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India-Mauritius ties more than diplomatic: Jugnauth

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 19:33

Lucknow: Mauritian President Anerood Jugnauth
today said his country shared a kinship with India and
promised to do everything possible to help put an end to the
global scourge of terrorism.

"Though we are lucky not to have any such problem so far
and hope never to experience it in our country, we condemn
terrorism and would do whatever possible to help put an end to
it", Jugnauth, who is on a private visit to the state capital,
told newspersons here.

The sooner the problem of terrorism is rooted out, the
better it would be for all human beings, he said spelling out
his country`s policy on terrorism and expressing solidarity
with terror victims.

Describing the strong bonding between his country and
India as "blood relations", Jugnauth said they were more than
diplomatic ties.

"We call it Mother India. 70 per cent of Mauritian
population consists of people of Indian origin including both
Hindus and Muslims who had migrated there as labourers," he
said and recalled how former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had
once described his country as "little India".

He also made a mention of the India-funded projects in
Mauritius and the help it receives from the country in key
sectors like education, technology and agriculture.

Replying to a question if regional chauvinism existed in
Mauritius, the President said despite having a mix of many
races, religions and cultures, there is no such problem in his

The Mauritian President, who is here along with his wife
Sarojini Jugnauth to take part in a programme organised by a
private school, said education in his country right from the
pre-primary level is free and even university education is
highly subsidised with free transport facilities.

Stressing on the need to bring quality and values to
education, he said once there is a realisation that all
inhabitants of the globe are one family, there would be no
room for conflicts in the world and peace would prevail.

"Helping people come as near to perfection as possible is
not good for one country but to all human beings of the
world", he said.


First Published: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 19:33
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