Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam

18th September 1900 in Belle Rive area

Kewal was born to Moheeth and Basmateea

This simple child from a simple family

Son of an Indian immigrant, a coolie

Emerged as a leader,

No doubt the most popular.

After medical studies in England,

This young doctor came to serve his island

A modest born but strong politician

The Saviour of the developing nation

“Chacha” he became for all Mauritians

Young and old, Indians, Europeans,

Respected, admired, saluted this man

Who dared ask, make us independent

Very soon a prominent national figure

Social justice, he proclaimed ever after

“Sir Seewoosagur”, the title well suited him

Life went on, struggling, coaxing, respecting.

European civilisation joined hands

With values and feelings Indian

Which made this leader of the oppressed

Among many gentlemen, the best.

Gandhi’s famous non-violence

Luther King’s appropriate tolerance

J.F. Kennedy’s vision and foresight

Nehru’s fights for equal rights

All eventually mixed together

To perfectly mould our First Prime Minister.

* Published in print edition on 19 September 2014

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