Monday, February 17, 2014

The Mauritian Dream

A lot has been said about so many faults in the Mauritian system. How the politicians are pushing forward their sons and nephews and nieces to take over the political power. Bagging contracts from the government worth millions, and so on. This has become such a current thing in today Mauritius that Mauritians tend to take it as normal. The french expression explains it all,"un secret de polichinelle".

What about the Mauritian Dream ?
Few decades ago and some thousand miles away was born the expression, "The American Dream". We often hear about those words to describe the great american nation. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. This is utterly far from being the case in Mauritius. Take a lot at the names of those who have been in power the last four decades and see how the "circumstances of birth" play a great role in Mauritius.

Achievement ?
While a lot of Mauritians do their best and climb the ladders to success. What is their percentage compared to those who use "contacts" to get to the top of ladder in a tenth of that time ?.

The Mauritian Dream
At the expense of using the rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr., The Mauritian dream is not far from the aspirations of the Americans back then.
I have a dream for Mauritius, instead of criticizing and not proposing anything like all those politician rats do day-in day-out, here are some proposals. But again that's my Mauritian Dream, here we go:
  1. Freedom of opinion, faith and information.
  2. All youngsters should be given a land on bail at the age of 18 where they can build a house. 
  3. Adoption of renewable energy as the only source of energy.
  4. 6 months of civil service for all youngsters who finish high school whether in police/fire services / other bodies.
  5. Retirement at the age of 60 years old.
  6. Intra-urban transport system in all cities and Train or LRT from East to West and North to South of the Island.
  7. A maximum of 2 mandates totaling 10 years for the post of Prime Minister. A maximum of 3 mandates totaling 15 years for the post Minister. (Whether consecutive mandates or not)
  8. School buses for each school providing to and from school to nearest bus-stop to the child's residence.
  9. All government application form systems online.
  10. Ministers should use public transport or own vehicle except on official events.
  11. Threshold to put forward a Tax  above normal percentage on high income individuals.
  12. Year round promotion of 25% discount in all hotels around the island for Mauritians.
  13. 50% discount for all nautical leisure activities as well as nature trails.
  14. A permanent committee to spot and remove all ethnic and cultural symbols from our official documents, money, etc.
  15. MBCTV using as official language the creole and if needed then translate to English and French only.
The list can become very long indeed, .. What is YOUR Mauritian dream ?