01 Website and Author
The objectives of this website
I started this website in 2012 directly as a result of the Bainimarama Government’s media censorship. The site has been useful in making available to the public all my community education writings over the last thirty years on the perennial development issues facing our people. Most of the issues covered- such as economic growth, poverty, protectionism, rural development, food security, just wages, funding of education and health, violence against women and children, suicides, mental illness, politics, leadership, culture and development, constitutions and electoral systems, all continue to be critically important.
Writings for ordinary people must be simply written and without academic jargon, as advised by my old friend Vimal Madhavan (a sub-editor for The Fiji Times in the early eighties). It is my hope that this website is a resource for students, journalists and all who are interested in development problems of Fiji and the Pacific.
Marist St Columbas, Marish Brothers High School
BSc Otago University (NZ)
MSc University of West Indies, Jamaica
DPhil Sussex University, UK
1972 Fiji Bureau of Statistic
1973- The University of the South Pacific
1996-99 Member of Fiji Parliament (Shadow Minister of Finance)
1999-2004 The University of the South Pacific
2007-2012 The University of the South Pacific
Soccer: Marist 1st Eleven
Rugby: Marist Midgets
Athletics: Fiji 1500 m champion
Fiji Billiards Champion
Seniors Golf Fiji Team (2006)
Sin Joan Yee
I am fortunate to have a supportive and independent wife (Sin Joan Yee) who shares most of my values. She is the former USP Head Librarian, Co-Director of the Confucius Institute and long-serving active member of the Chinese Education Board (of which she was chair for a long time). We have three supportive sons, Siddhartha, Sugata and Amitaabh.
John Masefield (Poet Laureate) “A University: Splendid, Beautiful and Enduring”
B.R.Ambedkar: to be more than a mere economist.
Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel Laureate) “Where the mind is without fear…”
I acknowledge the assistance of Signe Dalsgaard, PhD candidate at James Cook University In 2012, who assisted me in starting on this blog.