Monument unveiled to commemorate the founders of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji

Monument unveiled to commemorate the founders of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji

By Rashika Kumar
Sunday 07/11/2021

A heritage monument that names the founders of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha has been unveiled at their headquarters in Samabula that ensures that the future generation are aware of the struggles these founders went through during time of Girmit and realise how far they have come.

While speaking during the unveiling ceremony, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Premila Kumar has acknowledged the contribution of such visionary leaders who through their foresight led the preservation of their heritage and religion for the generations to come.

She says despite challenges and a future filled with uncertainty, the forefathers of the Arya Samaj in Fiji chose to invest their time and energy in continuing with their heritage as well as in the education of their children.

Kumar says she has noticed that in Fiji, the stories of our indenture history are not passed on to our children and she sees this as a slow demise of our history.

The Education Minister says she will be working towards ensuring that the current and future generations do not missout on this piece of history.

She says this can be achieved through heritage education which is essential so that oneโ€™s heritage is not lost or forgotten.

Kumar says on Christmas Day, in 1904, a small group of people that included Babu Mangal Singh, Gaji Pratap Singh, Nanku Sonar, Bihari Lal, Shiu Datt Sharma, Basdeo Rai, Inayat Hussein, Indra Narayan and Tikaram Verma met in Samabula to establish the Arya Samaj of Fiji and preserve their heritage.

The Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji owns and manages 15 kindergartens, 16 primary schools, 6 secondary schools and a tertiary institution - The University of Fiji.



Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
IN DEPTH
RKS and Tailevu North retains Tailevu Zone title
RKS won the boys division with 25 gold, 21 silver and 24 bronze. Tailevu North College took out the girls title with 33 gold, 17 silver and 9 bronze ...
5 days ago

Grammar wins Suva Zone 2 girls and boys title
Suva Grammar School have taken out the boys and girls division titles of the Coca-Cola Suva Zone 2 athletics meet. The Grammar boys finished with 28 gold, 24 silver and 15 bronze.
16 days ago

Words matter, especially from a Minister - DPP
Words matter, especially from a Minister, and these words were inappropriate according to the Director of Public Prosecutions Christopher Pryde while ...
17 days ago
FEATURE NEWS
Habosi and Ravouvou score on debut as Fiji thrash much fancied Tonga 36-0 in PNC
The Vodafone Flying Fijians put on a clinical performance to thrash star studded Tonga 36-0 in the Pacific Nations Cup at the HFC Bank Stadium this af...
5 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
Tamavua Primary School will now be known as Jagindar Singh Primary School
Tamavua Primary School will now be known as Jagindar Singh Primary School after the Tamavua Education Society recognised Singh for his long and ...
4 hours ago

Tokasa Nadagalu wins latest Samsung A22 through Vodafoneโ€™s Flashmob promotion
It was a Saturday to remember for Tokasa Nadagalu of Tacirua as she was won the latest Samsung A22 mobile phone worth $458 through Vodafoneโ€™s 28th ...
4 hours ago

Complex eye surgeries will be available at CWM Hospital following training of staff
Some good news as a range of complex eye surgeries will be available at the CWM Hospital for the first time as eye care graduates at the Pacific Eye ...
5 hours ago

Benito Masilevu plans to start farming business
Life after rugby has always been a challenge for some former Fiji rugby players who have secured lucrative deals in top clubs in the past. This ...
6 hours ago

You can start earning the minimum wage rate by just planting seedlings - Sayed-Khaiyum
You can start earning the minimum wage rate through the Jobs for Nature Program by just planting seedlings of mangroves, breadfruit and other trees ...
6 hours ago

TOP