A man for all seasons – The late Dr Timoci Uluivuda Bavadra

 “WITH humility and honesty, that is part of our living tradition, we must serve the people of the land. That challenge is for all of us. National development plans must ensure that the interest of our masses become paramount. If our ordinary people lose faith through unfair and inequitable policies, then the future is fraught with uncertainties. Our Coalition must restore the faith of our people in democracy, in the government of the day, and above all, in Fiji”

                                             – Dr Timoci Uluivuda Bavadra – 1987

DR TIMOCI Uluivuda Bavadra stating the basic principle of the National Federation Party/Fiji Labour Party Coalition in 1986 as it prepared to contest the general elections scheduled for April 1987.

Today is November 3. Exactly 19 years ago at 4.30pm on Friday November 3, 1989, Dr Bavadra, Fiji’s second Prime Minister and Leader of the NFP/FLP Coalition Government, that was ousted from power at the barrel of the gun on May 14, 1987 by the first military coup led by Sitiveni Rabuka after only five weeks in office, died at the Lautoka hospital.

He had returned to his Viseisei home in Vuda from New Zealand in the early hours of Wednesday November 1, 1989 after eight weeks of medical treatment in Auckland. A medical practitioner himself, Dr Bavadra obviously knew his fate after being told by doctors in Auckland that he had only a few months to live after being confined to wheelchair following extensive radiotherapy to his spine for cancer.

He was only 55 years old at the time of his death.

His funeral on November 8, 1989 was undoubtedly the largest gathering ever of a multiracial crowd. About 30,000 people packed into Viseisei village and its surrounding areas on the day of the funeral and a similar number passed through the village a day earlier to pay their last respects to a noble son of Fiji.

It was one of the most tragic days in the history of our country. The outpouring of grief for a person who symbolised national unity and humility is not likely to be repeated.

Dr Bavadra, who was simply known as Doc to so many of us, was a man of wisdom, courage and integrity who fought till his last breath to uphold democratic principles and values.

Soon after the military coup when a journalist asked him if he could forgive Sitiveni Rabuka and other perpetrators of the coup, Dr Bavadra said, “Forgive yes; Forget no”.

Essentially, he could not forget how democracy had been overthrown at the barrel of the gun.

For Dr Bavadra, genuine multiracial harmony was the cornerstone of his and the NFP/FLP Coalition policies.

He knew no racial barrier and was looked upon by both the young and old as a true leader.

Dr Bavadra’s fight for equality and justice saw him enter politics in 1984 and on July 6, 1985, the Fiji Labour Party was launched and he became the party’s president.

More than a year later, the FLP and NFP formed a coalition to fight Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s Alliance Party in the 1987 elections.

He became the Coalition leader and together with Jai Ram Reddy, led the it to a stunning 28-24 seat victory over Alliance, ending its 17 year post-Independence rule of Fiji.

The Coalition’s victory was largely due to its platform of social justice and democratic values, as well as the charisma of the leading campaigners – Dr Bavadra and Mr Reddy.

No wonder pre-coup protests saw banners and placards with the words “Bavadra the boat; Reddy the captain”.

Such was the magnitude of hatred displayed by nationalist Fijians against the two men.

It resulted in the firebombing of Mr Reddy’s law office in Lautoka and an attempt was also made to firebomb his Lautoka home.

Immediately after the two coups of 1987, Dr Bavadra launched a campaign for the restoration of democracy.

This was his only purpose until he died.

The 1970 Constitution had been abrogated by Mr Rabuka and Fiji was declared a Republic in October 1987.

The interim regime led by Ratu Mara wanted a new constitution and work had started on formulating what would become the racist and unjust 1990 Constitution.

The 1987 coups were seen as entrenching Fijian political supremacy and relegating the Indian community to second class citizens in the land of their birth.

Against this backdrop, Dr Bavadra preached, “There is no future for Fiji without multiracialism and those attempting to set up racial pyramids are short-sighted. And if any race in Fiji thinks it can hold another in perpetual slavery, is blind to the lessons of history. A multiracial vision is not only keeping with the best of the ethnic Fijian tradition but in which we have allowed waves of people to come to the shores of Fiji and settle here. So recognising that the Indians have a permanent place in Fiji is not only keeping with our tradition but indeed is a pragmatic approach.

“One cannot push a community against the wall and expect that community not to retaliate. Fijians who have called for dominance at any cost and have resorted to brute force are fortunate that they have been dealing with a group of people whose own best tradition is grounded in peace, forgiveness and love”.

In perhaps one of his last speeches at a rally, Dr Bavadra addressed more than 2000 people at Saivou, Ra in June 1989. It was predominantly Fijian crowd. Dr Bavadra told the rally: –

“The nation is determining whether an island community of Fijians, Indians, Europeans, Part-Europeans and Chinese is to integrate into a new society or whether it is to be divided along racial and linguistic lines. Fiji today is either deciding an attitude or will have an attitude undemocratically imposed upon it. Indians, Fijians, Europeans, Part-Europeans and Chinese have a responsibility to ensure that constitutional sanity remains”.

Dr Bavadra spent the last few years of his life in an important but traumatic period in Fiji’s history. He was a firm believer of the philosophy that life is more satisfactory if it is dedicated to selfless service humanity.

