FIJI AT 50: FLAGGING UP Aiyaz Khaiyum's plans to change Fiji's FLAG because of colonial symbols CANNOT wipe out Britain's colonial role in the inhumane and degrading treatment of indentured Indians, 1879-1920
LIKE BLACK LIVES MATTER, the descendants of Indian Indentured Labourers must never forget Britain's hideous role in the workings of the Indenture System - the New Form of Slavery- and maybe demand COMPENSATION from BRITAIN. After all, when slavery was abolished in 1834, the British continued with maintaining the system through the Indian Indentured Labour System throughout the British Empire. The British institutions are removing plagues and statues of slave owners and their supporters, and yet Indo-Fijians, unaware of their indenture past to a large degree, are NOT demanding the same in Fiji. As for the hardcore nationalists in SODELPA, the new incarnations of SAKIASI BUTADROKA, the Indo-Fijians must ensure that they do not succeed, for in any future SODELPA led Government, their policies against them will come perilously close to those of Sitiveni Rabuka and George Speight in 1987 and 2000. If SODELPA wants to win the 2022 general election, it must extend its bridgehead in the Indo-Fijian community. Not to drive a wedge with nationalistic pronouncements. Sadly, Indo-Fijians had not aggressively confronted and eliminated the 'Butadroka cancer' in Fiji politics. It is still not too late, if they want their children to celebrate next 50 years in Fiji. We say, as we have stated for 50 YEARS, the displacement of Indo-Fijians from BRITISH INDIA prevented the dispossession of the Fijians in colonial Fiji. Indeed, ironically, the indentured Indian was uprooted specifically to prevent the disintegration of the Fijian way of life following the Deed of Cession in 1874. Below, excerpted from Brij Lal and Michael Pretes,
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY ONE YEARS LATER: Speight's VICTIMS:
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Of course it will always be there as a deep scar regardless of how much disdain Khaiyum has for the British. The last thing we need now is a radicalized BLM version of tearing down statues of colonial figures as a reminder of the indentured labor system.
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