Di­wali shows unity: Reddy

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The Fi­jiFirst Gov­ern­ment has cre­ated a new di­rec­tion for Fiji, one which moves the coun­try for­ward in unity be­tween all the eth­nic groups in Fiji.

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts Ma­hen­dra Reddy made this state­ment dur­ing a Di­wali cel­e­bra­tion at Ksha­triya Hall in Labasa on Satur­day night. Mr Reddy said this move­ment calls for equal­ity, fair­ness, love, un­der­stand­ing, re­spect, val­ues, virtues and ac­cep­tance for all. “Di­wali’s pri­mary mes­sage en­com­passes all these prin­ci­pals and I call upon all Fi­jians to cel­e­brate this fes­ti­val with each other in gen­uine peace and har­mony,” he said.

“I call upon all my Fi­jian broth­ers and sis­ters to ex­tend to the com­mu­nity at large and in­te­grate with all eth­nic groups to prac­tice new di­men­sions of what Di­wali’s true essence is.

“Di­wali in Fiji re­minds us of the strug­gles and sac­ri­fices our fore­fa­thers had made in or­der to peace­fully in­te­grate in a mul­tira­cial na­tion. “We should be proud of the unique blend of tra­di­tions and cul­tures that has passed from many gen­er­a­tions. “The key essence of Di­wali is for peo­ple to fol­low the good path and not to re­sort to in­jus­tice.

“The path of right­eous, truth, and jus­tice were the key prin­ci­ples on which Lord Rama’s life evolved.” The Di­wali cel­e­bra­tion was or­gan­ised by the Shree Sanatan Dharm Pra­tinidhi Sabha Fiji Labasa branch and Akhil Shree Sanatan Dharm Bra­haman Puro­hit Sabha Vanua Levu. “The theme for this mem­o­rable event ‘pro­mot­ing unity in di­ver­sity amongst all Fi­jians’ is highly sig­nif­i­cant as Di­wali is one of those fes­ti­vals which cuts across all re­li­gious, so­cial and eco­nomic dif­fer­ences and is cel­e­brated in unity,” Mr Reddy said.

“On this aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion let me re­mem­ber our fel­low Fi­jians who fell at the hands of the fury of Cy­clone Win­ston.

“I also pray for those that have left us and ask the almighty to shower his care and love on their fam­i­lies. Shree Sanatan Dharm Pra­tinidhi Sabha Fiji na­tional pres­i­dent Sarju Prasad said ev­ery year they have this Di­wali cel­e­bra­tion to bring to­gether as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble in­clud­ing the young gen­er­a­tion. Edited by Maraia Vula

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