I heard one smart alec radio reporter use this phrase to describe the political instability that was afflicting Fiji in 2000.

In slightly more detail; there are a significant number of ethnic Indians living in Fiji, mostly tracing their heritage back to "coolie" labourers brought in by the English. For an ethnic minority, the Fijian Indians have quite a bit of political and financial influence (not unlike the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia) 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.