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Scholar studies Indian diaspora

Salaseini Moceiwai
Monday, May 06, 2013

FIJIANS of Indian descent in the country are fortunate to be living among the iTaukei community who are known the world over for their hospitable lifestyle, says Rewa Singh, a visiting scholar from the Gautam Buddha University in India.

The 26-year-old is conducting a three-month research study on the Indian Diaspora and its social cultural aspect in Fiji.

Ms Singh said Fiji was a classic example of a well-integrated society.

As part of her research, Ms Singh visited Labasa businessman Charan Jeath Singh to find out whether the culture brought in by the girmits existed in Fiji.

The final year Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student said people in Fiji respected each other's culture, tradition and lifestyle.

"All Fijians are very preservative of one's culture and belief and it's pleasing to see that people worship freely without fear," she said

"The research is very encouraging because I am not only learning about Indian Diaspora but the iTaukei culture as well."

Ms Singh was happy to note that their culture back home was well-observed in Fiji.

"Our lifestyle is quite similar with those of Indian descent living here and it's good to know that the traditions passed down by the Girmitiyas are still intact."