Bittersweet: An Indo-fijian Experience by Brij V. Lal, Peter Hendrie

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The grief of the monarch of Kerbela! What was his name? Hussain! Of whose race? Ali’s! Who was his mother? Fatima! Who was his grandsire? Mustafa! How was it with him? He fell a martyr! Where? In the plain of Mariya! When? On the 10th of Muharram! Secretly? No, in public! Was he slain by night? No, by day! At what time? Noontide! Was his head severed from the throat? No, from the nape of the neck! Was he slain unthirsting? No! Did none give him to drink? They did! Who? Shimr! 39 22 BITTERSWEET There was something mysterious about the festival.

For a comparative discussion, see Nevadomsky, Joseph. 1983. ’ In ibid. pp. 180–214. 24 Gill, Walter. 1970. Turn North-East at the Tombstone. Adelaide. p. 73. 25 The lone book-length exception is Carter, Marina. 1994. Lakshmi’s Legacy: The Testimonies of Indian Women in 19th Century Mauritius. Rose Hill: Stanley. 26 For more discussion, see Lal, Brij V. 1985. ’ In Indian Economic and Social History Review, 22. pp. 55–71. And Lal, Brij V. 1985. ’ In Journal of Pacific History, 20. pp. 135–55. 27 Burton, J.

The murdered man was Ramsamujh and the three men hanged for his murder were Baijnath, Rajkumar Singh and Kallu. Most importantly, I found a copy of a submission made to the Governor of Fiji by one of the defence lawyers, Reginald Berkeley, in which he claimed that the guilty verdict was reached on circumstantial and fabricated evidence from unreliable witnesses. I postponed my decision to leave for Lautoka the next day and asked for photocopies of the files. I also extracted the emigration passes of the murdered man, his father and his mother.

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