Letters November 15 2014

Modi visit Dewan Chand, Suva India is a land of extremes and diversities. With its population of over 1.2 billion people it is the largest secular democracy in the world.
15 Nov 2014 07:27

Modi visit

Dewan Chand, Suva

India is a land of extremes and diversities. With its population of over 1.2 billion people it is the largest secular democracy in the world.

I am delighted to learn that the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, will visit our beautiful country after attending the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. This is a singular honour for Fijian diplomacy.

I have read a book titled: “The Man of the Moment: Narendra Modi.” It is jointly written by two eminent scholars, M.V. Kamath and Kalindi Randheri.

This book gives a bird’s eye-view on the life and works of Narendra Modi, the newly elected Prime Minister of India. He was born in a middle lower class Gujrati family trapped in poverty. Narendra had to assist the family to survive by helping his father to sell tea to railway commuters.

Thus his contact in dealing with people started very early in life.

At primary school Narendra Modi joined RSS (Rastriya Sewa Sangh), a service organisation.

This inculcated in Narendra a sense of discipline, leadership and hard work. Narendra was a loner but his teachers recognised him as an intelligent student with flare for writing and oratory.

Mr Modi rose in BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) ranks to finally be appointed as the chairman of the Elections Committee for 2014 General Elections. He has been dubbed as the “Strong Man of Gujrat” or the “Game Changer” of the Indian political scene. The Colossus of Gujrat had catapulted on to the national political stage. He has his bitter critics but also millions adore him as a Masih. He is technology savvy and has the capacity to win the hearts and the minds of the youth and the educated classes.

He served as the Chief Minister of Gujrat for three terms was responsible for massive transformation throughout the state.

He is a tough administrator, shrewd politician, fearless and forthright in his dealings. Above all he is totally committed to serving the people.

These days, people talk of Gujrat miracle under Modi’s administration. In ten years he has been able to transform Gujrat into a economically vibrant state. He has been able to improve the roads, railways, airports, sea ports, piped water supply, electricity and harnessing all the rivers of Gujrat.

Thus ushering in the Green Revolution and improving the standard of living for all Gujratis: 60 million of them, spread over 18,065 villages.

Mr Modi has rare talents. At different times he has been a writer, editor, complier, translator, short story writer and even a poet. He is an excellent orator, and master of rhetoric.

He speaks fluently without reference to paper and has excellent command of Hindi, English, Gujrati and Marathi. Narendra Modi has an excellent sense of humour as well.

Fiji will be a bigger winner with this trip as it will truly establish itself as the hub of the Pacific and an international political player. Other Pacific leaders will also meet the Indian Prime Minister on our soil.

I understand Modi is a vegetarian but I sincerely hope he will enjoy the Fijian hospitality. I wish Mr Modi and our Government every success.


Shayne Chand, Suva

It is indeed really sad to know that the schools are not ready to educate the young of today even though education is now free.

The parents of my cousin went to enroll for his admission to the re-known pre-school here in Suva, but he was not accepted. Why? Are they not willing to educate more or is it that the parents thought that the school would be just perfect for the young to start up to broaden his mind?

I just thought we had to know the reasons for it.

Morgue business

Sanaila Ravia, Nasinu

A thriving business that is earning exorbitant sums daily with the increasing numbers of deaths, and more so the privatisation in the two prominent hospitals, is the mortuary services.

Now, not only are the dead prepared for burial, but relatives are allegedly being hit by the exorbitant charges demanded.

This was not a problem in the past, nor was it a problem when the ministry began charging rates.

But it is a problem now particularly when the business is using two well articulated, however misleading and unfair clauses in their policy regarding their daily charges for the keeping of dead loved ones, and the unearned cash they unfairly demand if the dead happens to be picked up a little after 12pm each night.

While they have the first 24 hour free of charge, the second to the third and so forth is accumulative, actually covering the charges for the first 24 hour, and secondly if you happen after three consecutive 24-hour period which began from  say 4pm, you picked up your dead on the next morning say 1am, you would be required to pay the accumulative charges of the fourth day (a 24-hour period)  for just  the 1 hour past 12pm.

While this may be upheld as standard policy, I find it hard to grasp the logic of profiting from whatever is left of the dead going down in his or her grave.

Another fake

Kelepi Lesi, Suva

Just this week another Jesus hoax has appeared in the media.

Media producer Simcha Jacobovici has join forces with a professor named Barrie Wilson on a book called, “The Lost Gospel”: decoding the ancient text that reveals Jesus’ marriage to Mary the Magdalene is utter nonsense, basically what we looking at a sensationalist money-making scheme and there’s nothing else to it.

Jacobovici falsely decode the age old manuscript to replace Joseph and Asaneth to Jesus and Mary Magdelen,  a cheap Hollywood sensationalist pimp everything he puts out is garbage that’s been certified by real scientists that he a garbage spinner for Hollywood with  James Corcoran lawyers behind him.

Scholars and the Israeli authorities claimed the inscription as a fake. Discovery Channel aired the film but, in 2008, it put the James ossuary on its list of the top 10 scientific hoaxes of all time. Last year, after an eight-year trial about biblical-relic, a forgery for profit, a judge acquitted two defendants of fraud (one of them had been accused of faking the inscription).

More seriously, the Bible prophecy people transform the Book of Revelation into a set of political predictions for the 21st century. Through the centuries other Christians also decoded Revelation to “predict” their own circumstances.

They were wrong, and so are today’s ‘prophecy teachers.’  The Joseph and Aseneth story needs no decoding.

Essential National Industry Decree(ENI)

Dan Urai, Lautoka

The ENI is a law enacted to destroy Trade Unions in Fiji.

Fiji has been called upon by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to change this decree to comply with the International labour Convention which Fiji has ratified. The ball is in the Honourable Prime Minister’s court to do the right thing for workers in Fiji.

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