By Brij V Lal
This selection of the writings and speeches of 1 of Fiji's maximum statesmen, the past due Mr advert Patel, issues to another destiny which, if allowed to come back to fruition, may have spared Fiji the destiny it later encountered in its postcolonial trip. As a pacesetter, Mr Patel used to be unmatchable in mind and oratorical brilliance, glimpses of which we see during this quantity. Dr Lal merits to be congratulated for his persistence and perseverance in finishing this venture. This ebook will locate an honoured position between others on Fiji's complicated and contested sleek historical past. Harish Sharma Former chief of the nationwide Federation occasion and Deputy major Minister of Fiji** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Munswamy Mudaliar to introduce or to support such a motion. 5. That your humble petitioners strongly oppose the said motion and the introduction of a system of nomination in the Legislative Council of Fiji. 6. That your humble petitioners respectfully submit that the suggested reversion to the nominated system of representation is not in the best interest of the Colony and the various races resident therein and that it would be a direct negation of British democratic ideals. 7. That your humble petitioners are and have always been in favour of a system of franchise and respectfully urge that the present system of election be continued.
A: While common roll is unattainable, we would regard this as satisfactory. Q: In view of the opposition to the elective principle of the Fijians and of Indian minorities, do you regard the elective or the nominative system as the better suited to the conditions in the Colony? A: It is admitted that the Indian community is not homogenous, but we ask that the elective principle should be retained. 14 A: A Muslim candidate would have an equal chance with a candidate derived from any other Indian section or community.
12 Part I: Quest for Equality: The Political Struggle Q: On the assumption that the common roll principle at present is unattainable, would you regard the present distribution of seats as equitable? A: No. Q: How far do you subscribe to my contention that the principle of equality between the three races should be attained by an equal distribution of seats between the three races? A: While common roll is unattainable, we would regard this as satisfactory. Q: In view of the opposition to the elective principle of the Fijians and of Indian minorities, do you regard the elective or the nominative system as the better suited to the conditions in the Colony?
A Vision for Change: Speeches and Writings of AD Patel, 1929-1969 by Brij V Lal