Mauritius

March 14, 2015

The Dental Registration Examination for dentists desiring a local license to work is around the corner again, end of March/beginning of April. As has been the custom since this exam has been established in 2013, you can expect once again to hear about a failure rate of almost 100%, the uproar of the ones who sat for the exam and the indifference of the Dental Council of Mauritius. However, let’s not talk about this for now; I want to sing a different tune. Let’s assume my fellow friends and colleagues do pass this upcoming exam, what’s next?

The Dental Registration Examination for dentists desiring a local license to work is around the corner again, end of March/beginning of April. As has been the custom since this exam has been established in 2013, you can expect once again to hear about a failure rate of almost 100%, the uproar of the ones who sat for the exam and the indifference of the Dental Council of Mauritius. However, let’s not talk about this for now; I want to sing a different tune. Let’s assume my fellow friends and colleagues do pass this upcoming exam, what’s next?

March 14, 2015

Au nom de la coopération régionale et des Iles Vanille, regroupement touristique régional qui réunit outre Maurice, les Seychelles, Madagascar, La Réunion, les Comores, Mayotte et les Maldives, notre pays sera présent à la 5e édition du Carnaval de Victoria, Seychelles qui aura lieu du 24 au 26 juin prochain. On sait que les années précédentes, la participation mauricienne à ce qui est désormais connu comme le « Carnaval des carnavals » a toujours été marquée par des interminables valses-hésitations et dans le même temps Maurice adoptant une posture inconfortable avec un pied à l’intérieur des Iles Vanille et un autre à l’extérieur.

Au nom de la coopération régionale et des Iles Vanille, regroupement touristique régional qui réunit outre Maurice, les Seychelles, Madagascar, La Réunion, les Comores, Mayotte et les Maldives, notre pays sera présent à la 5e édition du Carnaval de Victoria, Seychelles qui aura lieu du 24 au 26 juin prochain.

March 12, 2015

From  Porbandar town in Porbandar province, came the most illustrious son of India, Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Mahatma Gandhi.

March 11, 2015

It would be a challenge to locate a Gujarati speaking African origin Black Muslim even within the richly diverse population of Mauritius where people from different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds have come together to build a unique nation.

It would be a challenge to locate a Gujarati speaking African origin Black Muslim even within the richly diverse population of Mauritius where people from different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds have come together to build a unique nation.
Yet, when I met Mohammed, a warden in the remote forests of Gir – part of Junagadh district in the state of Gujarat, I was neither surprised at his appearance nor his name. He was black, well built, distinctly african and at the same time spoke fluent Gujarati – in fact, the only language he could speak.

March 11, 2015

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake his first overseas visits of 2015 to the Indian Ocean, the significance of which cannot be undermined, particularly by the states concerned. These are the Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, in respective order. As a Mauritian living in India, I take this visit to heart. Having seen the response of Modi’s other missions abroad since his election in May 2014, I am keen to how he is received by my fellow countrymen and women.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake his first overseas visits of 2015 to the Indian Ocean, the significance of which cannot be undermined, particularly by the states concerned. These are the Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, in respective order. As a Mauritian living in India, I take this visit to heart. Having seen the response of Modi’s other missions abroad since his election in May 2014, I am keen to how he is received by my fellow countrymen and women.

March 10, 2015

Too often on this tiny piece of paradise, it is tempting to look upwards to the brightly lit north for inspiration on ways to improve. This article is not in any way questioning the importance of the constant quest for self-improvement, it is a mere reminder that, whilst on that quest, one must also take the time to look in the mirror and be thankful for what they see.

Too often on this tiny piece of paradise, it is tempting to look upwards to the brightly lit north for inspiration on ways to improve. This article is not in any way questioning the importance of the constant quest for self-improvement, it is a mere reminder that, whilst on that quest, one must also take the time to look in the mirror and be thankful for what they see.

March 1, 2015

Depuis la fin de la semaine écoulée, le barreau mauricien est en émoi. Et pour cause, une décision du conseil des ministres de vendredi ramenant l'Office of the Director of Public Prosecutons sous l'Attorney General's Office. Devant ce move, Me Gavin Glover a cru nécessaire de réclamer une réunion d'urgence du Bar Council pour permettre aux membres de la profession de passer en revue la situation et de prendre position sur ce développement susceptible d'apporter des changements de nuances dans le paysage du judiciaire.

