“The Little Minister”.
By a Fijileaks commentator
Fijileaks: Reddy had called the manager of the school after which Prasad sent him the email (23 November), also copied to Khaiyum, telling Reddy that such petty-mindedness was unbecoming of an Education Minister; Reddy claims he did not demand for the removal of Biman Prasad but just that it was not right for Prasad to speak first.
Fijileaks to "The Little Minister": "It is not a storm in a tea cup tantrum"
"Today was a happy occasion for the school and it was not about politics. You made it so and it is regrettable" - Prasad to Reddy
Reddy’s comments follow a letter written by NFP Leader Biman Prasad saying that Dr Mahendra Reddy demanded that Prasad be removed from the program of the Tamavua Primary School prize giving ceremony and the opening of the new school hall today.
Dr Reddy was invited to speak as the Chief Guest while Prasad a patron of the school was also invited to speak at the event.
The Education Minister says he did not demand for the removal of Biman Prasad but just that it was not right for Prasad to speak first.
Biman Prasad who wrote to Dr Mahendra Reddy says he was supposed to speak as a Patron and talk about Jagindar Singh and his contribution to the school.
He says the programme was made several days before and he is sure that Dr Reddy knew about the program.
Prasad claims that he was told this morning that Dr Mahendra Reddy demanded that he be removed from the programme and not be allowed to speak.
He also claims that Dr Reddy demanded that if he was present, the Education Minister will not officiate as Chief Guest. Prasad says as a mark of respect for Jagindar Singh he decided to remove himself from the programme and returned to the office.
He says he found such petty‑mindedness from Dr Reddy unbecoming of an Education Minister. He says today was a happy occasion for the school and it was not about politics but Dr Reddy made it so and it is regrettable.
According to Biman Prasad two days ago, he shared the same platform with Minister Parveen Bala at the opening of the Westfield Villas in Nadi and they had a great opening.
Prasad has also copied the letter to the Acting Prime Minister for his information. Source: Fijivillage News
This Student Beater is still at the school - with Reddy turning blind eye:
THE PARTING OF WAYS: One (Biman Prasad) went onto lead the NFP and the other (Mahendra Reddy) ran the post 2006 coup Commerce Commission, joined FijiFirst Party, and is now "The Little Minister" of Education in Fiji:
From Fiji Sun archive, December 2006:
By VICTOR LAL
As the military tightened its noose around the Laisenia Qarase’s multi-party government with threats to depose it, two of the country’s leading Indo-Fijian economists, Professor Biman Prasad and Dr Mahendra Reddy, wrote to the Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry on 26 November 2006, calling upon him to recommend the formation of a government of national unity to avert a military coup.
The economists were writing to Mr Chaudhry not only as concerned citizens but also as members of the Indo-Fijian community, and the fact that Mr Chaudhry had the mandate of the majority of their respective community. Uppermost in the minds of the two economists was the spectre of violence against the Indo-Fijians, and Mr Chaudhry’s alleged “conspicuous silence on the role of the military”.
They recalled the violence that emanated from the 2000 coup and did not rule of new outbreak of violence in the event of a coup: “Any intervention by the military could start widespread violence against the Indians throughout the country and this may be hard for the army to control. There is evidence of this happening in 2000.” As members of the Indo-Fijian community the two of them told Mr Chaudhry that “the Indians could be the targets of all sorts of violence and discrimination”.
Professor Prasad and Dr Reddy also feared that the military might abrogate the 1997 Constitution and there was also a possibility of the re-introduction of a more racially based constitution as the 1990 Constitution following the Rabuka coups of 1987. For the full letter to Mr Chaudhry see page 3: