Pas Bliye Nou Rasinn

Not long ago, there was on the 17 July 2006 a symposium for the Mauritian Diaspora: « Pa Bliye nou Rasinn ». I am presently viewing the DVD of the event which I could not attend. The DVD is on sale @ Capav Production Tel. 230 4672911.

The present government, through the measures expressed in the budget seems to encouraging our Diaspora to invest in our country. Indeed maintaining the bond of Mauritian worldwide is essential. Portals, websites and blogs are excellent vehicles to achieve the communications interchange.

I have to cite & congratulate Madeleine & Clancy Philippe for the good work to have created and for maintaining a portal for the Mauritius – Australia link. I would like to see more similar initiatives. Radio Moris is yet another commendable action.

We need the Diaspora as much as they need us. We all share the same root “meme rassinn” and have so much in common. To see that Mauritius is doing well is in itself a source of pride for the overseas Mauritian.

As is the case with all Diasporas, the bonds remain lasting for generations. Israel has always survived with the support of its overseas Jews. India recently has amended its law to give special consideration to its large Diaspora. China for that matter had always had a ministry of overseas Chinese to serve the vast number of overseas Chinese. Rightly, China experienced that by far the largest investment in China since its open policy, originated from overseas Chinese.

Could Mauritius, like India and China give a special status to the members of the Diaspora?


#1 Back to the roots » Stéphane Lee 2.0 on 08.30.06 at 7:16 am

[…] I have been following the news about Pas Bliye Nou Rasinn symposium. I must say that I fear that it is all about blabla and not actions. I agree that there is a time to discuss but concrete action plans is better. What are the next steps? Where do we go from here? […]

#2 k7 on 08.30.06 at 9:19 am

Good morning Joseph.

Stéphane is quite sceptic about this issue. Will this be just blabla or concrete actions will follow ?
i’ll have to admit this is quite tough for the govt/politicians stakeholders to find a “terrain d’entente”. As we have to take into consideration many factors. Like mentioned in this forum.

#3 joseph on 08.31.06 at 10:09 pm

Do we need to find a terrain d entente immediately?Yes, there was a lot of blabla without concrete actions for now.We would have loved to see concrete actions but this is how this type of forum works I believe. After all there were no specific action resolutions I know of. The aim, to my mind, was to build the awareness of the Diaspora ; to move them in a general direction and to harness a feel good factor of the country. Grouped exchange of ideas bring individual reflexions thereafter may be , producing a cluster of grouped actions. You will recall the Doha round of talk of WTO. What are the conclusions today?Eventually pressure groups are formed. They in turn will eventually bring changes. For a fact, the right of voting of the Diaspora was raised. Obviously no decisions & actions could be taken. Hot potato! The idea might wither or could take some other form. Thank you both K7,Stephane, for your inputs & comments.Getting the Diaspora in a form of communications mode is what I see and like to start with.These reflexions & interactions with some catalysing elements will in time coalesce into concrete actions.Hopefully!

#4 k7 on 09.01.06 at 1:25 pm

I come back to my “terrain d’entente”. The making of this sympnosium is really a success. I’m convinced that all the stakeholders did a marvellous job. Politicians/Diaspora/etc.. The respected parties performed their jobs.

Some members of the diaspora are asking for the right of vote. This isn’t a small factor.An instropection in this issue will shatter the strategic moves done by the political people since quite some time. Nobody is touching this sensible subject.

My view is that now as the sympnosium is over. The people really interested should go further ( like you said ; join forces in different words) And start concretising their objectives.

What i really appreciate is that all the stakeholders Know what the variables are. And now for this one. It’ll be different , as more stakeholders are high calibre personality. And are good strategists.

I’m not a positive person. Yet on this issue. I’ll say that the observer is the observed. (krishnamurti)

#5 joseph on 09.02.06 at 10:41 pm

I am a great believer of let go…Zen …detachment…What will be will be.
I do what I have to do. My job is to sow goodness that is it. The outcome will be the sum of Goodnesses less Evilness which will not be my making. The catalysing elements will occur in time to bring about the changes…

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