Mauritius

décembre 20, 2014

That the nation was yearning for a change of administration is an under-statement. That it expected a landslide victory and a wholesale transformation of the political landscape was surreal against all odds. The people have unequivocally voiced out loud and clear that they fancied a much needed change, not just for the sake of it, but more pertinently for a change of attitude and a damn down-to-earth pragmatic approach when it comes to the fundamentals of ethically good governance.

That the nation was yearning for a change of administration is an under-statement. That it expected a landslide victory and a wholesale transformation of the political landscape was surreal against all odds. The people have unequivocally voiced out loud and clear that they fancied a much needed change, not just for the sake of it, but more pertinently for a change of attitude and a damn down-to-earth pragmatic approach when it comes to the fundamentals of ethically good governance.

décembre 17, 2014

The election results came like a gust of wind last Thursday with Mauritius' opposition coalition- Alliance Lepep led by ex-president Anerood Jugnauth winning the majority vote. While the winds of change have roused celebration for the first ever woman President of the Republic of Mauritius- Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the winds also blew away any chances of more gender parity in Parliament.

The election results came like a gust of wind last Thursday with Mauritius' opposition coalition- Alliance Lepep led by ex-president Anerood Jugnauth winning the majority vote. While the winds of change have roused celebration for the first ever woman President of the Republic of Mauritius- Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the winds also blew away any chances of more gender parity in Parliament.

décembre 10, 2014

The 49th DEASA Conference jointly held by the Distance Education Association of Southern Africa and the Open University of Mauritius from the 4th to 7th December 2014 was an interesting platform on distance learning in sub-Saharan Africa, which is now a region for the development and growth of learning opportunities.  With a growing middle class having better access to education, sub-Saharan Africa will definitely make important advancements in this field.  The objective of the conference held in Mauritius focused on Open and Distance learning for sustainable development with emphasis on innovative learning, research and the need to expand distance-learning opportunities within the region.

The 49th DEASA Conference jointly held by the Distance Education Association of Southern Africa and the Open University of Mauritius from the 4th to 7th December 2014 was an interesting platform on distance learning in sub-Saharan Africa, which is now a region for the development and growth of learning opportunities.  With a growing middle class having better access to education, sub-Saharan Africa will definitely make important advancements in this field.  The objective of the conference held in Mauritius focused on Open and Distance learning for sustainable development with emph

décembre 9, 2014

President sacks Prime Minister and, in turn, Prime Minister dismisses President. The country, where an unclear power sharing agreement exists between the President and the Prime Minister, plunges into chaos.

President sacks Prime Minister and, in turn, Prime Minister dismisses President. The country, where an unclear power sharing agreement exists between the President and the Prime Minister, plunges into chaos. These events happened during the month of September 1960 in the newly independent Belgian Congo, and should be a lesson to all of us in Mauritius when two of our most powerful political leaders are contemplating a newly defined power sharing arrangement.

décembre 8, 2014

Different cultural centres have been set up to cater for the needs of all the existing ethnic groups that thrive and flourish in our arc-en-ciel society. The cultural centres of each ethnic group receive financial assistance from the state in order to promote their culture in Mauritius.

Different cultural centres have been set up to cater for the needs of all the existing ethnic groups that thrive and flourish in our arc-en-ciel society. The cultural centres of each ethnic group receive financial assistance from the state in order to promote their culture in Mauritius. The motive behind such an endeavour may be attributed firstly to create a healthy and harmonious environment in this multi-racial country and secondly to familiarize with each other’s culture in order to know our compatriots well.

décembre 6, 2014

During my recent trip to the Philippines at the invitation of my son Dhiren and his wife Sejal, Sharmila and I took time to discover the country and visit historical places, including the imposing St Augustine church and the national museum in Manila.

