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Girmit Era ‘A Learning Experience

Girmit Era ‘A Learning Experience
The celebration at the Girmit Centre in Lautoka, was held to pay tribute to Fiji’s Girmitiyas who first arrived in Fiji in 1879.
May 23
11:00 2018

Girmitiyas and their de­scendants live in a region that by and large has im­mense potential for progress, peace and prosperity, a gathering in Lautoka was told.

The comment came from Man­preet Kaur, the Co-Director for Foundation Studies and Lecturer in Linguistics at University of Fiji Saweni Campus in Lautoka, dur­ing the Girmit Diwas celebrations at the Girmit Centre Hall last Sat­urday.

The celebration was held to pay tribute to Fiji’s Girmitiyas who first arrived in Fiji in 1879.

Ms Kaur said those celebrations gave new significance and impetus to Girmit celebrations.

She said there was a new sense of freedom and togetherness in Fiji recently and celebrations re­inforced that spirit of unity and oneness.

“The Girmit people had come from a community with a language and culture, which gave them the will and wisdom to create another in another land,” Ms Kaur said.

“Today no matter what different destinations we may be contem­plating, we have one thing in com­mon and that is a common country, shared citizenry and destiny that give us all a common identity on which a decent present can be cre­ated and a vibrant future forged.

“Education was one sure way of liberating the indentured descend­ants not only from the shackles of Girmit, but freeing the mind of men and women and instilling in them self-respect.

“A gift of the Girmitiyas to us was if they had not embarked on those fateful journeys, we would not be where we are today,” Ms Kaur said.

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Edited by Epineri Vula

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