Depuis la fin de la semaine écoulée, le barreau mauricien est en émoi. Et pour cause, une décision du conseil des ministres de vendredi ramenant l'Office of the Director of Public Prosecutons sous l'Attorney General's Office.

February 28, 2015

The Southern African region is becoming attractive to world business community and Mauritius not only wants to expand its commercial activities on the African continent but also position itself as a gateway to this promising region. Now is a historic opportunity for Mauritius to take an active role through its economic diplomacy in the region and kick-start a more intensive political approach to investment and trade in Africa. Many of our businesspeople have begun to see the value of this strategic economic diplomacy but it is yet to be translated down to the operational level. Mauritius is, perhaps, in a unique position today to access its diplomatic leverage to these big African markets and extend its business expertise to the Southern African countries and other neighboring countries. With our dynamic private sector coupled with a progressive government I am very optimist that Mauritius will substantially enhance its economic standing in the region and beyond in the coming years.

The Southern African region is becoming attractive to world business community and Mauritius not only wants to expand its commercial activities on the African continent but also position itself as a gateway to this promising region. Now is a historic opportunity for Mauritius to take an active role through its economic diplomacy in the region and kick-start a more intensive political approach to investment and trade in Africa. Many of our businesspeople have begun to see the value of this strategic economic diplomacy but it is yet to be translated down to the operational level.

February 22, 2015

Christian Cuniah vit à Londres. Il détient un BA (Hons) de Birkbeck College, University of London. Après les élections de décembre dernier à Maurice, il partage avec nous quelques réflexions sur l’organisation en politique. Son article met l’accent sur la nécessité du changement, rompant avec les structures traditionnelles faisant place aux “visionnaires”.

Christian Cuniah vit à Londres. Il détient un BA (Hons) de Birkbeck College, University of London. Après les élections de décembre dernier à Maurice, il partage avec nous quelques réflexions sur l’organisation en politique. Son article met l’accent sur la nécessité du changement, rompant avec les structures traditionnelles faisant place aux “visionnaires”.

February 20, 2015

Apollo (not the much-loved instant noodles but the epitome of the Greek God of Healing and Medicine) in Mauritius has developed a reputation despite itself over the years.  It is not only widely recognised as one of the best medical facilities but a safety haven for the rich who are hounded by the snooping forces of justice.

Apollo (not the much-loved instant noodles but the epitome of the Greek God of Healing and Medicine) in Mauritius has developed a reputation despite itself over the years.  It is not only widely recognised as one of the best medical facilities but a safety haven for the rich who are hounded by the snooping forces of justice.  Understandably, when someone is arrested or simply convened by the police, it can be highly stressful and daunting.

February 13, 2015

The story – (that of Navin Chandra Ramgoolam) unfolding in front of us should invite the Mauritian population inclusive of the  political class  to rethink politics as well as the nature and kind of leadership that Mauritius requires. Just a few months before the last elections I wrote a piece entitled “Let us keep the interest of the nation foremost in our minds – Forum, Le Mauricien, 15th May’ in which I spelt out the need to boot out the entire political class, followed by another article “ Political sociology- Modern mauritius new political parties- L’express, 15 june’ and gave reasons as to why these were necessary.

The story – (that of Navin Chandra Ramgoolam) unfolding in front of us should invite the Mauritian population inclusive of the  political class  to rethink politics as well as the nature and kind of leadership that Mauritius requires.

February 7, 2015

As a humanitarian, Governor Farquhar was concerned about the provision of some form of moral and religious education for the slave population of Port Louis. He realized that Reverend Lebrun had attracted mostly the gens de couleur - the free coloured population - to his school at St George Street. The two other small schools in the Plaine Verte area failed to entice the slave population. The low number of slaves in attendance must have influenced Farquhar in his request for another educator form the missionary societies in Britain in the 1820s. The Governor approached the British Foreign School Society (BFSS) which run non-sectarian schools using the Lancasterian system. We do not know whether he specifically requested for a person of African origin. In November 1821, Thomas Joseph Jenkins, a native of Sierra Leone in West Africa, reached Mauritius. He had graduated from the teacher training college set up by Joseph Lancaster known as Borough Road College, Southark of east London. According to Sherwood, M (2008) there were African teachers teaching in British schools in the nineteenth century.

