Amenatave Yaconisau, Suva
The assurance of the Tui Noco that ancestors of the girmityas should call themselves kai Rewa is indeed a touching token.
‘Kai’ means belonging to or ‘eating or living from’ (kanakana or iqoliqoli). The reinforcing statement of the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa seals the matter. I also agree with Mr Singh when he received the kamunaga (whales tooth) on behalf of the indentured ancestors that it was a sign of peace, progress and prosperity. But in the preamble of the Constitution they are still being recognised as descendants of indentured laborers from British India. I hope they will be included as members of mataqali and all the benefits accrued even with this matter in the Constitution which I think is very patronising. Currently only offsprings of iTaukei women are included as mataqali members.
Be that as it may, these acts are signs of good relations between the iTaukei and the IndoFijian communities. Maybe this is the way the world should really be. We need to take away the antipathies that drive people apart.