As they say, you can deny anything but you simply can’t deny the course of the history- or can you? Well, what’s the point anyway? Having said that, if you were to think of life in the context of philosophy, then “perhaps” it makes perfect sense that we belong to ‘history’ and into history we shall return- won’t we? For each second of our lives, the seconds we are living and those that we still are to- are all converting us into the ‘have been’ if you were to come to think of it in such a way.
But if there’s something, among other things on this god almighty earth, that would really not want to belong to history and would, certainly like to live the way it wants to, then it’s Guadeloupe, the small Caribbean island over which France enjoys the hold.
The only thing that’s ever remained common between France and Guadeloupe, if it must be thought like that, is occupation. And occupation alone; how? Well, Guadeloupe doesn’t want any of it belonging to the French. And on its part, France, which has had a hold over the small island in the South Caribbean since 1763, won’t let go of any.
And yet, over a period of the past few days which have seen tense riots breaking out in that part of the earth that is called “French Department,” it appears that the Macron country have just have a change of heart.
But first up, it’s important to understand as to why did rioting happen in Guadeloupe in the first place? Sad as it may sound, the issue occurred out of the ongoing virus and not just that, but also strikes that have emanated from differences given the disparity and inequalities that exist when the island compares itself to the French mainland.
So who is going to do something about it and how soon can life get back to normal in an island country that is asking better treatment from France?
We don’t know that. What we do know, however, is that the following key inputs emerged on a recent news report published on Deccan Herald. Kindly note the following:
Guadeloupe uses the euro currency and has close political ties with the mainland. But high unemployment in Guadeloupe and nearby Martinique, high costs of living and lingering anger over historical abuses have prompted some local officials to demand change.
Truth be told, not just Guadeloupe but even Martinique are, to this day, considered to be overseas departments of France.
Some officials have asked the question of autonomy,” Lecornu said in a televised address Friday night to Guadeloupe residents. “According to them, Guadeloupe could manage itself better” than it is managed from Paris, and they notably want more autonomy.
The recent tensions in Guadeloupe and Martinique started because of France’s obligatory vaccinations for health care workers, and nationwide health pass to get into restaurants and other venues. To get the pass, people need to be vaccinated or show proof of having recovered from the virus.
All of that said, what’s going to be surely interesting will be to note France’s stand on the key issue, a burning topic where the subject of autonomy of Guadeloupe stands.