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Ratu Epeli Reminds Group To Remember Forefathers

Ratu Epeli Reminds Group To Remember Forefathers
Former President and University of Fiji, Chancellor, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau gives an award to Krish Deo for scoring the highest mark in Hindi in the Fiji Year 13 Certificate examination in 2017 during the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji’s centennial anniversary celebration at Gurukul Primary School grounds in Saweni, Lautoka on May 27, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
May 28
11:00 2018

The University of Fiji chancellor Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has reminded mem­bers of the Arya Pratindhi Sabha of Fiji celebrating their centenary anniver­sary to always remember their forefathers.

The former President of Fiji said it was an honour for him to be invited as chief guest at the event.

He was speaking during the Arya Pratin­dhi Sabha of Fiji Centenary Celebrations at Gurukul Primary School ground in Saweni, Lautoka.

“This is a remarkable day and as you cel­ebrate this moment try to also remember your forefathers who have been the back­bone of the establishment of the Arya Pratindhi Sabha of Fiji,” Ratu Epeli said.

“This is also an important day for the na­tional body for the Arya Samaj movement.

“When the first Arya Samaj was founded in Samabula by nine indentured labourers, this later played a major role in Fiji’s devel­opment and success.”

Arya Pratindhi Sabha of Fiji president, Arun Padarath said it was a historic day celebrating 100 years of purposeful exist­ence and a moment that would be cherished in the future.

“Apart from promoting the divine Vedic knowledge of the vedas, the sabha in the past 100 years has a made a very impacting contribution towards educating the nation.

“Today and the days ahead will dictate to the Sabha its future directions hence rul­ing over our shortfalls if any will begin today.”

Maharaj scores highest in Hindi

Meanwhile, Krish Deo Maharaj received the Pundit Ami Chandra Vidyalankar Me­morial Award during the celebrations.

He was given $500 prize money for scoring the highest marks in the Hindi paper in the Fiji Year 13 Certificate Examinations last year.

He was a student at Pundit Shreedhar Ma­haraj College in Wainibokasi.

“It is an honour to receive this award, as the world is getting more modernised with the availability of the latest technology and lifestyles,” he said.

“It is very important that we know our culture especially to speak and write in our mother tongue.

Mr Maharaj is now pursuing a Bachelor of Education at the University of the South Pacific.

Edited by Percy Kean

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