It’s been just over a month since the elections took place in Fiji and there is a certain anxious curiousity in the air, felt also by the diaspora.
The pain and trauma that was ignited in 1987 is still felt by many today, and it’s hard not to see the irony of sorts – Fiji’s new PM is the same man responsible for the 1987 coups. One of the immediate effects of 1987 was a mass migration of Indo Fijians to countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA.
The dust has not settled on the residue of the trauma caused by his actions but there seemingly is no other choice than to give him a chance.
Many hope that this chapter will be written differently than the previous chapters.
It feels like the apt time to retrospect and reflect. More people are openly talking about their experiences, and there is indeed residue to sift through: residue of the coups, residue of the past 16 years and the pertaining question of what it means to be Fijian.
The questions relating to cultural identity have remained persistent & relevant. The answers have been aptly researched and explored by many but the question of ‘what makes me Fijian?’, is one that I think can be only answered by the individual. In the day and age of saturated information, maybe it’s time to collectively introspect and think about why for so many, this question is still hard to answer.
Today we’re joined by Sandhya Dusk Devi Nand: photographer, writer and top model of Fiji. She gives us an intimate insight into what it was like as an Indo Fijian woman in post coup Fiji while also being on the same front page as Mr Rabuka. Among other things, we discuss our connections to Fiji, societal norms, and whether or not there is a motherland for descendants of Indian indentured laborers.
About Sandhya Dusk Devi Nand
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Guest: Sandhya Dusk Devi Nand
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