The President, Ram Nath Kovind at the celebration of National Day of Mauritius, at Champ de Mars, in Mauritius on March 12, 2018.
The President, Ram Nath Kovind at the celebration of National Day of Mauritius, at Champ de Mars, in Mauritius on March 12, 2018.

India to support Mauritius gain due recognition from UNESCO for the Aapravasi Ghat and Bhojpuri Geet Gawai

Leading a delegation comprising Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Choubey and four Members of Parliament, President of India- Ram Nath Kovind in Mauritius has spelled out a grand vision of collaboration among India and Mauritius.  On 12 March 2018, President of India also attended the celebration of 50th Anniversary of Independence of Mauritius. “In the last 50 years, the people of Mauritius have created a democratic, plural and multiethnic society laced with high optimism and progress.  The economic achievements of this small but vibrant country are laudable.  You have created, what many call, a heaven on earth.  Under the wise guidance of generations of farsighted leaders, the people of Mauritius have transformed this island nation, into a beacon of peace and prosperity in the Indian Ocean,” said Kovind.
The President, Ram Nath Kovind launching the WHS Logo, GOM’s Student Support Programme and Early Digital Learning Programme (EDLP) in presence of Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth .

President, Ram Nath Kovind launching WHS Logo and Early Digital Learning Programme (EDLP) in presence of PM of the Republic of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth .

“For both of us, Mahatma Gandhi is an everlasting source of pride.  His message and struggle did not stop on the sands of Dandi, it reached in full strength to shores of Mauritius as well. I had the privilege of visiting the symbol of our umbilical relations, the Aapravasi Ghat, and climbed its historic 16 steps.It is a tribute to the sacrifice, courage and hope that Mauritianshave displayed over the last nearly 200 years.  A ghat has a special meaning in India. It connects us to our ethos and spirituality. I must say when I was at the Aapravasi Ghat, I felt I was on a spiritual pilgrimage. It was truly a humbling experience for me,” he added.

The President, Ram Nath Kovind distributing the OCI cards to several distinguished members of the Indian Diaspora, during Diaspora Events, in Mauritius on March 13, 2018.

President, Ram Nath Kovind distributing the OCI cards to several distinguished members of the Indian Diaspora, during Diaspora Events, in Mauritius on March 13, 2018.

Today, India and Mauritius are both robust democracies and vibrant, multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies, which stand for the values of tolerance and social harmony, observed President of India. “The Indian Ocean has connected us in many ways.  It has been a uniting force for us. A stable and peaceful Indian Ocean is in the interest of both India and Mauritius. We must strive and work together to ensure and achieve this shared objective,” said Kovind.

“India and Mauritius have always stood by each other.  India was proud to help Mauritius in its efforts to gain due recognition from UNESCO for the Aapravasi Ghat and Bhojpuri Geet Gawai. As members of our proud Diaspora, we seek your continued assistance to bring to bear Indian thought and practice at the world stage, not just for our own benefit, but for the larger good. After all yoga today is cherished by one and all,” he added.

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