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Descendants Humbled By Inclusion: Farmer

It was a proud moment yesterday for the descendants of the indentured labourers when they were bestowed with the title of ‘Luvendra na Ratu’ (meaning Children of the High Chief)
06 May 2017 11:00
Descendants Humbled By Inclusion: Farmer
The only remains of the vessel Syria, which brought many indentured labourers to Fiji. It ran aground on Nasilai Reef in 1844. Ancestors of the people of Noco buried the indentured labourers who died. Photo: Ronald Kumar

It was a proud moment yesterday for the descendants of the indentured labourers when they were bestowed with the title of ‘Luvendra na Ratu’ (meaning Children of the High Chief) at Nabudrau Village in Noco, Rewa.

Descendants from Lautoka, Rewa, Tavua and other towns and settlements around Fiji were present at the ceremony witnessed by over 400 people including the chiefs of the province, Members of Parliament and other dignitaries.

Jai Singh, a 69-year-old farmer and fisherman from Kasavu, Rewa said he was happy he had witnessed the momentous occasion.

“I had never thought this would eventuate and I am very happy with what has happened,” Mr Singh said.

“I am humbled by the respect and importance I have been given and hope for such inclusiveness in the future as well.”

Sixty-two-year-old farmer Ashok Kumar from Nukumoto, Rewa, said the initiative would create a better understanding between the two majority communities in the country.

“We are now one,” Mr Kumar said.

“The title means a lot to me and I know now that my generation to come would be accepted in the Rewa Province as one of their own.”

Tota Ram, 55, from Wainibokasi said: “This is a great initiative and we can work together for a better Fiji.”

This is the first time where the descendants of the indentured labourers have been given the title of ‘Luvendra na Ratu’.

Edited by Rusiate Mataiaka

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