I have always wanted to dissect this with people. The fact is that indentured laborers were brought from India to Fiji, made to work on the farms for the Fijian economy and then given the choice of staying back and establishing their communities.
And then comes the discussion of how this has affected the indigenous Fijians in terms of their land ownership, culture and traditions and whether it is the Indo-Fijians their existence in Fiji that is leading to the erosion of everything indigenous Fijian.
Keep in mind that the dynamics of Fiji is very different to other former and current colonized states. Indigenous Fijians in the current context are the majority of population. They don't have the same societal make up as the First Nations in Australia or the Maoris in...
... Aotearoa New Zealand or the Hawaiians that people normally resort to analogizing.

The colonization/ governance of Fiji was different to the methods and tactics used in other colonized states. Whereas at one point, Indo-Fijians were greater in numbers...
... there have been mass migrations due to certain events.

So when someone asks whether Indo-Fijians are PIs and an indigenous PI, who may or may not be Fijian and may not be living in Fiji tries to project the situations of other former and current colonized states and...
... the plight of their First Nations people to simplify the Indo-Fijian and indigenous Fijian context and complexities, it is a complete no from me. IDK if they should be part of the discussion of Fijian society and the intricate details.

And idk if settle colonialism applies.

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