Uday Singh (Fiji politician)

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Uday Singh
Yaqara Pastrol Farm Limited
In office
1962–1997
Member of the Delegation to the United Nation
Incumbent
Assumed office
1992
Commissioner in the Fiji Public Service Commission
In office
1987–2001
Senator
In office
1994–1999
Member of Parliament
In office
1985–1987
Director Ba Cane Growers Council
In office
1985–1992
Chairman of Indian Alliance, Ba
In office
1974–1987
Personal details
Born (1938-09-14)14 September 1938
KumKum, Ba, Fiji
Died 7 June 2014(2014-06-07) (aged 75)
Ba, Fiji
Political party Alliance Party, National Alliance Party
Spouse(s) Vidya Wati Singh
Residence KumKum, Ba, Fiji
Profession Fijian Politician, Cane Farmer and Social worker
Religion Hindu

Uday Singh Commissioner of Oaths, OBE, JP, (14 September 1938 – 7 June 2014) was an Indo-Fijian landowner, social worker and politician. Like his close associate Mahendra Motibhai Patel, CBE, he was a staunch supporter of former Prime Minister Ratu Mara and the former Alliance Party. The Singh family is the single largest private landowner in Fiji.

Family[edit]

Born to Jang Bhadur Singh and Manorama Singh on the 14th of September 1938. Mr. Singh grew up with his parents, brothers and sisters on the Singh Family Estate at KumKum, Ba. His brothers were: Late Mr. James Shankar Singh, Mr. Sital Singh, Mr. Bir Singh, Late Mr. Robert Singh (Soki) and Late Mr. Kuar Singh.

Uday Singh was married to Vidya Singh,whom he had know since childhood. They have 4 children: Anildra, Shalendra, Sharmila and Sameer. Anil lives on the family estate in Naikubukubu, Ba, Shalen and Sharmila live in Australia and Sameer in New Zealand. He has nine grandchildren.

Background[edit]

After leaving school Mr.Singh worked with his father on their estate. He developed an appreciation of the business of farming and on acquired three hundred and fifty acres of farm land. Such interest and dedication made him very attached to this vocation and that is the major reason for him being the gang president of KumKum P/L gang in the Moto Sector for such a long time. Mr. Singh did a substantial amount of cane farming and provided support for numerous families living on his farm land in Ba.

The nature of farming community did not isolate him from the many intricacies of the total society ranging from children's education to the national politics and he had no qualms to be actively involved in all the major areas of the total existence and the sound maintenance of the society and the nation of as a whole.

This vigor led him to serve in the various educational, religious boards and to take active participation in politics and in various areas of national development.

Professional Life[edit]

Mr. Uday Singh was a Cane farmer and Gang president of KumKum in Moto Sector, Ba, since 1960. In 1970-1995 he was the chairman of Ba Health Center. Between 1985-1987 Mr. Singh was the director of the Sugar Fund Authority, between this period he was also a Member of Parliament. He was a commissioner in the Fiji Public Service Commission between 1987-2001. In 1992 he became a member of the delegation to the United Nation. From 1994-1999 he was a Senator in the House of Senate Fiji. Between 1992-1997 he was the director of Yaqara Pastrol Farm Limited.

Political career[edit]

After several unsuccessful attempts in earlier elections, he won the Indian National seat based in Ba in a by-election in 1985 in which he defeated his brother, James Shankar Singh of the National Federation Party and Mahendra Chaudhry of the Fiji Labour Party. This was the first election contested by the Labour Party and its candidate was the future Prime Minister of Fiji, Mahendra Chaudhry. The election was won by Mr. Uday Singh with 7848 votes defeating Mahendra Chaudhry who got 7644 votes and James Shankar Singh a distant third with 5003 votes. In the 1987 election he stood as a NFP-Labour coalition candidate for the Nasinu/Vunidawa Indian Communal Constituency and won his seat easily[1] but the coup of 1987 ended his political career.He held the seat until the 1987 elections. He was appointed to the Senate by the President, effective from 30 May 1994.[1]

Supporter of Arya Samaj[edit]

Mr. Singh was a supporter of Arya Samaj in Fiji and played a leading role in the Ba branch of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji.He was the chairman of the Board of Governors of the two schools run by the Arya Samaj in Ba. He was national president of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji from 1984-1987. Mr. Singh was awarded the highest honor of the Arya Samaj, the title Arya Ratna, in 2002. The Title of Arya Ratna was conferred for exceptionally valuable contribution to Arya Samaj.

Mr. Uday Singh and Mrs. Vidya Wati Singh

Awards and Merits[edit]

1970 - Independence Medal
1974- Justice of Peace
1985- Order of British Empire (OBE)
1994- Commissioner of Oaths
1995- Fiji 25th Anniversary Independence Award
2002- Arya Ratna

Death[edit]

He died in Ba Mission hospital in the early hours of June 7, 2014, after being admitted the night before.[2]

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