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Students Remember Kuppuswami

Girmitiya who helped establish Sangam institutions in Fiji celebrated Zafiya Shamim Suva Sadhu Kuppuswami was a great role model and he had a lot of pride in his culture says
01 Aug 2014 07:38

Girmitiya who helped establish Sangam institutions in Fiji celebrated

Zafiya Shamim
Suva

Dr Mahendra Reddy (standing second from right), with students and teachers during the Sadhu Kuppuswami Day celebrations at Nasinu Sangam School yesterday. Photo: Wati Talebula

Sadhu Kuppuswami was a great role model and he had a lot of pride in his culture says Rhea Tanisha Sukul of Nasinu Sangam School.
The Year Seven student made the comments during the Sadhu Kuppuswami Day celebration at their school yesterday.
Kuppuswami was born in India in 1890 and arrived in Fiji on April 12, 1912, as an indentured labourer.
Chief guest former chairman of Fiji Commerce Commission Dr Mahendra Reddy said it was important for students to learn about Kuppuswami.
“He was a great man of strong spiritual base with the vision of people living together irrespective of religious beliefs,” Dr Reddy said.
School headteacher Kamal Lal said Kuppuswami had inspired South Indians in Fiji to have pride in their culture and language.
“He was instrumental in the establishment of the Sangam organisation in Fiji,” Mr Lal said.
He said he was the founder of the school, Sewak Ratnam Sadhu Kuppuswami and he died in 1956 at the age of 66.
“Every year we celebrate this important day so that students could learn more about him,” Rhea said.
She said they not only got to learn new things but they also performed drama’s dance performances among other activities.
“We hope students will become balanced individuals capable of making good decisions in their life and interact with dignity and respect.”
zafiya.shamim@fijisun.com.fj




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