Mauritius

March 6, 2012

We never cease to talk about globalisation, which seems to hold no secrets for us. Today, I invite you, my dear reader-friends, to reflect upon our country and the way we are slowly carving our own niche in this global society.

We never cease to talk about globalisation, which seems to hold no secrets for us. Today, I invite you, my dear reader-friends, to reflect upon our country and the way we are slowly carving our own niche in this global society. There can be so many aspects that we can look at, but let us dive into the world of international arbitration and foreign investment – two areas that may be less familiar and less talked about, but which definitely deserve to reach out to our people.
Our country, the emerging arbitral seat

March 5, 2012

When we talk about indiscipline in secondary schools, what immediately springs to mind is the students' non-conformity to the institutions' rules and regulations pertaining to the school uniform and expected behavioural patterns, not doing their homework, class shirking, playing truant, consuming alcoholic drinks, smoking cigarettes, being verbally and physically aggressive towards their peers and members of the staff, vandalising the school property among others.  The modes of punishment stem anything from remarks in the student journals, detentions, rustications to expulsions in extreme cases.

When we talk about indiscipline in secondary schools, what immediately springs to mind is the students' non-conformity to the institutions' rules and regulations pertaining to the school uniform and expected behavioural patterns, not doing their homework, class shirking, playing truant, consuming alcoholic drinks, smoking cigarettes, being verbally and physically aggressive towards their peers and members of the staff, vandalising the school property among others.  The modes of punishment stem anything from remarks in the student journals, detentions, rustications to expulsions

March 4, 2012

Mauritius and its dependencies were, as a whole, a genesis of colonialism, a purely novel French and predominantly British creation. In theory, a return of power to a non-existent indigenous society (decolonization) does not arise. There would simply be a transfer of power in 1968.

Mauritius and its dependencies were, as a whole, a genesis of colonialism, a purely novel French and predominantly British creation. In theory, a return of power to a non-existent indigenous society (decolonization) does not arise. There would simply be a transfer of power in 1968.

March 2, 2012

Many reports, papers, critiques, proposals, and suggestions have been published. They do not garner unanimity. They do not have to be. It is a sure sign that our freedom of expression is still guaranteed and vibrant. This in itself bodes well as it gives expression of plurality of ideas and plurality of perspectives.

Many reports, papers, critiques, proposals, and suggestions have been published. They do not garner unanimity. They do not have to be. It is a sure sign that our freedom of expression is still guaranteed and vibrant. This in itself bodes well as it gives expression of plurality of ideas and plurality of perspectives.
The Carcassonne Report aims at solving two major issues:
1. Enhance nation – building and nationalistic sentiments.
2. Ensure fair and adequate representation of all the ethnic groups.

February 29, 2012

The more a nation exports, the more its ability to pay its import bill, the more its capacity to finance its economic development and the more its prospects for economic growth. Mauritius has merely a handful of commodities to offer for export.

The more a nation exports, the more its ability to pay its import bill, the more its capacity to finance its economic development and the more its prospects for economic growth. Mauritius has merely a handful of commodities to offer for export. Sugar, which was until recently the mainstay of the Mauritian economy, no longer occupies the prime position in our GDP and the latitude for agricultural diversification is constrained by the exiguity of arable lands.

February 28, 2012

 In February 2012, the Mauritius Post Limited commemorated the 240th anniversary of the establishment of the postal system in Mauritius.

 In February 2012, the Mauritius Post Limited commemorated the 240th anniversary of the establishment of the postal system in Mauritius. This year also marks the 142nd anniversary of the inauguration of the General Post Office building, located near Port Louis harbour, and the 54th anniversary of it being decreed national monument.

February 26, 2012

Mauritius this year embarks on its 45th year as an independent sovereign state. Times of commemoration can occasion fresh ways of rethinking. This article will look first at two related issues : the excision of Chagos and Mauritian Independence.

Mauritius this year embarks on its 45th year as an independent sovereign state. Times of commemoration can occasion fresh ways of rethinking. This article will look first at two related issues : the excision of Chagos and Mauritian Independence. It draws heavily on research on recently declassified official British papers kept at the British National Archives. Academic research based on primary documentary evidence is an arduous, time-consuming and very costly work. But it is worth the attempt made.

February 25, 2012

Britain hosted a major international conference on Somalia, attended by heads of government and senior representatives from more than 50 countries and organisations, including UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, AU Secretary General Jean Ping, Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam and a large delegation of Somali leaders.

