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A Spate Of Spite

Indians in the Pacific isle despair as its indigenous people assert themselves

A Spate Of Spite
A Spate Of Spite
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It's a failed multicultural experiment. Yet another sorry sample of the British colonial legacy that leaves behind a trail of suspicion in its wake. Unpacific tensions between indigenous Fijians and ethnic Indians - originally brought here as labourers by the British - has effected yet another political upheaval.

The May 19 coup against the democratically-elected Indian prime minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, and the decision of the unelected but highly influential Great Council of Chiefs representing indigenous Fijians to concede coup leader George Speight's demands has once again demoralised and unnerved the island nation's Indian population.

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