During my recent trip to the Philippines at the invitation of my son Dhiren and his wife Sejal, Sharmila and I took time to discover the country and visit historical places, including the imposing St Augustine church and the national museum in Manila.

décembre 1, 2014

This is the first time in the history of Mauritius that two women have been asked to hold high-level offi ces. Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as President of the Republic of Mauritius under the Lepep Alliance and Francoise Labelle as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly under the PTr-MMM Alliance. Gender Activists are proud of this move although we know very well that this is being done to silence us since there are only 12 woman candidates on the list of 60 for the PTr-MMM Alliance and a meagre fi gure of 9 on 60 for Lepep Alliance. The number of women candidates for these two major alliances is indeed an insult to women. But was there a need to put salt on the wound by insulting Professor Gurib-Fakim publicly and saying that “Dan liniversite pann trouv li bon, aster li pou bon pou vinn prezidan repiblik?” (she was not found good at the University, now she will be good as President of the Republic?). We should rewind a bit so that the Mauritian population will remember that the same Prime Minister, Dr. Navin Ramgoolam found Professor Gurib-Fakim so competent as a researcher and a scientifi c that he recommended her to the former President of the Republic to be elevated to the rank of Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) in 2008.

This is the first time in the history of Mauritius that two women have been asked to hold high-level offi ces. Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as President of the Republic of Mauritius under the Lepep Alliance and Francoise Labelle as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly under the PTr-MMM Alliance. Gender Activists are proud of this move although we know very well that this is being done to silence us since there are only 12 woman candidates on the list of 60 for the PTr-MMM Alliance and a meagre fi gure of 9 on 60 for Lepep Alliance.

novembre 20, 2014

 It now looks like the worst scenario is coming up for women once again- fewer seats than ever, and more pie-in-the-sky promises of all the good things coming AFTER the Elections: doesn’t it sound familiar? It certainly ought to, for we have heard the same song for the past three elections, and some of us have even danced to the tune, but that is not the point, which is: are we going to lose out once again this time?

 It now looks like the worst scenario is coming up for women once again- fewer seats than ever, and more pie-in-the-sky promises of all the good things coming AFTER the Elections: doesn’t it sound familiar? It certainly ought to, for we have heard the same song for the past three elections, and some of us have even danced to the tune, but that is not the point, which is: are we going to lose out once again this time?
If we do nothing, then we will deserve what we get, and once again lose our rights to a fair share in the process of government.

novembre 19, 2014

Instead of mud slinging, which political alliance has what it takes to address the actual issues that Mauritius is facing?

Instead of mud slinging, which political alliance has what it takes to address the actual issues that Mauritius is facing?
Elections are less than a month away and the name-calling, mud slinging, electoral promises, communalism are reaching their peaks. But what about the day-to-day issues we face? Which party can show it genuinely cares for Mauritius and Mauritians? Other than the social and economic issues, we are also concerned by the rapidly deteriorating Law & Order over the past years.

novembre 14, 2014

Yes, by writing this article I do believe that I might make some people change their opinion about our educational system. Call me disillusioned but at least I’m trying. So what’s so wrong, you’re thinking. Instead of directly answering this ambiguous question let’s take some time to ponder about what are the first objectives of getting an education. What we expect from the young men and young women leaving school is that they feel fulfilled, that they have a precise idea of what studies they want to pursue. We want them to be cultivated, open-minded, to have a critical mind, to have vision. But is that what our so-called education gives us? I’m afraid not.

Yes, by writing this article I do believe that I might make some people change their opinion about our educational system. Call me disillusioned but at least I’m trying. So what’s so wrong, you’re thinking. Instead of directly answering this ambiguous question let’s take some time to ponder about what are the first objectives of getting an education. What we expect from the young men and young women leaving school is that they feel fulfilled, that they have a precise idea of what studies they want to pursue.

novembre 13, 2014

We turn our heads this week to the comings and goings of ‘Macarena’, ‘Popol’, ‘Lysol’, ‘Miss Micro’, ‘Lampoule’, ‘Bhawji’, ‘Bechwa’ and the likes of ‘Ti Cretin’, ‘Rambo’ and of course the many other characters that make up the political sphere in Mauritius.

We turn our heads this week to the comings and goings of ‘Macarena’, ‘Popol’, ‘Lysol’, ‘Miss Micro’, ‘Lampoule’, ‘Bhawji’, ‘Bechwa’ and the likes of ‘Ti Cretin’, ‘Rambo’ and of course the many other characters that make up the political sphere in Mauritius.

novembre 7, 2014

Beekrumsing  Ramlallah – a name, one among the many sons of indentured labourers, one voice among the many voices which felt and spelt the oppression, one gentleman among the many gentlemen of his generation, yet who stood so apart from the lot.

