The following articles appeared in the Australian newspaper Indian Link s Girmit Link page from August 2004. Dr Satish Rai has allowed me access to re-post these articles on this website.
Dr Satish Rai is Sydney based academic, film/tv producer, journalist and community development worker. He was born in Fiji where he received his primary, secondary and part of his tertiary education (University of South Pacific & Fiji School of Medicine. He migrated to UK in 1980 and after working as a Metropolitan police officer for five years, (1982-1987) he retired to complete his BA (Hons) degree in Sociology, majoring in race equality issues. He became a politician (elected councillor in London Borough of Greenwich, 1990-94), and a community development officer; becoming a Principal Race Equality Officer for a London Borough Council. Dr Rai also substantially completed MA degree in Social Policy and Administration the Goldsmiths College, University of London. He migrated to Australia in 1995 and completed his MA degree in Communication and Cultural Studies at University of Western Sydney in 1997. In 2011, he completed a profession Doctor of Creative Arts degree (in film production) from the same university. This involved making a documentary drama based his research thesis, which was on exile of the the Indian girmitiyas in Fiji. Dr Rai’s had made a film based on his research – In Exile at Home – A Fiji Indian Story.