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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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Interview - Sada Reddi – Historian PDF Print E-mail

Interview - Sada Reddi – Historian


“Rodrigues elections brings up the eternal dilemma between justice and stability...

" Rodrigues Elections: PR has made the system more democratically representative. Whether it makes for more stability will remain an open question’

* ‘The Best Loser system is here to stay. No one has come up with any solution which is acceptable to communities that benefit from that system’

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Rajiv Servansingh PDF Print E-mail

Post Truth, Fake News and Trumpism: The Stuff of Propaganda

-- Rajiv Servansingh

Eyes blinded by the fog of things cannot see truth

Ears deafened by the din of things cannot hear truth

Brains bewildered by the whirl of things cannot think truth

Hearts deadened by the weight of things cannot feel truth

Throats choked by the dust of things cannot speak truth

-- H Bell Wright - The Uncrowned King

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Dr R Neerunjun Gopee PDF Print E-mail

TLC plus minimum drugs for the elderly

-- Dr R Neerunjun Gopee

Lucky are the elderly who live with family or have ready family support at hand in our contemporary world. It is a fact, and a hard reality of our times that this desirable ideal is on the wane as more and more our modern ‘civilisation’ is inclined to park its senior citizens in homes or residences for assisted living. In the richer countries there are high end ones, which are of course very expensive and not accessible to the large majority of those who are in most need of similar facilities. Every so often there are stories that surface about the sub-standard conditions in homes for the elderly, with cases of abuse that go unreported, and that make for harrowing reading.

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Anil Gujadhur PDF Print E-mail

Do we risk facing a global leadership vacuum?

We don’t know yet whether the existing order will collect itself before it is too late. If it ceases to operate as it has done with increasing interconnectedness in recent decades, Mauritius might need to brace itself up for a steep uphill climb

Anil Gujadhur

During the colonial period, Britain “ruled the waves”. It kept increasing its global reach. Its empire stretched from New Zealand and Australia in Oceania, on the one side, to America and Canada in North America, on the other.

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