Tamil Diaspora : First International Conference 2014 - Autopsy of Ramgoolam's speech

Discussion dans 'Actualités de l'Ile Maurice' créé par Rafic Soormally, 1 Août 2014.

  1. Autopsy of Ramgoolam's speech at the First International Conference 2014 on Tamil Diaspora

    In the Daily Telegraph's « Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks are intent on war » (17 Jun 2007), Mian Ridge reporting from Jaffna said : « The Tigers are fighting for a separate homeland in the north and east for the Tamils, a mostly Hindu minority which has suffered decades of discrimination from the Buddhist Sinhalese majority. » But in Mauritius, against which majority's discrimination has the Tamil minority community been fighting?

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    Addressing the « Opening Ceremony of the First International Conference on Tamil Diaspora » at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Moka on 23 July 2014, PM Ramgoolam begins on a false note when he says « As Prime Minister of a country which boasts of being the repository of the world’s main cultures and religions », when, in truth, he is trying to remove the recognition of our religions and ethnicities, the basis of our cultures, from our Constitution and relegate them to political leaders like him. PM Ramgoolam should not only be condemned for using such an occasion to spread political propaganda, but should also be sanctioned for trying to reap personal capital out of it when he said « I [Ramgoolam] gave instructions that all facilities and support be made available for this Conference ».

    In truth, Ramgoolam derides community recognition as ‘communalist’, which is both a wrong and a vulgar term. For him, everyone is just ‘Mauritian’, a name inherited from the Dutch coloniser and slaver Maurice de Nassau, and he seems to think that he is more ‘Mauritian’ than everyone else. He does not seem to be aware that yesterday’s Rhodesians are today’s Zimbabweans. Ramgoolam clearly has a lot to learn about our diverse peoples, our history, our religions and our cultures which he is trying to engulf into some form of sinister ‘Mauritianism’, à la Ashok Subron and Rama Sithanen, which he is unable to explain. For Ramgoolam, everything boils down to cheap politics, misinformation, fabricated figures on electoral reform, double and triple language, his chemistry with the leader of the opposition (Paul Bérenger), as long as it helps him remain in power, having already enjoyed 14 long years of it.

    Culture and identity
    Ramgoolam has the nerve to speak of « The preservation of Tamil culture and identity », the identity of a minority community in Mauritius, comprising of people of all religious faiths, when he is doing everything to effectively trample upon minorities since he belongs to the largest community. He adds insult to injury when he goes on to say that « The preservation and the dissemination of our rich cultural heritage have always been part and parcel of our developmental agenda » when he speaks neither in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Mandarin, Swahili or Zulu and wants a 'mauritianism' culture, which is a racist culture designed to drown our religious and cultural identities.

    His Father, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the man who saw the country through independence, would never have attempted to remove community recognition from our Constitution through an electoral reform based on lies, prejudice and fabricated figures. Even though SSR may be his Father, he should be ashamed to cite his name as he (Navin Ramgoolam) is doing the opposite of what SSR did.

    Tamils should not only learn Tamil, they should also speak in Tamil amongst themselves wherever they are. In the streets of London, Gujaratis speak in Gujarati, Pakistanis speak in Urdu amongst themselves and freely. But non-Tamil Hindus from the Sub-continent nearly always speak in English amongst themselves. May be they see speaking in Hindi as ‘communaliste’, a barbaric term frequently used by the likes of Ramgoolam and Subron?

    PM Navin Ramgoolam sounds as if he is reading from a script written by others. He seems at a loss. He speaks of « Tamil religious traditions » without explaining what those traditions are. Tamils, like Telegus, are Dravidians, the oldest recorded people and culture on the Sub-Continent. He thinks that by telling Tamils that the renaming of Sir Anerood Jugnauth Stadium as Anjalay Coopen, a Tamil labourer shot dead by colonialists, he would win the votes of Tamils. His over-the-top flattery of Tamils in their contribution for the country should also be seen in the same light when, in truth, such contribution has been made by every single community in Mauritius.

    Human Rights
    Although PM Ramgoolam alleges he did not attend the Sri Lankan Commonwealth Summit 2014 allegedly « to put pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka and to force it to comply to international human rights obligations », the right-thinking Mauritian believes otherwise, namely that he did so under pressure and in fear of losing Tamil votes at home given that his government has a very fragile majority. In the Daily Telegraph's « Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks are intent on war » (17 Jun 2007), Mian Ridge reporting from Jaffna said « The Tigers are fighting for a separate homeland in the north and east for the Tamils, a mostly Hindu minority which has suffered decades of discrimination from the Buddhist Sinhalese majority. ». But in Mauritius, against which majority's discrimination has the Tamil minority community been fighting?

