By Brij V Lal
This number of the writings and speeches of 1 of Fiji's maximum statesmen, the overdue Mr advert Patel, issues to another destiny which, if allowed to come back to fruition, could have spared Fiji the destiny it later encountered in its postcolonial trip. As a pacesetter, Mr Patel was once unmatchable in mind and oratorical brilliance, glimpses of which we see during this quantity. Dr Lal merits to be congratulated for his endurance and perseverance in finishing this undertaking. This ebook will locate an honoured position between others on Fiji's advanced and contested smooth heritage. Harish Sharma Former chief of the nationwide Federation social gathering and Deputy leading Minister of Fiji** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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2. That your humble petitioners are aware that the Indian community has never authorized the preparation and presentation of any petition advocating or supporting the introduction of a system of nominated representation in the Legislative Council of Fiji, or in the Municipal Councils of Suva and Levuka. 3. That your humble petitioners are shocked to learn that Mr. B. Singh supported by Mr. Munswamy Mudaliar16 did on the 16th day of May 1935 introduce into the Legislative Council of Fiji a motion advocating that the European and Indian members be nominated and not elected and that the said motion was carried by 5 to 3 unofficial votes.
Now let us consider the economic aspect. We developed this Colony and as the Commissioner of Labour pointed out, our people are the very sinews of the economic life of the Colony. Not only have we been paying higher and higher rents into your own hands but we are producing the wealth of this Colony, and directly or indirectly all races share in it and benefit by it and the Fijians are no exception, and let me point out that the money that they make from the Indians is mostly spent in European or Chinese concerns.
His Excellency stated that his visit to England had no connection with the changes in the constitution; that neither he nor the Government would take the initiative in any proposed change, and that if an amendment is desired it would have to come as a result of some action in the Legislative Council by unofficial members and without any participation of the officials. His Excellency analysed the political situation from the date of his first arrival as Governor of the Colony in November 1929, immediately after the three first Indian elected members led by Mr.