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Son Tells Of Jai Narayan’s Humble Beginnings

The humble story of the late Jai Narayan began in Nawaka, Nadi. Pradeep Narayan, his son, who arrived from Australia yesterday, talked about his father’s contribu­tion to the education sector
26 Sep 2018 11:06
Son Tells Of Jai Narayan’s Humble Beginnings
Pradeep Narayan holding the picture of his late father Jai Narayan and late mother Irene Narayan, on September 25, 2018. Photo: Swashna Chand

The humble story of the late Jai Narayan began in Nawaka, Nadi.

Pradeep Narayan, his son, who arrived from Australia yesterday, talked about his father’s contribu­tion to the education sector and how he got there.

“He lost his father at a very early age and from that, he had to work hard in the dairy farm to pay for his education,” Mr Narayan said of his father.

“Every morning my father would get up to milk the cows and deliver in the village. He would toil the land even if it was sundown.”

Mr Narayan said his father worked very hard at home and at school that he was awarded a scholarship to study at Natabua High School.

The late  Jai Narayan and  Irene Naraya.

The late Jai Narayan and
Irene Naraya.

Thereafter, he went to the then Nasinu Teachers College where he would begin the journey that he has become famous for today.

“Towards the end of 1947 he trav­elled in the boat which was the last boat that was taking indigenous In­dians to India,” he said.

“He started at a University in India and then married my mother there and returned to Fiji.”

He said his father used to encour­age his other brothers to get edu­cated because it was the only salva­tion and the other brothers took his advice.

Not only was Mr Narayan known for his academic contribution, but he was also known for his humanitar­ian side.

“He used to pay for the school fees, examination fees and buy books for the students who were unable to af­ford,” said Mr Narayan.

“He was supportive and he never questioned why I wanted to do some­thing else but he always gave me suggestions in areas needed.”

In a statement, Opposition Leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa said: “Mr Naray­an was equally passionate and committed to strict discipline and high moral values which he never hesitated to inculcate as part of his repertoire of skills for the teaching fraternity as well as his students.”

Mr Narayan was a teacher at Na­tabua High School and later moved to Jai Narayan College, formerly known as India High School, where he remained for more than 50 years.

The final funeral rites (Antyesti) of the late Mr Narayan will be held at Dignified Crematorium, Adi Davila Road, Davuilevu Housing on Friday.

The service will start at Jai Narayan College hall from 10 am to 11.30am.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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