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Centenarian marks Girmit event

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, May 16, 2014

HANS Raji clapped and rocked her seat as members of the Indian Cultural Centre danced and entertained at the Girmit Centre in Lautoka on Wednesday evening.

Caught up in Girmit Day celebrations, the lively lady's smiles and emotion did not betray her 102 years.

"I am so happy to be here," she said.

Ms Raji was born in Elevuka, Ba, in 1912.

Her husband passed away in 1983 aged 75. She has six sons, three daughters, 36 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

While lauding the efforts of the Fiji Girmit Council in organising the commemoration ceremony, special administrator for Lautoka, Ba and Tavua Praveen Bala said it was disappointing to see a lack of interest from younger Fijians of Indian descent.

"I would like to urge people to come forward during occasions like this," he said.

"It happens only once a year and it is a memorable occasion and important, especially for the younger generation.

"They should come in numbers and hear and learn about what their ancestors went through."





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