The greatest lesson that I learnt from Dr Timoci Uluivuda Bavadra is this: Display courage to stand up unflinchingly for one’s convictions, beliefs and cause even in the face of adversity.

 BY KAMAL IYER
Monday, November 03, 2008, F/Times

53 Responses to “A man for all seasons – The late Dr Timoci Uluivuda Bavadra”

  1. Nostradamus Says:

    Glad to see that Krishna Datt is giving it another try.
    Bavadra was ahead of his time, but perhaps now Fiji is ready for it after seeing the results of Mahen’s and Voreqe’s ethno-nationalism, trying to impose the “Indian myth” on Fiji.
    But does he have the true democratic mentality, or is he an autocrat in disguise like the others?

  2. freedomfighter Says:

    I dont think the likes of Datt should be allowed to exploit the vacuum. The man had been cowardly silent since the 5 December 2006 coup, and is only now emerging to exploit the people of Fiji. A champion of democracy never disappears – so dont be fooled by this political spineless charlatan called Krishna Datt

  3. Say True! Says:

    Perhaps Dr Bavadra, Chaudry, and Qarase should have been given a chance, and wait for the ballot box. What say you Sitiveni, George, and Frank (Coup Klux Gang)? Siti and Frank should be in with George right now.

  4. Ablaze Says:

    If only people like myself hadn’t put all our trust on this one man KKT Mara we may have nipped the coup culture in the bud there and then.

    To most of us because Mara was right there backing Rabuka and it was the right thing to do. The coup was to stop the Indians taking over our country. It was wrong so very wrong and in no way we shall allow Bainimarama to take the same path.

  5. Nostradamus Says:

    Leadership in Fiji is power driven, not ideals driven. The power mongers find bogey men to justify their takeover, but they are pure excuses, not based on law, due process or respect for humanity. In this respect, MC sold out those who gave him their support. There is no future in caste based “merit” or any a policy that attempts to eliminate separate cultures and their institutions. The idea is to get people cooperating given what they have as their own culture, not eliminate or adulterate another culture by convincing oneself that it has no less “merit”. Fiji is multi-cultural and in democracy majority rules but significant minorities still have a strong say. Voreqe’s attempt to do it through military power, and Samy’s attempt to do it throught eliminating someone elses’ name and culture are just a waste of time, money, and effort, especially whent they got together to use the military to impose both.

    Bavadra probably came closest to this ideal, but Fiji was still very much under the grip of Ratu Mara. Now there is no more Ratu Mara and Voreqe would never win a seat, let alone an election.

  6. Nostradamus Says:

    “less merit” should replace “no less merit”

  7. Colin Bishop Says:

    One National News

    Military Awards
    3 Nov 2008 01:37:51

    Army Commander, Frank Bainimarama has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji in the Military Division.

    What the world needs.
    Another dictator with a chest full of self appointed medals.

  8. Budhau Says:

    This KAMAL IYER – is he that NFP dude.

    I knew it, Dr Bavadra was a pawn of Jai Ram Reddy – and we can’t trust them Indians, can we.

    You guys are right – Mara really hated Reddy, and when Bavadra brought Reddy into his cabinet through the back door, that sealed Bavadra’s fate.

    We can’t have these Indians running the show from behind the scene – Reddy behind Bavadra, and now this Chodo dude who is totally in control with the FB, Ganilau and Nailatikau dancing to his tune.

    Say True – I totally agree – that Bavadra, Chaudary and Qarase should have been given the chance to serve out their 5 years. Have we learnt our lesson? – What if FB retires and someone like Chaudary wins an election 5 years from now – we will all be for a coup – for the indigenous cause.

    Nostradamus – totally agree – all the coups were a grab for power – they had nothing to do with indigenous cause, clean-up campaign and all that.

    The politics of Fiji is about power – the Ratus and a small group of privileged Fijian elite.

    What we have to look for not is not only to get a government better than what we have now – that’s no biggie, any elected government will be better than what we have now. What we should should be looking for is what will be best for Fiji – and it can no longer be business as usual.

  9. LUVfiji Says:

    Bavadra? Nah.. not my cuppa tea; not then, not now. He was just another opportunist, in my humble opinion. I’d rather Mahen!

  10. FijiGirl Says:

    I agree with Budhau. Chodo’s government should have been allowed to continue back in 2000. If Speight had not held his coup, the Fiji Labour Party was planning a vote of No Confidence which would have unseated Chodo – democratically – and we would not have had all the heartache and economic misfortunes of 2000 and 2006. Best of all, the malodorous Chodokant would have been annihilated once and for all, and probably would by now have migrated to San Francisco for the mardi gras.

    But instead we have the continuing cycle of coups, the increasingly corrupt regime which is positioning itself as Mugabe’s natural heir and the downward spiral into democratic oblivion.

    The new leaders are rising. Keep pushing for free and fair elections, people. Email the embassies in Suva and abroad and let’s look forward to getting back onto the right path ASAP.

    God bless Fiji

  11. Frida Says:

    But Fij Girl isn’t that why Chodo had to seek President’s intervention so that he does not lose face politically. His team was planning to vote him out – no confidence. Chodo is a snake through and through. He is the one that every political party in Fiji should avoid and even the people if we are really genuine about building a better Fiji.

