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Is Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiym engaging in Jihad against Hindus through the patronage of the Fijian government and with the help of Pakistan?

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, the 8th and current Prime Minister of Fiji came to power in 2007 through a coup. He gave the impression that he intended to unite Fiji. However, the attacks against Hindu Fijians have not stopped. In recent years it has assumed monstrous proportions. Hindu Fijians claim that the latest round of persecutions is being headed by Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He is the Fijian attorney general and Minister for Economy, Civil Service and Communications.  

Prior to his appointment as a cabinet minister following Bainimarama’s party FijiFirst’s general election victory in September 2014, he was the Fijian attorney general and the Minister for Justice, Anti-Corruption, Public Enterprises, Communications, Civil Aviation, and the Minister responsible for Elections under the Bainimarama Government. According to The Economist, the daily functioning of the Fijian government is run by Sayed-Khaiyum. The South China Morning Post describes him as one of South Pacific’s ‘most powerful men’.

But what stands out as the force behind Sayed-Khaiyum is not the blessings of Bainimarama, who handed over power to him temporarily, while he was recovering from heart attack, but a nation far away, Bharat’s neighbor Pakistan. Such is the involvement of Pakistan, that the 2017 elections in Fiji was conducted by a Pakistani company NADRA which is the Pakistan’s National Database Registration Authority. The same company is now being accused of ballot stuffing and election fraud. 

Khaiyum engaged NADRA, a Pakistani company, to manage Fiji’s 2018 election system. This is the same company, as reported by the Pakistan Inter Services Intelligence, whose top ranking officers helped terrorists and other miscreants obtain fake Pakistan national identity cards [1,2]. 

Their officials allegedly issued ID cards to militants, including some linked to al Qaeda, in return for bribes as small as US$100. So why did Khaiyum recruit them for their services? There does not seem to have been any public tender issued for such a service. So how was NADRA awarded the contract?  And what are the terms of the contract?  With all this secrecy, it is feared that dirty tactics and vote rigging were involved in the 2018 elections. This helped Bainimarama to remain in power, despite serious accusations of rigging and fraud.

Critics allege that Bainimarama gave Khaiyum a free hand in return for the victory, and Khaiyum turned all his attention against the Hindu population in Fiji. Not only temple attacks became more frequent, but also Hindu intellectuals are regularly picked up by the police and slapped with false cases.

A recent case in point is a prominent intellectual and National Federation Party Leader, Professor Biman Prasad. He was recently picked up by the police and slapped with false cases. Looking closely at the persecution of Hindus since 2016, the Hindu American Foundation has pointed out several incidents where Hindus were regularly targeted [3,4]. Another prominent case is that of Sharvada Sharma. 

Sharvada Sharma, in his capacity as the Solicitor-General for 10 years, loyally served Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Yes, 10 years. When Khaiyum lost the initial court case that he brought against former SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula, he blamed it on Sharvada. 

Critics believe that Khaiyum then made the following plan: First he used PM Bainimarama to demand Sharvada should resign. Sharvada refused to resign and resisted the bullying attempt. Next Khaiyum used Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem to lodge a complaint against Sharvada which got him dismissed. With links to Pakistan, people in Fiji see this as a case of the Islamist brotherhood ganging up against a Hindu. 

Sharvada was given the dismissal letter on Diwali day in 2021 last year when he was about to do his main pooja in the evening. Sharvada felt deeply humiliated being given the dismissal letter by Khaiyum’s men when he was about to do Diwali Pooja. Although Sharvada has filed a court case, the judiciary is seen as dragging the case continuously, which is against the 2013 constitution.

Under the 2013 constitution, only the Chief Justice and President can dismiss the Solicitor-General but in this case Khaiyum and Saneem got rid of a top devout Hindu like Sharvada. Critics claim that judiciary and justice system have all been weakened by Khaiyum and his cabal.

Dr. Neil Sharma diligently served as one of the top Health Ministers in the Bainimarama Government from 2009-2014. After winning his seat in the 2014 elections, Dr. Sharma was not included in the cabinet by Khaiyum. Sources claim that Khaiyum was influenced by top FijiFirst donors not to give the health portfolio again to Dr. Sharma because he was strict when it came to food production and its quality.

