Mauritius’ Independence celebration day.

The time-honored symbol of the Mauritians’ history and ideals: The Mauritian Flag, Our Flag, owned by the people who stand for basic democratic values, mass participation in politics, free speech and civil liberties.

Since founding the nation, we have more explicitly championed the idea that patriotism means loyalty to a set of principles; ideal principles that not only ask, but demand for dissent, criticism and an actively inquisitive body to challenge those in power who may violate those standards.

And when a group of conscientious citizens activate this patriotic right to voice an opinion, they embody that nation and can live and breathe the true definition of patriotism, regardless to one’s political or social affiliations.

It does not matter how you are going to celebrate your patriotism, with salutes or beer or barbecue or visiting memorials, as long as it is recognized and profoundly appreciated for the value and power it holds as a vehicle for social progress rather than a dogmatic commandment for blind nationalism.

Ultimately, it is these values that define patriotism. And as long as we continue to challenge the betterment of our nation through our association with these philosophies, then together as a nation we can consider ourselves patriotic.

My salutes to the courage of those who made me proud of being a Mauritian and a real patriot: Jameel Peerally, Alain Bertrand, Cederix Babajee, Havish Gokool, Mervyn Anthony, Ally Lazer, Salim Muthy, Sadien Eddy, Jeff Lingaya, Bizlall Jack, Habib Mosaheb, Hector Tuyau, Vassen Kauppaymuthoo, Zaheer Allam, Tan Yan​, Astrid Souchon​ and many more activists who stand for the right rights and causes.

Happy 12th March Mauritius

Anshika Sawaram

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Mauritius’ 46th Independence celebration day, marks the day when the remote Colony of Mauritius obtained its independence from Great Britain in 1968, became a sovereign nation before turning into a Republic in 1992. The Independence Day ended nearly 200 years of British rule of the island. The first prime minister and architect of independence at that time was the late Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, leader of the Labour Party. On the 12th March 1968, then the British Governor General of Mauritius, Sir John Shaw Rennie, handed the four-coloured flag to SSR. The Mauritian nation was born.

However today, Celebrating our Independence Day seems to be dealt with, with a very low sense of patriotism…

Each time 12th of March rings, four coloured flags flower at each angle and corner of the island… AMAZINGLY though, it is still heartbreaking to see how we all react vis-a-vis our native’s situation; living, social, economical…

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