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The objectives of this website

I started this website in 2012 because of the Bainimarama Government’s media censorship. The site then also became useful in making available most of my community education writings over the last thirty years. The topics remain relevant: economic growth and fair distribution of benefits, 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. 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 Brothers Primary and Secondary Schools
BSc from        Otago University (NZ)
MSc from       University of West Indies, Jamaica
DPhil from     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

Loved sports: played soccer, rugby, cricket, athletics

Marist Midget Rugby Team (1965)

Marist Cricket 1st Eleven (1967)

Fiji 1500 meters champion (1967)

Fiji national billiards chamption (1972)

Fiji Seniors Golf Team 2006


Dedications to

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 this blog.]


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