Re­ply to Gau­nav­inaka: mat­ters

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De­lainavesi I am glad that the learned Ti­moci Gau­nav­inaka(TG) has re­sponded to my let­ter on the above mat­ter(FS 28/5/16).

Let me clar­ify my­self that I did not at­tack the Fiji Sun un­nec­es­sar­ily as al­leged. All I said was that I sup­ported Free­dom of the Press as long as it is con­ducted in a re­spon­si­ble spirit.

All that meant is that if this news­pa­per prints letters in crit­i­cism of iTaukei in­sti­tu­tion and its cul­ture with a pur­pose of be­ing help­ful and not to per­se­cute their cul­ture and

Ame­natave Ya­con­isau,

in­sti­tu­tion, in the name of Free­dom of Ex­pres­sion then I have no quar­rel with that kind of free­dom. I fur­ther added that there were writ­ers who crit­i­cise with the in­tent of pros­e­cut­ing all that is

and are in­dif­fer­ent to the con­se­quences of their words. If he thinks that he maybe in­cluded in that lot, then I’m not sur­prised. While putting words in my mouth, may I re­mind him that the late Ru­si­ate Nay­a­cakalou and more re­cently Paddy Nunn were tasked to solve so­cial prob­lems not be­cause of their eth­nic­ity and so­cial back­ground but abil­ity, qual­i­fi­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence. The for­mer pre­sented a well ar­tic­u­lated study iTaukei life from pre­con­tact time to mod­ern sit­u­a­tion in the process of change, ex­ter­nal con­tact and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

The lat­ter is do­ing use­ful so­cial an­thro­po­log­i­cal re­search in a multi-dis­ci­plinary man­ner that may even­tu­ally chal­lenge the tra­di­tional his­tory of com­mon ori­gins from Nakau­vadra (in­clud­ing other leg­ends and myths) to the lat­est of which is Se­se­leka in Bua that claims a new hy­poth­e­sis that peo­ple were al­ready present in Fiji be­fore the ar­rival of the Lapita peo­ple.

All th­ese sci­en­tific find­ings by peo­ple whose in­sights are wor­thy of re­spect should be sup­ported by au­thor­i­ties and au­thor­i­ties like Paul Ger­aghty. As a democ­racy, I am not here to stop peo­ple or in­flu­ence them of their views in our na­tional con­stituent.

That is their free­dom of ex­pres­sion, that is, the elec­toral choice as to whom should lead them. There is no doubt that we can have ‘new left’ views here based on par­tic­i­pa­tory democ­racy that is not forced on peo­ple based on eth­nic­ity and ‘blood philoso­phers’.

I will not be in­volved in this per­ni­cious dis­cus­sion any­more.

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