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Where to now? By Non Fijian
Every now and then we see statements from political leaders, comments from unionists, opinion pieces from democracy fighters and a few masterpieces from people like Professor Wadan Narsey regarding prevailing situations.
But there is no use going back to 2006 over and over again and trying to analyse how the political situation in Fiji unfolded.
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GCC would have been the best option for Bainimarama to be granted immunity. But then of course Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum got Bainimarama to abolish it which ensures ASK as the only option for Bainimara’s survival because he can manipulate the law and the new constitution. Bainimarama’s only hope now is ASK, law, new constitution and possible elections to legitimize him.
Qarase recently admitted that there is no racism in SDL. Ro Teimumu Kepa, too, recently explained that it is not about Fijians. The question is Why not? All the battles in history are for the race, country or religion and the leaders stood by their beliefs. It is fact that Fiji belongs to Fijians and Fiji’s identity is Fijians.
The Indian community can be categorized as the most unfortunate people in Fiji. Today they cannot call India their homeland or Fiji. They were either brought in to Fiji by force or some came here to pursue their business and other aspirations. However, there is no doubt that Indians are proud to be Indians. Their only grievance today could be racial discrimination that exists at work places or access to the other resources such as land.
There is also no doubt that Fijians are willing to live with Indians as brothers and sisters as they do today as long as their rights are intact. It is about accepting the facts and living with one another in harmony.
The biggest question here is that no one is willing to openly stand up for their race. If a Fijian stands up and speaks for Fijians, then he or she will be called a “RACIST”. If an Indian speaks for Fijians then he or she becomes a “TRAITOR”. This is the dilemma we are facing today in Fiji.
The “prime minister” is just a simple man with arrogance, no intellect, no dignity and no values whatsoever. It is shame that the people who are holding the titles “minister” have no dignity and continue to hold the titles knowing very well that they do not belong to them. How can a man sleep with this guilt and shame and most of all showing off him/herself as a “minister” to his/her own community?
We have people such as JB and Suli who every now and then write articles that are too complicated, hard to understand and with no start or an end. They all want only to show that they exist and are already dreaming about ministerial titles if a change happens.