Britain hosted a major international conference on Somalia, attended by heads of government and senior representatives from more than 50 countries and organisations, including UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, AU Secretary General Jean Ping, Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam and a large delegation of Somali leaders.
Together we agreed that the time was right to work on a series of practical measures aimed at helping Somalia get back on its feet.

February 21, 2012

Even in these otherwise dark times of a general downturn during the sustained neo-liberal attacks on working people, we have begun to win on the mother-tongue issue. Mauritian Kreol has been introduced in government schools for the first time just before World Mother Tongue Day, 21 February, 2012.

Even in these otherwise dark times of a general downturn during the sustained neo-liberal attacks on working people, we have begun to win on the mother-tongue issue. Mauritian Kreol has been introduced in government schools for the first time just before World Mother Tongue Day, 21 February, 2012.

February 16, 2012

Situated on the Himalayas, Manimahesh Kailash Peak is commonly known as the abode of Shiva.

Situated on the Himalayas, Manimahesh Kailash Peak is commonly known as the abode of Shiva. This pilgrimage site, not easily accessible, is an indication that the ascent to Shiva is not easy. But, one may wonder: why would anyone leave the comforts and luxuries of city life and head for this perilous journey? Can it be a sense of dissatisfaction for the worldly life and a desire to experience the divine?  Or, is it just an intense desire to discover the unknown? Whatever may be the reasons, the fact is that millions of people every year head towards the Himalayas.

February 13, 2012

Forty-four years after Independence, a good question to ask ourselves would be : What does it mean to be and feel Mauritian ?

Forty-four years after Independence, a good question to ask ourselves would be : What does it mean to be and feel Mauritian ?

February 9, 2012

The 4-seats advantage at the constituency or FPTP level, which vanished upon the application of Proportional Representation (PR) in the just-completed elections in Rodrigues, is due to the confluence of 3 factors.

The 4-seats advantage at the constituency or FPTP level, which vanished upon the application of Proportional Representation (PR) in the just-completed elections in Rodrigues, is due to the confluence of 3 factors. In this article, I will highlight them, advise how they can be mitigated and finally assure all that they are unlikely to occur in Mauritius.  
Any implementation of PR in Rodrigues, whether it is the current format similar to Sachs Model C or the innovative Unreturned Votes Elect concept proposed by Rama Sithanen, faces 3 challenges.  

February 9, 2012

 
Alas and alas, more than forty years of independence and more than twenty years of debate on electoral reform, the reforms are yet to happen.
 
Year 2012 and the debate is on the table yet again. Despite years of belly-aching about politics and the system, it is regrettable that today we are being denied the opportunity for a better representation of our voice as one nation because of the Best Loser System (BLS). Denied not because the new blood of this country still feels its necessity but because some of our fellow Mauritians refuse to believe that today’s reality has changed. To assume on the other hand that religion and communal considerations have no place in today’s politics is naive.

 
Alas and alas, more than forty years of independence and more than twenty years of debate on electoral reform, the reforms are yet to happen.
 

February 8, 2012

There is a lot of talk these days about electoral reform in Mauritius. Maybe one important decision should be to have an age-limit for those wishing to stand as candidates. Just as one must have reached a certain age in order to be able to vote or to stand as candidate, similarly one should not be allowed to stand as candidate on reaching a certain age, say 70 (preferably) or 75 (as the limit). Also, a President or Prime Minister should not have more than two consecutive terms in office.

There is a lot of talk these days about electoral reform in Mauritius. Maybe one important decision should be to have an age-limit for those wishing to stand as candidates. Just as one must have reached a certain age in order to be able to vote or to stand as candidate, similarly one should not be allowed to stand as candidate on reaching a certain age, say 70 (preferably) or 75 (as the limit). Also, a President or Prime Minister should not have more than two consecutive terms in office.

February 4, 2012

As high level bilateral talks are set to be held in the Indian capital next week, one can predict that relations between the new countries will reach new heights.

As high level bilateral talks are set to be held in the Indian capital next week, one can predict that relations between the new countries will reach new heights.

February 3, 2012

Back home after qualifying as barrister in the UK, Harilal Vaghjee (1912-79) served as magistrate, in which capacity he also administered Rodrigues for 15 months, and then as assistant labour commissioner before sharing the socio-political platform with Dr Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, later Sir (SSR) and the first Mauritian Prime Minister.

