By Brij V Lal
A Time Bomb Lies Buried discusses the debates which happened in Suva and London in addition to the politics and approaches which led Fiji to independence in 1970 after ninety six years of colonial rule. It presents an important historical past to figuring out the crises and convulsions that have haunted Fiji ever due to the fact in its look for a constitutional cost for its multiethnic inhabitants.
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52 The Foreign Office in Whitehall was never backward in reminding the CO of the importance of the strategic dimension. 53 In April 1964, the CO gave the new governor, Sir Derek Jakeway, who had assumed office in January, its response to the Wakaya Letter and outlined broadly the line he might take in his discussions with the leaders in Fiji. London would try to work out a constitution that was as advanced ‘as the Fijians will swallow’. The links with the United Kingdom that the Fijians sought would be preserved in the ministerial system though precisely how was not made clear.
11 As pointed out by, among others, Peter France in his remarkable book The Charter of the Land: Custom and Colonisation in Fiji (1969, Oxford University Press, Melbourne). 12 For more on Fijian land tenure and related issues, see Kamikamica, Josefata 1997, ‘Fiji native land: issues and challenges’, in B. V. Lal and T. R. Vakatora (eds), Fiji in Transition: Vol. 1 of the Papers of the Fiji Constitution Review Commission, School of Social and Economic Development, University of the South Pacific, Suva, pp.
26 Minute by J. B. Sidebottom, 9 September 1947, CO83/245/5. 27 Minute by Sir Charles Jeffries, 18 September 1947, CO83/245/5. 28 In 1956, Fijians numbered 148,134 while Indo-Fijians numbered 169,403 in a total population of 345,737. 81 per cent. 29 I am indebted to Dr Satya Srivastava for her research on population and Indo-Fijian women in Fiji. See also Chandra, Rajesh and Mason, Keith 1998, An Atlas of Fiji, Department of Geography, University of the South Pacific, Suva. 30 These figures are extracted from Fiji Annual Reports.
A Time Bomb Lies Buried: Fiji’s Road to Independence, 1960-1970 by Brij V Lal