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‘Reignite the light of passion’

The Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho in his Deepawali message to his officers has urged them to reflect the meaning of the festivities in their line of work. Marking the Deepawali celebrations at Police Headquarters in Laucala yesterday, the Commissioner said it was important to celebrate all religious occasions within the Policing family. “We […]

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October 30, 2016 10:42 am

The Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho in his Deepawali message to his officers has urged them to reflect the meaning of the festivities in their line of work.

Police Commssioner Qiliho at police diwali celebrations.
Police Commssioner Qiliho at police diwali celebrations.

Marking the Deepawali celebrations at Police Headquarters in Laucala yesterday, the Commissioner said it was important to celebrate all religious occasions within the Policing family.

“We join all our Hindu brothers and sisters in the celebration of the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness, and at the same time I urge every one of us also to look deep within ourselves and reignite the light that signifies the passion we have to serve as police officers”.

Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho light a Diya.
Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho light a Diya.

The Leader of Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa, the Hindu light of Diwali co-existed harmoniously with the light of Christianity.

KEPA: “Diwali is a great and beautiful festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil.  This is something which is embraced by people everywhere, whatever their origins, beliefs and religion. It is a truly universal theme.”

The Leader of the National Federation Party, Dr Biman Prasad, said the virtues of Lord Rama and the significance of Diwali were relevant in a multi-cultural country like Fiji.

PRASAD: “It is extremely pleasing to see that Hindu member of our Indo-Fijian community, who have made Fiji their home have maintained and continued their cultural and religious activities in a vibrant manner through Ramayan Mandalis and construction of temples.

This is most admirable as you are bequeathing a strong foundation of self-dignity and the virtues of respect and tolerance to future generations.”

The President of the Nadi Chamber of Commerce, Dr Ram Raju, said the business community always responded with kindness and generosity.

RAJU: “As the biggest Indian festival lighting homes, firecrackers, sharing of sweets and other delicacies,  we should not forget the neighbours who are not so fortunate. It’s time to share, care, love and embrace one another in warmth and kindness.”

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