  12. Sitiveni Rabuka Says:

    The past is the past! let the dead bury the dead! Common sense prevail much to those who embrace the future, empty vessels endorses the day’s of the past! Fiji is not in the past but the present. Therefore embrace the future or you will stay with the past as the future generation moves forward.

    Thank you and may you all have a great Melbourne Cup day!!!

  13. Nostradamus Says:

    Buddha,

    You said “The politics of Fiji is about power – the Ratus and a small group of privileged Fijian elite.”

    No. These people do not have much power. You are finding a bogeyman to cover for the real power mongers like Mahen and Voreqe and the business people who finance coups. The Mara’s and Ganilaus would like to be in that group too because they are still choking on the silver spoon and have not comed to the reality that no one wants them. They should go back to their villages and see if they can please their own people. But they don’t know how because they were not raised there.

    What you are quoting is part of the Indian Myth. The Ratu’s are the problem because you are jealous because you have no Ratu’s. Perhaps you should move to Lau so that you can be indigenous and have a chief.

  14. Ablaze Says:

    @ Budhaaaaaaa you are wasting your time here, go and spit out your crap in the Fiji Times Forum. It is more of your style.

    Go Solivakasama Go! Here we are discussing a great man, Dr Bavadra because he wasn’t given the chance to do what he was elected for by the people for the people of a nation.

    Fiji Times on the other hand has allowed as a forum topic, an Indian man that can eat everything bar the toilet seat.

    Poor Fiji Times must heavily censored for them to stoop that low. Fiji is in a political turmoil and Fiji Times wants us to discuss a very weird topic.

  15. Delano Says:

    @ Colin Bishop and others. Yes, VB has been made a ‘Companion of the Order of Fiji’ . The pamphlet titled ‘Fiji Honours System’ describes the Order of Fiji as having four levels. The highest level (which VB has now got) is awarded ….”for eminent achievemnet and merit of the highest degree in the service to Fiji or to humanity at large”.

    VB has been made a Companion of the Order of Fiji in the Military Division. This allows him the use the initial CF after his name.

    Interestingly, the procedure for awarding medals in the Military Division requires that the ‘recommending authority’ be the Commander RFMF ie VB himself. The ‘approving authority’ is the President and Commander in Chief. What does that tell you?

    VB needed an award for his military service. He spent most of his military service steering small ships around Draunibota Bay in Lami. He did not serve in Lebanon…it was too dangerous for someone without the right military training. He did however serve as the Transport Platoon commander in Sinai and did a very good job organisning volleyball games for cooks, drivers and bottle washers etc who had come off long shifts and needed a work out. VB did not serve leading infantry soldiers tracking and patrolling through the Sinai desert which was heavily littered with minefields ans unexploded military shells etc. You needed special training for that which VB did not have.

    So being the Commander RFMF without any real experience in a combat environment kinda undermined his position…he was commanding men with experience underfire, some of whom had been awarded highest British awards and medals by the Queen eg Sanday, Draunidalo, Konrote, Vecenadavui etc. VB did not have that. In the eyes of soldiers he was not credible. He was appointed Commander RFMF on the recommendation of Epeli Ganilau, because Ganilau did not want his pilfering of the Regimental Funds publicised. Ganilau’s father in law, Mara, was President at the time and agreed to Ganilau’s recommendation for obvious reasons. So here we had people in very responsible positions covering for each other…they put personal interest before the national interest. And that, in a nutshell, is the basic peoblem with Fiji.

    But back to VB. This award of the CF is very important to him. He now has a military award that can be considered the Fiji equivalent of British awards (but without the rigorous criteria that apply under the British military awards system). As pointed out above, VB is the ‘recommending authority’ and is free to recommend any other award for himself (like what Rabuka did to accumulate all these awards and medals for himself…na cava o Idi Amin!).

    VB could not do that under the old British system that the RFMF used. So in the tradition of tin-pot dictators everywhere else, VB joined Rabuka in an act of self aggrandisement adorning himself with gold braid and medals of dubious merit. Bear in mind, Idi Amin also awarded himself a VC (Victoria Cross), Britains highest award for bravery….awarded to Sefania Sukanivalu in WW2 for sacrificing his own life for his fellow Fijian soldiers who were trapped under Japanese machine guns.

    So what we here then, is another example of the degradation or corruption of another important national institution in Fiji eg the Order of Fiji Honours system. VB now joins the rank of other CF holders like Dr Brij Lal (for his service in writing the 1997 Consitution) and others. Rabuka too is a holder of the CF. He set the example VB is now following, by awarding it to himself as PM. Rabuka also gave a similar award in the Order of Fiji to his elderly father on the basis that his father served 40 years as a rural schoolteacher (does this mean other teachers with 40 years service are also entitled to a similar award? Not unless your surname is Rabuka…or now, a Bainimarama).

    Oqori e dua walega na noqu talanoa vei kemuni e na mataka e dai. It is worth reflecting on.

    Sa dri yani

  16. IslandBoy Says:

    As a very young student when Dr. Bavadra was I think DMO – Central (Divisional Medical Officer) I was working in the hills of Namosi during my Christmas break as part of a team completing a very comprehensive survey for what was then the National Planning Office.

    I was extremely fortunate to attend a couple of tikina meetings, to see him in action at ground level working with the most important people in Fiji – the Villagers and Indian afrmers from surrounding settlements.

