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September 7, 2017

Le vendredi 28 juillet, mon ancien collègue et ami avait rendez-vous avec la Faucheuse, quelques heures à peine avant que quelqu’un d’autre qui n’était point étranger aux Archives : l’historien Benjamin Moutou, le rejoignît dans l’au-delà. Quelle coïncidence ! Ce départ brutal fut un véritable choc pour la famille et ceux qui l’ont connu. Je n’ai appris la triste nouvelle qu’un mois plus tard lors d’une conversation téléphonique avec un collègue chercheur. J’ai immédiatement contacté les proches du défunt pour leur offrir mes condoléances avec du retard.

Le vendredi 28 juillet, mon ancien collègue et ami avait rendez-vous avec la Faucheuse, quelques heures à peine avant que quelqu’un d’autre qui n’était point étranger aux Archives : l’historien Benjamin Moutou, le rejoignît dans l’au-delà. Quelle coïncidence ! Ce départ brutal fut un véritable choc pour la famille et ceux qui l’ont connu.

September 7, 2017

Las Vegas, États-Unis, samedi 26 août 2017… Mayweather et McGregor s’affrontent sur un ring de boxe. Au dixième round, l’arbitre met fin au supplice de l’Irlandais et proclame l’Américain gagnant. En bons sportifs, vainqueur et vaincu se donnent l’accolade, heureux de la couverture médiatique dont ils ont bénéficié mais surtout à l’idée de se partager une cagnotte colossale.

Las Vegas, États-Unis, samedi 26 août 2017… Mayweather et McGregor s’affrontent sur un ring de boxe. Au dixième round, l’arbitre met fin au supplice de l’Irlandais et proclame l’Américain gagnant. En bons sportifs, vainqueur et vaincu se donnent l’accolade, heureux de la couverture médiatique dont ils ont bénéficié mais surtout à l’idée de se partager une cagnotte colossale.

September 6, 2017

In the deleterious climate of organized manipulation and systematic conflicts, I wonder if this land deserves to be ruled by a government or through law and order. Even if that government were to be constituted of the most virtuous and right-minded people. I believe the battle seems lost. We have almost crossed the Rubicon in terms of values and common love for our country.

In the deleterious climate of organized manipulation and systematic conflicts, I wonder if this land deserves to be ruled by a government or through law and order. Even if that government were to be constituted of the most virtuous and right-minded people. I believe the battle seems lost. We have almost crossed the Rubicon in terms of values and common love for our country. Our actions appear more and more grotesquely at loggerhead with our slogans and populist rhetoric in favour of patriotism, social justice, ethics and integrity.

September 6, 2017

Le racisme des dominants se comprend. On pourrait dire qu'il coule de source. Il est une partie intégrante de leur identité. Ainsi, le sentiment de supériorité, la haine et la diabolisation de l'autre, le mépris de la différence sont la structure sous-jacente de l'exploitation de l'autre.

Le racisme des dominants se comprend. On pourrait dire qu'il coule de source. Il est une partie intégrante de leur identité. Ainsi, le sentiment de supériorité, la haine et la diabolisation de l'autre, le mépris de la différence sont la structure sous-jacente de l'exploitation de l'autre. Cette exploitation n'est possible que si sa déshumanisation est radicale et systémique. Autrement la structure qui sous-tend la domination s'écroulerait.

September 6, 2017

You know, the one that recommends bizin plant manze lor later tablisman. This is good advice any which way you look at it. Let's start with a historical perspective. As Chart 1 shows you don't need to be the best thing since sliced bread to understand that the sugar industry has been in an irreversible sunset phase for a long time.

You know, the one that recommends bizin plant manze lor later tablisman. This is good advice any which way you look at it. Let's start with a historical perspective. As Chart 1 shows you don't need to be the best thing since sliced bread to understand that the sugar industry has been in an irreversible sunset phase for a long time. It accounted for close to a quarter of GDP forty years ago. Now at less than 1% it's about twenty-five times smaller. That too despite the silly policy of 'competitive depreciation' aka politik rupi mari feb.

September 5, 2017

Time to look ahead and to move forward. On the dawn of the fiftieth anniversary of Independence there is a rallying call to revisit mixed policies and rebuild the image of Mauritius. Since 2015 the decline of institutions is largely due to greed and our quick surrender to democracy of the market. Democracy at any level depends on democracy at all levels. Putting people before profit is relevant unless we don't want to move from procedural democracy of globalisation -"which restricts itself to voting while societies are polarized between a tiny wealthy oligarchy and a huge poor majority toward the social democracy that can attack global corporate power at its roots."

