The ruling military regime in Fiji intends to make race reduntant in the life of the country’s inhabitants.
In its imagined future Fiji race will no longer be important or relevant in the conduct of all human affairs.
This is of course fanciful thinking on the part of the designers of a non-racial Fiji. In the real world race will always feature prominently in human interactions.
Listen to this story for an illustration. For our Fiji passport renewal we had to get our photos certified. We approached one designated authority here in Australia but the person refused to certify. He was a Kaivalagi.
We approached another designated person and asked him if he would do the needful. He said: “Of course, I will”. He was a Kai Idia. He was prepared to go out of his way to help a fellow KaiIdia.
Does this story tell us anything? Of course, it does. It tells us you can’t run away from race – even if you want to
Rajend Naidu, Sydney
(Letters to the Editor, Fiji Sun)