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MAURITIUS TIMES

This Week’s Highlights

Issue: Friday 24 Feb  2017

•    EDITORIAL

Identity Politics

and the Dangers of Miscalculated Reforms in Our Electoral System

One of the specialities of a certain brand of doing politics is to identify potential social fractures, and then, to exploit them to advantage. We saw that happening in Mauritius with the elections for independence.

A clear dividing line was drawn skilfully since then along ethno-religious lines so as to pitch one section of the population against the other, and move majorities to one side and minorities to the other side. With time, politicians have employed the so-called “divide-and-rule” tactic to exclude those not in their immediate proximity.

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