Bijaye Madhou (Guest Author)
Blog: Doormat Electorate?
[Written by Bijaye Madhou (Guest Author) on Friday 16th of March 2012 - 06:52:00]
With the departure of President Michel, the chief guest at our independence celebrations, the opposition will attempt once again to play its old game, that of destabilising the government and trying to bring it down.
Blog: Remake 2000 - for Self Interest or better Tomorrow?
[Written by Bijaye Madhou (Guest Author) on Friday 9th of March 2012 - 00:57:00]
How should we qualify the silence of the President of the Republic on the Medpoint II proposal of MSM/MMM? Guilty? Blackmail? Or wise? It was a grateful nation which has brought Sir Anerood Jugnauth back to power in 2000 as Prime Minister, President in 2003 and Paul Berenger Prime Minister in 2003. And SAJ's mandate was renewed by Navin Ramgoolam....
Blog: Small Farmers’ Expectations
[Written by Bijaye Madhou (Guest Author) on Friday 2nd of March 2012 - 02:17:00]
At last the rains have come. Water supply from Midlands dam for northern plains irrigation is being maintained. But according to a spokesman of the Northern Planters Association, 13,000 acres of agricultural land are abandoned....
Blog: Objection overruled
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 24th of February 2012 - 03:29:00]
Those who are familiar with Indian cinema must have seen the court scene where in a very theatrical manner, lawyers raise objections. And the judge, in a similar theatrical manner, either sustains or overrules the objection. I had a similar feeling when so many objections, from so many different quarters, were raised and overruled and rejected by the organisations and the masses during the Maha Shivaratree celebrations....
Blog: The Debate must go on
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 10th of February 2012 - 03:59:00]
The debate on electoral reforms must go on and on and on until every section of society is convinced that it is in the interest of the nation and nation building that the Best Loser System is abolished and a dose of PR is introduced. At present, in the First Past the Post System, the votes cast in favour of the losing party are totally wasted....
Blog: Strong Institutions needed
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 27th of January 2012 - 02:08:00]
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said during a recent visit to Ivory Coast, that democracy does not mean only free and fair elections. Democracy also requires an independent judiciary, a free press and strong institutions....
Blog: Tough Year, tough Times
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 20th of January 2012 - 02:39:00]
The right to be happy, the right to happiness and celebration has been fully exercised by all Mauritians during Christmas and New Year. I come from a culture which celebrates life and in which life includes death, from one's birth to one's demise. This is the ultimate truth. But in between we should not forgo our right to be happy and to celebrate....
Blog: Our Ambition at Dawn 2012
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 6th of January 2012 - 02:42:00]
A small step is being taken at dawn 2012 to set us on the path of realizing our dream of becoming a developed country, a high income country. Our civil service and para statal bodies will remain open on Saturdays....
Blog: Carcassonne Report on New Year Menu?
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 30th of December 2011 - 12:02:00]
I believe the Carcassonne Report on electoral reforms will definitely be a part of discussions during New Year celebrations among family and friends. It is healthy for every citizen to exercise his basic right to express himself freely on all matters of public interests - in fact on all matters in a democracy....
Blog: Remake 2000 - What a Pity!
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Monday 26th of December 2011 - 10:55:00]
MMM today is reduced to seeking a remake of 2000 alliance to come back to power. The condition is that Sir Anerood Jugnauth, President of the Republic, resigns and leads the alliance. This condition means that the present MSM led by Pravind Jugnauth is worthless. But who remembers and cares for the remake of 2000 alliance?...
Blog: Our Dream, Fear and Uncertainty
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 16th of December 2011 - 01:19:00]
Fear and uncertainty which has been gripping America since the subprime crisis in 2006 and the present euro zone countries have caused persistent risks to the economic health, high unemployment, debt and low growth in developed countries and access to financing for developing countries....
Blog: Saving Dodo Land
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 9th of December 2011 - 02:01:00]
Is there a better way to mark the year of the forest and the decade of biodiversity than proclaiming Bras D'Eau as the second national park of the country? Last week the Prime Minister inaugurated the park. He revealed that he had stopped a housing project in the area to preserve the environment of Bras D'Eau....
Blog: Preventing Water Riots!
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 2nd of December 2011 - 03:39:00]
The Editor-in-Chief of Le Matinal, Kiran Ramsahaye, in his last Friday editorial said that the challenge facing government is not managing political crisis but managing adequate drinking water supply to prevent water riots. In the face of persistent drought, drying underground and overground reservoirs and rivers, I feel neither the authorities nor the population is fully aware of the danger we are in. Nor are we taking steps to address fully the real issues....
Blog: Who wants to gag Politicians? And why?
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 18th of November 2011 - 12:22:00]
From time to time, objections are raised publicly against politicians addressing religious gatherings. Recently Steve Obeegadoo, MMM MP, asked a PQ to the Prime Minister requesting him to consider reaching a consensus among politicians not to address religious gatherings or squarely consider legislating to bar them from doing so....
Blog: Confidence restored - Any missing Link?
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 11th of November 2011 - 07:28:00]
More than 75 percent of analysts have expressed their satisfaction at the bold measures taken in the 2012 Budget to restore confidence among the entrepreneurs and investors. These measures will boost economic growth, improve the social fabric and strengthen the economic situation....
Blog: Budget 2012 - Towards higher Wage Economy
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 4th of November 2011 - 03:02:00]
The vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Xavier Duval has announced something fundamental in his approach to his budget 2012: To make Mauritius a “higher wage economy”. To achieve this objective, we must have a high productivity, high wage, and high efficiency, he has said....
Blog: MMM-MSM-Remake 2000 In Desperation
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 28th of October 2011 - 05:47:00]
How desperate MMM and MSM could be to even think of a remake alliance 2000. The remake implies that the President of the Republic, Sir Anerood Jugnauth resigns and takes the leadership of the MSM, opens negotiations with MMM on seat and power sharing on the basis of three years premiership to Sir Anerood Jugnauth as leader of the MSM and two years to Paul Berenger as leader to the MMM....
Blog: The Supreme Institution - Back In Business
[Written by Bijaye M. (Guest Author) on Friday 21st of October 2011 - 02:57:00]
Parliament, the Supreme institution in our parliamentary democracy based on the Westminster model, was back in business on schedule last Tuesday with the usual agenda of PNQ, PQ's, statements and bills....
Bijaye Madhou (Guest Author)
Former Director General, MBC.
Former Director General, MBC.