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Open Letter To The Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister Bainimarama, For over 40 years, while living in the Pacific region, I visited Fiji often.  My many visits involved travelling to all the main towns and many
13 Sep 2014 14:28
Open Letter To The Prime Minister
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development Environment and Waterways Mahendra Reddy with some women from the Senidilo women’s group and government officials at Saqani Village on December 13,2019. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua.

Dear Prime Minister Bainimarama,

For over 40 years, while living in the Pacific region, I visited Fiji often.  My many visits involved travelling to all the main towns and many small villages on Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, and some of the outer islands.  I met and interacted with people from all walks of life, from the poorest of the poor to the most prominent.

Because of my support for and involvement with higher education, the late Dr Umanand Prasad graciously introduced my colleague, Dr Reza Chowdhury and me to many people in the business and academic community.  We also visited numerous villages where we met and interacted with local villagers and prominent professionals.

In spite of the usual island peculiarities and problems, the kindness and culture of the Fijian people warmed my heart profoundly!

In addition, everywhere I went, I heard nothing but the highest praise for you and your leadership.  Finally, there was confidence and change for a better future.

Over the years, I have seen first-hand the immense improvements your leadership has made in Fiji, under very difficult circumstances and daunting challenges.

Your dedication and tireless efforts to rid Fiji of over 125 years of discrimination, inequities, division, and corruption; improve Fiji’s economy and living standards; and unite the Fijian people, are truly admirable.

When I was in Fiji last, I had the opportunity to watch your budget speech on TV.

What I heard and observed was so impressive!  Your intelligence, attention to detail, support of higher education, plans for improving every sector of the population and its economy, and vision for Fiji, were and are indeed remarkable.

It took a great deal of courage to do what you have done and sacrifice yourself the way you did, for the betterment of Fiji and its people.

To those who understand what you are doing and trying to achieve for Fiji and your people, you are a true hero and leader!  In fact, you are the Pacific region’s most outstanding leader!

Sadly, your critics in Fiji’s Pacific neighbourhood know little, if anything, about Fiji’s culture and the inequities of Fiji’s history; or perhaps, they have their own agenda.

My colleague in Washington, Dr. Reza Chowdhury and I both wish you and your government every success in the up and coming election.  Now, more than ever, the world needs more leaders like you.

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