    His humility and respect for the people he served made a very deep and lasting impression on me. The respectful way in which he addressed each and every one of them and his familiarity with their personal circumstances was a life lesson.

    At the time, Ratu Suliano’s late father was still the Tui Namosi and he was also an extremely humble chief, soft spoken, gentle and much beloved by all of us.

    As an impressionable young student, obseving these two chiefs interact with their people was an experience I have always treasured.

  17. IslandBoy Says:

    Sometimes I daydream and think WHAT IF:

    What if Dr. Bavadra was never deposed,
    What if all our chiefs were like the late Turaga Tui Namosi.

    We would be like the Singapore of the South Pacific.

  18. Cama Says:

    Charter: Doctrine of demons
    JONE WAILEVU
    Tuesday, November 04, 2008
    The biblical condemnation of the ‘People’s Charter’ is unequivocal, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils”.
    Any Christian analysis of the charter should revolve around four documents:
    * 12th pillar to ‘end the coup culture’ of ‘The People’s Charter’ stated as “Enhance the separation of religion and state”;
    * 11th principle of the Citizen’s Constitutional Forum (CCF), “The People’s Constitutional Charter” stated as “We affirm the separation of religion and state and we proclaim the respect for all religions and freedom of belief and practice”; and
    * An affirmation of the “Humanist Manifesto II” a document prepared by 114 humanist alumni in 1973 and stated as “We affirm the separation of church and state”.
    The fourth document “The Holy Bible” provides the basis for the Christian analysis of the doctrine stated as: “separation of religion and state” and revolves around Genesis 3:4, 5;
    lAnd the serpent said unto the woman… “ye shall be as gods” (KJV).
    From the above it is noticeable that an ideology evolving from the serpent’s lie in the Garden of Eden has taken a pilgrimage through history and is now the foundation on which the “better Fiji” is being built.
    From the moment Adam and Eve believed the satanic lie, humankind began on its path of “independence” or “separation” from a loving God.
    And that “separation” is based on the assumption that within all humans is a ‘god’ and one’s destiny is to achieve that godhood.
    Since that godhood is within the person, there is no need for a Christ who came in human flesh to die for sins and rise from the dead in victory.
    The only requirement is for each person to ‘awaken’ that ‘Christ within’ through educational and awareness programs that revitalise untapped human potential.
    In fact, civil society in general is the model adopted for the dissemination of these programs for the consumption of the public.
    The “Humanist Manifesto II” is the foundation document for a doctrine called ‘secular humanism’ founded on the idea that man can build a better world, a goal to which God is irrelevant. Upon closer inspection the “The Peoples Charter” is a mirror image of the principles outlined in the “Humanist Manifesto II” and the document is readily available on the internet for scrutiny.
    The humanist basis of the doctrine is delineated clearly in the preamble of the CCF ‘The Peoples’ Constitutional Charter’ stated as “Deep within us moves a spirit that wants to express freely the yearnings of our common humanity which for so long have been stifled and suppressed.”
    This is the modus operandi of the antichrist or what the early Church identified as false teaching called the “Docetic Heresy” or today’s Liberal Theology.
    A recent article in this daily by a pro-charter Catholic priest titled “Why Jesus Died?” reflects this heresy where Jesus is “separated” from the Christ and is reconstructed into a politician and a revolutionary.
    This reconstructed Jesus is only an “idea” and not the Lord Jesus Christ who came in human flesh and thus fails the ‘test of the spirit’ in 1 John 4: 1-3.
    Also, this Jesus “idea” was never born by the virgin Mary and refuses to die on the Cross of Calvary for our sins.
    It is a Christ spirit that always resided within us and tempting us to claim our godhood.
    Paul the Apostle in writing to the Romans described the condition as “it is the sin that lives in me”.
    Unfortunately, it is very hard to detect this false Christ for whom the Bible describes as a “seducing spirit”.
    And now that the “false Jesus” has been identified the next question is, what has “kept this spirit of Jesus from expressing freely the yearnings of his common humanity which for long has been stifled and suppressed?”
    The answer is very simple the “Faith” of the confessing church or the “religious fundamentalist” Christians of the Book of Acts for whom and even today, the Holy Spirit is alive! Deplorably, the charter through “the separation of religion and state” is the state sanctioned instrument for the removal of the Holy Spirit from public policy and all decision making.
    Also we now realise why ‘religious fundamentalists’ are specifically mentioned in the charter as groups that require social reprogramming. And once the Holy Spirit is removed, the ‘false spirit’ which has been stifled and suppressed for so long will move in as a replacement.
    As such, the charter is plainly and simply a doctrine of demons but what will be the ramifications on Fiji’s evangelical Christians?
    Village district primary schools receive a remission of fees subsidy from the state and therefore have to abide by the charter’s “separation of religion and state” policy.
    Such schools have to ban the singing of Christian hymns, prayer and catechism classes by the local religious minister as these activities are biased with religious connotations.
    The groundwork for this law was laid in 1980 with the adoption of a USA ‘morals education’ curriculum by the Ministry of Education.
    Imparted through religion classes, the curriculum taught students that “there was no right and wrong” and “what was right and wrong was what they believed to be right and wrong”.
    In fact, the Holy Bible has been evicted from the schools since 1980 as a source of eternal truth and morality.
    In its place is the ‘false Jesus’ of the unregenerate or sinful human nature controlled by the serpent’s lie.
    Today, Christians are fighting a losing battle for the hearts and minds of their children for whom the education system has been subtly nurturing towards their ‘godhood’.
    Furthermore, the ‘sexual orientation’ clause of the 1997 Constitution is the fruition of the education curriculum whereas ‘sexual preference’ is based on a deep inner spirit or voice that is not bound to any law and has the right and freedom to choose.
    Fiji has now had two decades of these ‘secular humanist’ doctrines and the carnage of truancy, rapes, teen pregnancies, drugs, prostitution, HIV infections and homosexual practices is only the tip of the iceberg. American public school mass murders, drug peddling, shootings and other evils are the harvest of a morals education curriculum that was created by Satan in the Garden of Eden.
    In Fiji, the charter is the opening of “Pandora’s Box” with the first step being the complete removal of God from the public school system.
    Evangelical Christian outreach meetings in the parks, footpaths and streets of Fiji will be banned once the charter is implemented.
    All these civic areas belong to the state and local governments and fall within the “separation of religion and state” clause of the charter.
    In essence, evangelical Christians through the arms of the state will no longer be allowed to fulfill the “Great Commission” and evangelise the world.
    Recent political commentaries in the media have insinuated that the next parliamentarians swear their oaths of office either to the President or the Constitution and not on the Holy Bible.
    It is important for evangelical Christians to be aware of this law as churches will be sued by individuals who receive Christian tracts in public.
    Any dissemination of Christian material in the public domain through the print or visual media can result in a lawsuit and the foreclosure or selling off of church assets to pay for judgments in favour of “separation of religion and state”. And with the eviction of God from the public domain the forces of evil and darkness moves in to take its place.
    As such, the social change phases of Fiji from cannibalism to Christianity to the charter are aptly depicted by Luke 11: 24-26, “When an evil spirit goes out of a person, it travels over dry country looking for a place to rest. If it can’t find one, it says to itself, ‘I will go back to my house.’ Then it goes out and brings seven other spirits even worse than itself, and they come and live there. So when it is all over, that person is in worse shape than he was at the beginning.”
    Fiji’s Christianity all across the board is now firmly in the grip of the lukewarm “Laodicean” religious mode of existence.
    They have immaculate expensive churches; air conditioned offices; drive luxury vehicles; dress in the latest fashions; watch Sky daily and most dastardly, admire with pride the empire that the grace of God has granted them.
    Unknown to them, they are naked, miserable and blind and any continuation of their slumber will force God to vomit them.
    In conclusion, the “Peoples’ Charter” is without doubt a public proclamation of the spiritual bankruptcy of the church.

