India, Mauritius connected by strong cultural links, shared heritage: Mahajan

India, Mauritius connected by strong cultural links, shared heritage: Mahajan


India, Mauritius connected by strong cultural links, shared heritage: Mahajan


New Delhi:  Stating that Indo-Mauritius relationship is of hearts and sentiments, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today said the two countries are connected by strong cultural links and shared heritage. Ms Mahajan, who is leading an Indian Parliamentary delegation to Mauritius, called on President of Mauritius Bibi Ameenah Gurib-Fakim in the State House (Rashtrapati Bhavan). During the call-on, Ms Mahajan said India and Mauritius have historically enjoyed excellent, unique and extra-ordinary relations. She noted that Mauritius is a home away for Indians, an official statement said. Observing that Indo-Mauritius Strategic Partnership and co-operation in International Fora augurs well, Ms Mahajan said India has accorded special status to Mauritius in several areas like tax matters and OCI-related issues. She emphasised that blue economy, marine research and education, information technology and climate change are areas where the two countries have common interests. Ms Mahajan added that because of its strategic location, political and economic stability, Mauritius is ideally placed for development as an IT hub to act as a ‘Gateway to Africa’. The Lok Sabha Speaker also congratulated Bibi Ameenah Gurib-Fakim on the upcoming 50th year of Independence of Mauritius in 2018. The President of Mauritius appreciated the relationship with India and expressed the confidence that it will continue to flourish even further. During the meeting, Ms Mahajan presented a copy of the Constitution of India to the President of Mauritius. The Lok Sabha Speaker along with the members of her delegation also visited one of the biggest attraction centers in Mauritius, the Apravasi Ghat. This is the place where about 183 years ago, the first group of 36 immigrant workers from India landed in Mauritius on-board the Atlas named ship. After visiting the Museum at the Apravasi Ghat, Ms Mahajan said, 'We have seen the museums of Raja, Maharajas and the winners, but this museum honours the hard work of the labourers and depicts the contribution of the people standing at the last rung of society in the nation-building of Mauritius.' She further remarked that the way people in Mauritius have preserved their ancient culture and heritage is indeed special. A Bhojpuri folk music program was also organised to showcase the ancient culture of Mauritius.

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