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Together For A United Fiji

Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister and Sugar Industry Yogesh Karan has urged people to continue to work together to bring unity in Fiji. During the Gandhi
06 Oct 2016 11:00
Together For A United Fiji
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School students during Gandhi Day celebration school yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister and Sugar Industry Yogesh Karan has urged people to continue to work together to bring unity in Fiji.

During the Gandhi Day celebrations at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School (MGM) in Suva, yesterday, Mr Karan said: “We have a diverse society in Fiji. And we have strong protections written into our Constitution to ensure that, no matter your background, we are all common and equal citizens under the law.

“And it is by remembering the history of great people like Gandhi Ji that we can appreciate the time and effort it can take to secure such freedoms, and how important they are for our nation’s progress.”

He said, Gandhi’s movement found success by bringing people together, including the Fijian society who needed to embrace differences and find ways to advance as one nation and people.

“October 2 is known as Gandhi Jyanti and celebrated worldwide as Gandhi’s birthday, and is also marked as the International Day of Non- violence in his honour.

“Gandhi Ji made many sacrifices in his life for his people and country,” he said.

Mr Karan said he was a role model for many great leaders who followed him and was directly credited for inspiring civil rights movements in 12 countries spread over four continents.

“However, indirectly, Gandhi Ji’s life and work has had an impact on the people of every nation on earth, Fiji included,” he said.

He said many of the rights that were enshrined in our Constitution were the same rights Gandhi dedicated his life defending.

Mr Karan urged the students of MGM to walk in the footsteps of Gandhi – to appreciate the importance of justice and equality and to practice those values in their daily lives.

“Following the life of Gandhi Ji will help us grow and lead our nation into a prosperous and united future,” he said.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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