“Fiji and India share deep and enduring ties”

On his nation’s 50th year of independence H.E. Mr. Yogesh Punja, High Commissioner of Fiji to India, spoke to India Empire magazine’s Editor and Publisher Sayantan Chakravarty on issues ranging from bilateral ties to the Indian diaspora, from diplomatic grouping in the southern Pacific to tourism opportunities ...

Please also talk us through the role of the Indian diaspora and the media in promoting links between Fiji and India.

Fiji has a rich Indian Diaspora who are actively part of political, economic, social and cultural settings of Fiji. The 2013 Constitution of Fiji sets a modern and inclusive Fijian Constitution that gives every Fijian equal right to be part of building a better Fiji. In relation to media, it has played an instrumental role in promoting links between Fiji and India through their Hindi radio stations which provides up-to-date information, thus keeping each other connected. Even newspaper and local TV stations have special slots which actively promote India in Fiji and also many Indian films have been shot in Fiji.

As we have a MOU in the cooperation on broadcasting between Fiji and India, Prasar Bharti and Fijian Broadcasting Corporation continues to exchange programmes in the fields of culture, education, science, entertainment, sports etc.