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Hommage à Charles Baudelaire, 1867-2017.

                                                                 Hommage à Charles Baudelaire, 1867-2017. Le 31 août 2017 nous célèbrerons le cent-cinquantenaire de la mort du célèbre poète français, Charles Baudelaire (1820-1867) qui, rappelons-le, vint à Maurice et à la Réunion (alors Bourbon) en Septembre 1841. Dans le cadre de cette commémoration, se tiendront un certain nombre...

The Fate of the Sugar Industry on the Island of Ma...

The Fate of the Sugar Industry on the Island of Mauritius Getting up at 4 o’clock in the morning is a ritual for Parmanen Seeruthun: he gets his bicycle ready, picks up the lunch packet prepared by his caring wife, gives her a kiss on the cheek and then off he goes in the dark. For over 40 years this has been his daily routine. This 64 year old resident of Triolet [a village in Northern Mauritius], starts his long and...

The Franco-Mauritian Elite

Tijo Salverda, a Dutch anthropologist, was recently in Mauritius to discuss the publication of his recent book. He is a Research Fellow at the University of Cologne’s Global South Studies Center and a Research Associate of the University of Pretoria’s Human Economy Programme. His research interests include elites, power, and global investment chains.  He wrote his PhD on the Franco-Mauritians, whom he describes...

Les laves bleues

  Catherine Boudet who is a well-known Réunionnese journalist and author, living in Mauritius, has just won the prestigious Grand Prix de poésie Joseph Delteil 2012 for her latest work entitled Les Laves bleues. A number of the poems in this prize-winning volume are dedicated to her adopted country Mauritius. These poems have been described as fragments of memories evoked by intense and enduring emotion … conveyed...

A SLAVE TRADER AND PIRATE ANCESTOR

A  SLAVE TRADER AND PIRATE ANCESTOR   Do you know whether you have an ancestor who was a slave trader or a pirate?! Many residents of the Mascarene islands are aware that they have a slave forebear and in societies which depended on servile labour, it is not uncommon to have the blood of both the enslaved and those who profited from slavery coursing through one’s veins. It is said of the Indian Ocean that the first...