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A Vision for Change: Speeches and Writings of AD Patel, 1929-1969

A Vision for Change: Speeches and Writings of AD Patel, 1929-1969

Copyright Date: 2011
Published by: ANU Press
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    A Vision for Change: Speeches and Writings of AD Patel, 1929-1969
    Book Description:

    “This collection of the writings and speeches of one of Fiji's greatest statesmen, the late Mr AD Patel, points to a different future which, if allowed to come to fruition, would have spared Fiji the fate it later encountered in its postcolonial journey. As a leader, Mr Patel was unmatchable in intellect and oratorical brilliance, glimpses of which we see in this volume. Dr Lal deserves to be congratulated for his patience and perseverance in completing this project. This book will find an honoured place among others on Fiji's complex and contested modern history.” Harish Sharma Former Leader of the National Federation Party and Deputy Prime Minister of Fiji

    eISBN: 978-1-921862-33-5
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
    Brij V Lal
  4. Introduction
    (pp. xi-xxvi)

    ‘Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,’ AD Patel quoted William Wordsworth’s celebration of the French Revolution as he launched the 1966 election campaign at the Century Theatre in Suva, ‘but to be young was very heaven.’ He was unwell, an acute, insulin-dependent diabetic now also suffering from pneumonia. His mother’s recent death in India would have added to his emotional woes. ‘My voice has failed me today,’ he told his anxious audience long concerned about his failing health. But he was undaunted. ‘Mine is the fortune of being alive in this dawn. Mine is the misfortune that...

  5. Part I. Quest for Equality: The Political Struggle
    (pp. 1-120)

    I thank you [Secretary of State Anthony Greenwood] and the United Kingdom Government for the kind invitation and welcome extended us to this historic conference which is called to smelt the existing system of government in the Colony of Fiji and to forge and mould a new constitution which, I hope, will lead our country to complete independence in the not too distant future.

    Political liberty, equality and fraternity rank foremost among the good things of life, and mankind all over the world cherishes and holds these ideals close to its heart. The people of Fiji are no exception. Without...

  6. Part II. Bitter Sweet: The Politics of the Fiji Sugar Industry, 1943-1969
    (pp. 121-228)

    The dispute between the cane farmers and the Colonial Sugar Refining Company Limited has entered the seventh month. There is a statute in force in this Colony, namely, The Industrial Disputes (Conciliation and Arbitration Ordinance, 1941), under which the Governor could have, as soon as the dispute came to his notice, appointed a Conciliation Board to bring about conciliation between the parties or compel the parties to go before the Court of Arbitration. The Governor has persistently refused to follow the Ordinance and has even tried to make out that there is no dispute between the Company and the growers...

  7. Part III. Land and Livelihood
    (pp. 229-282)

    The All-Fiji Indian Conference met on October 30 at the Lilac Theatre in Suva, wherein representatives from all parts of Fiji participated. The theatre was crowded to full capacity. The Honourable Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru, B.A., LL.D., B.Sc., presided.¹

    Mr. AD Patel, President of the Indian Association of Fiji, said that the Indian community was indeed fortunate in having such an eminent personality as the Hon. Dr Kunzru to preside over the Conference.

    The learned chairman spoke forcefully and dwelt on many problems affecting the Indians in Fiji. He appealed for unity and closer co-operation between the different communities living...

  8. Part IV. Society and Culture
    (pp. 283-374)

    I am surprised very much to learn that you have not yet secured the Director’s [of Education] approval about Ramakrishnan’s appointment. A graduate, a degree-holder in the training (LT: Licensed Teacher) is to be employed. I do not understand what credentials more he requires. It is very annoying, especially this petty fogging pin-pricking affair. I would request you to seek an interview with the Governor and ask squarely whether he means to stand by the public and solemn pledges and promises made by his predecessor [Sir Arthur Richards], or is he going to allow the narrow-minded, spiteful officials to obstruct...