Under the headline 'Professor Jha’s made his mark' the Sun yesterday (August 17) printed the following story:
Outgoing Indian High Commissioner Professor Prabhakara Jha will be missed.
Last Sunday, he confirmed that he will be completing his term and leaving the country on September 5.
Professor Jha was one of the diplomats based in Suva who stood by the Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama led-Government despite so-called “smart” sanctions placed by Australia and New Zealand.
India, like other Asian nations, is much more understanding of the challenges Fiji faces and the need for reforms to build a better Fiji.
In one of his speeches at that time, Professor Jha gave an example how India and Pakistan were at war for years but at the same time trade and dialogue continued.
He said that India was going to continue on trade with Fiji and at the same time continue on dialogue with Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama’s government.
Not only that. During his time, the Indian Government offered more scholarships, which enabled more of our people to further their education there.
Plus agriculture assistance, and donations to schools, hospitals and communities.
Professor Jha became a familiar figure in many areas of our country.
The many good works he spearheaded during his time heading the India High Commission made positive impacts in the lives of our people.
We wish Professor Jha and his family well as they prepare to head home.
Editor's Note: We say Jha (pictured above) should have been deported years ago for refusing to disclose why the Indian Government allegedly transferred thousands into Mahendra Chaudhry's Australian bank account in Sydney. Jha had also hosted a Diwali celeberation at his official residence where dictator Frank Bainimarama and one of the judges in the Laisenia Qarase case, Pandit Davendra Pathik, were shamelessly applying Holi power on each other's forehead, raising the question of judicial bias. We say this: We will not miss Jha and his misguided support for Fiji's illegal junta.