There was uproar in Parliament this morning after the National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad spoke about the blacklisting of Dr Brij Lal and his wife, Dr Padma Lal from Fiji.
While responding to the ministerial statement of the Minister for Education Rosy Akbar about the Girmit Day celebration, Prasad said that the Government has banned the son of a Girmitiya.
Prasad in agreement with the Minister for Education’s statement said that unforgettable events such as the 1987, 2000 and the 2006 coups should not be forgotten.
He says that we don’t forget the past but we should not stoke up the past to whip up racial disunity in this country as the government has done.
Meanwhile the Education Minister spoke about the Girmitiyas saying that the lives of our forefathers are tragic and it is not merely entertainment.
She also spoke about the 1987 coup.
Akbar says that it is our duty to ensure that we learn from our history.
In response to Akbar’s statement, Opposition Member Ro Teimumu Kepa said that by accepting the descendants of the Girmitiyas in the village of Noco, they have shown that they are already working together.
She said that she hopes that in the near future parliamentarians would be able to speak in the iTaukei and Hindustani languages.