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Thakur Ranjit Singh
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Former Publisher of Fiji's Daily Post, Media Commentator, Journalist, blogger at FIJI PUNDIT and KIWI PUNDIT blog sites
Former Publisher of Fiji's Daily Post, Media Commentator, Journalist, blogger at FIJI PUNDIT and KIWI PUNDIT blog sites

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JOHN TAMIHERE, RADIO LIVE, ROASTBUSTERS AND CHEQUE BOOK JOURNALISM


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KIWI PUNDIT had raised this issue over a year ago that no other mainstream White Journalists raised. Now, Tamihere has been cleared, and a shame to big coprporate's cheque book and Financial clout journalism.
Mediaworks has made a confidential settlement of the defamation case brought against it by former Labour MP John Tamihere over the circumstances of his departure from Radio Live.
The end of Mr Tamihere’s 8-year talkback career was linked to controversy over the Roastbusters issue, where young people in west Auckland were boasting online about non-consensual sexual activity.
MediaWorks today apologised publically for its handing of the announcement.
It confirmed that its own Broadcasting Standards Committee had investigated and completely exonerated Mr Tamihere from any breach of any broadcasting standards.
MediaWorks acknowledged he acted completely professionally, entirely within the bounds of his role as a ‘talk back host’ and with good taste and decency.
“It unreservedly apologised for any harm caused to Mr Tamihere’s reputation and mana as a result of its actions.
Mr Tamihere said he was happy the matter has been resolved after what had been a tough 18 months on his children and family.

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“I Have a Dream”: The Temple and Community Centre in West Auckland - the untold tale of dream of a Reluctant and an Unsung Hero.

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Shri Ram Mandir and Community  Center was officially inaugurated, after a week-long rituals of Pran-prathisha (This is a ritual of consecration or blessing in which the consciousness or power of the deity is brought into the image in a temple). It was opened with pomp and ceremony which reflected the multi-racial face of growing New Zealand community. It also echoed the motto of the Ram Mandir Charitable Trust to be an all-inclusive Community Centre for the benefit and well-being of all the people of all backgrounds of Auckland.

There is an untold story that needs to be included in the annals of this project – to be reflected in its records and history. This is the story of somebody, and unsung hero, and a reluctant one at that, who shies away from deserved accolades, publicity and praises. Read on to determine who is that Unsung hero who had a dream which became a reality with the opening of this complex on 13 June, 2015.

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“I Have a Dream”: The Temple and Community Center in West Auckland - the untold tale of dream of a Reluctant and an Unsung Hero.
“I Have a Dream ”: The Temple and Community
Centre in West Auckland - the untold tale of dream of a Reluctant and an Unsung
Hero. Thakur Ranjit Singh Shri Ram Mandir and Community  Center was officially inaugurated,
after a week-long rituals of Pran-prathis...

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Auckland Girmit Day hosts Fiji Minister, marks Syria Tragedy and requests Girmit recognition

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Fiji Girmit Foundation of New Zealand may be the only organisation of its type the sole objective of which is Reconnecting, Reclaiming and Restoring Indo-Fijian History. It has been doing just that by embarking on hosting Fiji Girmit Remembrance Day in Auckland for the last four years. This year’s (2015) commemoration was some steps closer to it meeting its objectives, where Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola was the Chief Guest and Keynote speaker. The foundation requested Fiji Government to include Girmit History in Fiji’s school curriculum system. In addition, it also requested to declare 14 May as a Public Holiday to give proper homage to those ordinary people who did extraordinary things in extraordinary times.

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Auckland Girmit Day hosts Fiji Minister, marks Syria Tragedy and requests Girmit recognition
Auckland
Girmit Day hosts Fiji Minister, marks Syria  Tragedy and requests Girmit
recognition Thakur
Ranjit Singh Fiji
Girmit Foundation of New Zealand may be the only organisation of its type the
sole objective of which is Reconnecting, Reclaiming and Rest...

