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The UK Mauritians’ story
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The future
Should The UKMG exist for another 30 years, could you imagine how much water will pass under the bridge! I, for sure, will be playing bridge with the old man upstairs when he can spare some time from creating universes (Now they talk of multiple and parallel universes, the universes duplicating themselves over and over in a non-ending routine to the point that the recent Tv documentary of Horizon asked “in which universe do you live?).
In those next 30 years so much will happen, earth people will be making space trips on flying saucers and aliens will be fre- quent visitors to planet earth. There will be intermarriages of course, but will they bring their religions to impose them on us? We may have enough of that here already,
Well, that is sheer speculation. Closer to home, The UKMG, in order to be here when time travellers will come will need the support of every member of the Mauritian community, the young and the not so young, in other words, you, you and you, and those yet to come.
The future is yours, the future is full of hope with you. So, let’s be Merry and Full of Cheer NOW.
Peter Chellen Managing Editor
Editor’s note: Some of the ideas in this text are repeated in another editorial in this issue.
A teacher once told me ‘ there is a wisdom in
repetition.’ I leave at that.
Gavin Ramjaun
Journalist, TV presenter and sports corre- spondent Gavin Ramjaun has worked for the BBC and ITV. We see him on Sky News presenting the sports programme.
tors. What about us here? To sum up, the lot of the first Mauritian migrants have improved all along in this country. Many have become economically very stable to build strong and well-es- tablished families. Some, I would say are very prosperous and some wealthy. One chap, selling one of his UK nursing homes bought the Delphis Bank in Mauritius with all its 14 branches in various localities. Many of the first generation of Mauri- tians own properties in Mauritius. Well, we have done well in
our country of adoption, we may say.
MN’s target
It is pertinent that we talk about the first migrants’ offspring, born and brought up here in the UK. When I started MN there were practically no People Of Mauritian Ancestry (POMA) to be seen in the main stream of British life. I did mention this once or twice in Mauritius News. Today, to our knowledge, a sprinkle of them have made their way up, as we highlight on other pages. Compared to the other ethnic minorities in the UK we are a minority among the minorities. We are minute, and considering such small size the Britishers of Mauritian origin or parentage have been a credit to themselves, their families, their country (Great Britain) and the faraway island of Mauritius.
I created Mauritius news for the elders and I am creating UKMG for both the elders and you of the younger generation (the youngers). I created MN in November 1983 and edited it for the following 32 years. The last edition appeared in De- cember 2015 (pictured) when it was put to rest (RIP) by the
Naga Munchetty
Naga Munchetty’s father is from Mauritius and her mother from Tamil Nadu..
Naga Munchetty is a regular presenter on BBC breakfast show. According to entries on the Internet she started her career as a jour- nalist with the Evening Standard and worked for the Observer, and has been a reporter for Reuters Financial News. Her media parcours includes Bloomberg and Channel 4 News.
Her full name is Subha Nagalakshmi Munchetty Chendriah. In an interview published in The Guardian she said “can you imagine spelling these names in class as a child?” Being myself of Tamil stock, I know the feeling.
Naga won the BBC Mastermind Trophy in 2013, was on the floor as a celebrity participant in last year’s Strictly Come Dancing show. She is golf addict, she plays the trumpet and the piano, is a cocktail expert and above all has a head for figures.
She used to live in Streatham, a stonethrow from Wandsworth Road.
UK Mauritians’ Gazette December 2017
ownership as a publication in the UK.
Can The UK Mauritian’s Gazette (UKMG) have a future? Can The UKMG exist for another 30 years plus? Many MN was created in November 1983 many of you, the youngsters, had not come into this world yet. Yet many will have seen the pub- lication at home from a tender age, and seen it delivered up to adulthood.
When MN disappeared someone told me we are a now like or- phans. The disappearance of MN has caused a void in the community, the absence of an organ has been felt, if only to tell you where the next disco is to take place, and what not! Mauritius News was meant for those before and those of the Dot Com generation. The UKMG is for the Facebook and So- cial Media Generation. The UKMG is meant to be an adden- dum to the social media for you, the young ones.
When MN was created in 1983, desktop computers did not exist, Internet was yet to be created, website was an unknown conception, and there was no mobile phone. The first mobile phone that was to come on the scene a few years later was lit- erally of the size of a brick. Imagine carrying that gadget in your pocket!
The digital age has changed our way of life and brought about the era of the High Technology. Today, we take for granted the numerous gadgets around us, and at our disposal. Yet I still marvel at what such software as the Photoshop can do for me on my laptop! Now they are talking of 3D printing!
Suella Fernandes
Fareham Conservative MP Suella Fernandes’ mother is Mauritian-born whose maiden name is Mootien..
According to an online entry her father is from East Africa, though the name of Fenrnades sounds more Goan.
As we say on Page 5 MP Fernandes, a lawyer, is a staunch supporter of Brexit. Apparently a group of Conservative MPs have chosen her to be their leader to stand up to their party’s leader PM Theresa May..
Well, I remember a very young girl at the annual Père Laval Mass at the St George’s Cathedral in Southwark.
month after the birth of Mauritius News itself
    Gavin was born in December 1983, one His parents are both from Mauritius.
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