  19. IslandBoy Says:

    Sometimes I daydream and think WHAT IF:

    What if Dr. Bavadra was never deposed,
    What if all our chiefs were like the late Turaga Tui Namosi.

    We would be like the Singapore of the South Pacific.

  20. Mark Manning Says:

    I have not read all of this post , as I find it too distressing !
    I remember this man’s face in 1987 and the events surrounding that infamous coup d’tat !
    From what little I knew of him , on the T.V. here in Sydney Australia , I saw humility , dignity , pride and compassion mixed with sorrow . I still remember him .
    Rest in peace brother , you were a real hero of Fiji , a man of honour .

  21. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    Dina sara my Tau IslandBoy,

    unfortunately the horse has already in Fiji today and with this illegal junta it is now WTF!

  22. Mark Manning Says:

    God give me the strength to change the things I can ,
    the courage to accept the things I can’t ,
    and the wisdom , to know the difference !

    http://www.footprints-inthe-sand.com/index.php?page=Poem/Poem.php
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic2wXYIxHQ8&feature=related
    Where there is life , there is hope !

  23. Mark Manning Says:

    God give me the strength to change the things I can ,
    the courage to accept the things I can’t ,
    and the wisdom , to know the difference !
    http://www.footprints-inthe-sand.com/index.php?page=Poem/Poem.php
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic2wXYIxHQ8&feature=related
    Where there is life , there is hope !

  24. ispy Says:

    The Fijian Myth:

    All Indians want to dominate Fijian politics and run Fiji and if possible alienate all Fijians land from their native owners in the process. All Indians want to destroy the Fijian chiefly system and create a little India in Fiji. The only good Indian is a dead Indian.

    Indian Myth:

    All Fijians are lazy bastards and listen to their chiefs regardless of whether their chiefs make any sense. Fijian chiefs and Fijian elite are all out to grab power and if left to previal, all Indians will be on a slow boat to India come December next year. The only good Fijian is a dead or subjugated Fijian.

    The Truth 1:

    Not all Indians want political dominance over Fijians. But, some Indian leaders believe that this is the only way to secure their right to remain in Fiji as equal citizens – kind of like winning an unnecessary war in the hope of securing a longer lasting peace.

    The Truth 2:

    Not all Indians want to take Fijian land away from Fijians although a great many believe that reserve land is wasted on Fijians and should be utilised by Indians and others (ie. Indians). For Fijians, land is an important part of income generation on a mataqali or even yavusa level but exploitation of land has to be balanced off against traditions and beliefs that land and Fijian identity are inextricably connected.

