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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)

 

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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 .

  • 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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Diesel Exhaust Converted Into Ink by Indian Innovators To Battle Air Pollution

Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

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Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

In a cabin, young engineers pore over drawings and hunch over computers as they explore more applications of the technology that they hope will aid progress in cleaning up the Indian capital’s toxic air – among the world’s dirtiest.

While the millions of cars that ply Delhi’s streets are usually blamed for the city’s deadly air pollution, another big culprit is the massive diesel generators used by industries and buildings to light up homes and offices during outages when power from the grid switches off – a frequent occurrence in summer. Installed in backyards and basements, they stay away from the public eye.

“Although vehicular emissions are the show stoppers, they are the ones which get the media attention, the silent polluters are the diesel generators,” says Arpit Dhupar, one of the three engineers who co-founded the start up.

The idea that this polluting smoke needs attention struck Dhupar three years ago as he sipped a glass of sugarcane juice at a roadside vendor and saw a wall blackened with the fumes of a diesel generator he was using.

It jolted him into joining with two others who co-founded the start-up to find a solution. Dhupar had experienced first hand the deadly impact of this pollution as he developed respiratory problems growing up in Delhi.

An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.
An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.

A new business

As the city’s dirty air becomes a serious health hazard for many citizens, it has turned into both a calling and a business opportunity for entrepreneurs looking at ways to improve air quality.

According to estimates, vehicles contribute 22 percent of the deadly PM 2.5 emissions in Delhi, while the share of diesel generators is about 15 percent. These emissions settle deep into the lungs, causing a host of respiratory problems.

After over two years of research and development, Chakr has begun selling devices to tap the diesel exhaust. They have been installed in 50 places, include public sector and private companies.

The technology involves cooling the exhaust in a “heat exchanger” where the tiny soot particles come together. These are then funneled into another chamber that captures 70 to 90 percent of the particulate matter. The carbon is isolated and converted into ink.

Among their first clients was one of the city’s top law firms, Jyoti Sagar Associates, which is housed in a building in Delhi’s business hub Gurgaon.

Making a contribution to minimizing the carbon footprint is a subject that is close to Sagar’s heart – his 32-year-old daughter has long suffered from the harmful effects of Delhi’s toxic air.

Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.
Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.

“This appealed to us straightaway, the technology is very impactful but is beautifully simple,” says Sagar. Since it could be retrofitted, it did not disrupt the day-to-day activities at the buzzing office. “Let’s be responsible. Let’s at least not leave behind a larger footprint of carbon. And if we can afford to control it, why not, it’s good for all,” he says.

At Chakr Innovation, cups, diaries and paper bags printed with the ink made from the exhaust serve as constant reminders of the amount of carbon emissions that would have escaped into the atmosphere.

There has been a lot of focus on improving Delhi’s air by reducing vehicular pollution and making more stringent norms for manufacturers, but the same has not happened for diesel generators. Although there are efforts to penalize businesses that dirty the atmosphere, this often prompts them to find ways to get around the norms.

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Tushar Mathur who joined the start up after working for ten years in the corporate sector feels converting smoke into ink is a viable solution. “Here is a technology which is completely sustainable, a win-win between businesses and environment,” says Mathur. (VOA)