As a humanitarian, Governor Farquhar was concerned about the provision of some form of moral and religious education for the slave population of Port Louis. He realized that Reverend Lebrun had attracted mostly the gens de couleur - the free coloured population - to his school at St George Street. The two other small schools in the Plaine Verte area failed to entice the slave population. The low number of slaves in attendance must have influenced Farquhar in his request for another educator form the missionary societies in Britain in the 1820s.

February 6, 2015

For a long time, literature was part of what made up the highbrow culture where for instance poetry and opera used to evoke an image of intellectuality and an appreciation of the world.  Nowadays, things seem to have changed where literature conjures up an image of boredom for the student, irrationality for the non-literary world and a blurry vision for the worldly visionary. 

For a long time, literature was part of what made up the highbrow culture where for instance poetry and opera used to evoke an image of intellectuality and an appreciation of the world.  Nowadays, things seem to have changed where literature conjures up an image of boredom for the student, irrationality for the non-literary world and a blurry vision for the worldly visionary.  According to the American Scholar (2009), many public institutions in the US still champion the teaching of engineering, research science and other applied disciplines over the humanities.  The scene of

February 2, 2015

We are told that ‘slaves’ were brought from various parts of Africa, Madagascar and India. But more often than not, it was ‘men’ and ‘women’ who were shipped to Mauritius. These human beings would then endure, over a period of time, a process which we could call ‘esclavification’. Licensed by the Code Noir, a deliberate procedure would turn human beings into slaves. Bodies, brains, emotional make ups, family units, memories of a past, of a home, language and culture, all humanity would be regimentally, violently broken beyond repair and erased. At the same time, the installation of fear will replace all these losses, a fear still palpable in its silent manifestations.

We are told that ‘slaves’ were brought from various parts of Africa, Madagascar and India. But more often than not, it was ‘men’ and ‘women’ who were shipped to Mauritius. These human beings would then endure, over a period of time, a process which we could call ‘esclavification’. Licensed by the Code Noir, a deliberate procedure would turn human beings into slaves.

February 2, 2015

Thaippoosam Kaavadi Thiruvizha is a religious festival of prayers and sacrifices normally celebrated in January/February (Thai), when the full moon more or less coincides with the appearance of Murugap Peroumaan’s Star (Poosam).
With Chitirai Powrnami Kaavadi which is celebrated in April/May, it is among the most important religious ceremonies practiced by Mauritians whose ancestors hailed from Tamil Nadu.

Thaippoosam Kaavadi Thiruvizha is a religious festival of prayers and sacrifices normally celebrated in January/February (Thai), when the full moon more or less coincides with the appearance of Murugap Peroumaan’s Star (Poosam).
With Chitirai Powrnami Kaavadi which is celebrated in April/May, it is among the most important religious ceremonies practiced by Mauritians whose ancestors hailed from Tamil Nadu.

February 1, 2015

I am currently in Mauritius, and with the news from Washington about the easing of Cold War tensions between the United States and Cuba, I can't help but think of the differences that political systems and international politics can make on the future and functioning of island states. It's interesting to consider how two similar-sized countries, both having sugar as the basis of their economies for generations and experiencing similar challenges as islands, can turn out to be such different places.

I am currently in Mauritius, and with the news from Washington about the easing of Cold War tensions between the United States and Cuba, I can't help but think of the differences that political systems and international politics can make on the future and functioning of island states. It's interesting to consider how two similar-sized countries, both having sugar as the basis of their economies for generations and experiencing similar challenges as islands, can turn out to be such different places.

