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décembre 16, 2014

Who would have thought that a former President and Prime Minister, aged 84, would flatly defeat two major party leaders, united together against him? Nobody would have bet on him at the start of the electoral campaign. He himself was frank in saying that it looked like an impossible mission.

Who would have thought that a former President and Prime Minister, aged 84, would flatly defeat two major party leaders, united together against him? Nobody would have bet on him at the start of the electoral campaign. He himself was frank in saying that it looked like an impossible mission.

décembre 16, 2014

The writings were on the wall. But Navin and Paul had their backs turned. They do not read History, it seems. SARM, SGD, SSR and SAJ have all been sent into “karo kann” by their electorates. This time it was the turn of another Ramgoolam who refused to listen to the voice of his supporters.

The writings were on the wall. But Navin and Paul had their backs turned. They do not read History, it seems. SARM, SGD, SSR and SAJ have all been sent into “karo kann” by their electorates. This time it was the turn of another Ramgoolam who refused to listen to the voice of his supporters.

décembre 11, 2014

On 10th October 2014, fifty Head of States and Leaders of non-governmental organisations met in Cairo, Egypt to discuss about the amount to be donated for the reconstruction of Gaza, a narrow strip of land which forms part of the Occupied Territories. Gaza had been bombed by Israel during 50 days in July/August 2014 resulting in the death of over 2,000 Palestinians, 73 Israelis and innumerable injured especially after three UNO schools were hit.  Many women and children figured among victims.

On 10th October 2014, fifty Head of States and Leaders of non-governmental organisations met in Cairo, Egypt to discuss about the amount to be donated for the reconstruction of Gaza, a narrow strip of land which forms part of the Occupied Territories.

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 7, 2014

A dramatic shoot out between French rider Guenet Barbara and Alice Mills of Great Britain has added extra spice to the climax of the Fegentri Lady Riders competition at the Sun Resorts International Jockeys' Weekend.

A dramatic shoot out between French rider Guenet Barbara and Alice Mills of Great Britain has added extra spice to the climax of the Fegentri Lady Riders competition at the Sun Resorts International Jockeys' Weekend. Champ De Mars now traditionally stages the final of the worldwide competition with the top eight amateurs battling it out on the 202 year old course. This time only eight points separate the experienced Ms Barbara and the 27 year old British girl who led the competition at one stage this season after a triumph at the Curragh in Ireland.

décembre 7, 2014

Evergreen, Dunraven, George Noble, Black Gambit et Laser Bolt sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. Evergreen s’était montré lent à l’ouverture des boîtes pour se retrouver nettement plus en retrait que prévu.

Evergreen, Dunraven, George Noble, Black Gambit et Laser Bolt sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. Evergreen s’était montré lent à l’ouverture des boîtes pour se retrouver nettement plus en retrait que prévu. Toujours à 9L du meneur dans la dernière courbe, il avait donné un joli coup de reins pour gagner quatre rangs. Dunraven s’était élancé prudemment pour suivre dans la seconde moitié du peloton.

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 6, 2014

Wonderlaine et Joyful sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. Les 1365m étaient probablement un peu trop courts pour les réelles aptitudes de Wonderlaine.

Wonderlaine et Joyful sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. Les 1365m étaient probablement un peu trop courts pour les réelles aptitudes de Wonderlaine. Il avait toutefois été servi par l’allure régulière d’Indaba My Children. Il avait attendu les derniers 200m pour se mettre en évidence, mais n’avait pu disputer la victoire. Cependant, il avait conclu plaisamment. Parti prudemment, Joyful était vite parvenu à trouver la corde au milieu du peloton.

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 28, 2014

Lucky Valentine et Prince Of Wings sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. Lucky Valentine retrouvait la compétition après cinq mois.

Lucky Valentine et Prince Of Wings sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. Lucky Valentine retrouvait la compétition après cinq mois. Il s’était usé dans une lutte sur la partie initiale pour conserver l’avantage tête et corde face à Freedom et n’avait pas été en mesure de changer de vitesse au démarrage. Cependant, il n’avait pas été surclassé à l’arrivée.

novembre 21, 2014

Our Boy Blake, Smitten, Data Controller et Right To Tango sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. Our Boy Blake avait raté sa mise en action et s’était retrouvé plus en retrait que prévu.

