Forget Indianizing, Fijianizing and Focus on Humanizing
IUP Journal of History and Culture, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2010
Posted: 26 Oct 2010
Based on various relevant archival data, some of which are empirical in nature, this paper gives details on the ethnic relationship between Fiji Indians and indigenous Fijians. It also touches on the relationship between India and Fiji which dates way back to the 1870s when the Indian nationals were brought into Fiji under the indenture system to work in the sugarcane plantations. Fiji is one of the most developed Pacific island economies. While it is a coup-ridden military-ruled island nation, India has pledged and shown much support to it unlike a few other countries. Some countries have continuously called for elections and democracy, labeling Fiji’s current regime as undemocratic. This paper concludes that to some extent the happenings in Fiji have been exaggerated. It also states that the ongoing ethnic divide between Fiji Indians and indigenous Fijians will never really completely fade, however, efforts can be made to reduce it. While much has been written, the ethnic divide continues. In this respect, this paper makes specific recommendations. This is the key contribution of this paper.
Keywords: India, Fiji, Ethnic Divide
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