    The Truth 3:

    Indians in general do not want to destroy Fijian chiefly system. They just want to be able to manipulate it to work in their favour from time to time. Indians are well aware that this chiefly system may very well be the only thing that will stand between them and certain death if (God forbid) Fijians rampage through Fiji and decide to go canabal on their asses.

    The Truth 4:

    Not all dead Indians are good. Not all Fijians are bastards. Many of us were born in wedlock. A subjugated Fijian is like an angry tiger – you better keep that cage closed!!!

    The Truth 5:

    The Indian fear of being sent back to India – much like the British were sent packing from Colonial India – is a ploy used by Indian political leaders in Fiji to keep the Indian people’s stress levels up and to keep them suspicious of Fijian motives. Its a divisive tactic used very effectively by both NPF and FLP over the years. Most Fijians don’t want Indians to go back to India or a slow or fast boat. Most Fijians recognise the invaluable contribution of the Indian community to Fiji’s economy and to the fact that if they go back, we will have no more Village 6 (or Village 4).

    Last and Final Truth:

    The longer this interim regime stays in power, the greater the division will be between the Fijian and Idian peoples. Both races must work togther to remove the military from power and move this country forward by focusing on our shared democratic ideals instead of our cultural differences.

  25. Jon Jon Says:

    Thankyou Cama, very interesting document’s from the evil farter charter.. with the reverend tevero akuila wihskey yabaki endorsing it. No wonder he is a new methodist!!!

  26. FijiGirl Says:

    @ Frida – yes, you are right. The malodorous Chodokant is using all of this to try and save face politically. He is in complete denial that the 2000 coup was the only thing that could have unseated him. He totally ignores the fact that his own people were about to oust him via democratic means. He completely believes his own fabrications and one way we can show him, beyond his own formidable means of invention, that he has gone too far this time is to annihilate him at the ballot box, for his puppets in FLiP FLoP to turn their backs on him (well done, Mr Dutt, a puppet no longer) and for the cane farmers to turf him out.
    Free and Fair Elections! Bring ‘Em On!
    @ iSpy – excellent piece. Keep up the great work.
    God bless Fiji

  27. Delano Says:

    @ Colin Bishop and others. Yes, VB has been made a ‘Companion of the Order of Fiji’ . The pamphlet titled ‘Fiji Honours System’ describes the Order of Fiji as having four levels. The highest level (which VB has now got) is awarded ….”for eminent achievemnet and merit of the highest degree in the service to Fiji or to humanity at large”.

    VB has been made a Companion of the Order of Fiji in the Military Division. This allows him the use the initial CF after his name.

    Interestingly, the procedure for awarding medals in the Military Division requires that the ‘recommending authority’ be the Commander RFMF ie VB himself. The ‘approving authority’ is the President and Commander in Chief. What does that tell you?

    VB needed an award for his military service. He spent most of his military service steering small ships around Draunibota Bay in Lami. He did not serve in Lebanon…it was too dangerous for someone without the right military training. He did however serve as the Transport Platoon commander in Sinai and did a very good job organisning volleyball games for cooks, drivers and bottle washers etc who had come off long shifts and needed a work out. VB did not serve leading infantry soldiers tracking and patrolling through the Sinai desert which was heavily littered with minefields ans unexploded military shells etc. You needed special training for that which VB did not have.

    So being the Commander RFMF without any real experience in a combat environment kinda undermined his position…he was commanding men with experience underfire, some of whom had been awarded highest British awards and medals by the Queen eg Sanday, Draunidalo, Konrote, Vecenadavui etc. VB did not have that. In the eyes of soldiers he was not credible. He was appointed Commander RFMF on the recommendation of Epeli Ganilau, because Ganilau did not want his pilfering of the Regimental Funds publicised. Ganilau’s father in law, Mara, was President at the time and agreed to Ganilau’s recommendation for obvious reasons. So here we had people in very responsible positions covering for each other…they put personal interest before the national interest. And that, in a nutshell, is the basic peoblem with Fiji.

    But back to VB. This award of the CF is very important to him. He now has a military award that can be considered the Fiji equivalent of British awards (but without the rigorous criteria that apply under the British military awards system). As pointed out above, VB is the ‘recommending authority’ and is free to recommend any other award for himself (like what Rabuka did to accumulate all these awards and medals for himself…na cava o Idi Amin!).

    VB could not do that under the old British system that the RFMF used. So in the tradition of tin-pot dictators everywhere else, VB joined Rabuka in an act of self aggrandisement adorning himself with gold braid and medals of dubious merit. Bear in mind, Idi Amin also awarded himself a VC (Victoria Cross), Britains highest award for bravery….awarded to Sefania Sukanivalu in WW2 for sacrificing his own life for his fellow Fijian soldiers who were trapped under Japanese machine guns.

    So what we here then, is another example of the degradation or corruption of another important national institution in Fiji eg the Order of Fiji Honours system. VB now joins the rank of other CF holders like Dr Brij Lal (for his service in writing the 1997 Consitution) and others. Rabuka too is a holder of the CF. He set the example VB is now following, by awarding it to himself as PM. Rabuka also gave a similar award in the Order of Fiji to his elderly father on the basis that his father served 40 years as a rural schoolteacher (does this mean other teachers with 40 years service are also entitled to a similar award? Not unless your surname is Rabuka…or now, a Bainimarama).

