A Time Bomb Lies Buried: Fiji's Road to Independence, by Brij V Lal

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A Time Bomb Lies Buried discusses the debates which happened in Suva and London in addition to the politics and methods which led Fiji to independence in 1970 after ninety six years of colonial rule. It presents a vital history to knowing the crises and convulsions that have haunted Fiji ever in view that in its look for a constitutional cost for its multiethnic inhabitants.

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6 See Tagupa, William E. H. 1991, ‘The Unanticipated Republic of Fiji: Deed of Cession as the Constitutional Basis of Legitimacy’, in W. ), Sovereignty and Indigenous Rights: The Treaty of Waitangi in International Contexts, Victoria University Press, Wellington, p. 137. 7 I have been told—but have not been able to verify—that there was a rough translation of the deed in Fijian prepared about the time of cession, but it was never accorded any formal status, and it has never featured in public discourse.

D. Patel, told their followers that Amery had been sent by London to help end the strike. That, of course, was not strictly the case, though the purpose of the visit was deliberately cloaked in secrecy and thus open to all sorts of interpretation. Feelings were inflamed against the Indo-Fijians, with troops being sent to the sugar belts to ‘protect’ farmers who wanted to harvest. Fijians were still reeling from the recommendations of the Spate and Burns commissions, feeling isolated, apprehensive and abandoned.

1969, Koro: Economic Development and Social Change in Fiji, Oxford University Press, London; and Belshaw, Cyril S. 1964, Under the Ivi Tree: Society and Economic Growth in Rural Fiji, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London. 33 Burns, Sir Alan et al. 1960, ‘Report of the Commission of Enquiry into the Natural Resources and Population Trends of the Colony of Fiji, 1959’, Legislative Council Paper, 1/1960. 34 See, for example: Ali, Ahmed 1986, ‘Political change, 1874–1960’, in B. V. ), Politics in Fiji: Studies in Contemporary History, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, pp.

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