FACT-CHECK­ING KURIDRANI

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - Jy­oti Pratibha

Univer­sity of Fiji aca­demic Li­tiana Kuridrani was stood down from her po­si­tion as Di­rec­tor for the Cen­tre of iTaukei Stud­ies pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into her com­ments, telling a stu­dent to stop bark­ing “like an Indian dog”.

There are a few things that need to be ex­am­ined here. Ms Kuridrani is not only an aca­demic. She is also the spouse of a So­cial Demo­cratic Lib­eral Party (SODELPA) Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Inosi Kuridrani.

While there had been jus­ti­fi­ca­tion that this was not a racist re­mark, in­clud­ing Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party (NFP) leader Bi­man Prasad who is on record say­ing that this com­ment should not be blown out of pro­por­tion, there is a real need to ex­am­ine this com­ment.

If one is to look closely at what Mr Kuridrani’s con­tri­bu­tion in Par­lia­ment has been, one may no­tice a pat­tern where ev­ery­thing is seen along racial lines and some which have been out­right in­cor­rect.

It is alarm­ing that one of the first con­tri­bu­tion Mr Kuridrani had made in Par­lia­ment was rid­dled with in­ac­cu­ra­cies.

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