Mahatma Gandhi

août 28, 2015

Mahatma Gandhi defined education as “an all-round drawing out of the best in child and man – body, mind and spirit”. Through practical training and instruction essentially at school level, an individual should be made to fit and serve society. No system of education worthy of its name can be static but should be dynamic to answer to the needs and aspirations of the country.

Mahatma Gandhi defined education as “an all-round drawing out of the best in child and man – body, mind and spirit”. Through practical training and instruction essentially at school level, an individual should be made to fit and serve society. No system of education worthy of its name can be static but should be dynamic to answer to the needs and aspirations of the country.

March 31, 2015

 “I could not lead a religious life unless I identified with the whole of mankind, and that I could not do unless I took part in politics.” Mahatma Gandhi   
Listening to the Grand Argentier’s budget speech one could be forgiven for mistaking him for a spiritual leader rather than a political activist, though some discerning individuals would swear combining spirituality and politics is a sure recipe for disaster.

 “I could not lead a religious life unless I identified with the whole of mankind, and that I could not do unless I took part in politics.” Mahatma Gandhi   

March 16, 2015

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) chose the 12th March 1968 as the day on which the independence of Mauritius would be proclaimed because the date coincides with the anniversary of the beginning of the Salt March by Mahatma Gandhi on 12th March 1930. The March is an important milestone in the struggle waged by Gandhi for Indian independence. However, despite its association with the most important day in the calendar of the Mauritian nation, most people in this country do not know anything about the Salt March, and are unable to see how it is of special significance to Mauritius. Consequently, as a contribution to the process of nation building, the political heirs of SSR must explain why the achievement of our independence was designed to be a homage to the Salt March and Mahatma Gandhi.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) chose the 12th March 1968 as the day on which the independence of Mauritius would be proclaimed because the date coincides with the anniversary of the beginning of the Salt March by Mahatma Gandhi on 12th March 1930. The March is an important milestone in the struggle waged by Gandhi for Indian independence. However, despite its association with the most important day in the calendar of the Mauritian nation, most people in this country do not know anything about the Salt March, and are unable to see how it is of special significance to Mauritius.

March 13, 2015

Le public venu accueillir Narendra Modi au Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) à Moka hier, lors de la « Civic Reception » organisée par les ministères de la Technologie, de la Communication et de l’Innovation, des Infrastructures publiques, et des Arts et de la Culture, n’a pas été déçu.

Le public venu accueillir Narendra Modi au Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) à Moka hier, lors de la « Civic Reception » organisée par les ministères de la Technologie, de la Communication et de l’Innovation, des Infrastructures publiques, et des Arts et de la Culture, n’a pas été déçu.

March 13, 2015

A young girl walks down the street in jeans and a tank top. A female university student works the night shift at a call centre, speaking fluent English to callers from across the world. A group of young women meet for Friday evening drinks after a grueling work week. A woman works late hours, coming home to a husband who has lovingly prepared the evening meal. Complete with hot roti parathas.

A young girl walks down the street in jeans and a tank top. A female university student works the night shift at a call centre, speaking fluent English to callers from across the world. A group of young women meet for Friday evening drinks after a grueling work week. A woman works late hours, coming home to a husband who has lovingly prepared the evening meal. Complete with hot roti parathas.

March 11, 2015

Narendra Modi était déjà venu à Maurice en simple citoyen pour participer à la célébration de l’anniversaire du Mahatma Gandhi. Il semble qu’il ait gardé un souvenir inoubliable puisqu’il en parle à chaque fois que l’occasion se présente. Ce fut le cas récemment au Gujrat, à l’occasion de la réunion annuelle de la diaspora indienne. Il avait alors souligné que l’anniversaire de la naissance du Mahatma est célébré avec plus de ferveur à Maurice qu’en Inde. Il ne cache pas son admiration devant la piété avec laquelle les dévots mauriciens se rendent au Ganga Talao en pèlerinage, devant ce lac sacré où a été déversée l’eau du Gange. C’est d’ailleurs au Ganga Talao qu’il a choisi de débuter sa journée de jeudi. Pour Narendra Modi, les liens entre Maurice et l’Inde sont plus que fraternels. Ils sont d’ordre filiaux. Dans le cadre de la préparation de sa tournée à Maurice, ce caractère familial n’a pas échappé au Premier ministre indien qui rappelle que 70 % de la population mauricienne est d’ascendance indienne, que les premiers travailleurs engagés indiens sont arrivés à Maurice en novembre 1834 en marge de l’abolition de l’esclavage et que ces derniers ont connu des moments très difficiles dans les champs de cannes à cette époque. Il se souvient également que la date du 12 mars a été choisie par sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam pour l’accession de Maurice à l’indépendance afin de rendre hommage au Mahatma Gandhi qui a commencé la « marche du sel » à cette date en 1930. Laquelle marche marquait le début de la lutte indienne pour la liberté.

