Words of Sir Lionel Luckhoo*


Gather all the scientists of the world and ask them to produce one single blade of grass. They could not. To go through a garden to see flowers in full bloom is to be conscious of the existence and the presence of God. The feel of the presence is something tangible and real. It is not blind acceptance, but man as a being with perception would know, if he does not blind himself, that there is God. Let me put it this way. Man with all the progress he has made deems and regards himself as super, omniscient, and says that everything follows a natural sequences. “There is no God,” he is sometimes emboldened to say, yet place that same man away from the material, in a garden, a field, on top of a mountain or at sea, place him by himself, permit him to know himself and he will admit a consciousness of the Presence of the Omnipotent.


In the land of Guyana, there is a fall called Kaieteur, five times the height of Niagara. The waters from the Potaro River are slow moving but they gather momentum as they reach the brink of the fall and then they billow out with the foam moving out reluctantly into outer space while the water tumbles over in a suicidal leap. The sun, striking the sprays, the droplets of water, produces a series of vivid owe-inspiring and inspiring rainbows. To stand on the lip of this fall with millions of gallons of water pouring vertically for a drop of more than 800 feet is a sight of supreme grandeur. To me, it places man in his correct perspective, an insignificant, pigmy-like creature by the side of nature’s tremendous creation. It brings home to man the presence and the feel that there is a God and that we are merely tiny creatures who sometimes assume for ourselves the toga of being Man-Almighty. I wish it were possible for all the world to go and witness Kaieteur. The Spiritual aeration is tremendous. Beyond words. It is scenes like this which compel us to feel and to accept.

*Taken from Wikipedia
Luckhoo’s grandfather, Moses Luckhoo, was one of many Indians brought to Guyana as indentured labourers in the sugar cane industry in the mid-19th century. In 1899 Sir Lionel’s father, Edward Alfred Luckhoo, became the first Indian solicitor of Guyana.

Luckhoo was born in New Amsterdam, British Guiana, and was one of three sons and two daughters born into a prominent family of lawyers. His mother was Evelyn Maude Mungal-Singh, and his sisters were Ena Luckhoo and Renee Luckhoo. His two brothers, Edward Victor Luckhoo and Claude Lloyd Luckhoo, became Queen’s Counsels.

He was educated at Queen’s College, Georgetown, Guyana. Then he began studying medicine at St. Thomas’ Hospital in England but quickly felt squeamish about surgical procedures. He shifted over to legal studies and was called to the English bar in the Middle Temple in 1940. At the same time that Allied troops were evacuating from Dunkirk in World War II, Luckhoo left England for his homeland. He entered into a solicitor’s practice with one of his brothers in the firm Luckhoo and Luckhoo.

He maintained his private legal practice spanning most of the years from 1940 to 1985, and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1954. His reputation earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of Records (1990) where he is dubbed the world’s “most successful lawyer”. The record is for obtaining as a defence trial lawyer 245 successive murder acquittals. In a few instances his clients were found guilty in jury trials, but were acquitted in appeal cases.


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