Wednesday, 7 November 2007 10:41 AM

Institutionalizing our ethnicity?

I am saddened to hear that the Solomon Islands is taking the same path Fiji took earlier, and which they have continued to face up to its challenges today. Fiji at its formation institutionalized race by setting institutions that deal with Fijian, and Indo-Fijian, a multi-ethnic ministry, Muslim college, Fijian schools, Fijian scholarship and worse is some of their advertisements in the paper. It usually read "Hindi speaking only" or "Fiji speaking only". These are examples of how race has been crystallized in Fiji.

We Solomon Islands do not want to go down that road. Ministry of Indigenous Affairs? This is quite possibly that start and slowly go down the subsystem strata. The worst we former students here in Fiji can do is cut and paste Fiji's institution and recreate them in Solomon Islands. I appeal to the government to be mindful when naming a ministry.

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