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Sore Loser? Perhaps not. Monday, March 14, 2005 |

Professor Rajesh Chandra, formerly an academic at the University of the South Pacific may certainly appear to be a sore loser, but perhaps he might be right. Not being appointed the Vice-Chancellor at the USP, even though he was more qualified and recommended ahead of Savenaca Siwatibau, certainly looks like a case of something being rotten in the state of affairs at the USP.

For him to come out and make such a charge, that he was overlooked because of his race, is not something a person of his stature and calibre engages in unless it is true.

And for this current, racist government of Fiji to support an expatriate like Anthony Tarr ahead of Professor Chandra, shows exactly why this government is labeled as such.

Anyway, below is the news piece from the fijitimes.com 14/03/2005:

RAJESH Chandra says he was not appointed vice chancellor of the University of the South Pacific because he was an Indian.

Professor Chandra was speaking on Radio Australia yesterday and blamed the Government for not giving him the post.

Anthony Tarr, a professor from Australia, was appointed vice chancellor.

Mr Chandra has resigned from USP to be vice chancellor at the University of Fiji.

Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and Education Minister Ro Teimumu Kepa were not available for comments yesterday.

Mr Chandra said he applied for the post in 2000 but Savenaca Siwatibau was appointed even though a panel of vice chancellors from Australia had recommended him because of his qualifications.

"People will come to the conclusion that an Indian will not be vice-chancellor."

Mr Chandra said it was a race issue and that the Government preferred an expatriate vice chancellor.