By Brij V Lal
This number of the writings and speeches of 1 of Fiji's maximum statesmen, the overdue Mr advert Patel, issues to another destiny which, if allowed to return to fruition, might have spared Fiji the destiny it later encountered in its postcolonial trip. As a pacesetter, Mr Patel used to be unmatchable in mind and oratorical brilliance, glimpses of which we see during this quantity. Dr Lal merits to be congratulated for his persistence and perseverance in finishing this undertaking. This publication will locate an honoured position between others on Fiji's advanced and contested glossy historical past. Harish Sharma Former chief of the nationwide Federation social gathering and Deputy best Minister of Fiji** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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We also refer Your Excellency to the budget debates of October 1934 when Mr. K. B. Singh stated: ‘A petition signed by 106 Indians was submitted through Your Excellency to the Secretary of State for the Colonies asking him to leave things as they are in connection with the municipal constitution. in favour of the motion introduced by the Senior elected member, that is in favour of Government control. [T]he petition, Sir, was endorsed by about 400 persons of the Northern and Western divisions.
It was at once apparent that the Indians had come with their minds made up. They contented themselves with platitudes about brotherhood and equality, and they were not prepared to discuss the merits of their case. A common roll was the birthright of all Indians, and there was nothing more to be said. They countered with generalities the argument that in certain parts of the world the Muslim community was emphatic that a communal roll should be maintained. They stated, however, that it was not merely a question of local politics, and they hinted that they were acting under instructions from abroad.
There have been Fijian mid-wives and nurses already trained and working in their villages and doing splendid work while we, on the other hand, have to expose our women folk in the settlements to the quackery of untrained mid-wives and nurses and place the lives of the mothers and children into their incompetent hands; and still because of our keen care of our children if we increase in numbers, can you lay the blame at our door? I would ask the Fijian Members also to consider this: socially we have not lived in this country as if we were a garrison in an alien country.