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Well, I am back to my desk editing another title for the Mauritian community, The UK Mauritians’ Gazette (The UKMG).
In November 1983, I started Mauritius News (MN) and it had a run of 32 years to December 2015, when the last issue was published. Not bad for a modest community paper, especially one catering for a tiny community, a minority among the other ethnic minorities of the UK, as I ex- plain elsewhere in this issue
What has happened to MN itself? you may rightly ask. It is now a cyberspace publication having gone online with no circulation in the UK, as decided by the new ownership of the pub- lication.
I am at my desk for another helping, i.e. help- ing the paperless community to have an organ, surely not by myself for another 32 years be- cause I am not too sure I shall be around by then. But the new title, The UK Mauritian Gazette (The UKMG) can be around given the fact that the community is now full of young people who may possibly wish that we should have a voice, to have a mouthpiece when none exists at pre- sent. All the other publications which competed with MN during those 32 years have fallen by the wayside, but MN as I say is still in cyberspace at the very moment. In due course, we may have a group of ‘Friends of The UK Mauritian Gazette ’ to ensure that the publication should have a last- ing existence. The UKMG will be a legacy to the young from the elders.
page as instances some of their pictures that we are able to retrieve from our archives.
Apart from being a newspaper, we have been in- volved in quite a bit of community activities, from appealing to the Home Office against the deportation of Mauritian nationals to ourselves accommodating homeless Mauritian students, to paying the college fees of some of them to the London School of Law. (The school can bear witness)
We helped with the organisation of an annual one-day football competition among several Mauritian teams, we helped the Federation of Mauritian Associations in their efforts to put up the annual fairs at Walthamstow, and we organ- ised our own Open Air Mauritian Day on Clapham Common, we held a very successful Miss Mauritius GB at Wandsworth Civic Centre.
When I was asked to help organising the one- day Football competition among 10 teams, there was no money to hire the five pitches on Clapham Common, to pay for the ten referees, to buy the Cups, Trophies, medals and all. I helped to raise the fund to meet all expenses with quite a bit of leftover for the competition to go on annu- ally.
These are but a few examples of our commu- nity-minded vocation, to face challenging tasks when required. We have for, some time been talking about another title following the disap- pearance of Mauritius News from the UK scene as a hard copy. I must admit that I have had my hesitation to start off, but I must thank our con- tributor Yvonne Goder whose wedding picture appears on Page 17 and who told me “you have done it before and you can do it.” Well, thanks to such encouragement I am at it. Publish and be damned! as they say. I am taking the risk, but it’s a calculated risk, not simply a stab in the dark.
mass immigration into Britain from Mauritius took place in the 1960s, in the wake of the is- land’s independence. How big is the Mauritian community in the UK? I hope to elaborate on this shortly.
I suppose we need quite a bit of resilience to start up again, but fortunately we are not starting totally from scratch. The market is still here, but perhaps still better with a younger generation fully media conscious via Facebook etc.
For the older generation settled here, there is always some thought for the motherland and the relatives at home at this period of the year. Thinking of home I cannot refrain from thinking
8-year old Yohann Saide is now the fa- ther of an 11 years old daughter
that when I started Mauritius News in November 1983,
Sir Anerood Jugnauth was the Prime Minister of Mauritius. And thirty-five years on he is still
in government, now as Minister Mentor. For the past 35 years (since he first took over as PM, Sir Anerood Jugnauth (SAJ) has been practically holding, through the ballot box, the office of PM except for a term or two when Labour Navin Ramgoolam took over as PM, and when he him- self went to Réduit as President of the Republic.
In the course of this year SAJ decided to step down as PM and the office passed on to the leader of the MSM Party commanding a majority in the National Assembly. It so happened that the MSM leader with a majority in Parliament is his own son Pravind. He took over as PM. There was a big outcry, especially from the press, of this handing over by the father to the son. But then Pravind was quick to remind the nation that in England Tony Blair handed over to Gordon Brown and David Cameron handed over to Theresa May without any fresh election and
without any qualm.