January 31, 2015

In the context of the 180th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery, the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture Trust Fund and the District Council of Pamplemousses have unveiled Commemorative plaques at the ‘lieux dit’ Bassin des Esclaves and Marché des Esclaves in Pamplemousses. This initiative is another step towards reconstructing slave history through oral history to restore the lost slave heritage. The intangible heritage of the slave population deserves to be preserved and given its due place in Mauritian history.

In the context of the 180th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery, the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture Trust Fund and the District Council of Pamplemousses have unveiled Commemorative plaques at the ‘lieux dit’ Bassin des Esclaves and Marché des Esclaves in Pamplemousses. This initiative is another step towards reconstructing slave history through oral history to restore the lost slave heritage. The intangible heritage of the slave population deserves to be preserved and given its due place in Mauritian history.

January 27, 2015

Less than a month after we had general elections in Mauritius, another Commonwealth country, Sri Lanka, organised Presidential election. Are there similarities between the two elections?
Mauritians are very much aware of all the events that happened before, during and after the 10 December 2014 elections, but they may not know much about the Presidential election in Sri Lanka on the 8th January 2015. So, I shall give a broad picture of what took place in Sri Lanka, hoping that readers will easily find the commonalities as they go through this article.

Less than a month after we had general elections in Mauritius, another Commonwealth country, Sri Lanka, organised Presidential election. Are there similarities between the two elections?
Mauritians are very much aware of all the events that happened before, during and after the 10 December 2014 elections, but they may not know much about the Presidential election in Sri Lanka on the 8th January 2015. So, I shall give a broad picture of what took place in Sri Lanka, hoping that readers will easily find the commonalities as they go through this article.

January 21, 2015

Some time back, perhaps over two years or so ago, I predicted and wished an all-out change on the Mauritian political scene. When I arrived here in November of last year this feeling had intensified to a feverish pitch that no Trojan scheme by the two behemoths of Mauritian politics was going to put a brake on the desire for change.

Some time back, perhaps over two years or so ago, I predicted and wished an all-out change on the Mauritian political scene. When I arrived here in November of last year this feeling had intensified to a feverish pitch that no Trojan scheme by the two behemoths of Mauritian politics was going to put a brake on the desire for change.

January 20, 2015

In our democracy everybody should feel free to express his opinion and share information, yet as we are first of all citizens of our country with a shared history and having a common destiny hence we need to be very cautious.

In our democracy everybody should feel free to express his opinion and share information, yet as we are first of all citizens of our country with a shared history and having a common destiny hence we need to be very cautious.

January 19, 2015

Almost every single day we are reminded just how little control we have left over our private lives and issues regarding our privacy.

Almost every single day we are reminded just how little control we have left over our private lives and issues regarding our privacy. This, to a large extent, has to do with the fact that our lives have gone from being traditional reality-driven ones to digital and virtual ones thanks to the advancement of the Internet and all sorts of social media tools at our fingertips now. But access to information and the Internet is a sharp double-edged sword that has since begun showing its very dark side of late and it’s doubtful that this dark side will see an end anytime soon.

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 5, 2015

Mauritius has been developing very fast. There is a very sensitive matter that affects everyone’s life, which is the health sector. According to the current government programme, there is a need to decrease pressure on the five regional hospitals in Mauritius. A master plan has been proposed to prepare to help to improve the health sector.

Mauritius has been developing very fast. There is a very sensitive matter that affects everyone’s life, which is the health sector. According to the current government programme, there is a need to decrease pressure on the five regional hospitals in Mauritius. A master plan has been proposed to prepare to help to improve the health sector.

décembre 26, 2014

Often used as an instrument to sustain income in retirement for the less fortunate, a basic retirement pension imposes huge financial burden on the government. Mauritius is still one of the few remaining countries that provide a state pension. Despite the good intentions of the government in caring for its elderly population, the state pension in Mauritius has, over the years, failed to take into account the increased cost of living and evolve to provide a decent standard of living to retirees.

Often used as an instrument to sustain income in retirement for the less fortunate, a basic retirement pension imposes huge financial burden on the government. Mauritius is still one of the few remaining countries that provide a state pension. Despite the good intentions of the government in caring for its elderly population, the state pension in Mauritius has, over the years, failed to take into account the increased cost of living and evolve to provide a decent standard of living to retirees.