GIRMITYA’S AC­CEPTED AS REWANS

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Ash Roshan

Bravo and Kud­dos for this land­mark oc­ca­sion. But all In­di­ans (Indo Fi­jians) in Fiji are not de­scen­dants of Girim­i­tiya’s. There was a con­sid­er­able num­ber of ... in­clud­ing Gu­jarati, Pun­jabi, and Ethic (Non-Sanatan Con­verts) Arya Sa­ma­jis who came at least up to two decades be­fore the Gir­mi­tiya as free men to do busi­ness and to work in the civil ser­vice. Some of them were not even from In­dia but from South Africa, UK, Uganda and other Bri­tish colonies. Th­ese peo­ple set­tled mainly in Suva and Nau­sori ar­eas, inc the prov­ince of Rewa, and one was a very pop­u­lar Rewa Foot­ball player (Kuar Bat­tan Singh) so what about th­ese non Gir­mi­tiyas who did so much for Rewa and Suva ..

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