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“Victimization of some USP staff: changing rules, ex post, 1986”


Travesty of British Justice by British VC: changing rules ex post

Following our return from PhD training leave in 1984, Vijay Naidu and I recommenced our teaching.  We applied for promotion in 1985 and were denied, with no reason being given. When we applied again in 1986, the reason was given alright: USP Council had allegedly made a decision that any staff member who went on training leave, would not be promoted until they had completed their PhD.1 rule changeThe travesty of British justice was that this rule was applied to those who had already gone on leave but had not completed, some for very good reasons which Vijay Naidu explained below.






Vijay Naidu and I argued in vain that natural justice required that this rule be not applied to those who had already gone on leave before the new rule came in.

2 Narsey Naidu protest









Vijay Naidu then fired in a missive, pointing out all the contradictions in USP Management’s decision to apply it ex-post to those who had already gone on leave, while promoting many others who did not have PhD or even Masters degrees even to professorships, and had no intention of going for study leave for higher degrees. Vijay also hinted at the vindictive and racist “husband-wife” teams who sat on all the highest committees in Senate, Council and other important Committees.

3  Vijay only

4 Vijay only










The British VC, Geoffrey Caston claimed that he was not in a position to make exceptions to the rule.

5 Caston reply

But we all knew that USP Council only considered what was put to it by USP management and did not initiate changes to rules themselves- why should they?

Were Vice Chancellor Caston’s working conditions to be changed after he had signed his contract and come to Fiji, he would have been the first to complain that it was not according to the tenets of British Justice, that rules must not be changed and applied ex post to those who showed initiative and went for training, but not applied to those apathetic ones who sat on their butts and greased up the management.

As Vijay alluded in his fiery letter, it was once again the racist Polynesian mafia, and their expatriate partners, who were adamant on not appointing or promoting Indo-Fijians, and especially the “trouble makers” like Naidu and Narsey.

Vijay and I did not get promoted until 1989, while our peer group who “played the game” with the management were well rewarded for their servility.

Mediocre academics, with smiling gentle exteriors but racist hearts of steel, sat in judgement on us for another decade, before things would change, momentarily.


Coming next:  my tumultuous experiences as USP’s Director of Planning and Development, 1994 to 1996.



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