No government appears to have been so weakened during these last 50 years as the current one in the wake of the revelations made by the former CEO of Mauritius Telecom about the alleged “sniffing” operation conducted by a team of Indian technicians at the Baie Jacotet Submarine Cable Landing Station (BJLS). Weakened, but not on its knees yet, the more so since the “tsunami” predicted by Sherry Singh that would lead to the collapse of the MSM-led government has not materialized despite the daily media and opposition blitzkrieg. If there are good reasons to militate for the ousting of the government from power as we have highlighted in these columns on numerous occasions, the blatant anti-India sentiments – as evidenced on social media platforms and in the selective media attacks and parliamentary questions – are paradoxically what will comfort the MSM leadership that its continuation in office until the end of its current mandate will be ensured by those in the electorate who feel indirectly targeted by such attacks.
No wonder therefore that the Prime Minister has in his public statements and in Parliament stuck to his guns as regards his decision to allow the “survey” conducted at the BJLS. Not a whimper of protest has been heard from the SAFE consortium, nor from the diplomatic enclave here – though one would expect the necessary reports and briefings are being regularly despatched to their respective governments back home. The only official comment so far has been from the official spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, in response to a question from a journalist of ‘The Wire’ during the Ministry’s weekly media briefing, that the statement of Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth (in response to the first PNQ on this matter) was “good enough from India’s perspective”. Read More… Become a Subscriber
Mauritius Times ePaper Friday 29 July 2022
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