CASTE or CLASS: The official speech of Nazhat Shameem in Geneva and posted on Fiji's Geneva Mission website on 27 February says CLASS
10/3/2017 08:34:26 am
SODELPA is makeing mocury of this statement. They think Rambo will get the political millage oUT of it.
10/3/2017 11:22:39 am
Gosh this is unnecessarily messy as racism is a sword that cuts both ways and does not help Fiji's situation at all.
10/3/2017 02:19:41 pm
10/3/2017 04:38:18 pm
10/3/2017 08:51:03 pm
Is the learned Madam seriously attempting to patronise viewers of that awful speech with an edited speech?
It's very simple
11/3/2017 10:09:14 am
Why majority itaukeis do not have access to basic needs to date is simple. For those who gave their spare land to nation building to British run Government as gifted land for economic improvement of the nation, those Fijians have ripped the benefits of getting basic needs catered for. They were given back proceeds from leasing out those land by Govt called ALTA land.
11/3/2017 09:13:54 pm
Those comments coming from one of the wealthiest, ostentatious and most politically connected couples in Fiji ring hollow and smacks of hipocracy and double standards. The comments are not only ahistorical but also sociologically inaccurate. The fact is the British colonial policy of indirect rule supported a particular ruling elite as a means for rule over the masses in all countries where the British established themselves such as India, Egypt, Africa and the Caribbean. Fiji was no different. When settled agriculture started in the late 1850s at first cotton plantations slave labor was brought in through raids on indigenous settlements in various parts of Fiji by white blackbirders with the help of Tongan mercenaries like Maaufu and his henchmen working under the influence of gunrunning merchants like Hennings. Then Melanesians were stolen from their islands and brought as slaves to Fiji. The process continued after the collapse of cotton and the switch to coconut oil and then sugar. From 1869 through the influence of the British East India Company cheap labour was brought in from India. A dual system was created where natives and the new influx of labour were administered desperately and differently. When you read accounts of the period from the writings of Dr Ahmed Ali the indentured labourers looked down on the indigenous population as "jaangli" or savages and similar negative views were held by the natives towards the new migrants. The British as they did everywhere used race as an ideology to divide and rule. The manipulation of deep seated prejudice and fears was seen by the British as the cheapest means for a handful of white elites with their foppish ways to rule over a swathing mass of dark skinned illiterates, To be expected at enforced independence the ideology of race extended into electoral politics when deep seated insecurities of the main ethnic groups were used by both sides of the political divide to garner support among the illiterate masses. There was a time in the -1950s when chiefs from Bau, Taveuni, Rewa and Lau -/ eastern Fiji -- could be described as a privileged class relative to the ordinary people. What determined their material difference was their occupation. But this structure began to change from the 1960s on when education started to determine who progressed up the social ladder. This is why few of the descendants of those you might call the privileged Class then are to be found in prominent positions from even prior to Bainimarama and Khaiyum's coup up until today. The lady ambassador far from being concerned about the accuracy of her statement was merely concerned with mouthing a particular point of view to legitimise the government that put her there in the first place. The speech actually sounds like it was written by Khaiyum himself. He obviously failed his History and Sociology classes at USP if he took them st all as st USP he was but a drama student interested in Shakespear and theatrics
12/3/2017 11:38:41 pm
Without the insights of history ( an understanding of the historical context and experience ) and a sociological perspective one can at best provide only a superficial and at worse a misguided reading and analysis of the contemporary Fiji politics and society. That is the predicament of Madam Nazhat Shameem's speech as Gulong has correctly pointed out.
13/3/2017 09:15:58 am
@Chiku, does that means one has to be a PHD in Sociology to talk abt Social issues?
22/3/2017 04:00:45 pm
When sociology professor Nii KPlange ( look up his research and publications ) and trained sociologist with expertise in military sociology as well Mensah Adinkrah ( Crime, Deviance & Delinguency in Fiji, 1995 ) talk about social issues they speak with expert authority and illuminate the issue they speak on. Their views are respected and held in high regard .
22/3/2017 10:20:03 am
I don't think she even realizes that the caste system came with the first indentured laborers since the class system was already there.
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