Fijileaks: We will also publish an opinion column by Victor Lal to demonstrate why this Niko Nawaikula, the SODELPA MP who has a penchant for recklessly pushing an i-taukei agenda, will be held responsible for the party's defeat at the polls - he is coming across as a cross between the two rabid nationalists Ratu Meli Vesikula and Ratu Inoke Kubuabola who conspired with Sitiveni Rabuka (now SODELPA leader) to turn Fiji into an apartheid state - it is quite obvious Nawaikula refuses to be a student of Fiji's turbulent history - barking on indigenous rights only will not win election! The Ghostly Face of poster boy Rabuka is still a living memory in the hearts and homes of his victims of all races. We refuse to suck on the "lolly pop" that to catch a thief at the next poll, we need to set an old thief - Sitiveni Rabuka - the Father of Coups in Fiji; We will also analyze the new party HOPE which we believe will not be able to COPE with 'Grog-DOPED' ELOPES from other parties!
Fijileaks: Fijians in this analysis means native Fijians - now i-taukeis
BY VICTOR LAL
The Daily Post (Fiji), 2001
SEVERAL Fijian political parties in the forthcoming  general election are promising the Fijian voters heaven and earth if they come to power. It is surprising however that none of the Fijian parties have told the prospective Fijian voters why their kith and kin are still the object of pity in a country where they own most of the land, held power in collaboration with the British colonists since 1874, and later for the next thirty years after independence in 1970 on their own, until the rise and demise of the bogeyman or tiboro (Satan) Mahendra Pal Chaudhry, the first Prime Minister of Indo-Fijian origin in Fiji.
Today, we have decided to take a dip into history to find out if the native Fijians themselves have been taking seriously the various blueprints for development that has been suggested or foisted upon them since 1874 when the eastern Fijian chiefs ceded Fiji to Great Britain. Buried deep into the dusty archives of Colonial governors and their erstwhile Colonial or acting Colonial secretaries at the University of Oxford's former Institute of Colonial Studies, a legacy of the preponderance of Oxbridge civil servants, I was granted special permission to examine the files of one Thomas Edward Fell, a former colonial District Officer in Ba and one time acting Colonial Secretary of Fiji in the 1960s. Among hundreds of his private letters and submissions from his Fiji days one that struck me of importance was his highly confidential submission to the Burns Commission, that had been set up to look into the affairs of the colony, including the issue of Fijian land and its proper use for the benefit of the natives and other races in the country.
Since the overthrow of the Chaudhry government by a part-European or kailoma, one George Speight alias Ilikimi Naitini, the buzz word around the talanoa bowls and inside the Great Council of Chiefs meetings is that Fijian culture, language, tradition, and land is under threat in the 21st Century. If we are not careful and united by the grace of GOD, including in this instance under the spiritual guidance of the Methodist Church of Fiji, history will repeat itself.
'If history is going to be scientific, if the record of human action is going to be set down with that accuracy and faithfulness of detail,' wrote the descendant of a black American slave W.E.Dubois, 'which will allow its use as a measuring rod and guidepost for the future of nations, there must be set some standards of ethics in research and interpretation'. 'If, on the other hand,' continued Dubois, 'we are going to use history for our pleasure and amusement, for inflating our national ego, and giving us a false but pleasurable sense of accomplishment, then we must give the idea of history as a science or as an art using the results of science, and admit frankly that we are using a version of historic fact in order to influence and educate the new generation along the way we wish'.
The Indo-Fijians: Curse of History
The Indo-Fijians are historically blamed for the Fijians present sorry state of affairs. We are repeatedly told that if a Fijian is not elected as Prime Minister to lead the country after the election, Fiji will once again explode. The blame will squarely lie on the shoulders of Indo-Fijians. The only way to avert Fijian uprising with catastrophic consequences is to elect a Prime Minister of Fijian descent, and convert the Senate into a Great Council of Chiefs chamber (we will write on this proposal one of these days), and the vulagi Indo-Fijians should quietly continue to make sacrifices until their Fijian hosts have caught up with them economically, educationally, and democratically in the future. Democracy, after all, according to Laisenia Qarase, is 'a foreign flower' which is still in the budding stage in Fiji.
Such a gross distortion of reality on the supposed backwardness of the Fijians because of the Indo-Fijians, whether individually or collectively on the part of the Fijians and the Great Council of Chiefs, requires serious examination. It reflects an extreme case of national neurosis. It would be too much, of course, to expect the Fijian leaders and chiefs to go back over their own historical record and especially over the numerous injustices committed against the Indo-Fijians since 1879.
In pursuance of twisted historical logic, Indo-Fijians have been called many things. The political consequences that flow from the refusal to accept Indo-Fijians as citizens of Fiji are appalling. They have caused tragedy and suffering beyond imagination. In pursuance of distorted logic Indo-Fijians who have lived in Fiji all their lives are called 'guests' or temporary sojourners. What is really meant by this is that Indo-Fijians cannot claim any political, social and other human rights in the country. Their lot in Fiji, which they built by their aching sinews, is that of pure labour to be commanded at the behest of their Fijian hosts. If they want political representation this they can find in their 'original' homelands. If they call themselves Fijians or Indo-Fijians, they are said to be making preposterous claims full of sinister motives.
What questions should the study of Fiji history provide answers to for the present generation of Fijians and their chiefly leaders? One question, and perhaps the most important one, is: how come the Fijians are still lagging behind other races in a country so endowed by Nature and human resources, and could still be entangled in an ever deepening crisis?
To be continued: The Fijian Sphinx? The View of the Colonist T. Fell on The Fijian: A Spoilt Child; The Communal system: brake on progresses; The Fijian Administration-Shake Up; Education and Progress; The Schedule A and B lands in Fiji; Non-Fijian Point of View-Fell; Fijian Point of View-Fell; Time for Plain Talking; The Fijian leaders: A burden of responsibility
This is a bus stand petition [re Fijian by-laws]! - PM
SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula’s motion to refer a petition to stop the Village By-Law consultations and to take it to a Parliamentary Standing Committee, has been defeated in parliament.
Nawaikula said that nearly 400 people have signed the petition and he was also sitting at the bus stand asking people to sign the petition to stop the government’s proposed village by-law consultations.
He says SODELPA wants the village by-laws but not the one being taken around for consultations.
Nawaikula says the ethos and ideals of villagers have been lost as village by-laws were not enforced since 1966.
He also highlighted that he disagrees with people who say that there should [be] a law for everyone as Nawaikula says the iTaukei still need to have laws that only apply to them.
Nawaikula says these village by-laws should be initiated and agreed to by the iTaukei, not by the government of the day.
He says the government has no right to say that a person is lazy if the iTaukei landowner does not want to touch the forest.
Speaker Doctor Jiko Luveni had earlier highlighted that although the petition was signed by people all over Fiji, it does not mean that the petition was taken all over Fiji.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that this was a bus stand petition and majority of the villagers have asked for the village by-laws.
Bainimarama says the by-laws put in by the colonial government restricts the iTaukei in their current setting.
The Prime Minister says SODELPA is trying to stop the voices of the iTaukei in the villages as the proposed village by-laws have been mooted by the iTaukei.
He also says the consultations continue around the country.
Nawaikula then raised with the Speaker that the Prime Minister should withdraw his comments that he was lying about the petition.
Bainimarama maintained that Nawaikula was economical with the truth as he said that Nawaikula did not take the petition around the country.