Time to look ahead and to move forward. On the dawn of the fiftieth anniversary of Independence there is a rallying call to revisit mixed policies and rebuild the image of Mauritius. Since 2015 the decline of institutions is largely due to greed and our quick surrender to democracy of the market. Democracy at any level depends on democracy at all levels.

September 5, 2017

Depuis vendredi, avec l’évacuation de certains habitants de La Butte et de la Résidence Barkly – qui a suscité de l’émotion, de l’indignation dans le pays –, il est beaucoup question de crise sociale. À la moindre étincelle, il y aurait risque d’explosion-révolte sociale. Février-99 est souvent évoqué.

Depuis vendredi, avec l’évacuation de certains habitants de La Butte et de la Résidence Barkly – qui a suscité de l’émotion, de l’indignation dans le pays –, il est beaucoup question de crise sociale. À la moindre étincelle, il y aurait risque d’explosion-révolte sociale. Février-99 est souvent évoqué.

September 5, 2017

Going down memory lane, I recall that the country emerged from all types of backwardness – socio-economic, political and specifically cultural. The country needed headway in various domains including media, both written and spoken. Today, revolutionary concepts are based on genuine professionalism. The art of writing in newspapers and that of presentation of a television or radio programme needs careful and elaborate brain-racking. The destruction, without any due consideration for talents, has become a rampant element of a country in which a few institutions, especially public ones and first and foremost the MBC, are plunging into an unfathomable abyss. Modern trends in Mauritius opt for professionalism ; amateurism is just a system that dips the human mind into a lethargic state which lulls people and takes them into a state of oblivion.

Going down memory lane, I recall that the country emerged from all types of backwardness – socio-economic, political and specifically cultural. The country needed headway in various domains including media, both written and spoken. Today, revolutionary concepts are based on genuine professionalism. The art of writing in newspapers and that of presentation of a television or radio programme needs careful and elaborate brain-racking.

September 4, 2017

Quelle est notre identité ? Qui sommes-nous vraiment ? En effet, ce n’est pas si simple de répondre à une question aussi anthro-socio-ethnologique ! Nous n’en ferons qu’une succincte esquisse.

Quelle est notre identité ? Qui sommes-nous vraiment ? En effet, ce n’est pas si simple de répondre à une question aussi anthro-socio-ethnologique ! Nous n’en ferons qu’une succincte esquisse.

September 4, 2017

permanent exposition of various objects belonging to the emblematic personality.  On this occasion, the Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, said something interesting: “Nos institutions devraient davantage s’engager à transmettre l’histoire”.  (Le Mauricien, 29 July, 2017, page 6)

Mona Doctor, granddaughter of Manilal Doctor, was recently in Mauritius to inaugurate a permanent exposition of various objects belonging to the emblematic personality.  On this occasion, the Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, said something interesting: “Nos institutions devraient davantage s’engager à transmettre l’histoire”.  (Le Mauricien, 29 July, 2017, page 6)

September 4, 2017

Phoenix Palace (Phoenix), Astoria (Goodlands), Sirsa (Castel), Majestic (rue Poudrière, Port-Louis), Plaza (Rose-Hill), Rio (Quatre-Bornes), Royal (Rose-Hill), Buckingham (Stanley, Rose-Hill), Savoy (Vacoas), Mahé (Mahebourg), Lido (Route Royale, Beau-Bassin), Luna Park (rue Pope Hennessy, Port-Louis), Novelty (Curepipe), les trois ‘R’ – Ritz (Curepipe), Rex (rue Desforges, Port-Louis), Roxy (Beau-Bassin) –, Odéon (Mahebourg), Paris (Belle-Rose), Cinema Hall (Rose-Hill), B.D.C.(Quatre-Bornes), Anand (route royale, Triolet), Baroda (Rivière du Rempart), Roshni (Fond du Sac), Venus (Port-Louis), Modern (Vacoas), Doorga Paradise (Flacq), Eros (Plaine des Papayes), Florida (Souillac), Globe (Lalmatie), Vogue (Flacq), Naz (St-Pierre), Cinéma des familles (rue Mère Barthélémy, Port-Louis), Sunray (Coromandel), Kings (Goodlands), Opera House (Route des Pamplemousses, Port-Louis)...

Phoenix Palace (Phoenix), Astoria (Goodlands), Sirsa (Castel), Majestic (rue Poudrière, Port-Louis), Plaza (Rose-Hill), Rio (Quatre-Bornes), Royal (Rose-Hill), Buckingham (Stanley, Rose-Hill), Savoy (Vacoas), Mahé (Mahebourg), Lido (Route Royale, Beau-Bassin), Luna Park (rue Pope Hennessy, Port-Louis), Novelty (Curepipe), les trois ‘R’ – Ritz (Curepipe), Rex (rue Desforges, Port-Louis), Roxy (Beau-Bassin) –, Odéon (Mahebourg), Paris (Belle-Rose), Cinema Hall (Rose-Hill), B.D.C.(Quatre-Bornes), Anand (route royale, Triolet), Baroda (Rivière

September 2, 2017

At the very outset, I wish to draw the attention of the readers on the following facts. Firstly, our birth and death are programmed. This is a certainty. There is no room for speculation.

