|The head of the government argues that it is politics that helped make Mauritius a free country. He stressed at the ceremony marking the 177th anniversary of the arrival of Indian immigrants in the country, the Aapravasi Ghat, this Wednesday, November 2.|
Navin Ramgoolam returns to the country's independence in November 2. He recalled that "it is through political struggle that Mauritius has been released." In his speech, the Prime Minister also highlighted the effort of workers engaged in the advancement of the country.
"Every November 2, we perform a duty to remember. We must be grateful for the work done by Indian immigrants.They did not have it easy. They assured our future and that of our children, " he says.
The Prime Minister recalled that his father is the descendant of Indian immigrants. He added that the workers involved have understood the importance of the political struggle for the advancement of the country.
However, Navin Ramgoolam also cautions those who believe that progress is an acquired property. "We must be vigilant. We made good progress but the road is still long. Aapravasi Ghat symbolizes the determination and perseverance we are advancing, " he says.
He also congratulated his government has put the Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The President of the Republic, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, was also present at this celebration.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth said that the struggle of political leaders, "is to ensure that young people who access tertiary education have a decent life" . The Head of State also wishes that we take as examples countries such as China, Congo and Nigeria, progressing economically.
The Minister of Arts and Culture Mookeshwar Choonee has, meanwhile, stressed the bravery of Indian immigrants."They left everything behind, their families, their country. They did not know what awaited them, but they built the country, "said Minister Choonee.
Vijaya Teelock, president of the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund, in advance, on the other hand, we must be proud of our heritage. "This cultural diversity is our wealth," she adds.
High Commissioner of India, in his speech, argued that "the Indian immigrants have perpetuated traditional values.This has strengthened cooperation between Mauritius and India. "
The Prime Minister, at the same time, officially launched a book entitled Digital Calou Lalou and the history of Indian immigrants in Mauritius.