Khaiyum is alleged to have a single point agenda, which is not to let Hindu intellectuals have any say in the Government, even if it goes against the nation’s interest. With Bainimarama echoing him regularly, it shows who is running Fiji. A case to highlight is what happened in 2015. 

In 2015, NFP Leader Dr. Biman Prasad brought a motion to Parliament whereby he called for an increase in health budget to address the rising Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) cases in the country. It was a very good motion and as former Health Minister, Dr. Sharma knew its importance and so voted in favour of the NFP motion. Then Leader of the House, Pio Tikoduadua (now NFP President) sorted this issue out with Bainimarama and all was okay since Dr. Sharma was asked to vote along party lines next time. But Khaiyum got angry and wanted Dr. Sharma out.

Bainimarama had no option but to listen to Khaiyum and on his demand, forced Dr. Sharma to resign. Feeling humiliated at his intervention being ignored, Pio Tikoduadua also resigned. Hence, it is believed that because of Khaiyum’s arrogance, FijiFirst lost 2 good and capable people like Tikoduadua and Dr. Sharma.

In a nation where the government holds a big sway, many believe that temple attacks cannot happen easily without involvement of some central authorities.  A few cases of temple attacks highlight the precarious situation facing Hindus in Fiji:

September 2019 — A man broke into a temple in Suva and stole several religious items. (U.S. Department of State, 2020)

August 2019 — The temple door and windows at the Kaliamman Temple of Vomo St, Lautoka were broken by vandals. (Chaudhary, 2019)

July 2019 — At least two temples – the Sita Ram Mandir of Calia, Navua and the Hindu Temple at Malolo, Nadi were broken into and donation collections were stolen. (Gopal, 2019; Chaudhary, 2019)

January 2018 — At least one temple near Suva was vandalized, while others in Suva were reportedly also broken into in previous months. (Radio New Zealand, 2018)

December 2017 — The Tirath Dham temple in Nadi was vandalized with racially motivated graffiti, donation boxes were stolen, and murtis (statues of deities) were desecrated with paint poured on them. (Radio New Zealand, 2018)

June 2016 — The Lovu Sangam School on the outskirts of Lautoka and an adjacent Hindu temple were vandalized multiple times, and Hindu symbols and sacred items desecrated. The vandals also wrote messages taunting the school that serves 500 Bharatiya students. (Citizens’ Constitutional Forum, 2016)

In the last few years Hindu activities have been curtailed and Hindu activists have attracted false cases. The public shaming of Hindus who rose to prominence adds to the low morale of Hindus in Fiji where conversion is rampant.  Also, the involvement of Pakistan and thereby its ally China calls for much concern in the Pacific nation. It not just endangers the interest of Bharat, United States but also Hindus across the world and Fiji itself.

The Fijian Hindus whose forefathers mostly went to Fiji in the late 19th Century from Bharat, have been under constant attack. While 45% Fijians called themselves Hindus in the 1976 Census, only 27.9 % people are Hindus according to the 2007 census. Most of the Hindu population has strong ties to Bharat and thus an effort is made by Bharat’s enemies in collusion with the Church to convert the Hindus and stop Hindus from staying organized. A series of coups in the last few decades have further moved the nation that direction.

With the elections to be held by January 2023, the Hindus who can vote need to organize themselves to stop the intervention of civilizational enemies threatening the existence of the community. A strong Hindu community in Fiji is not just in the interest of Bharat but Fiji as well.  How they vote will decide the civilizational existence of the community in the Pacific.

References

1) https://www.abc.net.au/pacific/programs/pacificbeat/pakistani-organisation-involved-in-fiji-election/8639384

2) https://www.truthforfiji.com/2017-april-to-june.html

3) https://www.hinduamerican.org/projects/human-rights-report/fiji

4) https://hindupost.in/society-culture/hindu-temple-in-fiji-repeatedly-vandalized-locals-allege/

Update

Nov 15, 1 PM: Minor edits have been made to the article to improve readability and correct some typos.

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1 COMMENT

  1. The AG is allegedly by this information a corrupt person- who’d have thought lol.
    He has much to answer for.
    One day the wheels will fall off his little red cart. Hopefully Frank will awaken to what he’s created. Who’s running the country Frank. Yr a Fijian, the Boss supposedly, when the Muslim Indian tells you jump you say how high – ridiculous 🤦‍♂️

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