At the very outset, I wish to draw the attention of the readers on the following facts. Firstly, our birth and death are programmed. This is a certainty. There is no room for speculation.
A rare case

September 1, 2017

Ma seule tentative de visite au maire a échoué – je ne pouvais attendre.
Je voudrais signaler seulement trois choses :

Ma seule tentative de visite au maire a échoué – je ne pouvais attendre.
Je voudrais signaler seulement trois choses :
- L’état des trottoirs du magasin 361 à l’ex-pharmacie Simonet. Ce que je vous demande est d’aller vérifier ce que je dis, c’est absolument nécessaire. C’est plein de trous, de fissures, de crevasses… Allez constater.

September 1, 2017

Cher Monsieur,
A l'occasion du centenaire du Journal 'Le Mauricien', j'avais écrit ceci:
Je suis heureux d’associer ma voix à celles qui ont souhaité un joyeux centième anniversaire au journal Le Mauricien.
En lisant les témoignages rendus par différentes personnalités, à l’occasion de ce centième anniversaire, on peut se rendre compte de l’opinion publique favorable dont jouit Le Mauricien.  Il est devenu comme un pain quotidien auquel on ne peut pas s’en passer; même, comme un genre de nourriture spirituelle pour certains.

Cher Monsieur,
A l'occasion du centenaire du Journal 'Le Mauricien', j'avais écrit ceci:
Je suis heureux d’associer ma voix à celles qui ont souhaité un joyeux centième anniversaire au journal Le Mauricien.

September 1, 2017

They were earning Rs1,500 per month. Some for 11 years. Which coincides roughly with the Sithanen flat tax. They will now earn around Rs9,000. Most of the extra Rs55-60m they will take home as a group every year will probably be spent – and help make the economy grow faster – unlike the additional monies which the trickle-down policies have handed to those who already have everything.
Kudos to the CTSP for fighting for these ladies

They were earning Rs1,500 per month. Some for 11 years. Which coincides roughly with the Sithanen flat tax. They will now earn around Rs9,000. Most of the extra Rs55-60m they will take home as a group every year will probably be spent – and help make the economy grow faster – unlike the additional monies which the trickle-down policies have handed to those who already have everything.
Kudos to the CTSP for fighting for these ladies

September 1, 2017

Since time immemorial, men have always been making sacrifices, all for the cause of God Almighty. All religions in the world teach sacrifice for the sake of God and the goodwill of humanity. Likewise, the Muslims also, in the spirit of the Eid-ul-Adha festival, are called to do such sacrifices which would assure them the pleasure of Allah if done with sincerity, purity of body and mind; such selfless sacrifices which would be an example for all humanity to follow.

Since time immemorial, men have always been making sacrifices, all for the cause of God Almighty. All religions in the world teach sacrifice for the sake of God and the goodwill of humanity. Likewise, the Muslims also, in the spirit of the Eid-ul-Adha festival, are called to do such sacrifices which would assure them the pleasure of Allah if done with sincerity, purity of body and mind; such selfless sacrifices which would be an example for all humanity to follow.

September 1, 2017

Aujourd’hui, à 20h chez Aka Roti, à Cité Vallijee, se déroulera une soirée que je pourrai qualifier d’initiative citoyenne, dans le sens valeureux et noble du terme. Il s’agit de mettre un coup de projecteur sur une occurrence de « fonction sociale de l’art », née d’une rencontre entre un constat et une réponse urgente à apporter à un problème qui submerge le pays en ce moment. Nous parlerons de l’homme derrière cette initiative plus tard…

Aujourd’hui, à 20h chez Aka Roti, à Cité Vallijee, se déroulera une soirée que je pourrai qualifier d’initiative citoyenne, dans le sens valeureux et noble du terme. Il s’agit de mettre un coup de projecteur sur une occurrence de « fonction sociale de l’art », née d’une rencontre entre un constat et une réponse urgente à apporter à un problème qui submerge le pays en ce moment. Nous parlerons de l’homme derrière cette initiative plus tard…

September 1, 2017

We were all stuck in the horribly managed traffic in Port Louis in the afternoon on this Friday. We were all trying not to lose patience. The majority of us could feel that being stuck in traffic was nothing compared to those who were losing their homes. And you, policemen, in your police van rammed your vehicle on the pavement on Labourdonnais Street, only to be stuck in traffic, like the rest of us. You were by the side of my car. I inched forward to continue my way as I was in the priority lane.