Back home after qualifying as barrister in the UK, Harilal Vaghjee (1912-79) served as magistrate, in which capacity he also administered Rodrigues for 15 months, and then as assistant labour commissioner before sharing the socio-political platform with Dr Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, later Sir (SSR) and the first Mauritian Prime Minister. Knighted in 1970, Sir Harilal was made Officier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1978.
Early Public Life – 1936-1938

February 3, 2012

The name of John Jeremie is closely associated with the abolition of slavery in Mauritius (1). Tribute is, however, rarely paid to him and he is consequently, most unfairly unknown to the public at large.

The name of John Jeremie is closely associated with the abolition of slavery in Mauritius (1). Tribute is, however, rarely paid to him and he is consequently, most unfairly unknown to the public at large. In his book, “British Mauritius 1810-1948”, Dayachand Napal refers to John Jeremie as having been “appointed procureur général of Mauritius, through (…) one of the leaders of the Anti slavery society to enforce the law against slavery and effect the emancipation of slaves.”

January 31, 2012

The outstanding hurdle to an electoral reform is the Best Loser System (BLS). A lot has been opined about BLS but unfortunately, figures have hardly been used to substantiate arguments.

The outstanding hurdle to an electoral reform is the Best Loser System (BLS). A lot has been opined about BLS but unfortunately, figures have hardly been used to substantiate arguments. Ex-President Cassam Uteem, for example, opines that BLS provides a “psychological” assurance. The figures that I will demonstrate in this article should convince all Mauritians that the effect of BLS is benign, akin to a dose of Panadol to cure a migraine.  This will most likely go by itself with Panadol only offering marginal relief.

January 31, 2012

On 1st February 2012, the Government of Mauritius and the Mauritian nation will be commemorating the 177th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Mauritius. It is a day when the terrible plight of the Mauritian slaves, their struggle for freedom and the importance of freedom in the shaping of Mauritian history is remembered and honored.

On 1st February 2012, the Government of Mauritius and the Mauritian nation will be commemorating the 177th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Mauritius. It is a day when the terrible plight of the Mauritian slaves, their struggle for freedom and the importance of freedom in the shaping of Mauritian history is remembered and honored.

January 30, 2012

Mauritius has been suffering for the past few months from a severe spell of electoral reform fever. Everyone is talking about it at home and even overseas.

Mauritius has been suffering for the past few months from a severe spell of electoral reform fever. Everyone is talking about it at home and even overseas.

January 30, 2012

Mauritius, the land of rainbow, a melting-pot of different shades of ethnic flavours, nestled in an exotic, sun-kissed part of the Indian Ocean, an island where temples, mosques, churches and other places of worship keep lining the scenery.

Mauritius, the land of rainbow, a melting-pot of different shades of ethnic flavours, nestled in an exotic, sun-kissed part of the Indian Ocean, an island where temples, mosques, churches and other places of worship keep lining the scenery.  This is Mauritius, where people are free to practise their religion, where public holidays are allocated on the occasion of a religious event for each ethnicity composing the Mauritian landscape.  The government invests massively in these cultural/religions festivals; millions of rupees are donated to socio-cultural associations, put aside for

January 29, 2012

Auteurs anonymes, figures emblématiques, jeunes espoirs : la littérature mauricienne raconte notre monde. Les auteurs font de l'Histoire, du social, de personnages célèbres, leurs matériaux littéraires. Sheila raconte sa vie en parlant à des personnes et consigne certains noms dans son carnet intime.

Monique Koenig s'inspire du réel social pour raconter Le voyage d'Anand. Alexandra Issacs et Chloé Guillemin, jeunes espoirs, tentent de donner du sens à la réalité à travers l'écriture. Monica Maurel et Françoise Lionnet (textes critiques) seront aussi publiées dans L'Atelier d'écriture.

January 28, 2012

Intellectual Property Law has always been about policy. Global markets are no longer “country specific”, they are rather “requirement specific” and it is this change which gives any country the opportunity to increase global investment thereby increasing economic growth.

Intellectual Property Law has always been about policy. Global markets are no longer “country specific”, they are rather “requirement specific” and it is this change which gives any country the opportunity to increase global investment thereby increasing economic growth.  Intellectual property is this integral part of the equation which attracts investors offering a safe haven for them to do business.

January 26, 2012

The Times of India last week-end reported that the Indian government would soon allocate visa on arrival facilities at some airports to citizens of Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Kazaksthan, Brazil and South Africa.

The Times of India last week-end reported that the Indian government would soon allocate visa on arrival facilities at some airports to citizens of Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Kazaksthan, Brazil and South Africa.
At present visa on arrival facilities by Indian authorities are given to citizens from Finland, Japan, Luxemburg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Phillipines, Laos and Myanmar.