By Brij V Lal
Dr Lal's ebook is greater than an eloquent account of the political fight of 1 of Fiji's extraordinary leaders. it's a well timed reminder that the method of constitutional switch hangs within the stability, because it did on the time of Mr Patel's dying. i'm hoping his instance will encourage destiny generations in Fiji to grasp the imaginative and prescient articulated by way of an excellent and brave recommend of democracy, and a faithful son of Fiji. overdue Adi Kuini Bavadra** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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Satyendra Nath Tagore was the first Indian to enter the ICS in 1863, followed a few years later by Romesh Chander Dutt, Behari Lai Gupta and Surendranath (Surrender Not) Bannerji, all members of the Bengali intellectual and cultural elite. S. M. ’s contemporaries, occupied distinguished posts in civil administration and diplomacy. D. Patel went to London in 1925. He could have sat for the exam in India itself, but chances of success were better for candidates with direct experience of the English intellectual, social and political scene.
From the very early days of indenture, Indian parents realised the importance of education both for cultural survival as well as for escaping from the vicious cycle of poverty and servitude that was their lot at the time. Their keenness helped form organisations such as the Arya Samaj, which took a lead in social and religious matters in the colony, to start schools in the main centres of Indian settlement in Viti Levu. Other organisations such as the Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam and the Fiji Muslim League followed in the 1920s.
Gandhi, who had made the town the headquarters of the Rowlatt Campaign, urged people to boycott government schools and colleges and courts, addressed a meeting of some 12,000 on 30 September 1920. Many other such campaigns would follow in later years. It was impossible for anyone, certainly not intelligent, socially conscious students, to be unaware of the new tides in Indian nationalist politics lapping at the gates of their school compounds. Ambalal attended a small school in his village where he was taught in Gujarati.
A Vision for Change: AD Patel and the Politics of Fiji by Brij V Lal