Today is only appropriate that one reflects, albeit briefly, on the meaning of “LIGHT” as depicted in the picture above and what it means to each of us. The light is also symbolic of DIWALI, the Hindu festival of lights which has become an entrenched part of Fiji’s culture. Whilst it may mean different things to you, today, we would all agree that it best symbolises HOPE and PEACE to us, as a people, as a nation in these trying times, as we pray that goodwill, good sense and a spirit of reconciliation will continue to prevail at the political forum dialogue being undertaken on our behalf by our leaders.
It also brings to mind the enlightened words of Mahatma Ghandi (at a speech at Shahi Bag, 1922 whilst being charged with sedition), which continues to resonate throughout history during times of strife and misery –
“Non-violence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed”
Happy Diwali to you all