Narendra Modi était déjà venu à Maurice en simple citoyen pour participer à la célébration de l’anniversaire du Mahatma Gandhi. Il semble qu’il ait gardé un souvenir inoubliable puisqu’il en parle à chaque fois que l’occasion se présente. Ce fut le cas récemment au Gujrat, à l’occasion de la réunion annuelle de la diaspora indienne.

March 3, 2015

Deux importantes conférences internationales ont eu lieu ces derniers jours. La première au Cambodge, à l’initiative de l’UNESCO et de l’Organisation mondiale du Tourisme (OMT) sur le thème du tourisme et de la culture. La deuxième en Afrique du Sud convoquée par l’Institut International pour la Paix par le Tourisme. L’occasion pour les intervenants, à l’instar du ministre seychellois du Tourisme et de la Culture, Alain St. Ange de saluer la mémoire et l’héritage de Nelson Mandela, de Martin Luther King et du Mahatma Gandhi qui ont façonné le devenir du monde dans leur longue marche vers la liberté et la paix. 

Deux importantes conférences internationales ont eu lieu ces derniers jours. La première au Cambodge, à l’initiative de l’UNESCO et de l’Organisation mondiale du Tourisme (OMT) sur le thème du tourisme et de la culture. La deuxième en Afrique du Sud convoquée par l’Institut International pour la Paix par le Tourisme. L’occasion pour les intervenants, à l’instar du ministre seychellois du Tourisme et de la Culture, Alain St.

January 10, 2015

Every January the Government of India organises the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas/PBD (Overseas Indians’ Day) to celebrate the homecoming of global Indians. The first session was held in New Delhi on 9 January 2003, with over 2,000 delegates from 61 countries. It marked the anniversary of the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Mahatma Gandhi’s return-to-India. He was the first NRI, having spent 21 years (between 1993 and 1914) in South Africa where he had championed the Indians’ cause. Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who now again leads the government, as well as Nobel laureate writers, Sir V. S. Naipaul and Prof. Amartya Sen, were among the eminent guests in 2003. To mark the Centenary of Gandhi’s return from South Africa, a special PBD has been celebrated at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, in 2015 (7-9 January).

Every January the Government of India organises the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas/PBD (Overseas Indians’ Day) to celebrate the homecoming of global Indians. The first session was held in New Delhi on 9 January 2003, with over 2,000 delegates from 61 countries. It marked the anniversary of the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Mahatma Gandhi’s return-to-India. He was the first NRI, having spent 21 years (between 1993 and 1914) in South Africa where he had championed the Indians’ cause.

January 10, 2015

C’est une véritable ode à la paix que lancera le symposium mondial organisé par l’Institut International pour la Paix par le Tourisme (IIPT) du 16 au 19 février 2015 à Ekurhuleni, Johannesbourg, Afrique du Sud et qui verra un hommage appuyé aux apôtres de la paix qu’ont été Nelson Mandela, le Mahatma Gandhi, et Martin Luther King.

C’est une véritable ode à la paix que lancera le symposium mondial organisé par l’Institut International pour la Paix par le Tourisme (IIPT) du 16 au 19 février 2015 à Ekurhuleni, Johannesbourg, Afrique du Sud et qui verra un hommage appuyé aux apôtres de la paix qu’ont été Nelson Mandela, le Mahatma Gandhi, et Martin Luther King.

décembre 31, 2014

A l’approche de Noël la joie des enfants et bien sûr des adultes aussi, prend une dimension inégalable d’enchantement dans l’attente de cette fête par excellence.

octobre 31, 2014

Wherever Indians go, they carry Indianness with them. The Indian Diaspora, spread across the world, has made India global. India and its worldwide diaspora witnessed different historical, geographical and socio-political settings.

  • [Prof. Dubey, an authority of Indian Diaspora, is an honoured guest in Mauritius for the 180th Anniversary Celebrations, on 2 November 2014, of the Indentureds’ Arrival.]
octobre 11, 2014

What is the meaning of Chacha and why is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) called Chacha? The English equivalent of Chacha, a Hindi word, is a brother of one’s father. While attending a public meeting of the coalition led by the Labour Party at Highlands during the campaign for the 1967 general elections, I learned from the speakers that SSR must be called Chacha because he is a spiritual brother of Mahatma Gandhi who is revered as a father (Bapu) by Indians and people of Indian descent in former colonies. The Labour Party propaganda associating SSR with Mahatma Gandhi especially on the issue of independence and the emergence of a Gandhi dynastic rule in India contributed to the designation of Dr Navin Ramgoolam as leader of the Labour Party in 1991 even though he was still a novice in politics at that time. Given their impact on Mauritian politics, we shall analyse the interrelated issues of independence, Gandhi dynastic rule, and Mahatma Gandhi’s “spiritual brother”.

