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ARYAN AVATARS From pre-historic nomads to settlers in the Pacific

ARYAN AVATARS From pre-historic nomads to settlers in the Pacific (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd edition)

By Sukhdeo, Mahendra

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In the backdrop of an autobiographical canvas, the author explores the anthology of embryonic influences that have shaped the character of his undiluted, earthy ancestral village near the India-Nepal border. He previews the antecedents of his Aryan roots over the convoluted passa...ge of three millennia spanning over the impact of the Indus Valley Civilisation, hegemonic Hindu kingdoms, Muslim and Christian colonialism, and the Indian Indenture System that catapulted thousands of illiterate and poverty-stricken villagers to distant European colonial outposts. The rural counterparts in Northern India, noting their economic prosperity and social demeanour, perceived the People of Indian Origin (PIO) as living avatars. Of all the labour recipient countries, Fiji evoked awe and respect. Mythically, it was Krishna's 'Ramnik Dweep', but more importantly, it was tauted as the 'Little India' of the Pacific. Born and bred in Fiji in the religiosity of eclectic Hinduism, the author reflects on his metamorphosis from an orthodox orientation to the realm of Marxist socialism and 'militant' atheism. He recounts the corrosive culpability of racism, the rise, and fall of a displaced communal entity in the corridors of Fiji's polity, and the painful dispersal of a prosperous ethnic group in the aftermath of the coups. He previews the pockmarked sphere of Fiji's divisive colonial history and its descendancy into usurpation of power by military or army-linked coup d'etat. He writes with passion and panache his involvement in the birth of Fiji Labour Party, disenchantment with the party's pre-1987 electoral politics and his absorption by the ruling Alliance Party. While sitting as the Acting Lord Mayor of the capital city in early 1987, he describes the unfolding drama of the first two coups in Suva and the evolving rubric of coup culture. In the background of these political distortions, he attempts to predict what future might hold for Fiji.
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ISBN 9789381239469
Publisher USP Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd edition
Internationally sourced; ships 10-15 working days

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ISBN-13 9789381239469
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 10-15 working days
Publisher USP Press
Imprint Zorba Books
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd edition
Edition 2nd edition
Author(s) By Sukhdeo, Mahendra
Category History Of Art: Pre-History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 14mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 308g
Interest Age 15+ years
Reading Age 15+ years
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text General/trade