2 Apr 2013

Declassified 1960's British documents show Fiji chiefs' controversial views

2:55 pm on 2 April 2013

Declassified secret documents from the British colonial police in Fiji have shed new light into the controversial views aired by some in the Great Council of Chiefs in the late 1960s.

Our London reporter Ben Lowings has been reading the files.

"As Fiji moved towards independence from Britain, the Great Council of Chiefs considered radical measures to keep indigenous Fijians in control of political power. In November 1968, the chiefs looked at proposals to deport Indians from the country, including the NFP leader AD Patel. They also considered a call to dismiss all Indians from the civil service, and stop more Indian people from settling in Fiji. But the ideas were dismissed as impractical and secondary to the main political goal of securing power"