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Sada Reddi PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 March 2017 22:18

Industrialization in the Sixties - Years of Endurance or Years of Creativity?

Despite promises, hopes and dreams for alternative routes to development and for a self-reliant economy, none has been put in practice to date

-- Sada Reddi

Jay Narain Roy published his book ‘Mauritius in Transition’ in 1957 when Mauritius was undergoing changes in every walk of life, but the decade which followed - the 1960s - were years of tribulations for the overwhelming majority of Mauritians. This was also the time when Mauritians had to rack their brains to come up with solutions to solve the problems which confronted them, which they successfully did, thus laying down the foundation for the economic development of Mauritius

Ramesh Beeharry PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 March 2017 22:09

Diplomacy: Time For A Rethink?

In a dynamic world where change is the only constant and today’s best practice can become obsolete tomorrow, it is imperative to keep updating our knowledge, and sharpening our expertise through refresher courses

-- Ramesh Beeharry

Soon after the PMSD withdrew from the Lepep Government (GM), there followed the usual spate of resignations of several heads of parastatals as well as municipal councillors and mayors. All of them PMSD candidates. We didn’t hear much of the lesser cadres, but I guess there must have been some there. However I must admit the one big surprise to me was the resignation of three ambassadors. But then again I don’t follow GM appointments that closely.

Rajiv Servansingh PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 March 2017 22:05

The African Economic Platform: Now turn Summitry into Action

Our history and the decision taken right at the time of independence of placing Mauritius as part and parcel of the African continent have been hugely beneficial to our economic and social development over the past half of a century

-- Rajiv Servansingh

The launch of the African Economic Platform was well attended with many African Heads of State and government having travelled to Mauritius on the occasion. The fact that Mauritius has been chosen as the venue for this first edition of the event is a great opportunity for the country and stands testimony to the high esteem in which Mauritius is held by many of the African states. This represents yet another window of opportunity for Mauritius in its endeavours to set itself up as a business platform for trade and investments in the continent.

Nita Chicooree-Mercier PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 March 2017 22:01

Udta Pradesh

-- Nita Chicooree-Mercier

A glaring example of the big gap between media opinion polls and the public is the recent Uttar Pradesh regional election result in India and a sweeping victory for the Prime Minister’s BJP in what has been a stronghold of other parties with Akilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party predicted as leading the battle. It is quite revealing about the loss of credibility of the mainstream media, mainly the written press in English and private TV channels which have been openly campaigning for Opposition and leftist parties. It looks like an anti-Establishment wave gaining ground in a number of countries. And the media is part of the Establishment which basks in wishful thinking and is estranged from the public on which it tries to impose its views. So-called independent media are downright biased and partial in their reporting of events, facts and public response.

MT 60 Years Ago PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 March 2017 21:55

MT 60 Years Ago

3rd Year No 76 – Friday 20th January 1956

Our Debt to Manilal Doctor

By D. Napal, BA (Hons)

Is it an irony of fate or is it a pure coincidence that both times that a Royal Commission has been appointed, strangers have stood up to defend the cause of the Indian Immigrants? In 1872 it was De Plevitz, and in 1909 we were lucky in having Manilal Doctor among us. Whatever it is, the truth is there to condemn the planters of their indifference to the lot of those who sweated for them.

On the 11th of October 1907, Manilal Doctor MA, LLB Bar-at-law, came to Mauritius where he stayed for nearly five years. Four days after his arrival he deposed at the Supreme Court his professional diploma. The next day he was sworn in as a practising barrister. On this occasion occurred an incident which scandalized the judges. The Radical, in its issue of the 17th October, wrote on this matter: “Les juges de la Cour suprême doivent, dit-on, lancer un ordre à l’effet d’obliger Me Manilal, avocat, à ôter son burnous en Cour. Hier, à sa prestation de serment, Me Manilal ne s’est pas découvert, ce qui a offusqué nos honorables juges.”

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