I have this funny feeling of having graduated ‘blog-school’. Why? Because I helped someone else set up a blog. Like really! Showed them where to go, what to do, how to do it, templates, content, tagging, categories, links, pictures, background, the lot. I’m actually a little proud of myself, but mostly I’m proud that this particular blog is now out there in the world.
The new blog belongs to Wadan Lal Narsey.
Wadan is from Fiji, where, in the past many decades, he has been a strong political voice. Since 1973 he has worked at the University of South Pacific (USP), but in 2011 he was asked to resign and ultimately had to leave the country. In his own words this is what happened:
That long association with USP […] ended sadly in 2011 when the University asked me to stop criticizing the Military Regime or to resign with them fulfilling my contract. The USP management said they were under serious financial pressure from the Fiji Government (who promptly paid up soon after I resigned).
In other words: if the university continued to employ him, the Fijian military government would stop their funding – full stop. He had to go.The new blog will feature all of his writings since 1973 (it is still under construction, there is a lot of uploading to do!). Most are articles which cannot be accessed any other way. His inspiration for the blog and his writings is the same spirit that imbues the great Burmese leader, Aung San Suu Kyi who, when asked why she kept on struggling all these three decades, replied: “we have to bear witness”. Wadan says:
We, who have been fortunate enough to have been given so much, have a duty to give back to our people, current and future generations, whatever collective knowledge we have gleaned from our lives – to bear witness.
ISN’T THAT COOL?
I have helped build a blog for a voice who is silenced by a military regime! What an honour! I am so excited! Isn’t blogging just GREAT? If you have any friends from Fiji, Samoa,Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu or the likes, please make sure they are told that the site exists. Link up!
PS in addition to being an absolutely amazing person, this is a man who cooks a mean curry. I was paid for my efforts in the best way possible: