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Dass, Nisha: We’re Proud Of Their Sacrifice

Among the many things that his parents taught him, Nirbhay Nand Dass, remains an independent person. The 91-year-old man from Nasau, Nadi, is a first generation descendant of Girmitiyas who
12 Nov 2016 11:00
Dass, Nisha: We’re Proud Of Their Sacrifice
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar with Nirbhay Nand Dass at Prince Charles Park yesterday. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services

Among the many things that his parents taught him, Nirbhay Nand Dass, remains an independent person.

The 91-year-old man from Nasau, Nadi, is a first generation descendant of Girmitiyas who came from British India as indentured labourers.

He was married with four children but lost his wife and three children. He is survived by his only son.

Mr Dass was proud to receive a plaque from the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar during the Centennial Celebration at Prince Charles Park, yesterday.

The celebrations mark 100 years since the arrival of the last ship load of indentured labourers.

Eventhough he is getting on in years, Mr Dass lives alone and still manages to cook his own food and wash his clothes.

“They (parents) told me stories of their journey and how they tried to survive in a foreign land.  They came to Fiji and lived together like in villages. They tried to look for ways to support themselves,” Mr Dass said.

“The struggle our forefathers faced has now paid off. What they have achieved has taught me to be independent, strong and determined and to face all obstacles in life.

“They were told Fiji was a nice place to start a new life and to settle down. They worked hard and suffered so much so that their children and future generation could live happily.”

He reminded the younger generation to remain respectful to their parents if they wanted to succeed in life.

Azizun Nisha, 81, of Waqadra, Nadi, said she was happy to be alive to witness this celebration.

“My father and father-in-law are both from Hyderabad in India and my mother-in-law was from Madras. I never knew my mum but I’m always thankful to God for everything,” she said.

“I remember the hardships that my father went through to make us survive and I only wished he was here to see this.”

 

Ms Nisha has seven children. Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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