What is the meaning of Chacha and why is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) called Chacha? The English equivalent of Chacha, a Hindi word, is a brother of one’s father. While attending a public meeting of the coalition led by the Labour Party at Highlands during the campaign for the 1967 general elections, I learned from the speakers that SSR must be called Chacha because he is a spiritual brother of Mahatma Gandhi who is revered as a father (Bapu) by Indians and people of Indian descent in former colonies.

octobre 2, 2014

Thanks to Mahatma Gandhi, by 1921 the Indian National Congress (INC) was a revitalised national party which he chaired from 1924 to 1929. Its tricolour national flag became popular countrywide. There was consistency concerning slogans, policy and ideology. Hindi or Hindustani was gaining ground across India, while the INC followers adopted the khadi.

Thanks to Mahatma Gandhi, by 1921 the Indian National Congress (INC) was a revitalised national party which he chaired from 1924 to 1929. Its tricolour national flag became popular countrywide. There was consistency concerning slogans, policy and ideology. Hindi or Hindustani was gaining ground across India, while the INC followers adopted the khadi.

September 23, 2014

Le lundi 15 septembre fut rendu le premier hommage à Henry Moutou Sidambarom (5 juillet 1863-21 septembre 1952) en France métropolitaine, lors de l’événement organisé par la dynamique Jennifer Pélage, Présidente de l’Association Agir Ensemb et les descendants de cet homme encore trop méconnu.

Le lundi 15 septembre fut rendu le premier hommage à Henry Moutou Sidambarom (5 juillet 1863-21 septembre 1952) en France métropolitaine, lors de l’événement organisé par la dynamique Jennifer Pélage, Présidente de l’Association Agir Ensemb et les descendants de cet homme encore trop méconnu.

mai 26, 2014

Observée tous les ans le 25 mai, la Journée de l'Afrique est l'occasion pour les États africains d'organiser des événements dans le but de rapprocher les peuples. Pour marquer les 51 ans de cette journée, le centre Nelson Mandela pour la culture africaine, sous l'égide du ministère des Arts et de la Culture, organise une série d'activités, notamment un concours d'élocution pour les élèves du secondaire dont la finale a eu lieu aujourd'hui.

Observée tous les ans le 25 mai, la Journée de l'Afrique est l'occasion pour les États africains d'organiser des événements dans le but de rapprocher les peuples. Pour marquer les 51 ans de cette journée, le centre Nelson Mandela pour la culture africaine, sous l'égide du ministère des Arts et de la Culture, organise une série d'activités, notamment un concours d'élocution pour les élèves du secondaire dont la finale a eu lieu aujourd'hui.

décembre 9, 2013

We are mortals but history makes some of us immortal. All throughout history  we have fought and won many battles, some of these battles led by those who have now become immortalized in history. What makes some immortal and why legends never die? What lessons do we draw from these legends and why do we not follow their legacies? The death of  Nelson Mandela or Madiba has prompted me to raise these questions. Madiba had a profound influence on my life and my career. I take this opportunity to explore some of his ideals, and show his relevance today. I was an anti-apartheid activist and learnt a great deal from Nelson Mandela as he led the struggle for freedom in South Africa.

We are mortals but history makes some of us immortal. All throughout history  we have fought and won many battles, some of these battles led by those who have now become immortalized in history. What makes some immortal and why legends never die? What lessons do we draw from these legends and why do we not follow their legacies? The death of  Nelson Mandela or Madiba has prompted me to raise these questions. Madiba had a profound influence on my life and my career. I take this opportunity to explore some of his ideals, and show his relevance today.

décembre 7, 2013

Among other things, history is basically about facts. Conventional wisdom teaches us that when in doubts, we should consult history. Which we propose to do now—in order to better situate Nelson Mandela and his struggle in the broader, historical and international perspective.

Among other things, history is basically about facts. Conventional wisdom teaches us that when in doubts, we should consult history. Which we propose to do now—in order to better situate Nelson Mandela and his struggle in the broader, historical and international perspective.

décembre 6, 2013

Among other things, history is basically about facts. Conventional wisdom teaches us that when in doubts, we should consult history. Which we propose to do now—in order to better situate Nelson Mandela and his struggle in the broader, historical and international perspective.

