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Sangam Praised

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji  Konrote has praised the forefathers of the Sangam organisation for their responsible socio-economic, educational and cultural contribution to Fiji. He made the statement when he opened
29 May 2016 12:16
Sangam Praised
President Major-General (RET’D) Jioji Konousi Konrote at the India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam Convention 2016 at Prince Charles Park, Nadi last Friday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji  Konrote has praised the forefathers of the Sangam organisation for their responsible socio-economic, educational and cultural contribution to Fiji.

He made the statement when he opened the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam Convention 2016 at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on Friday night.

“It has been demonstrated with this type of example Fiji needs to cultivate a sense of belonging in one nation and to improve the lives for all Fijians,” he said.

He said TISI as an institution had a rich and colourful history since its establishment on May 24, 1926.

“It has made significant contribution to Fiji in the form of education, promotions of cultural beliefs, practices and language and to achieve socio-economic growth among others,” President Konrote said.

“We have to pay our respect to the founders of Sangam and on this occasion shall pay homage to Sadhu Kuppuswamy, as founding father of Sangam.

“He knew the suffering the South Indians had gone through. They were highly disadvantaged, underpaid and never knew the languages.

“He made vast impression for Sangam until his death on August 2, 1956, at the age of 66.

“He left memories to inspire generations.

“With immense contribution to this nation, Sangam started educating the children of not only those of South Indian origin but those of the other communities as well.”

The theme for the convention is “Perseverance and Endeavors for Dignity from 1916 to 2016”

The organisation was in the fore-front in the aftermath of TC Winston spending $300,000 in relief and rehabilitation work.

Also, $25,000 was handed towards the Prime Minister’s National Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund.

 

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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