Be Real: Letter to the Editor, Fiji Sun
Fiji Sun 05/10/2000 - Letter to the Editor
Sir, IT is timely to remind all the Indo-Fijian community about the status in our beloved country.
Too often we forget that we are a generation of migrants. We want to make this fact untrue but this is simply impossible.
Our Fijian brothers and sisters gave an Indo-Fijian a chance to lead the nation but he failed miserably.
He chose to forget the real aspects of our country's strength, the cultural and traditional morals.
He forgot that in order to become leaders you need to be accommodating, sensitive, impartial, forgiving and most importantly remain human.
This is the very opposite of the supposed to be Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Justice Jai Ram Reddy, if the SVT/NFP coalition came into power.
He mastered his own destruction by being human. He was responsible for the tolerance and common sense that was shown by our Fijian brothers and sisters.
He gave the Indo-Fijians a chance of survival by working towards the 1997 Constitution which put the deposed Government into power. Mahen Chaudhry took advantage of this man's humbleness and fooled his very own people. Today everyone is suffering.
My letter may provoke the thought that I am an NFP crony. I wish to admit that I have been all my life.
The important consideration I have always had is a stable economy and a safe country. These two factors are necessary for a peaceful livelihood.
As an Indo-Fijian I am ashamed that the deposed Prime Minister is globe trotting and calling India his motherland whilst the people that put him in power are suffering in a country that they call their mother and fatherland.
Can the spokesperson of the "People's Coalition," (I now do not remember the name as they change so often), advise their followers who is footing the bill of this globetrotter.
The "People's Coalition" basically have forgotten the fundamentals. The solution of our problem is within our country.
Dialogue, sacrifice of egoism, being realistic, sensitive and consultation is the beginning of finding a solution.
Unfortunately, none of this is in the heart of the deposed Government. We admit that you deserve sympathy on humanitarian grounds, however, 99 percent of the events self- inflicted. The deposed Government was ignoring too many simple signals when they came into power.
I am adamant that we can still mould this beautiful country into our past slogan, "the way the world should be", simple if the "People's Coalition" stops fooling around.
I end this letter with a few questions to the member" of the deposed Government. Have you apologised to the nation for what you have brought upon them? Have you thanked the military and the Great Council of Chiefs for facilitating your release?
Have you thanked the nation for the sacrifice the people went through whilst you were in custody?
It is simple, no one can undo what George and Company has done, we can only move forward.
Mr Chaudhry, in time to come you may write a book and probably make up the lost income but for now please be REAL.
Meja Singh, Suva.