    Ramgoolam is not in any position to speak of Human Rights as he is the one who introduced the BIOMETRIC ID CARD, a surveillance system shelved in the UK and fought against by every Human Rights organisation around the world, except by the Mauritian HR organisation as it is towing Ramgoolam’s position. By attempting to remove from the Constitution community recognition and the Best Loser System (BLS), a system designed to ensure that minorities have adequate representation in Parliament, Ramgoolam cannot be said to be a protector of Human Rights. Furthermore, PM Ramgoolam makes no mention of the discrimination against the Tamil community and how the Catholic Church came to its rescue.

    Even though the Tamil community comprises Tamils of all religious faiths, mainly of the Catholic and Hindu faiths, it is observed that Tamil MPs do not necessarily look after the interests of the Tamil community as they all voted with PM Navin Ramgoolam, and in collusion with opposition leader Paul Bérenger, to remove community recognition from the Constitution. In the same vein, Muslims MPs voted with Ramgoolam and Bérenger against the wishes of the minority Muslim community. They see themselves as serving their own interests and that of their respective political parties and leaders rather than serving justice for their respective communities. When policies and proposed legislation affect the rights of the communities they belong to, those MPs are expected to protect those rights. In times of slavery, even many White men fought for justice for Blacks. There is no reason why the largest community in Mauritius cannot fight for minority recognition and protection.

    The Mauritian Tamil Community should therefore sanction PM Ramgoolam for having delivered such a hypocritical and politically misleading speech on such an occasion.

    M Rafic Soormally
    London
    29 July 2014
     
  2. boispignolet

    boispignolet Membre

    Bonsoir, monsieur Soormally,

    Autopsy of Ramgoolam !!! En ne lisant que le début de votre phrase, cela peut induire en erreur…:mrgreen:

    Vous avez écrit: « …when he speaks neither in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Mandarin… ».

    Effectivement, mais à part l’anglais, le français et le créole, quelle autre langue parle-t-il couramment?

    À mon avis, aucune autre, sauf lorsqu'il lit sur des notes (notamment au Ganga Talao).

    Vous avez écrit : « when he is doing everything to effectively trample upon minorities since he belongs to the largest community. »

    C’est là que le bât blesse ! Une énorme disproportion de population. Merci les esclavagistes sucriers !

    Dès que l’on parle de minorités dans la composition humaine d’un pays, cela est un mauvais signe. C’est qu’il y a des difficultés sous-jacentes dans ce pays.

    Concernant « l’abandon » du BLS, c’est une très bonne chose, car cela ne servait à rien. De la poudre de perlimpinpin que cette disposition coutumière vétuste imposée par les Anglais.

    Les fait aussi de ne plus avoir l’obligation de décliner son appartenance à telle ou telle communauté pour être candidat à une élection est une très bonne chose également.

    Mais le problème avec cette « réformette, c'est qu'elle semble actuellement destinée à propulser à la tête du pays deux « vieux de la vieille » qui s'entendent comme larrons en foire après s'être depuis des mois copieusement débinés.

    Mais quid par exemple du redécoupage des circonscriptions ? Lorsque l'on regarde les circonscriptions de certains politiciens, on comprend vite pourquoi ils sont élus ad vitam æternam.

    Vous semblez écrire moins souvent qu’avant. J’espère que vous êtes en bonne santé ainsi que vos proches.

    Best regards.
     
  3. Bonsoir Monsieur Boispignolet

    Vous avez écrit:
    « Concernant « l’abandon » du BLS, c’est une très bonne chose, car cela ne servait à rien »

    Réponse:
    Je partage l'avis de Xavier-Luc Duval. Malgré que le BLS ait fait sa preuve, je ne suis pas contre son remplacement pour combler cette lacune qui se trouve dans le système actuel. Mais la proposition de Ramgoolam et Sithanen est bien pire.


    J'écris toujours, mais bien de mes articles dépassent 10,000 caractères .
    Je suis en bonne santé, merci. J'ai recommencé à aller au gym plus régulièrement.

    J'espère que vous vous portez bien, ainsi que votre famille.

    Sincères salutations
     

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