Early this morning Aotearoa time, those of us that managed to stay awake or set our alarms to watch the opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, it was well worth the wait. India must be congratulated for such stunning performance.
The dignatories which included our very own Rt Hon. Sir Anand Satyanand, New Zealand's Governor General, HRH: The Prince of Wales-Prince Charles, his wife, Camilla: Dutchess of Cornwall, HRH Prince Edward, President of India, Prime Minster of India and other dignatories graced the opening ceremony with their presence. Security was tight as can be seen but had been well executed from the entrance of these special guests upto their departure.
The flags of nation parade was a great reminder of what sports can do in such a volatile world. The Commonwealth must be proud for having such a vision to bring people together from all over the Commonwealth Nations in the world. One thing that became clear, the Commonwealth is very much alive and well. Perhaps the Commonwealth Conversation 2009 which had been instigated by Royal Commonwealth Society could have been the catalyst for such a turn out to this 2010 game. For those of us watching via satellite could almost feel the enthusiasm from atheletes, supporters and the people of India.
Great work India!
For those Fiji Indian who have got their roots in India, I will be proud if I were you. Seeing that your Motherland India has put on such a great event against the adverse publicity that had been televised here in New Zealand few weeks ago. Often, stories do get leaked and does not give an opportunity for host nation as in this case India to prepare themselves to the onslaught of media. It does pay to be careful of what we hear and read from media as often the stories may have a twist to it as in this case.
You should be proud of your roots other than denying your birthright. Everyone who has an Indian origin or link should be proud of what India has achieved. They have showcased India and its beauty to the world.
We wish all the athletes in India particularly those from downunder:
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Small fry with big dreams at the Delhi event Monday, 04 October 2010 06:35
Australia and England are the heavyweight sporting attractions at the Commonwealth Games that officially opened yesterday, but there are plenty of tiny teams with big hopes in New Delhi:
- First took part in the Commonwealth Games in 1998, Kiribati has more pressing concerns than never having won a medal. Global warming is being blamed for Kiribati facing the threat of becoming the first nation to be swallowed by sea within this century.
- Formerly the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is located between Hawaii and Australia and its name translates as ‘Eight Standing Together’ after the eight atolls that make up the microstate. Shares the same environmental worries as Kiribati. Made its Commonwealth Games debut in 1998 at Kuala Lampur, where it was represented by a lone weightlifter
- An Australian territory, it has competed in five Commonwealth Games since 1986 and claimed only one medal - a bronze in the women’s lawn bowls thanks to Carmen Anderson. Found it tough going in Melbourne in 2006, its mixed doubles team in the squash event lost in three sets to Australia in just 8min 18sec.
- Has sent a 12-member team to New Delhi taking part in track and field, boxing, weightlifting, wrestling and tennis where Michael Leong boasts a professional world ranking, although it’s in the 700s. The Solomon Islands, a conglomeration of more than 1,000 small islands in the south-west Pacific, debuted at the Games in 1982, but no medal yet.
- One of the Pacific islands’ supreme performers at the Commonwealth Games with an impressive record in weightlifting. On their debut in 1990, Nauru won gold and two silver; 12 years later, the team went home with 15 medals. But on the bigger stages, reality bites - there was only one Nauru athlete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Debut in 2002, Niue took part in athletics, boxing, rugby sevens, shooting, weightlifting and lawn bowls in 2006. A 43-strong team is in New Delhi, including 19 officials - estimated to be three percent of the island’s population.
Luvei Viti Team
Also included Tonga, New Zealand, Australia and notably absent is Fiji as it is currently suspended from the Commonwealth.
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Indians in Fiji
Indians, defined by the constitution of Fiji as anybody who can trace, through either the male or the female line, their ancestry back to anywhere on the Indian subcontinent, constitute about 38 percent of Fiji's population. They are mostly descended from indentured labourers brought to the islands by Fiji's British colonial rulers between 1879 and 1916 to work on Fiji's sugar plantations. These were complemented by the later arrival of Gujarati and Punjabi immigrants.
The name debate
The Constitution of Fiji refers to citizens of Indian descent simply as "Indian," and all Government documents use this name. A number of names have been proposed, however, to distinguish Fiji-born citizens of Indian origin both from the indigenous inhabitants of Fiji and from India-born immigrants. Among the more popular proposals are Fiji Indian, Indian Fijian, and Indo-Fijian. All three labels have proved culturally and politically controversial, and finding a label of identification for the Indian community in Fiji has fuelled a debate that has continued for many decades.
An Internet search using a popular search engine found 56,500 hits for "Indo-Fijian", 20,600 for "Fiji Indian" and 28,000 for "Fijian Indian".