Among other things, history is basically about facts. Conventional wisdom teaches us that when in doubts, we should consult history. Which we propose to do now—in order to better situate Nelson Mandela and his struggle in the broader, historical and international perspective.

novembre 3, 2013

Après ses propos concernant “les Judas” qui l’entourent, Navin Ramgoolam est revenu hier avec “bann ki fer politik pou vinn minis ek dépité”. Le Premier ministre, qui a eu une semaine chargée de sorties publiques, n’a pas raté l’occasion pour distiller ça et là ses mises en garde, tantôt contre son entourage qui comprend des “Judas”, tantôt contre ceux qui “créent la division”, mais également coutre ceux qui recherchent leurs propres intérêts en entrant dans la politique. S’il ne mentionne pour l’heure aucun nom et reste énigmatique, les propos du chef du gouvernement traduisent l’état d’esprit de celui qui est sur ses gardes et ne se laissera pas “couillonner”.

Après ses propos concernant “les Judas” qui l’entourent, Navin Ramgoolam est revenu hier avec “bann ki fer politik pou vinn minis ek dépité”.

octobre 28, 2013

Le Premier ministre Navin Ramgoolam, lors de son intervention prononcée à l’occasion de la célébration de la fête Divali, à la Hindu House hier soir, a effectué une violente sortie contre les « Dushman ». « Je n’ai pas peur des adversaires en carton, mais des traîtres et des Judas », a-t-il lancé. La Hindu House célèbre traditionnellement la fête Divali une semaine auparavant. La cérémonie d’hier a été marquée par des discours de Veevendra Ramdhun, président de la Hindu House, et du haut commissaire de l’Inde T.P. Seetharam, et un spectacle de haute facture essentiellement donné par les étudiants du MGI.

Le Premier ministre Navin Ramgoolam, lors de son intervention prononcée à l’occasion de la célébration de la fête Divali, à la Hindu House hier soir, a effectué une violente sortie contre les « Dushman ». « Je n’ai pas peur des adversaires en carton, mais des traîtres et des Judas », a-t-il lancé. La Hindu House célèbre traditionnellement la fête Divali une semaine auparavant.

octobre 23, 2013

TODAY, LET’S FIRST AND FOREMOST CONSIDER BUT A FEW THOUGHT –PROVOKING FACTS ON THE 1940s VAST INDIAN SUBCONTINENT COMPRISING OF NOWADAYS INDIA, PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH. NO DOUBT, THEY ARE ALSO MIND-BOGGLING….MIND BENDING AND BLOWING, TOO! JUDGE FOR YOURSELF WHAT FOLLOWS NOW.

TODAY, LET’S FIRST AND FOREMOST CONSIDER BUT A FEW THOUGHT –PROVOKING FACTS ON THE 1940s VAST INDIAN SUBCONTINENT COMPRISING OF NOWADAYS INDIA, PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH. NO DOUBT, THEY ARE ALSO MIND-BOGGLING….MIND BENDING AND BLOWING, TOO! JUDGE FOR YOURSELF WHAT FOLLOWS NOW.

octobre 16, 2013

AS POINTED OUT IN THE LAST THREE VIEWPOINTS, MAHATMA GANDHI DOES NOT BELONG TO INDIA ONLY. HISTORY TELLS US that he indeed forms part of the select or restricted social group of world revolutionaries: who are all born, bred and groomed by prevailing local harsh circumstances to liberate their people – and that by breaking many shackles of repression.

AS POINTED OUT IN THE LAST THREE VIEWPOINTS, MAHATMA GANDHI DOES NOT BELONG TO INDIA ONLY. HISTORY TELLS US that he indeed forms part of the select or restricted social group of world revolutionaries: who are all born, bred and groomed by prevailing local harsh circumstances to liberate their people – and that by breaking many shackles of repression.

octobre 9, 2013

IT IS SAID AND WIDELY BELIEVED THAT THE FOLLOWING ARE THE BEST AND THE MOST PRACTICAL GURUS IN LIFE…….history/ Nature/ old age/ experience/ learning/ interaction/ observation/ one’s own environment/ an experienced guide/ parents, especially the mother/ and particularly one’s own past mistakes.

IT IS SAID AND WIDELY BELIEVED THAT THE FOLLOWING ARE THE BEST AND THE MOST PRACTICAL GURUS IN LIFE…….history/ Nature/ old age/ experience/ learning/ interaction/ observation/ one’s own environment/ an experienced guide/ parents, especially the mother/ and particularly one’s own past mistakes.
Not surprisingly, all these or part of them manifestly lie at the root of each and every successful human being.

octobre 2, 2013

Return to India after apprenticeship in South Africa
Following his apprenticeship during 21 years, though not spent continuously, in South Africa where he self-trained in legal practice, public speech making, journalism, writing generally, spirituality, ahimsa and satyagraha, fasting for the public and negotiation with authorities, besides courting imprisonment for public cause, Gandhi returned home in 1915.

Return to India after apprenticeship in South Africa