I heard one smart alec
radio reporter use this phrase to describe the political instability that was afflicting Fiji
more detail; there are a significant number of ethnic Indian
s living in Fiji, mostly tracing their heritage back to "coolie
" labourers brought in by the English
. For an ethnic minority
, the Fijian Indian
s have quite a bit of political and financial influence (not unlike the ethnic Chinese
) and they are well represented in government. However, the military almost entirely consists of ethnic Fijians; which is what lead to George Speight
's coup in 2000.
The intention of the reporter was to suggest that if the ethnic Indians
weren't a minority, and the Fijian Chieftains
were a little more tolerant
, the coup might have been avoided.