Our Boy Blake, Smitten, Data Controller et Right To Tango sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. Our Boy Blake avait raté sa mise en action et s’était retrouvé plus en retrait que prévu. Il avait pointé à environ 9L du meneur à 600m de l’arrivée et avait bien accéléré jusqu’à 100m de l’arrivée, mais n’avait pu continuer sur sa lancée.

novembre 14, 2014

Double Grip, Mountain Thunder, Hunting Time, Leisure Jet, Cinchona, Amber Palace, Roman Manner, François Bernardus et Polar Royale sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. Double Grip avait complètement raté sa mise en action pour se retrouver en queue du peloton.

Double Grip, Mountain Thunder, Hunting Time, Leisure Jet, Cinchona, Amber Palace, Roman Manner, François Bernardus et Polar Royale sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. Double Grip avait complètement raté sa mise en action pour se retrouver en queue du peloton. Il avait refait une partie de son retard, mais n’avait pu prolonger son effort jusqu’au bout.

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 7, 2014

Argo était le cheval que nous avions repéré la dernière fois. La nouvelle unité de l’écurie Jean Michel Henry n’était probablement pas fin prêt pour ses débuts, affichant quelques kilos superflus.

Argo était le cheval que nous avions repéré la dernière fois. La nouvelle unité de l’écurie Jean Michel Henry n’était probablement pas fin prêt pour ses débuts, affichant quelques kilos superflus. Il avait évolué en one off et avait abordé la dernière courbe en épaisseur. Il n’avait pas été en mesure d’inquiéter le vainqueur Captain’s Bounty, mais avait conclu honorablement pour émerger du paquet.

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 4, 2014

With the onset of summer, perpetual water supply shortages become more acute for many Mauritians. We have been suffering from this problem for the past thirty five years. The Central Water Authority (CWA) has been unable to improve its services and, as a result, Mauritians do not have a twenty four hours per day seven days a week water supply, which is a shame for a country aspiring to have a high income economy within the next ten years.

With the onset of summer, perpetual water supply shortages become more acute for many Mauritians. We have been suffering from this problem for the past thirty five years. The Central Water Authority (CWA) has been unable to improve its services and, as a result, Mauritians do not have a twenty four hours per day seven days a week water supply, which is a shame for a country aspiring to have a high income economy within the next ten years.

octobre 31, 2014

On attendait surtout Bulsara dans la Coupe d’Or mais c’est avec Kremlin Captain que l’écurie Gujadhur et Darryl Holland ont tiré leur épingle du jeu. Si d’autres se seraient laissés aller au défaitisme, le jockey britannique préfère, pour sa part se concentrer sur les positifs.

On attendait surtout Bulsara dans la Coupe d’Or mais c’est avec Kremlin Captain que l’écurie Gujadhur et Darryl Holland ont tiré leur épingle du jeu. Si d’autres se seraient laissés aller au défaitisme, le jockey britannique préfère, pour sa part se concentrer sur les positifs.

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 31, 2014

Western Jet, Prince Of Wings, Bay Of Bengal et Aspen Emperor sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. On pensait que l’apport d’une Citation Bit allait calmer les ardeurs de Western Jet, mais il n’en fut rien.

Western Jet, Prince Of Wings, Bay Of Bengal et Aspen Emperor sont les chevaux que nous avions repérés la dernière fois. On pensait que l’apport d’une Citation Bit allait calmer les ardeurs de Western Jet, mais il n’en fut rien. Il s’était montré ardent durant la majeure partie du parcours. A l’amorce du dernier virage, il avait dû être repris pour passer à l’intérieur et avait de ce fait perdu son momentum.

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 28, 2014

When approached by Le Mauricien to write about a publication that changed my life, a few titles popped up, but interestingly most of them were from the same author, Nikos Salingaros.

When approached by Le Mauricien to write about a publication that changed my life, a few titles popped up, but interestingly most of them were from the same author, Nikos Salingaros.

octobre 26, 2014

Racketeer Blues et Brazo sont les chevaux que nous avions répérés la dernière fois. Racketeer Blues avait perdu plusieurs longueurs au départ et on savait d'ores et déjà qu’il n’aurait aucune chance de l’emporter.

Racketeer Blues et Brazo sont les chevaux que nous avions répérés la dernière fois. Racketeer Blues avait perdu plusieurs longueurs au départ et on savait d'ores et déjà qu’il n’aurait aucune chance de l’emporter. Il avait un retard de pas moins de 12L à mi-parcours et avait terminé aussi fort que le vainqueur Ruby King. Brazo était à ses débuts sur notre turf et était aligné sur un parcours probablement un peu court pour ses réelles aptitudes.

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 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.