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Pundit Devakar Prasad: A tribute to an Unsung Hero and an outstanding Community Leader

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As the smoke from 13th day hawan ritual of Pundit Devakar Prasad drifted out and settled down, the accolades this humble human being received from all quarters make you question: If he was so great, why did he not get recommended for Parvasi Bhatiye Award or any or Indian Awards, lurking around in every corner and cranny? Interesting question. And more interesting answer: The radar of so called Indian elite and “kingmakers” who decide on such awards, and masquerade as Indian Community leaders, miss the  reach to such selfless Indo-Fijian community workers who operate at ground level, with grassroots people. It is beyond their elitist reach.

Pundit Devakar Prasad has been virtually an unknown who rarely featured in Indian media. He is no member of the rich and famous cocktail circuits of Indian elite. Neither is he somebody who seeks publicity or association with influential people or politicians to seek any personal benefit or glory. He is a simple community-oriented, private person who believes in doing good deeds for the community without expectation of any awards or any form of personal gain. He never sought glory by holding to coat-tails of any politician. It is for this reason such awards sound hollow, redundant and meaningless, only to serve the so-called “kingmakers”. 
This is because the community itself bestows rightful awards and honour on deserving individuals. No awards are needed for those who are the brightest star, the sun - Devakar.

[IT IS BEFITTING TO POST THIS TRIBUTE ON THE EVE OF FIJI GIRMIT REMEMBRANCE DAY IN AUCKLAND ON SUNDAY 17 MAY, 2015, WHICH PUNDITJI WAS VERY DILIGENTLY PLANNING]

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Pundit Devakar Prasad: A tribute to an Unsung Hero and an outstanding Community Leader
Pundit Devakar Prasad: A tribute to
an Unsung Hero and an outstanding
Community Leader Thakur Ranjit Singh As the smoke from 13 th day hawan ritual of Pundit Devakar
Prasad drifted out and settled down, the accolades this humble human being
received from al...

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GIRMIT REMEMBRANCE DAY -14 MAY OF EVERY YEAR


On Thanksgiving Day, Americans think of and honour those who sacrificed for America in creating a new homeland. On ANZAC Day (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps), respective nationals think of their soldiers who fought for their countries and gave their lives. On Waitangi Day, New Zealanders mark that as a nation-building day. Then why cannot we, Girmitiya descendant Indo-Fijians, set aside at least one day in a year to think and honour those who sacrificed their lives and gave us this better life than they ever dreamed of?

LET US ALL DEDICATE 14 MAY OF EVERY YEAR AS FIJI GIRMIT REMEMBRANCE DAY

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GIRMIT REMEMBRANCE DAY - 14 MAY: A challenge to Indo Fijians to have pride in their History and Heritage..
GIRMIT REMEMBRANCE DAY -14 MAY OF EVERY YEAR On
Thanksgiving Day, Americans think of and honour those who sacrificed for
America in creating a new homeland. On ANZAC Day (Australia and New Zealand
Army Corps), respective nationals think of their soldiers wh...

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MARKING GIRMIT REMEMBRANCE DAY - 14 MAY

Fiji Girmit Foundation of New Zealand has been formed in Auckland, New Zealand to create awareness about indenture and Girmit history with the theme of: RECONNECTING, RECLAIMING and RESTORING INDO FIJIAN HISTORY.

The Foundation, as last two years, is commemorating, GIRMIT REMEMBRANCE DAY at Skipton Hall, Mangere, Auckland on Sunday 17 May, 2015 from 1.30 - 5.00 pm.

While paying Tribute to its past President, Pundit Devakar Prasad, the commemoration will have the theme of Syria Tragedy, as was very passionately being planned by the Late President. It will be a fitting honour to revive his most popular Radio Fiji programme - National Quiz. Hence, we will have Girmit Quiz which will be very fittingly Quiz Mastered by his daughter, Neelima Chand from Brisbane. We will also have soul music selected by Punditji, display of Girmit artifacts and Children's oratory, among others.

The Chief Guest to the event will be FIJI'S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER, RATU INOKE KUBUABOLA. Entry is free and there will be refreshments for all.

See you all with your families.

To Commemorate this great day in our History, FIJI PUNDIT blog site will have a string of articles leading to Girmit Day on 14 May and our commemoration in Auckland on 17 May, 2015.
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