Missing India in Fiji

Submitted / Updated On: Sunday, January 7, 2007 | Written By: Sarojini Asha

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I salute you for your tremendous contribution to literature, science and mankind. I can not find the correct words to put together after reading thousands of words and feelings put in your poetry and writing.
I read your article in “Tatva Chintan” and was touched by the article regarding “Pravasi Indians”. As I read the only thought that came in my mind was what about us? The descendents of Indians who were forced to settle elsewhere in the colonial era? I am a descendent of "GIRMITYAS". My fore-fathers were brought into Fiji Islands to work in the sugarcane farms by the British government and the Australian Sugar Refinery companies. They were lured and cheated. Even after 126 years, we Fiji Indians are homeless in the country of birth. Have you ever heard of such people? There is no pain in comparison to this.

HUM PHOOL HAIN US BAAG KE, JO APNA NAHIN HAI
HAMARI AANKHON MEIN KYA, KOI SAPNA NAHIN HAI?

Kabhi waqt mile to awashya pata lagayiye aur kuch likhiye. I m glad I had nothing to do today and was surfing on net to read some Kavita and came along to your link. Thanks a lot for your good work and may God bless you richly.

Sarojini Asha, Fiji Islands