By Brij V Lal
This selection 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 come back to fruition, may have spared Fiji the destiny it later encountered in its postcolonial trip. As a pace-setter, Mr Patel was once 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 get together and Deputy top Minister of Fiji** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Munswamy Mudaliar11 said: ‘Your Excellency, the Indian opinion on this matter is divided, but it is very difficult to form any unanimous opinions. ’ 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.
Have my colleagues who have taken upon themselves the white man’s burden of being their trustees, 22 Part I: Quest for Equality: The Political Struggle have they taken up the cudgels for the Fijians or is it the Indians? And who have been prominently fighting for the political rights not only of the Indians but the Fijians as well? ’ So even politically we have not been in any way your opponents or your adversaries. 20 We have elected to be satisfied with occupying the position of the tenant of the Fijian in this Colony and all that we have been asking for is security of tenure.
Our experience and knowledge of the type of Indians nominated by the Government to fill the positions in different local bodies, and in the Legislative Council of this Colony in the past, give us strong reasons to believe that the people nominated by the Government will be on the whole the people who will be acquiescent to Legislative and Executive measures irrespective of whether they will be in the interest or against the interest of the community. It must be remembered that the Indian community here is progressing rapidly in their way of life and is day by day taking keener and more intelligent interest in their own development and in the development of this Colony.