89th Sangam convention officially opened

Update: 10:49AM THE 89th Sangam Convention was officially opened in Nadi last night by the President, Jioje Konrote.

Hundreds of Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam members from around Fiji and overseas have converged at Prince Charles Park for their annual meet.

Apart from the annual convention of TISI Sangam, its youth wing, the Then India Valibar Sangam is also holding its annual meet.

In his address last night, TISI Sangam’s outgoing national president Sadasivan Naicker said Sangam had come a long way since its formation in 1926, with the 90th anniversary being celebrated this year.

“Indeed it has been a long, difficult and a challenging journey since the first South Indians arrived in 1903 to Fiji under the British indenture system,” he told the gathering.

“In 1916 the indenture system was abolished and on January 2, 1920 all remaining contracts were cancelled.

“The courage and determination and the will to survive by our forefathers was so great that they conquered the Colonial masters and set a proud foundation for generations of South Indians to come.”

Mr Naicker said this year’s theme, “Perseverance and Endeavours for Dignity from 1916 to 2016” had been chosen for Sangam to reflect on the 100 years of journey after the liberation from indenture.

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