The former NFP leader Jai Ram Reddy's nominee on the CRC, the late Professor Brij Lal, it has emerged recently was NOT even a Fiji citizen. He had renounced his citizenship and had taken Australian and American passports in 1993 and 1995 respectively. So, Indo-Fijians didn't have a local representative from Fiji to counter Rabuka's nominee Tomasi Vakatora. Vakatora was formerly a member of the cabinet sub-committee whose recommendations had formed the basis of the racist 1990 Constitution. For twenty-five years we were under the impression that the late Professor Brij Lal was holding on to his Fiji citizenship with permanent residency status in Australia. We were wrong. Again, we won't be stifled by spurious retort that 'Dead Man Tell No Tales'. Facts are Facts. In other words, the 1997 Constitution was drafted by two foreigners (Professor Brij Lal, Sir Paul Reeves) and the local one and his family were major debtors to Rabuka's collapsed National Bank of Fiji.
Fijileaks: Our Founding Editor-in-Chief was on personal terms with the late Tomasi Vakatora, for the Vakatoras and the Lals (Victor's family) were staunch Alliance Party stalwarts since the 1960s. Yet, after 1987 coups, the Lal family found the same Vakatora had disenfranchised and reduced them to second-class citizens in Rabuka's racist 1990 Constitution of Fiji. The worst insult heaped on the Indo-Fijians in the Alliance Party was when Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau and Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara endorsed Rabuka's coup, with Ratu Mara stating that, 'the egg has been broken now. We cannot go back to the  Constitution in which we enjoyed peace and stability for a lomg time and we have to find a Constitution that has to accomodate what has now been shown quiet clearly: the wish of the indgenous people.' The two chiefs dispensed with multi-racialism
"When the telephone call came in early March 1995 from Jai Ram Reddy, Fiji's Leader of the Opposition and the long term leader of the Indo-Fijian community, asking me to be his nominee on the Constitution Review
Commission, I was naturally overwhelmed. The appointment was not unexpected."
Professor Brij Lal