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Mar 12, 2008

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Union Jack flag replaced by Mauritian FlagOn the 12th of March 1968 at 12.00 am at the Champ de Mars, the Union Jack was hoisted down to be replaced by the four-coloured Mauritian flag - red, blue, yellow & green. Red symbolises the struggle for Independence, Blue reflects colour of the Indian Ocean, Yellow for the bright future of Mauritius & Green represents the lush vegetation of our country.

Sir John Shaw Renni & SSRMauritius was hence declared to be an independent nation & the Prime Ministership was handed down by Sir John Shaw Rennie to the Father of the Nation, Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam.

Old Port LouisAt that time, the British Empire was crumbling down & its satellite states all over the world were demanding independence. In such a difficult climate, the nation was deeply divided over the issue of Independence. Ethnic tensions were blatant. Minorities & oligarchs feared that the Hindu majority will usurp power after Independence & will throw everyone out (like in Zimbabwe).
The August 1967 elections were decisive - the Independence Party (Labour, IFB & CAM) won 54% of the vote & Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam could continue on the path towards independence.
& would you believe it that 44% of the people had voted against independence in the decisive August 1967 elections! Even then, independence came at the price of the excision of the Chagos Archipelagos.

Theatre Port LouisWhen Mauritius got its independence, future Nobel laureates Prof. Mead & V.S. Naipaul unequivocally declared that Mauritius was a disaster in making. Four decades later, we are now one of the most developed nations of Africa & a role model for economic success.

Sir Seewoosagar RamgoolamIt required enormous courage to implement the necessary reforms that brought Mauritius to this stage today. But, Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam was a true visionary - free education, free healthcare, road infrastructure & the textile industry are some of his major achievements. We are a democratic country, among the least corrupt & the most developed in Africa & our multi-ethnic society lives in harmony.
If we weren’t an independent country today, you wouldn’t be here reading this. I just can’t imagine in what state the country would have been…

Port Louis WaterfrontHowever, we are once again facing the same problems that plagued our country in the pre-Independence era - crime, corruption, unemployment & poverty. The sugar & textile industry are no longer viable. Global food shortage & rising oil prices are threatening the population with double-digit inflation. Another economic “miracle” is a necessity. Can we realize it? I believe in the future. I believe in our nation. Yes, we can!

Mauritius FlagLong live Mauritius!


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Neelesh said...

The true visionary was Sir Sewoosagur Ramgoolam, not the son.

Unfortunately there have not been much of visionary people lately.

morinn said...

Great post! Yeah if we weren't an independent country, today we would have been in a terrible situation.

carrotmadman6 said...

Thanks a lot! Yeah, we really need some visionaries to try & bring the country back to track...

Amanda Kennedy said...

Hello there,

I just wanted to say thank you personally for the advice you posted in your comment about the "Top Commenters" widget.

This is so helpful, both for me and others who will be using this widget. I will include this in an updated version of the widget installer which I'll post as soon as I can.

Best wishes and many thanks for your help,

Amanda (Blogger Buster).

carrotmadman6 said...

You're welcome!

& thank you for making that great widget & all those blogger hacks! :D

waz said...

nice...so where did u get them pics from!?!

carrotmadman6 said...

Unfortunately, i didn't find my Std 6th book (i think i lost it), but i've managed to get that Union Jack flag being hoisted down photo from a school book, a teaching aid titled My Communities!!

As for the SSR pic, that's l'express:
http://www.lexpress.mu/display_article.php?news_id=82309

:P

Anacharsis said...

Great pics but what a tissue of nonsense! Independence was given! Nobody had to fight for it. The British were just getting tired of us as we cost them a bloody lot!

carrotmadman6 said...

@Gael
It's true that the British were getting rid of all their expansions, but we shouldn't downplay the important role played by independence "fighters."

Anonymous said...

Yeah Gael the "freedom fighters" the ilois who pay their land for Mauritius Independance

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