By Brij V Lal, Michael Pretes
May possibly 19, 2000. Fiji’s democratically elected multiracial executive is hijacked via a gaggle of armed gunmen led by means of George Speight, and held hostage for 50 days. Suva, the capital, is torched and looted as Speight’s supporters assemble at the lawns of the parliamentary advanced, dancing, cooking foodstuff, celebrating the purported abrogation of the structure that introduced the People’s Coalition executive to energy. the rustic is plunged into darkness once more, enduring the soreness of 3 coups in a interval of simply 13 years. the method of therapeutic and reconciliation, symbolised via the enactment of a brand new structure, unanimously licensed by way of Parliament and blessed by way of the robust nice Council of Chiefs, lies discarded, as winds of ethnic chauvinism sweep throughout the nation-state, destructive the delicate cloth of multiculturalism that used to be rigorously built through such a lot of over a long time. The economic climate is close to cave in, investor self assurance has vanished, and the easiest and the brightest are searching for succour on different seashores. Fiji falls sufferer, all over again, to the bias and greed of a bit of its humans. This publication gathers jointly a handful of memoirs of these tragic occasions in Fiji. They have been written whereas the gun was once nonetheless smoking; own, anguished reactions of individuals from all walks of lifestyles, all in favour of a rustic all of them love yet deeply distressed via the advancements there. they're first reactions. they're going to in time develop into crucial construction blocks for a bigger interpretive framework of educational research approximately origins, approaches and affects. instantly from the center, those memoirs could be remembered because the humans of Fiji and their pals in different places give some thought to the wreckage and damage caused through that act of insanity within the month of may possibly 2000.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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A new election in September returned Mara and the Alliance with a secure majority, but the events of April carried grave portents. They revealed the depth of antiIndian feeling among some Fijians, the inclination of Mara that he was the natural leader of the nation and, possibly most reprehensibly, the neglect of the Fijian leadership to assure its following that an Indian-controlled government would not have the constitutional power to interfere with Fijians’ land ownership or with their valued social and cultural institutions.
These interim arrangements lasted until 1992. Then, following elections under a new Constitution that vitiated the Indian vote, a civilian government, but with Rabuka now as Prime Minister and Mara as President, came to power. International pressure and also, it should be noted, reasoned voices within Fiji called, however, for the 1990 Constitution to be replaced with a more democratic one. That was duly enacted in 1999, and in the ensuing election Rabuka was defeated by his Indian rival Mahendra Chaudhry.
Most Fijians adopted Christianity readily. We found the values consistent with our own. Fijians are very generous people, but within our own system, there are also obligations. Some people from other cultures do not understand this. They think that when someone gives you something, it is a ‘good deal’, a ‘bargain’, and you should take more, and more, and more. The British brought non-indigenous people to Fiji for their colonial economic purposes. They came in great numbers. They were of a different culture with different customs from our own; they married young and multiplied rapidly.