Letters To The Editor, April 7, 2015

Fjii 7s team Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Nasinu   Congratulations to the Vodafone Fiji 7s team for their magnificent performance in Hong Kong and nearly reaching the cup finals in Japan. The
07 Apr 2015 18:22
Letters To The Editor, April 7, 2015

Fjii 7s team

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Nasinu


Congratulations to the Vodafone Fiji 7s team for their magnificent performance in Hong Kong and nearly reaching the cup finals in Japan.

The boys have one month to prepare for the final legs and we viewers blame the cold Tokyo weather and rain for the slightly off-performance by the boys compared to Hong Kong.

The last legs in Glasgow and London are expected to be another cold outing which means our boys need a good mental, physical and spiritual preparation to stay on top of their game.

Fiji should be in the top four qualifiers for the Rio Olympics if it remains consistent in the last two tournaments but I believe coach Ben Ryan wants to win the series by leading on points.

To be able to achieve this, the Vodafone Fiji Sevens team need to reach both cup finals, without South Africa.

We have a good team and it is now in their hands to make things happen by training hard, mastering the basics of the game and being mentally prepared through divine empowerment in the Bible verse they normally claim.

Whatever the weather condition, they can conquer and be victorious through Christ who strengthens them.

Go Fiji go.

Thanks Ben

Khailid Ahmad, Suva


Well done boys for reaching semi-final. As a fan we know that we can’t win every time but wins in Hong Kong and reaching the semi-final in Tokyo were good.

The team really missed Pio Tuwai and I think changing Ravouvou with Jerry did not pay off.

I know we need to get ready for more tournaments and I hope we win.

Thanks Ben and boys, but we will criticise if we see our team falling.


40 years of 7s

Sukha Singh, Labasa

After 40 years of sevens only one Fijian, and that too the best sevens player, made it into the Magnificent Sevens team.

I am just wondering the people who selected this team are color-blind or something.


Teacher’s role

Ashneel Prasad, Auckland, New Zealand


I attended to a little primary school in Lautoka namely Arya Samaj Primary School. Every day this pundit used to come to teach us from the Veda’s.

I was really young at that time, so I didn’t always pay attention in his classes. In fact, I slept quite often in his lectures.

But after so many years, I still seem to remember just one of his preaching from the Ved’s.’

He said ‘Children, always remember three people in your life. There are three people’s deeds/sacrifices/imparting that you can never pay off. They are your mother, your father and finally your guru (teacher).’

My family comprises of teachers. My first cousins are teachers. My uncle and aunties are teachers. In fact, one set of grandmother and grandfather are teachers.

I myself wanted to be a teacher when I was young. I was really passionate about learning and teaching.

Now recent incidents that have happened has reeled me in shock. I was flabbergasted to read some of the comments in what students think about teachers.

In our days, it was very clear – the role of a teacher and student. A teacher had the full authority to teach in the way he/she seemed fit and could reprimand a student when they dilly-dally-ed in the classroom. A student’s primary role is to learn.

Learn and to learn to be a good human being.

Today, it’s not; you can’t differentiate who is the teacher and who is the student. Another big issue for me is mobile phones in school.

When I was at school, it was very clearly told to us that its against the school rules to bring a phone to school (along with other unwanted elements). Today, I see on the social media sites, every second high school student posting a ‘selfie’ of themselves wearing their ‘school uniform’ inside their ‘school.’

I sincerely request the Minister of Education to clarify for once and for all the role of a teacher inside a classroom. The responsibilities of a student. What a teacher can or can’t do. What a student can or can’t do in a school. And more importantly which and what elements are prohibited at schools.


Absolute democracy

Dr Sushil K. Sharma, Lautoka


Fijians have never experienced absolute democracy –only shades of democratic ideals, like the rainbow.

Democracy is often an abstract term. It can be quantified by a measure of equality, voice of the people and ground level ideals associated with the term.

Democracy is fully at play in a nation with equality and one in which we have a thriving voice of the people– protest and dissent included.

The unrestrained voice of the people in running their own affairs, with the least amount of government interference in their community, societal and national affairs, is normally a good measure of the nation’s democratic ideals and values.

Any variation of these values over a period of time, either towards a positive or negative threshold, is a good measure of either the erosion or improvements, in democratic ideals.

“Equality” is a relative term in Fiji’s history.

The degree of equality or inequality, has either evolved or even oscillated, depending on who was at the helm of the nation.

This was when the various constitutions were written in 1970, 1990, 1997 and 2013. In fact it can be said that the past constitutions of Fiji were often very discriminatory.

The 2013 Constitution has tried to narrow the gap between the different ethnic groups.

If we look at the constitutional history of Fiji, the present 2013 Fiji Constitution gives a higher degree of equality to citizens than any other previous constitutions.

This is the case when we study the text but this may not be so on the ground level, at the moment, where our citizens live and thrive in our dynamic nation and need it most.

Democratic ideals in constitutions need to be translated to the ground level.

This is so that the much publicised and euphoric ideals can be truly experienced; With the new constitution, we hoped that the degree of inequality would narrow not only between the people, but also between the government and the people – by giving more direct voice to the people to manage their local and national affairs, as far as possible.



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