Category: Publications

De getuigenis van president Desi Bouterse

On July 20th, 2015 publicist and columnist Sandew of the Surinamese news website Star News, wrote an open letter to the Surinamese President Bouterse who had won the elections on May 25th and had received an absolute majority in parliament. With the title The truth sets us free, he called on Bouterse to testify about the December murders of 1982 and all the events of violence in which the president was involved. On July 25th Bouterse responded positively to this proposal. Since then, a process begun with confrontation, polarization, dialogue and reconciliation. Hira has been involved with this process for over one and a half years. This book gives an account of his experiences.

20 Questions and Answers about Reparations for Colonialism

This book brings together the most relevant facts and insights on reparations and it positions the debate on reparations as part of the continuing struggle to decolonize the mind. The goal is to provide material for debate and discussion. It deals with reparations for both trans-Atlantic slavery and colonialism more generally. In some sections the discussion focuses specifically on slavery because many propositions and arguments are related specifically to slavery. The final chapter presents a new economic model for the calculations of reparations. These calculations are based on a mathematical model that performed simulations to reveal the damage that the colonizers have caused and the impact on the wealth of the colonizer nations.

20 Questions and Answers about Dutch Slavery and its Legacy

Most people in the Netherlands think of slavery and the slave trade as something that happened a long time ago, did not affect many people, and have little relevance to Dutch society today. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that politics, economics, religion, architecture and art in Amsterdam, Middelburg and other cities across the nation are inseparable and inextricable from Dutch slavery and the slave trade. This book details the history and legacy of Dutch slavery and the slave trade in the form of 20 questions and answers.

Geluk bestaat en het is heel dichtbij – Over liefde, seks, politiek en andere onbelangrijke zaken in het leven

From 2010 until 2016 Sandew Hira published columns on the Surinamese news site Star News every Monday. In his columns he covers various topics such as relationships, sexuality, politics, history and decolonization. This publication contains the first 75 columns for Star News. The purpose of a column is to stimulate opinion. A columnist without a strong opinion is not a columnist, at most, a beautiful writer.

Verboden liefde: Familie en homoseksualiteit in de Surinaamse gemeenschap

This book is about how heterosexuals in the Surinamese community deal with homosexuality. These heterosexuals are the parents, children, relatives and friends of Surinamese gays and lesbians. Based on interviews with Surinamese gay, lesbian and heterosexuals, Sandew Hira constructs a picture of the complex emotions that come up when it appears that a father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister or friend comes out for his/her homosexual orientation. The process of rejection, tolerance and acceptance is shown and expressed in moving stories that demonstrate how a community changes as forbidden loves open up and blossom.

Decolonizing the mind – een fundamentele kritiek op het wetenschappelijk kolonialisme

Decolonizing the Mind consists of three parts. The first part provides a fundamental critique on the theses of the scientific colonialism. The second part analyzes the mechanisms by which this movement maintains its dominance in the Dutch academic world. The final part discusses some strategic issues for policy makers of organizations active in the field of Decolonizing the mind. This book is only available in Dutch.

Eddy Jharap – Vertrouwen in eigen kunnen

In this book Jharap shares his story with economist and historian Sandew Hira. His life, study, political and trade union experiences as well as his management skills are discussed extensively. The historical changes in Suriname are seen through the eyes of a descendant of a ‘kantraki’ who managed to develop into a successful manager.