They are mostly descended from indentured labourers, girmitiyas or girmit , from districts of central and eastern Uttar Pradesh , as well as Bihar. Indians had been employed for a long time on the European ships trading in India and the East Indies. Many of the early voyages to the Pacific either started or terminated in India, and many of these ships were wrecked in the uncharted waters of the South Pacific. The first recorded presence of an Indian in Fiji was by Peter Dillon , a sandalwood trader in Fiji, of a lascar Indian seaman who survived a ship wreck and lived amongst the natives of Fiji in
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Bandung: Journal of the Global South. December , Cite as. Between and Fiji experienced four coups in which Governments were overthrown by their military forces or parts of it. After the fourth coup in December old metropolitan friends such as Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the EU responded with travel sanctions, cancellation of military cooperation and frozen development assistance.
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