By Brij V Lal
Dr Lal's booklet is greater than an eloquent account of the political fight of 1 of Fiji's impressive leaders. it's a well timed reminder that the method of constitutional swap hangs within the stability, because it did on the time of Mr Patel's loss of life. i'm hoping his instance will encourage destiny generations in Fiji to grasp the imaginative and prescient articulated by way of a super and brave suggest of democracy, and a faithful son of Fiji. past due Adi Kuini Bavadra** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Extra info for A Vision for Change: AD Patel and the Politics of Fiji
Patel’s well-known connection with the Indian nationalist movement, and his effort to use the leverage of India to prompt the Fiji government into action, was widely criticised. Both the government and his opponents accused him of unnecessarily introducing extraneous concerns into Fiji. Patel and others like him, the government officials said, talked of preserving the izzat, honour, of the Indian community, but showed no compunction in trampling on the izzat of the colony in the eyes of the world.
Pleased with Ambalal’s success, Dahyabhai used some of his pension money to send him for further education at the prestigious Gujarat College in Ahemdabad, the capital of Gujarat. There Ambalal studied economics, politics and history, including English history. Once again, he performed brilliantly, graduating a Bachelor of Arts with honours in 1925, at the age of 20. Some acquaintances recall him as a shy lad, but also a resourceful debater fluent in English and Gujarati. When Ambalal entered college, it was generally expected that he would train to become a mofussil pleader (a local lawyer) in the district.
As he progressed through the grades, however, English was added to the curriculum. It was very early in his school life that Ambalal developed the habit of reading prolifically, frequently asking his father to explain complex concepts he found difficult to understand. Patel continued the habit of reading throughout his life. Jai Ram Reddy who once worked in Patel’s office as a young lawyer, recalled him as a ‘voracious reader’ of everything, magazines, novels, poetry, history, philosophy. Not surprisingly, Patel excelled in secondary school, graduating near the top of his class.