Mauritians? hearts beat for India
FORMER MUNICIPAL Commissioner of Deau Basin-Rose-Hill in Mauritius, C. Dukhirai, said that people of Indian origin in Mauritius had maintained their culture and tradition for centuries.
He was delivering a lecture on the relationship between India and Mauritius at the Botany Department of the Banaras Hindu University here on Tuesday afternoon. The International Society for Conservation of Natural Resources (ISCON) organised the lecture.
Dukhirai, also a journalist, writer and historian, said that people of Indian origin in Mauritius celebrated festivals like Holi, Diwali, Dussehra and Shiv Ratri with 100 times greater enthusiasm than Indian people. He said that they had been conserving Indian culture, tradition and religion in Mauritius because they were far from India.
He said their forefathers hailed from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. He added that by their labour, skill and enthusiasm, the people of Indian origin had become rich citizens of Mauritius.
“Although we are citizens of Mauritius, our heart all the time beats for Mother India because our forefathers were Indian,” he said.
He said that as an example of the strong Indo-Mauritius relationship, the Indian Government, soon after getting Independence in 1947, established its first High Commission in Mauritius.
Dukhirai said though there were very little natural resources, Mauritians had earned prestige and international status, particularly due the efforts of Sir Sri Shiv Sagar Ram Gulam.
He said that Mahatma Gandhi visited Mauritius in 1901, while on transit from South Africa to India.
Earlier, Dr Ranjit Singh welcomed the guests and introduced C Dukhirai to the audience. Founder President of International Society for Conservation of Natural Resources Prof. Bharat Rai presided over the function. Convenor Vijai Shanker Singh conducted the programme.
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- The national carrier at present is operating only special passenger trains since the curbs on lockdown were eased. Regular passenger trains have been suspended since March 25, 2020.
- Both the casualties took place due to IED blasts.
- The BJP unit has also been at loggerheads with the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) dispensation with its chief Earnest Mawrie accusing it of anomalies in governance.
- Shahjahanpur’s superintendent of police S Anand, SP, denied reports that the girl was burnt after a failed rape attempt
- An expert team is trying to drain out the lake to prevent another tragedy like the Chamoli flash flood.
- The tribal fair draws devotees not only from Telangana, but also from other states like Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
- The notice released by the state government stated “All passengers coming to West Bengal from the aforementioned 4 states shall mandatorily carry a covid negative RT-PCR report for such test conducted within 72 hours of flight departure.”
- The police said they were ascertaining the identities and affiliation of the two terrorists.
- The research says the average compensation paid for human death in the country is ₹1,91,437, and the average compensation paid for injury is ₹6,185.
- India’s “right of reply” to the Pakistani minister’s speech was delivered by Seema Pujani, second secretary in the permanent mission to the UN.
- Despite the bail, Pradeep Panigrahy will not be released from prison as three other cases of fraud have been filed by the people of Ganjam district.