical developments during the first two decades of the Twenty First Century, the half-Century mark of our independent nationhood and almost three decades of the current democratic experiment. It is indeed, a book for all seasons and for all and sundry, including policy makers, researchers, students and the general public. Above all, this book fills a critical void in what appears to be the dying tradition of public intellectualism and speaking truth to power,” he stated.
The book, is a selection of articles from the Watchwoman column by Dr. Dartey spanning a period of 12 years and covering a wide-range of topics. It comprises 27 short chapters, with an excellent Forward and a total of 599 pages.
Dr. Yevugah described the book as written with eloquence, passion and dexterity, demonstrating intellectual depth and an absolute control over the subject-matter of topics covered. The diction is simple, devoid of verbosity, technical jargons and proclivities.
He commended the editorial team of the book for doing a meticulous work in listing the country’s recent social and political-economic history which will become a reference material for future scholars, historians and researchers.
“I must commend the editorial team who did the meticulous work of carefully selecting and stitching together the various chapters in order to produce a book, which without a doubt, is an important addition to the repertoire of our recent social and political-economic history as a country, and in so doing becomes a veritable reference material for future scholars, historians and researchers who may wish to capture and record the happenings of our contemporary historical period for posterity”.
“Substantively, this work meets all the key benchmarks of a good book: clarity, depth, knowledge, and relevance. Indeed, a good book, apart from the above, reveals and tells a story about the author. Thus, you may not have met the author personally, but through a close reading and engagement of the text, you become familiar with the author”.
“In this regard, through her deep knowledge and excellent grasp of different subjects, Dr. Dartey, through this book, successfully comes across not only as a passionate social commentator and activist but also as a consummate social critic and public intellectual. She thus, fits perfectly with what critical social theorists such as the famous Italian scholar Antonio Gramsci envision as ‘organic intellectuals’, who are expected to speak out on behalf of society by interpreting and making sense of social, economic and political reality,” he eulogized the author.