We were all stuck in the horribly managed traffic in Port Louis in the afternoon on this Friday. We were all trying not to lose patience. The majority of us could feel that being stuck in traffic was nothing compared to those who were losing their homes. And you, policemen, in your police van rammed your vehicle on the pavement on Labourdonnais Street, only to be stuck in traffic, like the rest of us. You were by the side of my car. I inched forward to continue my way as I was in the priority lane.

September 1, 2017

One view which is often expressed in social media is that our elected representatives are our employees probably because they are paid indirectly by us through the various taxes that we all pay.  In this article, I would like to explore the implications of this thinking.

One view which is often expressed in social media is that our elected representatives are our employees probably because they are paid indirectly by us through the various taxes that we all pay.  In this article, I would like to explore the implications of this thinking.

août 31, 2017

L'on peut toujours se vanter d'être le président du pays le plus riche et plus puissant au monde, se permettant même de menacer militairement des pays souverains, tels la Corée du Nord et le Venezuela, mais devant les conséquences exprimées souvent brutalement en réponse à notre sens d'irresponsabilité et d'insouciance envers la nature, la richesse de même que la puissance militaire ne peuvent que déposer les armes.

L'on peut toujours se vanter d'être le président du pays le plus riche et plus puissant au monde, se permettant même de menacer militairement des pays souverains, tels la Corée du Nord et le Venezuela, mais devant les conséquences exprimées souvent brutalement en réponse à notre sens d'irresponsabilité et d'insouciance envers la nature, la richesse de même que la puissance militaire ne peuvent que déposer les armes.

août 31, 2017

Suddenly in 2017, the sugar cane bosses, the Government, the MMM and Labour Opposition, even trade union bureaucracies, all throw up their hands in shock and horror! Doom is suddenly “unexpectedly” about to hit the sugar cane industry, they weep! And there is cane all over the Island, they cry! There is nothing but cane possible, they persist! What can we do, they wine.

Suddenly in 2017, the sugar cane bosses, the Government, the MMM and Labour Opposition, even trade union bureaucracies, all throw up their hands in shock and horror! Doom is suddenly “unexpectedly” about to hit the sugar cane industry, they weep! And there is cane all over the Island, they cry! There is nothing but cane possible, they persist! What can we do, they wine.

août 31, 2017

More than a decade ago, Infotech was supposed to be an Information Technology (IT)-based fair. It would have been logical to request people to submit their mobile number for receiving SMS of details of the exhibitors.

More than a decade ago, Infotech was supposed to be an Information Technology (IT)-based fair. It would have been logical to request people to submit their mobile number for receiving SMS of details of the exhibitors. How these IT industry experts, similar to other exhibitor fairs locally, still firmly believe that doling out paper leaflets, pamphlets, brochures, etc., is mind-boggling, to say the least. But this phenomenon of advancing-in-reverse-gear appears to be entrenched in our landscape.

août 31, 2017

Cette semaine encore, aucun adulte responsable n’a pu rester insensible aux dérapages de notre jeunesse. La presse a fait état du cas d’un jeune de 12 ans qui s’est retrouvé avec des injures sur son visage.  Plusieurs jeunes ont été victimes d’abus sexuels, l’une d’entre elles se retrouve enceinte à 13 ans, le petit de 7 ans, en posture humiliante, est filmé par son camarade de 14 ans et la vidéo est postée sur les réseaux sociaux. Une autre jeune s’est suicidée… en emportant avec elle le secret de cet acte de désespoir.

Cette semaine encore, aucun adulte responsable n’a pu rester insensible aux dérapages de notre jeunesse. La presse a fait état du cas d’un jeune de 12 ans qui s’est retrouvé avec des injures sur son visage.  Plusieurs jeunes ont été victimes d’abus sexuels, l’une d’entre elles se retrouve enceinte à 13 ans, le petit de 7 ans, en posture humiliante, est filmé par son camarade de 14 ans et la vidéo est postée sur les réseaux sociaux.

août 30, 2017

I am parent to two beautiful little girls aged 9 and 8. Both are the apples of my eye and suffice to say that they are the focus of everything that I do. I am a hands on parent when it comes to education, because of which I feel compelled to voice out my observations, concerns and suggestions.

I am parent to two beautiful little girls aged 9 and 8. Both are the apples of my eye and suffice to say that they are the focus of everything that I do. I am a hands on parent when it comes to education, because of which I feel compelled to voice out my observations, concerns and suggestions.