Sir Anerood Jugnauth – statesman who defied odds.

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As his name would stands he was a statesman who would align independence with legitimate political ambitions.

In a period where majority would hail from poor families, Sir Anerood rose from poverty to a lawyer. With the willpower to make a statement for his country, then a colony of Great Britain.

A socialist from his days in London, to the first encounter with Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. A mix of humility with pride and intelligence with wisdom, a young man who would be decisive in saving the country from economic downfall.

His quest for a better Mauritius: very few politicians set their country’s interests beyond personal interest. In 2021, what we lack the most is youths who stop setting influencers as benchmarks instead lead themselves and their community to symbolical and decisive legitimate actions.

Sir Anerood Jugnauth is often referred to as the father to modern Republic of Mauritius. The first step to independent governance was Mauritius as a Republic in 1992.

“In this day and age, it is morally unacceptable for people in Mauritius to go hungry. I cannot accept that. We have to care for our children and our elderly. Tell me, how many countries can do what we do here. But I say, we can still do more”. A country which promotes the interests of its citizens over any other political agenda.

Chagos Archipelago may have been his last diplomatic triumph. Many would argue his methods, be critical or question his decades of political presence. As a Prime Minister, as a President as the group of gentlemen who fought for our independence in Lancaster. He beholds the Republic of Mauritius as the country which gave him his identity and he gave the african Republic of Mauritius distinguished recognition.

Author Soovan Sharma Dookhoo

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