What a hectic week we lived days ago, when important developments in quick succession threw off balance, as it were, the common man – events commented in a variety of ways in different quarters and provoking reactions from praises to ‘dekouyone’, when the ‘claque’ backfired.
Depending from which standpoint one views the three occurrences  –  the UN vote on Chagos attracting unanimous praises though, expectedly, with a ‘not bold enough in the lobbying that preceded the vote’, the leave granted to the DPP by the Supreme Court provoking a large consensus that Pravind Jugnauth must step down, and Bhadain’s resignation considered by one camp as a ‘non-event’, a remark that hints a degree of embarrassment  – , we have the preceding mix.
Without having to take sides, all sensible persons must stand by the request for the PM and Minister of Finance, without any political bias, to step down for national interest. When I say all, I mean not only politicians, but also the Private sector, Trade Unions and other important sectors of civil society. Why so? Just imagine if the Privy Council rules in favour of the DPP – a real possibility that cannot be ignored  –  while Pravind Jugnauth is still at the helm. Chaos, and only chaos unprecedented in our political history, and should ‘Lepep’ be the cause of that, readers will better grasp the point I made in these columns on June 15 last relating to ‘la poubelle de l’Histoire’.
In spite of putting on brave faces, there must be in the ranks of ‘Lepep’ sufficient intelligent persons to know, given the intricacies of the case added to the Supreme Court’s acknowledgement that the DPP has raised ‘some fundamental issues; no lawyer or other persons of standing would dare prejudge the ruling of the Privy Council, except, of course, the ‘patented mouthpiece’ for whom the Privy Council will confirm the innocence of Pravind Jugnauth!
Pravind Jugnauth today stands face-to-face with destiny, the opportunity to show he is not an opportunist who could only have acceded to the supreme seat through the ‘deal papa piti’, that he is of a higher calibre than the ‘other one’ with whom he shares some similitudes, the most prominent being ‘garson bolom la’. Yet, if blinded by ambition, with an exacerbated ego, he opts to stay put, he compounds a mistake initially committed by his father a few months back through the premature handing-over.
If after stepping down, he loses his case, sadly so the end of the road – tears and shattered dreams. But he spares the country instability of unprecedented proportions and does not go down in our political history as a major stumbling block toward the lofty ideals he himself professes and stands to achieve. If he wins, he comes back with a boosted morale, heightened stature, silencing his detractors and bury Medpoint for ever –  without forgetting ‘baise-main ek tap latab’. While he could at the same time muster renewed boldness to face his opponents still around, having put the icing on the cake that may even throw the ‘deal papa piti’ into oblivion, indeed past that final hurdle that stood in his way toward his legitimate ambition to be a major achiever in our political history, yet still to be proved.
Bérenger ended his intervention on the Budget with the words ‘en tant que patriote …’. Can ‘ti frer’ demonstrate he is a smarter patriot, not only in words but also in acts, the more so that optimism prevails in the camp of ‘Lepep’? Or is it only rather a façade to mask the unexpected set-back. Monster, did they say!
    And this reminds me of some of Obama’s last words as President and addressed, obliquely, to the then President-Elect: ‘Reality never fails to hit back’.