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Wrong Asesela Ravuvu?

Prof. Asesela D. Ravuvu

Chairperson

Constitution Review Commission

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Constitution Review Commission

Background Information

Employment History

Professor

University of the South Pacific

Professor of Pacific Studies and Director

Institute of Pacific Studies

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i'Tonga.net - Tonga's Online Magazine - See the Tonga through the eyes of our people

www.itonga.net [cached]

The reaction of the Chairperson of Fiji's Constitution Review Commission, USP's Professor Asesela Ravuvu reflected the views of many of the members of the interim government and Speight supporters.

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Professor Ravuvu's message is that neither laws nor the judiciary should stand in the way of one's political agenda…If politics is to take precedence over the law, including the highest law of the land, the Constitution, as Professor Ravuvu suggests, it follows that acts of political vandalism by a few should be permitted to inflict the same injury on the 'Ravuvu Constitution' as was done to the unanimously approved 1970 "Independence constitution" and the 1997 "Reeves Constitution."
Most people agree that changes can be made to the 1997 constitution to allay the ungrounded fears of indigenous Fijians.Most grass roots Fijians don't even know what is in any of the previous constitutions.They rely on their leaders to advise them on the content and its implications.
But a major part of the destabilisation process initiated by some of the people now in power was blaming the 1997 Constitution for the supposed "Indian takeover" of Fiji.The indigenous influential Fijian leaders who had spread these lies now need to save face.
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So, the Constitutional Review Committee under the Chairmanship of Professor Ravuvu at a cost of FD$1.8 million, has to deliver a new Constitution.To justify the Constitutional Review Committee - described by many as an exercise in futility and a waste of taxpayer's money, Ravuvu resorts to distortions of facts and anti-Indian outbursts.
Professor Ravuvu's involvement in a regional institution such as the USP should be a cause for concern.His blatantly racist remarks and gross disrespect for Fiji's legal system and the judiciary is dangerous.It clearly shows his lack of concern about the long term effects this has on the Fijian and regional students under his charge.
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How did someone like Ravuvu get awarded a "professorship"?What is the procedure that the USP follows before it grants this professorial title?Doesn't the criteria include respect for the law, tolerance for one's fellow human beings regardless of colour, creed, race or religion?Doesn't it include values which we in the Pacific want our future generations to revere and live by?I would have thought that a "professorship" would be awarded to those showing a standard of excellence that other scholars and academics should aspire to and work towards.If the system at the USP enables Ravuvu to be considered worthy of the title of "professorship" then our regional University needs help.
With so many teachers, civil servants and leaders of Pacific Island countries having been educated at the USP, is it any wonder that hardly any Pacific Island governments have spoken out against what is happening in Fiji?Can it be that the likes of Professor Ravuvu have already brainwashed/ influenced Pacific Island students to believe that the "Pacific Way" means blaming Indians (or everybody else but yourself); saying nothing against injustices; blindly following the more vocal, unscrupulous and bullying chiefs; claiming all the perks you feel you are entitled to with no responsibility and discrediting anybody else whose opinion may differ to your own? Thank God there are more principled people in the New Zealand and Australian governments who continue to articulate what most of the silent majority in Fiji and the Pacific feel. His Excellency Mr Tia Barrett summed up the feelings of many people in his speech to the USP journalism students last week.


GCC agreed upon appointing ...

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GCC agreed upon appointing Professor Asesela Ravuvu as Chairperson of the Constitution Review Commission The Bose Levu Vaka Turaga has unanimously agreed to appoint Professor Asesela Ravuvu as Chairperson of the Constitution Review Commission.


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"Fijians generally perceive Indians as ...

www.ourpacificocean.com [cached]

"Fijians generally perceive Indians as mean and stingy, crafty and demanding to the extent of being considered greedy, inconsiderate and grasping, uncooperative, egotistic, and calculating," writes Professor Asesela Ravuvu of the University of the South Pacific. On the other hand, he says Indians see Fijians as "jungalis," still living on the land, which they will not sell, poor, backward, naive, and foolish.


Everything about Beta Cru

mihai.eminescu.es.wikimiki.org [cached]

Besides Cakobau, FIRE includes Senator Asesela Ravulu, who is also a Professor at the University of the South Pacific, and Mere Samisoni, a businesswoman.

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