Kallu Dhani Ram

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Kallu Dhani Ram (born 6 July 1923) is the General Secretary of the oldest farmers union in Fiji, the Fiji Kisan Sangh. He has been one of the few people who has been involved with the Sangh since being inspired to join it by its founder, Ayodhya Prasad, in 1939. He has made valuable contribution to the sugar industry in Fiji.

Early life

Ram was born into a family of seven on 6 July 1923 at Vunisamaloa, in Ba. His parents Kallu of Belapratapgadh and Ragnathi of Jawanpur in India were among the last load of indentured labourers who arrived in 1916 abroad the Sutlej. Like other second generation Fiji Indians, his early life was spent working on the family farm with no prospect of any education. There were only a handful of schools in Ba in the 1930s and they taught only Tamil and English, so he started attending evening classes. He started attending the Koronubu Bhartiya Parshala in a neighbouring settlement in 1938. He spent only three years in school before returning to his family cane farm in 1941. On the advice of Pandit Ami Chandra he left his farm and took up employment in Ba town as a tailor. In 1949, he opened his own shop but in 1954 he sold his business and returned to his farm. In 1944, he married to Shiv Dulari.

Association with Fiji Kisan Sangh

Ram's desire and inspiration to fight for the rights of farmers began in 1939 when he first came in contact with the founder and first general secretary of Fiji Kisan Sangh, the late Pandit Ajodhya Prasad. It was...
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