By Brij V Lal
This number of the writings and speeches of 1 of Fiji's maximum statesmen, the overdue Mr advert Patel, issues to another destiny which, if allowed to return to fruition, might have spared Fiji the destiny it later encountered in its postcolonial trip. As a pace-setter, Mr Patel was once unmatchable in mind and oratorical brilliance, glimpses of which we see during this quantity. Dr Lal merits to be congratulated for his persistence and perseverance in finishing this venture. This booklet will locate an honoured position between others on Fiji's advanced and contested sleek background. Harish Sharma Former chief of the nationwide Federation celebration and Deputy top Minister of Fiji** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Extra resources for A Vision for Change: Speeches and Writings of AD Patel, 1929-1969
Now let us consider the economic aspect. We developed this Colony and as the Commissioner of Labour pointed out, our people are the very sinews of the economic life of the Colony. Not only have we been paying higher and higher rents into your own hands but we are producing the wealth of this Colony, and directly or indirectly all races share in it and benefit by it and the Fijians are no exception, and let me point out that the money that they make from the Indians is mostly spent in European or Chinese concerns.
There is only one mind in this Legislature, and that is the mind of the Governor. Perhaps a lot of time and expenditure could be saved if, in these circumstances, the Official Members as the heads of departments remained in their offices and attended to their official duties. The position is equally hollow on the unofficial side. There are in this Council the so-called six Elected Members. I say ‘so-called’ because how many people in this Colony do they represent? There are three Indian Elected Members here and the total roll of voters who elect them in this Colony hardly amounts to 5,000, about 2,500 in my constituency [Northwest Viti Levu], a little less than that from Mr.
Writs in respect of the vacancies were only recently issued on the 25th November and the 16th December was appointed as the day for receiving nominations, but no candidates presented themselves. On the 27th December I summoned a conference, which was attended by seven leading members of the Indian community, Mr. [Alfred W] Seymour, Colonial Secretary, and Dr McGusty, Acting Secretary of Indian Affairs, being also present. It was at once apparent that the Indians had come with their minds made up.