Beekrumsing  Ramlallah – a name, one among the many sons of indentured labourers, one voice among the many voices which felt and spelt the oppression, one gentleman among the many gentlemen of his generation, yet who stood so apart from the lot.
His voice reached many ears, his pen scribbled words of wisdom as his eyes could see the plight of his fellowmen,  at the hands of the British colonial masters.

novembre 6, 2014

After meeting the youngest Member of Parliament in Tanzania during my last business trip and after seeing the passion that ignites this free spirit, I started pondering a lot about young people and politics in Mauritius.

After meeting the youngest Member of Parliament in Tanzania during my last business trip and after seeing the passion that ignites this free spirit, I started pondering a lot about young people and politics in Mauritius.
I realised that it is a shame that young people in Mauritius have been left disillusioned about politics when it can actually be a very good platform for improving our country.

novembre 5, 2014

The series Z2D at the Mauritius Archives record the arrivals of all individuals coming to Mauritius as passengers during the nineteenth century; hence the term passenger immigrant is used. Flipping through the pages of these documents, a fair amount of Indians – both Hindus and Muslims – came as free passenger immigrants. Their names were often bastardized by British immigration officers. Unlike indentured Indians who were given a number and can therefore be traced at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI), the tracing of passenger Indians can prove to be extremely laborious and sometimes impossible at the Archives. The passenger register for the early twentieth century can be less daunting.

The series Z2D at the Mauritius Archives record the arrivals of all individuals coming to Mauritius as passengers during the nineteenth century; hence the term passenger immigrant is used. Flipping through the pages of these documents, a fair amount of Indians – both Hindus and Muslims – came as free passenger immigrants. Their names were often bastardized by British immigration officers.

novembre 3, 2014

It is estimated that there are about 40,000 foreign workers in Mauritius. If you fired them all and sent them back to their respective countries – there would be enough vacancies to employ the roughly 40,000 local youth looking for jobs. This is a simple solution to the problem of youth unemployment. In fact it is so simple that it has been proposed many times in the past.
Or is it?

It is estimated that there are about 40,000 foreign workers in Mauritius. If you fired them all and sent them back to their respective countries – there would be enough vacancies to employ the roughly 40,000 local youth looking for jobs. This is a simple solution to the problem of youth unemployment. In fact it is so simple that it has been proposed many times in the past.
Or is it?

octobre 31, 2014

Robbie Burke faisait grise mine dimanche dernier à sa sortie de la jockey’s room. Et pour cause, il venait de recevoir sa feuille de route de son employeur après sa monte peu judicieuse sur le grandissime favori Bandido Caballero dans The Afrasia Private Banking Cup. Le jockey, qui s’est attiré les foudres de son entraîneur, visiblement pas satisfait de sa monte sur ce coursier, devait boire le calice jusqu'à la lie mardi matin lorsque les Racing Stewards lui infligèrent une suspension de 12 semaines. Pourtant, le triple jockey champion avait tiré son épingle du jeu samedi en menant à la victoire Casey’s War dans ce qui constituait la 12e victoire de ce coursier au Champ de Mars.

Robbie Burke faisait grise mine dimanche dernier à sa sortie de la jockey’s room. Et pour cause, il venait de recevoir sa feuille de route de son employeur après sa monte peu judicieuse sur le grandissime favori Bandido Caballero dans The Afrasia Private Banking Cup. Le jockey, qui s’est attiré les foudres de son entraîneur, visiblement pas satisfait de sa monte sur ce coursier, devait boire le calice jusqu'à la lie mardi matin lorsque les Racing Stewards lui infligèrent une suspension de 12 semaines.

