HE IS BACK: The OLD violent racist and nationalist Inoke Kubuabola who drove thousands of Indo-Fijians out of Fiji in 1987 is standing for election under FijiFirst Party banner, led by Bainimarama and Khaiyum!
'After the coups of 1987 and 2000, there was a mass exodus from Fiji of tens of thousands of our best and brightest people..This exodus was a national tragedy that robbed Fiji of the opportunity to develop itself years ago into the nation that it is only now starting to become – unified, proud, with a keen sense of purpose and punching above its weight in our region and the world.'
VICTOR LAL, the author of the above book, was among the thousands of Indo-Fijians who was driven out of Fiji after the 1987 coups by the racist and violent actions of Fijifirst party candidate and present Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola; in 2000, as Minister for Information in the short-lived post-Speight coup Qarase-led government, Kubuabola took out a full page advertisement in the Daily Post to condemn Lal for standing up for human rights in Fiji. Ironically, the Bainimarama/Khaiyum regime also declared Lal persona non grata from the country of his birth - FIJI - after he exposed, in 2008, Bainimarama's then Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry's secret $2million in Sydney bank account. Bainimarama and Khaiyum had refused to sack Chaudhry from their Cabinet.
24 August 2000: Kubuabola attacks Victor Lal after joining post George Speight coup as Minister for Information in the interim Qarase led government:
Excerpt from Victor Lal: Fiji: Coups in Paradise - Race, Politics and Military Intervention:
The South Asian diaspora came into being with the end of slavery in the British Empire. Huge numbers of labourers were recruited in the Indian sub-continent for indentured labour schemes, notably in Southeast Asia, South and East Africa, Mauritius, Fiji and the Caribbean, and also in French colonies. Later there were waves of 'free' immigration to these and other countries, including, in the last generation, Britain itself and North America. This set of essays by scholars from several different disciplines offers detailed accounts of the experience of the migrant communities, and the editors contribute valuable overviews. South Asians Overseas: Migration and Ethnicity, originally published in 1990, is an indispensable resource for scholars interested in the diaspora, or concerned with problems of migration; re-published by Cambridge University Press in paperback, February 2010