    Oqori e dua walega na noqu talanoa vei kemuni e na mataka e dai. It is worth reflecting on.

    Sa dri yani

  28. Wini Says:

    @Delano Wow …and Kapow!!! Welcome back. Bloody good shooting na wekaqu…so straight and sure!

    My grandfather, whenever he was confronted with information that astounded him, used to say “e sa bau va’ ga oya!”

    Luv to hear what others have to say.

  29. Isalei Says:

    Sobo vinaka vakalevu @Delano! This is part of the rot of Fiji and the longer it continues the greater the rotten state of Fiji.

  30. Isalei Says:

    As for the Doctor, I did not know him personally RIP, but it seems to me that Kamal Iyer is overextending the boundary of his influence by calling him “a man for all seasons.” For NFP/Labour supporters maybe, certainly not for Fijians who still see him as a traitor of things Fijian at a time when Fijians were still trying to grasp with how this thing called democracy could allow others than their chiefs to lead. I am not blaming the Fijians here, as I believe this is all part of the evolvement of the Fijian people. But the Indians certainly did make good use of the Doctor to rally their equality call.

  31. Fiji Forward Says:

    Delano, you sound like one of the old farts who got kicked out of QEB!!! stick to the subject REJECT!!! Bavadra was a good man in his time but was never cut by God to lead this country hence his untimely death, God giveth, God taketh!!

  32. Delano Says:

    @Fiji Fowarwd…and you Sir, sound like one of those clamped up arseholes who are afraid of new ideas, Rairai o tamata o vakavotaka na nomu vuli. If you wanna us to to REJECT without reasoning, then you are confirming to my mind that Fijians like you are the problem. Na cava o nanuma vei keimami nai taukei ?…. Kawa ni kubu gala o iko!

  33. Wini Says:

    @ Fiji Forward Fcuk Bavadra! He was a lightweight opportunist…..bullshit artist as they say in Fiji. He was screwing wives of soldiers who were serving in the Middle East, Low down maca fuka he was. They say that God works in mysterious ways…well this maca fucka deserved what he got! I have no sympathy for him. Peace be upon him

  34. IslandBoy Says:

    @Delano – Welcome back turaga nite, sa dede ni yali mai vale!

    After your last exit, we had a huge guessing game on private e-mails going back and forth, you may have even seen some of the exchanges here on SV.

    I may be mistaken, but my interpretation of your appearance on these boards means tried and tested serving and ex members of the RFMF, the true professionals are also fed up of the IG.

    So welcome aboard – saumi se warai, qai qo ena must.

  35. Delano Says:

    @Islandboy …na wekaqu…drau bula…au wilika nai tautau ni vosa nei Fiji Forward e na nona sauma mai na noqu i vola; au kila sara ni gone qoka e se bera tiko ni teve!!!!…kaisi…luve ni baku…kulina vavaku.

    Au talanoataka e cake na noqu vakanananu eso baleta na leqa e sa yacovi keda tu e na gauna oqo. Qai via tivi mai loma o “Fiji Forward….e rairai w luve ni sala o koya qola

  36. Wini Says:

    Just goes to show that people like ‘Fiji Forward’ dont wanna engage in the Fijian vernacular! Sa qai kunei to o Fiji Forward ni kawa tu ni dosi! Boci!

  37. Mark Manning Says:

    ispy
    i agree , one should look at what you have in common , rather than your differences and then all work toward a common goal .

  38. Ratu Iloilo Says:

    Bavadra was one of those low down men who went out in a predatory manner looking for the vulnerable young wives of soldiers who he knew their husbands were away for more than 12 months or so. He was abled to bed a great many of them using his aproache of a trustworthy doctor. But Kamal Iyer does not want to address this aspect of Bavadra’s behaviour. So when Rambo said lets go, soldiers readily joined Rabuka’s cause. So Kamal Iyer, stop peddling bullshit coz you dunno what happened !

  39. Wuf wuf Says:

    Agree with you MM, from the sounds of it, this is a tragic lot of goons fighting out here. Delano/Wini is a sure reject of FMF and hates Dr. Bavadra whilst FijiForward is one of the current thieves in Fiji military.

  40. Wuf wuf Says:

    @ blogger posing as the mad Pressie – did the late Dr. Bavadra bed your wife? With you and Wini’s bad attitude, it’s no wonder they jumped into his bed before your planes even landed in Sinai. LOL!

  41. Wini Says:

    @wuf wuf Yes I divorced my wife after I came back from 12 months in the Middle East. I luved the look of sadness on Bavadra’s face when the military kicked his arse out of the PM’s chair. The low bastard deserved what he got. Fcuk his memory forever!

  42. Wuf wuf Says:

    I see, so you were one of them ’87 coupsters. Guess you havn’t had PTSD therapy. Well, for what it worth, I hear you’re not the only goon that’s been through that. It takes two to tango so what’s the big deal with hating Dr. Bavadra with so much intensely…?

  43. Wuf wuf Says:

    intensity

  44. Wuf wuf Says:

    @Wini, I hope men like you never ever get to lead this country – you’re very shallow and too much lasulasu.

