Sunday, August 29, 2010

Decree or No Decree. Fijians will be Fijians: Lest You Forget - Commodore 'Cagina' Bainimarama & 'votre' Sidekick 'Cadruti' Kaiyum Saiyed!!

Fijians will be forever protected under the excerpts of Indigenous Declarations as noted under the United Nations Declarations cited below.


No matter what effort and lengths THE BAD PAIR go into to change Fijians identity or share it, we will, as Fijians stand firmly and claim what is rightfully ours as clearly defined by experts and which had been validated during the signing of the Deed of Cession with Great Britain in 1874.

Anyway lets define 'I TAUKEI' for argument sake: to any ordinary Fijians it simply means 'Indigenous'. So if this is the case. then Itaukei can apply to any Indigenous from around the world i.e Maori 'I Taukei e Aotearoa', Australian First Nation people 'I Taukei e Ositerelia', the term does not give an accurate description of being a Fijian per se.

I Taukei is a broad term and can be used by any Indigenous around the world to describe who they are. There is an Important Missing Link to the Name I Taukei and which is the SPIRIT OF BEING A FIJIAN IN THE REAL SENSE TO DENOTE AN AUTHENTIC FIJIAN IN THEIR ELEMENTS.

We wish to draw reader's attention specifically to Dr Paul Geraghty who has lived in Fiji since some of us who grew up in Fiji. He is an academic and an expert in traditional Fijian language and way of life. Besides Fijian Chiefs and village elders Ratu Paulo [Dr Paul Geraghty], as he is commonly known amongs all Fijians both in rural & urban areas in Fiji will be one of those very rare people that knows Fijians at the core.

Cited here is an exerpt of his analysis when writing an article on Fijians titled, "Talking the Wrong Talk", quote,

"Before I proceed I should explain that my remarks will be directed primarily at the Fijian language. The situation with regard to Hindi is to some extent comparable, and much of what I have to say will also apply to Hindi; but at thesame time there are some important differences, notably that the standard Hindi language is very different from that spoken in Fiji, and uses an alphabet that many local Hindi-speakers are not very familiar with.
We should bear in mind also that the Fijian language is not spoken only by Fijian people. It is also the irst language of practically all the Melanesian community, and of a considerable number of part-Europeans, Rotumans, Chinese, and various Pacific Islanders,as well as being a major language of inter-communal communication."
by Luvei Viti Think Tank Team

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Solemnly proclaims the following United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a standard of achievement to be pursued in a spirit of partnership and mutual respect:

Article 1
Indigenous peoples have the right to the full enjoyment, as a collective or as individuals, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(4) and international human rights law.

Article 2
Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity.

Article 81.
1. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.

2. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for:

(a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;
(b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;
(c) Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
(d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration;
(e) Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them.
What Fijians are saying about their identity:
'Fijians name or tag' going going going....almost gone to the dogs!! The next thing this greedy mongrels will do is make a law that we are all of Indian descent!! My heart bleeds for Fijians in essence.
Bera na Liva

Read more;
Resentment fear over Fiji nationality switch via Fiji Coup 2006 by (Sai Lealea) on 8/26/10 26 August 2010

The interim Fijian government has ordered the word "iTaukei" to replace "Fijian" in all written laws. iTaukei means indigenous or native. Fiji language experts are warning it could increase division.

Observers say its use could lead to resentment by indigenous Fijians. Until now, "Fijian" as a term has excluded Indo-Fijians - who commentators say will welcome the change.

The purpose of the change, they say, is to try to make "Fijian" an inclusive terms for all citizens of Fiji, and "iTaukei" the term for indigenous people.

Dr Paul Geraghty, from the University of the South Pacific, says there was no groundswell movement to introduce the description.

"There certainly was no popular movement to introduce the word iTaukei to replace Fijian," the academic said. "

In a way, the rationale for this change is the perception among some of the Fijian Indian population who think that 'Fijian' should be a generic term for anybody who lives in Fiji, regardless of ethnicity."

Read More articles from Pacific Scoop;

Linguist Dr Paul Geraghty, from the University of the South Pacific, says most people in Fiji don’t speak English, so they are likely to continue using the Fijian and Fiji Hindi words.

“It’s like anywhere in the world. If the government tells people to say something or not to say something, then very rarely do the people take any notice. The only people that will take notice are the ones whose jobs depend on it, so yes, in official documents, civil servants and so forth, they will follow this decree. But people in the street? I don’t think it will make any way.”
The University of the South Pacific’s Dr Paul Geraghty.

1 comment:

  1. It may pay to check out whether this name change was really the brain child of those Indians that so wants to Indianize Fiji. A teenage girl went partying in the week end here in Wellywood, NZ and was aksed by an Indian guy whether she was a 'FINDIAN'? We are told that this young lass was soo offended that hse remarked "what the hell is Findian? The guy replied, " But are'nt you an Indian from Fiji? Amazingly, this might be a better name for all those wanting Fiji Nation-hood more so those from the Indian segments that so wants to trade places with the Fijians.

    Lastly, another check that needs to be done is what interest does Inoke Kubuabola has in all this label or tag change for Fijians to I Taukei? Was'nt Mr Kubuabola one of the founders of I Taukei Political Movement in the hey days??? How Bizarre!!


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