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A Vision for Change: Speeches and Writings of AD Patel, by Brij V Lal

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By Brij V Lal

This choice of the writings and speeches of 1 of Fiji's maximum statesmen, the past due Mr advert Patel, issues to another destiny which, if allowed to return to fruition, could have spared Fiji the destiny it later encountered in its postcolonial trip. As a pace-setter, Mr Patel used to be unmatchable in mind and oratorical brilliance, glimpses of which we see during this quantity. Dr Lal merits to be congratulated for his endurance and perseverance in finishing this undertaking. This booklet will locate an honoured position between others on Fiji's complicated and contested sleek background. Harish Sharma Former chief of the nationwide Federation social gathering and Deputy top Minister of Fiji** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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They had sincerely appreciated the recent concessions of elected members, and they wanted representation in the Legislative Council. The Colony however was unable to produce more than the merest handful of men who were qualified to stand as candidates, and not one of them had the courage to run counter to dictation from India. The community was prosperous and contented, and the present deadlock was none of its seeking. 9 Dr A Deva Sagayam sought nomination to the Legislative Council in 1926 but missed out to the incumbent Badri Maharaj.

7. That your humble petitioners are and have always been in favour of a system of franchise and respectfully urge that the present system of election be continued. 8. That your humble petitioners request that this petition be transmitted to the Right Honourable the Secretary of State for the Colonies for his kind consideration. Your humble petitioners will ever pray. D. N. K. Naiker & supporters & residents. 14 15 A similar petition was sent from several districts. 16 Both members of the Legislative Council.

Again the natives, the largest single unit in the population, are strongly opposed to the elective principle. Therefore the acceptance by all races of the nominative principle appears to be the only means of securing lasting political peace for the present. His Excellency was unable to make any pronouncement as to the attitude of the European community which returned the greatest number in any of the three races of unofficial members under the present constitution, but he thought it not unlikely that the Europeans might be willing to make a sacrifice in the interests of the attainment of a lasting solution.

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