16 Sep 2002

Fiji's taskforce on National Reconciliation says Indians fail to understand local traditions

11:01 am on 16 September 2002

A taskforce on National Reconciliation set up by Fiji's government says the Indian community has failed to understand and appreciate the culture and traditions of Fijians.

It says a lack of understanding and acknowledgement of existing Fijian rights and structures is one of the key reasons behind the split between the two communities.

The Daily Post quotes the taskforce as saying Fiji's Indians are not in a position where they could formulate policies based around the requirements of critical institutions.

It says Indians have also done well in the fields of education and commerce leaving Fijians behind.

The taskforce says this prosperity is not taken well by Fijians who tend to link it to selfishness.