However, SAJ took a lot of stick from the
newspapers for dynastic politics. But, apparently, he did what he usually does under such circum- stances, he told the press that he would shower it on them. One paper printed a picture of the statue of the Belgium little boy watering the country, but replacing the boy’s head with that of SAJ. Now that they have all quietened down, he has told the country that his job is done and he won’t ask for votes at the next election, some two years away.
We do not write to ingratiate politicians for favours but we write as we see the situation. It’s a fact that when we started the publication in November 1983, we nominated SAJ as Man of the Year (MOTY). PM in the MMM government since the previous June, he split from his MMM partner Paul Bérenger, the most popular political figure of the time. SAJ created his own MSM party in 1983 and went to the poll to win the election and carried on as PM. It was a great risk to take and he made it at the poll. This was why we thought he deserved the MOTY title in 1983.
SAJ repeated a similar feat in a coalition against the joint forces of Navin Ramgoolam (Labour) and Paul Bérenger (MMM) in Novem- ber 2014 against all odds and against all expecta- tions. He himself had declared in a Tv interview that he did not have a chance against those two formidable adversaries. Navin Ramgoolam was already in Government as PM and everybody was talking of a 60-0 Labour/MMM victory against SAJ and his coalition party, considered as outsiders in that race. Well, SAJ won, throwing the Labour into disarray, and sent Navin Ram- goolam into the wilderness.
Again, we thought that for his outstanding achievements at that November poll, he could be nominated Man of the Year 2014. This time we sent the article to Le Mauricien in Mauritius for publication, as we no longer had any Mauritian paper here in the UK
All that is said to state that SAJ has shown great resilience and strength of character to stay on the ground for over 50 years. This is the sort of resilience that we wish to ourselves in em- barking on The UK Mauritians’ Gazette.
Talking of the Man of the Year, this title could be awarded to UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a man far behind in the public opinion, considered to be as a loser, has turned out to be such an ami- able figure. Except for his sort of left-wing poli- tics, no one seems to be able to find fault with him. He certainly has got the young people to follow him. A magazine has recently placed him among the most well-dressed persons in the UK. At one time, we could think that he was compet- ing with former Labour leader, the late Michael
Foot, as regards his wardrobe. What do you know! He is now being talked about as an exam- ple of a well-dressed man.
His great credit yet, as announced by the Ox- ford Dictionary, is that thanks to his influence on the young people, the English language has a new word: Youthquake, declared as the ‘Word of the Year’ by the OED. Young UK Mauritian Josh (Joshua) of Islington, pictured with him is a case in point regarding JC’s influence among the young people. Could you imagine young Josh putting his arm around the shoulder of any other political leader?
JC has been given epithets of all sorts. I think he deserves a better recognition as Corbyn Hood. Like Robin Hood, he wants to take from the banks to give to the poor!
With the Season’s Greetings
Peter Chellen, Managing Editor
UK Mauritians’ Gazette December 2017
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 Welcome to The UK Mauritians’ Gazette
   Josh of Islington with his arm around Labour leader Jeremy Corby. A vote JC can rely on
   The first ever UK Mauritian newspaper edited by Peter Chellen on Peckham Road in Camberwell in November 1983
  MN Editor met SAJ at Hendon in year 2005 for an interview. SAJ’s MSM had lost the General Election that year to Labour and Navin Ramgoolam was the new PM
 Those sega dancing kids are now parents themselves with children of their own.
  We set up the Père Laval Benevolent Society for interfaith prayers with Mauritian priest Rev Marcel Fangoo as celebrant. Where are the young girls reading the Bidding Prayers at thealtar of St Georges Cathedral in Southwark!!!
Over the years, we have seen those young people growing up, becoming parents themselves with children of their own. I wish to publish on this
groups, we have a large number of Mauritians with their children born here in the UK, going even into the third generation if we consider the
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