High Commissioner of Mauritius to India, Mukheshwar Chuni has said that with around 75 per cent population of Indian origin, Mauritius is a mini India.
"Today we take pride in saying that if there is any country outside India and run by people of Indian origin that is Mauritius," said Chuni.
Talking to reporters at Pararkar Bhawan, he said, "Some people say that the Indian Ocean separates Mauritius from India, but we feel that the Indian Ocean binds us with India," he said.
He further said, "We have a very close relation or say we have blood relation with India. And, this tie is getting stronger day by day."
Highlighting the close relation between India and Mauritius, he said, "We have got several institutes and centres named after prominent personalities of India like Mahatma Gandhi, Ravindra Nath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajeev Gandhi, Swami Vivekanand etc."
Chuni, whose forefathers belonged to Ara district of Bihar, said that 60 per cent people of the Indian origin in Mauritius hailed from UP and Bihar.
He said that both the Indian and Mauritian governments were working together to benefit the people of both the countries. He added that India and Mauritius had signed 30 treaties.
He further said that 90 per cent people of Mauritius were educated.
Chuni, who inaugurated a website of CM Anglo Bengali Inter College in Bhelupur area, said that a proposal were being made to introduce a cultural exchange programme between India and Mauritius to enable students understand the culture and religion of both the countries.
He said that there were three main political parties in Mauritius, and any two of them can join their hands together to form the government.
"Kalkatta Se Chhutal Jahaj, Pawanva Dhire Chala, Khoje Niklal Naya Sansar, Pawanva Dhire Chala.....", the High Commissioner rendered this Bhojpuri song to convey the deep- rooted relation between India and Mauritius.
Meanwhile, Dr Lari Azad, a noted historian who accompanied Chuni said that Mauritius would host an international conference on Bhojpuri from June 17 to 24.