Fiji envoy meets Prince of Arcot

The High Commissioner of the Republic of Fiji to India, Yogesh Punja, along with his wife, Adi Melika Punja, called on the Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, at his ancestral official residence, Amir Mahal, in Chennai. The Fiji envoy expressed his happiness to have met the Prince, who hails from the erstwhile ruling family of the Carnatic/Arcot, during the 18th and 19th centuries and their religious policies towards non-Muslims.

He appreciated the ruling period of the Nawabs, who maintained perfect harmony and unity among people of all faiths, in this part of the country. He also commended the Prince to learn his active services in the promotion of peace and unity, since many decades now.S N Srikanth, Honorary Consul, Republic of Fiji, accompanied the visiting dignitary. Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali, Dewan to the Prince and his wife, Begum Seema Ahmed, were present on the occasion.

The Prince and Begum Sayeeda Abdul Ali, offered shawl to the Envoy and his wife. In return, the High Commissioner offered a memento to them. Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It's famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population. Viti Levu is home to the capital, Suva, a port city with British colonial architecture. The Fiji Museum, in the Victorian-era Thurston Gardens, has ethnographic exhibits.