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Between The Lines, September 26, 2018

‘ENGAGING AND POWERFUL’ Pictured is the cover of a new book about Fiji just released. Called Enslaved in Paradise, it is written by Rajendra Prasad who also wrote “Tears In
26 Sep 2018 10:58
Between The Lines, September 26, 2018

‘ENGAGING AND POWERFUL’

Pictured is the cover of a new book about Fiji just released. Called Enslaved in Paradise, it is written by Rajendra Prasad who also wrote “Tears In Paradise. Suffering and Struggle Of Indi­ans In Fiji 1879-2004”.

Mr Prasad, a former town clerk of Ba now lives in New Zealand.

He describes his latest book as “a History of Mammoth Betrayal of Fijians by the British, Chiefs and Leaders of Fiji 1876 -2006”

Professor Steven Ratuva, director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, says it is a very inter­esting, passionate and inspiring manuscript.

“For a non-academic book, this will be a great contribution to the political debates in Fiji because of its simple, readily accessible and personal narratives, which I’m sure people will be able to connect with.

“The desire to change Fiji for the better and the need to nurture inter-communal consciousness among all Fijians, no matter what their ethnic, cultural or religious background, is a salient strand of this manuscript – this is what makes it engaging and powerful.”

 

MEDICAL LOBBY

A strong lobby is expected from concerned medical profession­als about how to improve health services in the country once a government is formed after the 2018 general election.

They are hoping that their mate, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, a FijiFirst provisional candidate, makes it to Parliament and becomes Minister for Health and Medical Services.

One of the issues that they are likely to raise is on documenta­tion and medical records. They believe that once they are sorted out, services will become much better.

 

BUSINESSMAN LOSING  POPULARITY

A businessman is fast losing friends after badmouthing Gov­ernment in his travels. He should not be surprised because his friends are benefitting from Gov­ernment policies and initiatives.

 

FAMILY LAND DISPUTE

They say when family members fight it can get really ugly, espe­cially when it is about land.

It is sad that this is the piece of land they all grew up on.

Now they want the youngest sibling out, the sibling who wants to start a business. There is no solution in sight. It appears they all are heading to court soon to settle it.

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