  45. Fiji Forward Says:

    Delano, call yourself a taukei, sega ni dau va qori na vosa se i tovo ni taukei dina!! vavo de o taukei vakavo, tuberi cala me vei numo draiva ni basi beka!!! saga mo vaitovo taka nomu vosa kaitani.

  46. Budhau Says:

    Hey some good discussion – except for that Bavadra making out with those soldiers wives – now that was really funny.

    Folks – I was think Bavadra was an OK guy – that puppet thing – no Bavadra was no one puppet, the same as FB, Ganilau and Nailatikau were never Chaudary’s puppet.

    Those Fijian and Indian myths by Ipsy – very interesting. BTW – that Indian fear of being sent back to India – no Indian is ever going back to India, most of them given a chance would migrate to US, Canada, NZ and Australia – and that is not a fear, they would love that – getting a visa.

    Indians don’t want to destroy the Chiefly system – some of them just want the common Fijian to see that light – that the chiefs have been ripping them off – and as for the system that is on its way out, some folks just want to speed up that process.

    that Land thing, yes that is true – Chaudary is trying to sell Fiji to Indian and Jimmy boy will sell Fiji to China.

    this is how they are planning to take your land – go google how they took away the land on Oahu by eminent domain when most of the land there was in the hands of a small number of families – Just thought I would keep the “myth” alive. BTW – has an Indian ever taken an inch of land from a Fijian – ever.

    …and someone mentioned that they should have just let that no confidence vote in Chaudary – rather than the coup – when was the last time Chaudary has lost a vote in the FLP – Chaudary would have had some SVT buggers voting for him.

    that thing about Bavadra making out with the soldiers wives – that was really funny – BTW hey dude if your wife is making out with someone else – you get divorce. And suggesting that wives of soldiers have a tendency to cheat while the husband is away – I thought that was and insult to Fijian women in general.

  47. Isalei Says:

    @FF, Buda, you belong to the same cell group? You know what? At least Bavadra had the balls to stand for the elections and won, riding on Indian votes of course. But Mara was the one that wouldn’t accept losing and “knowingly” accepted Rambo’s coup. His children are reaping the curses esp Uluikau. And the other one who had no balls to stand is the madman running this nation. Need Post traumatic stress healing there!

    FF na gone ga e sega ni vakavulici mai nodratou e vakayacora na vele, cala vakavanua me laurai e matana levu. Eda na qai taroga ga se cala cava era cakava na qase me r sa doudou kina na luvedra o Vore, Ului, Driti, kei ira na kai Idia ra sa voli ira tu, me ra vakayacora kina na cala levu qo e Viti. Keimami sa na sarasara tu ga na tu yani va qo e ra, e na yati mai na colo!

  48. FIji Forward Says:

    Isalei you sound like one old frustrated dag, what in heavens name are you yapping about??? you must be related to them and got your arse kicked so hard and far that you’re still trying to find your senses after two years!!!! what you on about??? get onto the subject please, I feel for you and frustrations, pleeeeeease take it easy or you might get a heart attack reject!!!

  49. Ablaze Says:

    My Oh My look it is the trashy one again.

    Fiji Forward you must be getting paid double time for your trashy imput into this blog site.

  50. FIji Forward Says:

    Ablaze, change your name to Extinguished because you aint on fire no more, you’re a burnt out cigar…

  51. Isalei Says:

    @FF- Sorry to disappoint you there freerider loafter fijibackside. I never got kicked out anywhere. Many years ago I had the good sense to study very hard, got a real good job that could buy me a house, car and all the things I can enjoy, travel overseas every Christmas, and invest in my children’s education. Now I have children in America, England, Aussie, working hard, reaping the fruits of hard work while I watch freeriders ripping off our country by force, no different from robbers, na BUTAKO vakaiyanaqa. Maybe their children will come back when I have my old Fiji back, until then, I say to you, go for it boys, stay 20 years if you have to, but it is you and your families that will reap what you sow just as you are reaping what your fathers sowed.

  52. Isalei Says:

    @FF- Sorry to disappoint you there freerider loafter fijibackside. I never got kicked anywhere. Many years ago I had the good sense to study very hard, got a real good job that could buy all the things I need. Now I am reaping the fruits of hard work while I watch freeriders like you ripping off our country by force, no different from robbers, na BUTAKO vakaiyanaqa. I say to you, stay 20 years if you have to, but it is you and your families that will reap what you sow just as you are reaping what your fathers sowed. Eda na dui seva ga na bua kada tea. Ni lutu na niu e na lutu ga e vuna (like father like son?). E sega ni ura me damu ni kua, dua na siga dou na qai veivutunitaka na cala levu dou sa vakayacora tu e Viti raraba. Until then, I pray for your souls to find the LIGHT like Saul on that road to Damascus.

  53. Fiji Forward Says:

    Jeez Isalei you are a lay preacher?? no wonder there are so many different denominations in the country now because of con people like you, children everywhere you say, de kaba waqa!!! dont bring those fijian folklore bullshit up because the reality is 2020 and if you’re still alive then maybe we’ll a bottle of beer and talk about all things, you know, you drowning your sorrowa because you should have listened to me and joined the journey but hey!! it’s still not too late, repent and join, have a blessed Sunday and pray hard for your redemption.

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