The Picture of a Sikh Gentleman in a turban with flowing beard has got featured on the two dollar currency note of Fiji Island. It is indeed a proud moment for the entire Sikh community no matter where ever they are what matter is that a Sikh person is getting such an esteemed position in a country and this is perhaps a big deal for Sikh community. Although it has not been easy for Sikhs to get settle down anywhere in the world and achieve such a higher authority in any of country, besides India. Achieving such a big position is a proud state for any Sikh living anywhere in the world.
If we look at the history of the Sikh community in Fiji Island, then despite being in the minority, Sikhs living in Fiji Island played a very important role in the development of this country Fiji. In the earlier days of their settlement, they the Sikhs worked in Suva and Nausori areas. Some of them were engrossed in shopkeeping business and other few were busy doing small-scale farming. The British Empire induce much Punjabi’s to serve British community around the firs and second World wars. Sikhs served as soldiers in the British Army, Colonial Police Forces, and other disciplined services. Sikhs were appointed for such hard duties because of their physical strength and tall appearances, and many of them decided to settle down there only after the wars and integrated successfully afterward. Sikhs are known to be amiable and generous of all creeds and races. The extraordinary ethnic costumes of Punjabi’s are a big attraction for anyone. Punjabi’s wear their turban with pride and look upon it as a mark of their victory and glorious tradition.
Sikhs can be found in various countries serving their countries as famous professionals like doctors, lawyers, engineers, sportsmen, administrators, bankers, businessmen, and farmers etc. Conventionally Sikhs are service oriented, kind, honest, strong, hardworking, dynamic, and responsible people. In 1874 when the Fiji Island’s government was going through a financial problem then the Governor Sir Arthur Hamilton Gordon hatched new way to make money for Fiji Island. The only feasible way was through Sugar Plantation. The British Government does not want to disturb the locals at that time so, they decided to import more manpower to Fiji for Sugar plantation. The British colonial Officials arranged for Indian immigrants to Fiji Island and the first Indian landed to Fiji Island was in the year 1879 through the steamer with around 460 Indian immigrants in it.
Sikhs in the Fiji Island have established them very well and they contributed a lot to the progress of the Fiji Island. Sikhs in Fiji has found the Khalsa Primary School and Khalsa College, they are there in the Fiji Island’s parliament and running their own business. Sikhs have created many famous temples in Fiji Island like Tagi Tagi Sikh Temple, Suva Samabula Sikh Temple, Lautoka Sikh Temple, Labasa Sikh Temple. Sikh community has given a lot to Fiji Islands and their contribution towards the betterment of Fiji Island has been commendable. Many Sikhs have made a valuable contribution to the economy of this country and they still receive a distinct appreciation all over the world.