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, may 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 venture. This e-book will locate an honoured position between others on Fiji's complicated and contested smooth background. Harish Sharma Former chief of the nationwide Federation social gathering and Deputy major Minister of Fiji** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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We ourselves have advocated the principle that the interests of the Fijians must always remain paramount in this Colony, that where those interests come into conflict with our interests, we readily agree to make our interests subservient to theirs. Thank goodness our hands are clean, they are not stained with the blood of any race. Thank God our hearts are clean, we have worked hard and earned our bread by the sweat of the brow and from that bread we have always been ready and willing through our frugality to pass a portion to anyone else who cared to accept our hospitality or ask for our help.
To this Mr. K. B. ’ Your Excellency may be aware that long before these statements were made by the two Indian members, they have ceased to retain the confidence of their constituents. Their constituents have time and often denounced them and their policy. In making the statements referred to, they have not consulted their constituents and deliberately with a set purpose have elected to grossly misrepresent the views of their constituents in order to serve their own personal ends. The term of the present Legislature is now about to expire.
It is just a question of mutual trust and confidence. Are we going to do something ourselves to foster amongst all these various communities that trust and confidence or are we just going to raise these bugbears one against the other and keep this Colony eternally divided into racial compartments? I know that in this Colony there is a certain type of European mind—not in all cases because I know there are many who understand and appreciate it—to whom the very mention of this word ‘common roll’ or ‘common franchise’ is a bugbear.
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