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 30, 2014

[The author, whose ancestors hailed from Ballia, visits it quite regularly. In this Indian district, lying in the easternmost part of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and bordering western Bihar, he likes breathing Bhojpuri, the culture he imbibed at his native Long Mountain in Mauritius. Ballia is the cradle of Bhojpuri, from whose railway station the majority of Indians travelled to Calcutta (now Kolkata) to migrate worldwide.]
Preceding Hindi, Bhojpuri Widespread in and Outside India

[The author, whose ancestors hailed from Ballia, visits it quite regularly. In this Indian district, lying in the easternmost part of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and bordering western Bihar, he likes breathing Bhojpuri, the culture he imbibed at his native Long Mountain in Mauritius. Ballia is the cradle of Bhojpuri, from whose railway station the majority of Indians travelled to Calcutta (now Kolkata) to migrate worldwide.]
Preceding Hindi, Bhojpuri Widespread in and Outside India

octobre 25, 2014

In the context of the International Kreol Language and Culture Day 2014, we are pleased to publish both online and in print Fam Maron, Fam Kouraz. (Maroon Women, Women of Courage). It is essential that we give voice to those who have been silenced by the dominant culture. Amongst those who have been silenced and made invisible in the archives of memory are women.  This publication pays tribute to women’s struggle in history and especially women maroon slaves. They are a source of inspiration for African women today and to the people of African descent in Mauritius and all over the world. It is for this reason that this publication is set against the background of the United Nations African Women Decade (2010-2020) and the People of African Descent Decade (2011-2021).

In the context of the International Kreol Language and Culture Day 2014, we are pleased to publish both online and in print Fam Maron, Fam Kouraz. (Maroon Women, Women of Courage). It is essential that we give voice to those who have been silenced by the dominant culture. Amongst those who have been silenced and made invisible in the archives of memory are women.  This publication pays tribute to women’s struggle in history and especially women maroon slaves.

octobre 24, 2014

L’écurie Maingard et son jockey Robbie Burke ont mis fin leur série de quatre semaines sans victoires samedi dernier avec les bien cotés Captains Bounty et Elusive Love. En effet, depuis la victoire de Straight Jab lors de la 29e journée, on n’avait plus revu ce duo dans la winner’s enclosure.

L’écurie Maingard et son jockey Robbie Burke ont mis fin leur série de quatre semaines sans victoires samedi dernier avec les bien cotés Captains Bounty et Elusive Love. En effet, depuis la victoire de Straight Jab lors de la 29e journée, on n’avait plus revu ce duo dans la winner’s enclosure.

octobre 24, 2014

The term “creative destruction” may sound like an oxymoron but does exist and its concept was first referred to by Karl Marx. It was then used in a pejorative manner to refer to the systematic destruction and reconfiguration of previous economic orders by capitalism and its apparent mode of devaluing existing wealth (through economic crises or war) to clear the ground for the creation of new wealth.

The term “creative destruction” may sound like an oxymoron but does exist and its concept was first referred to by Karl Marx. It was then used in a pejorative manner to refer to the systematic destruction and reconfiguration of previous economic orders by capitalism and its apparent mode of devaluing existing wealth (through economic crises or war) to clear the ground for the creation of new wealth.

octobre 18, 2014

This article is a tribute to Abdool Rahman Toonah (1895-1965), a genuine Bhandari of patriarch-style who we affectionately called "Dada" (Grand-father). Without any child to inherit from and emulate him, he transmitted his knowledge and techniques of cooking Biryani to a handful of privileged disciples of Triolet who have upheld his culinary skills till today.

This article is a tribute to Abdool Rahman Toonah (1895-1965), a genuine Bhandari of patriarch-style who we affectionately called "Dada" (Grand-father). Without any child to inherit from and emulate him, he transmitted his knowledge and techniques of cooking Biryani to a handful of privileged disciples of Triolet who have upheld his culinary skills till today.

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 3, 2014

Nearly seven decades after his assassination Gandhi lives in the hearts of millions, if not billions of people across the globe.  Gandhi’s greatness lies in the fact that he single handedly stood up against the mighty British Empire and compelled the then colonial power to quit and to give India its independence.

Nearly seven decades after his assassination Gandhi lives in the hearts of millions, if not billions of people across the globe.  Gandhi’s greatness lies in the fact that he single handedly stood up against the mighty British Empire and compelled the then colonial power to quit and to give India its independence.