Letters

Past hurts

Written By : Mosmi Bhim Suva . It is disappointing that in spite of the fact that Indo-Fijians in Fiji have suffered the most in all the coups in Fiji,
23 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Mosmi Bhim Suva . It is disappointing that in spite of the fact that Indo-Fijians in Fiji have suffered the most in all the coups in Fiji, politicians – and sons of politicians – continue to use inflammatory language that could incite further antagonism against Indo-Fijians.
Suva lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry is kindly reminded here that the majority of Indo-Fijians in Fiji are peaceful, law-abiding citizens.
It is highly irresponsible for a person in his position to use inciteful language on national television just to gain the attention of the public.
Freedom of expression does not give the right to express views which could be detrimental to the security of others, especially those who are less well off than yourself.
Mr Chaudhry and his family may be able to run away overseas anytime because of their extensive overseas savings, property and PR status in Australia.
The fact that Mr Chaudhry and his father were subjected to the most serious human rights violations in Fiji’s post-independence history during the 56-day hostage crisis in 2000 does not give them the right to try and make the rest of Indo-Fijians feel guilty.
The courts have spoken and the main 2000 coup perpetrators have been sentenced. Chaudhry senior has even collected compensation to resettle overseas.
It is time to let the wounds of the past heal so we can move on to build a better Fiji.
If Mr Chaudhry and his family cannot let go of past hurts, then they should seriously consider retiring from politics.



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