Tag Archives: MU – Aapravasi Ghat

125 Square Kilometers Of Mauritius Lagoons Off-Limits Due To Oil Spill Pollution In Fish; Nishan Degnarain; Forbes

In the ongoing clean up of the major oil spill on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, new results reveal the ecological impact is much worse than initially disclosed. Large areas of the South East coast of Mauritius are now off-limits amid a secretive cleanup operation and nationwide protests.

Source: 125 Square Kilometers Of Mauritius Lagoons Off-Limits Due To Oil Spill Pollution In Fish

Remembering the oppressed: In Mauritius, thinking about the battle of Bhima Koregaon; Nayanjot Lahiri; Scroll.in

Why has India never made sites of caste oppression part of our national heritage?

Source: Remembering the oppressed: In Mauritius, thinking about the battle of Bhima Koregaon

The Diaspora Men; G. Pramod Kumar; The Hindu

Mauritius – Aapravasi Ghat

In 1834, 36 impoverished men from Bihar and Bengal set sail for Mauritius to work as indentured labour. Over the next 80 years, more than two million people would travel to some 20 European colonies, the first of a global Indian diaspora, before indentured labour was abolished 100 years ago.

When the British abolished slavery in 1834, they populated their plantations with indentured labour from India, launching the biggest international movement of workers after the notorious ‘middle passage’. In 80 years, more than two million Indian labourers were transported to about 20 British colonies before it was stopped in 1917 under intense pressure from Indian abolitionists. This year marks the centenary of the abolition of indentured labour.

Kalachand was on the verge of collapse when Champa, a fellow tribesman from the hills of Hazaribagh, came looking for him that fateful September evening in 1834.

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Mauritius: The Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site; Jerry Owilli; CGTN Africa

Mauritius – Aapravasi Ghat

The Mauritan capital of Port Louis is home to one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that tell a rich history of the island, the Aapravasi Ghat.

Located on the bay of Trou Fanfaron, the Aapravasi Ghat – loosely translated as the immigrant depot – was built in 1849 to receive indentured labourers from India, Eastern Africa, Madagascar, China and Southeast Asia to work on the island’s sugar estates as part of the ‘Great Experiment’.

This experiment was initiated by the British Government, after the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1834, to demonstrate the superiority of ‘free’ over slave labour in its plantation colonies. The success of the ‘Great Experiment’ in Mauritius led to its adoption by other colonial powers from the 1840s, resulting in a world-wide migration of more than two million indentured labourers, of which Mauritius received almost half a million.

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Republic of Mauritius launches a Local Economic Development Plan for Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage property; Unesco

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Mauritius – Aapravasi Ghat

The Republic of Mauritius received International Assistance from the World Heritage Fund to elaborate a Local Economic Development Plan for Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage property.

The grant followed a request from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for the State Party of Mauritius to take necessary action to prevent the demolition of historical buildings in the Buffer Zone of the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Property, as well as to put in place mechanisms that ensure integrated management of the area.

The project, managed by the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund, was initiated in May 2014 and ended in September 2016. The elaboration of the Local Economic Development Plan was guided by the UNESCO 2011 Recommendation for the Historic Urban Landscape along with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 to ‘Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’.

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