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Introduction to the Indo-Fijians

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Back in 1879, when the British took in the ‘indentured laborers’ from across the whole of India, a large section of the population were transported to the islands of Fiji. And from there the journey started, eventually developing into a new cultural and ethnic evolution of the Indo-Fijians.

  • Settlement and Economy

Viti Levu, one the largest island in the group of Fijian archipelago, consists of the largest Indo-Fijian settlement. The group which once used to cover about 48 per cent of the population now have fall by a margin of 3 per cent after the military coup of 1987.  To trace the cause, we should start with the Fijian law which had back in the days of Colonists stated that there should be an avoidance of inter-mingling between the Fijian and the Indian communities.

Thus, as ordained, the Indo-Fijians mostly inhabited the coastal towns of the islands and opened small shops and projected themselves towards the sugar-cane industry. Though a minority, they soon managed to gain the economical control of the states in their own hands.

The situation was annoying to the Fijians, particularly when it came down to the sugar-cane business, a major cash crop of the regime. And this ultimately ignited the coup which forced a part of the Indo-Fijians to migrate to the countries of Australia, UK and USA.

The migration severely affected the Fijian society resulting in the loss of the one-third of academicians, lawyers and other professionals.

  • The present relations

Though, the situation between the communities has relative cooled down a bit from 1988 onwards, still much mixing between them is not expected especially if it comes to forming a romantic relations, e.g. – dating or marriage. Though, the irony is that dating someone from the European community is not faced with hindrances at all.

  • The Culture
  1. Language, attire and religion

The Indo-Fijians have retained much of their cultural and societal norms with them, still. It can be elucidated by the example of the popularity of sarees, a traditional Indian wear, among the female members. The most common greeting in Fiji Hindi, a lingo which evolved with generations of Indians settled in the islands, is not surprisingly Namaste.

The major religion among the community is Hinduism, beside Islam and Christianity. A range of secular festivities are performed by the people like celebration of Diwali, the observation and fasts at the time of Ramadan and last but not least that of the Christmas and the Boxing Day.

The Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata has established an important position in their lives and is highly revered by them.

The source of entertainment comes mostly from outside Fiji, such as from the Hindi film and music industry. A substantial number of videos and cassettes are readily found in the shops of the common localities.

Other than that many classical dance and music academies are opened by the Indo-Fijians. They take heavy interest in continuing the performance arts and encourage the rest of the members to do as well.

2. Food, Education and Others

Then there is the sector of education, which the elders as well the younger generation take into much consideration. Not a thing to be neglected most of the Indo-Fijians pursue the path of higher degrees.

The Indian food culture also has taken its hold there, with the ‘Roti’ which has become a staple food and custom of only eating their meals with right hands.

Ultimately, it will be interesting to know that like the much of India, the craze of Cricket has also reach its zenith among the common folks of the community. (Input from agencies)

 

  • sudheer naik

    It is a great sign that Indo-Fijians still preserve there Indian culture,language,attire and religion.It is find that most community is Hinduism rather than Islamic and Christianity among Indo-Fijians

  • Shriya Katoch

    It is interesting that Indo Fijians still preserve their Indian traditional roots .

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  • sudheer naik

    It is a great sign that Indo-Fijians still preserve there Indian culture,language,attire and religion.It is find that most community is Hinduism rather than Islamic and Christianity among Indo-Fijians

  • Shriya Katoch

    It is interesting that Indo Fijians still preserve their Indian traditional roots .

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These points will be earned by the driver partners in 13 cities over a fixed period of every three months and can be then accumulated to unlock higher rating tiers such as blue, gold, platinum and diamond which, in turn, will let them access better rewards, informed the company.

“Under the programme, the Uber drivers get access to four tiers. To unlock these awards, they need to maintain a certain threshold rating and keep a low cancellation rate to unlock access to these benefits,” Prabhjeet Singh, Head of Cities, Uber India and South Asia, told IANS.

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“We have always worked towards prioritising their welfare and making them feel valued, respected and appreciated. ‘Uber Plus’ is an effort in that direction and will enable our driver partners to access greater benefits during their everyday journeys,” he added.

The rewards and offers are only available to drivers who use the Uber driver app, are participating in Uber Plus and meet applicable criteria.

Asked if this initiative will help in bringing down the number of cancellations, Singh replied: “We encourage ri ders to flag such cases if the driver cancels because the mode of payment is not cash, etc. That will help us take strict action against such drivers.

“We want to encourage behaviour which helps improve the marketplace reliability. Less the cancellation, the chances of the trip getting completed goes up and, overall, the network efficiency increases.”

An initial pilot phase was carried out in Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh and Mumbai and now, Uber Plus is being rolled out across 10 new cities, including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kochi, Guwahati and Jaipur.

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“We also want to reward drivers who have lower cancellations,” said Uber.

Under the driver programme, Uber has partnered with “Ayushman Bharat” to provide access to free healthcare to its drivers, wherein they have access to free healthcare of up to Rs 500,000 in empanelled hospitals. (IANS)