By Brij V Lal
This choice 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 pace-setter, 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 e-book will locate an honoured position between others on Fiji's complicated and contested sleek background. Harish Sharma Former chief of the nationwide Federation get together and Deputy best Minister of Fiji** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Should we not make allowance for the progress that these two communities, the Fijian and the Indian, will be making in the years to come, and in view of that ensure the European leadership for this Colony, and do not members see that that will be the best way to ensure it? The European community will then remain the leaders and the true leaders of the people of Fiji. There will be one further advantage—a common denominator of political outlook will be developed in this Colony. As it is we are all thinking in narrow terms, of our racial interests, but if we take that bold step forward, we would all be thinking in general terms, the interests of the people of this Colony.
Under most circumstances election was preferable, but it presupposed common aims and interests which even in the Indian community, as was instanced in the case of the Muslims and other minorities, did not exist. Again the natives, the largest single unit in the population, are strongly opposed to the elective principle. Therefore the acceptance by all races of the nominative principle appears to be the only means of securing lasting political peace for the present. His Excellency was unable to make any pronouncement as to the attitude of the European community which returned the greatest number in any of the three races of unofficial members under the present constitution, but he thought it not unlikely that the Europeans might be willing to make a sacrifice in the interests of the attainment of a lasting solution.
In view of the recent change in the constitution of the Municipal Councils of this Colony and in view of certain statements made by Your Excellency and the two Indian members in the Legislative Council, our minds rightly or wrongly associated Your Excellency's visit to England with the constitutional changes that Your Excellency suggested to the Secretary of State on your last visit home. If we are correct in our surmise, we would respectfully ask Your Excellency to bear patience with us if we place our point of view at some length and to convey it—if possible—verbatim to the Secretary of State for his full consideration.