Mauritius is celebrating its 39th independence day and its 15th republic day on the 12th March 2007.
I was just 15 when Mauritius became independent from the British colonial rule.
I still remember the day, it was mid-day, at the Champ de Mars (the race course) in Port Louis when the Union Jack was brought down and the four-coloured Mauritian flag was raised under the eyes of the then Governor-General, Sir John Shaw Rennie and the first Prime Minister of Mauritius,
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam while the entire city was submerged in the rythm of Glory to thee motherland… Tears rolled from the eyes of many as the guns of liberty were fired. Tears of sadness. Tears of joy. Everything stood still, even the air. That was on 12th March 1968.
Sir Abdool Raman Osman became the first Mauritian Governor-General.
1992 witnessed yet another milestone in our history. On the same date and month
Mauritius acceded to the status of republic in the Indian style.
The first President was Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo who had been the Finance Minister in the successive Labour Governments until 1982.
It’s a mere coincidence that I start my first blog on this
auspicious occasion of our independence.
The President of the Malagasy Republic, Mr Marc Ravalomanana
has just set foot in our motherland
as chief guest of the celebrations. This will hopefully open a new era of cooperation between the two countries.
It’s a day for me to take the first bold step towards my blog.
Mauritian residing in Rodrigues, Amanoola Khayrattee (pen name Alfa King) is contributing writer and journalist to La Gazette Mag de l’océan indien and This Week News Mauritius.
Retired, former meteorological cadre, trade unionist and OSH consultant, Amanoola has written for in-house union and other journals, publications and magazines. He runs two blogs since 2007: “Alfa King Memories”, and “Le Journal d’Alfa King”. When he is not reading or writing, he is on a 10+ km daily hike in anticipation of his monthly trails.
Amanoola may be reached at [email protected].