IEP Chandigarh, October 10
Mauritius MP, Sh. Nandcoomar Bodha, who is currently on a seven-day visit to India, met the Haryana Chief Minister and discussed the friendly ties between India and Mauritius.
Sh. Nandcoomar Bodha has previously held several ministerial positions including Foreign Affairs, Tourism, and Agriculture in the Republic of Mauritius. Referring to the International Gita Mahotsav organized by the Haryana Government in Mauritius in the year 2018, Bodha thanked Sh. Manohar Lal for successfully organizing the biggest Gita festival in Mauritius.
He said that this event has created a special awareness about the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita in his country. He also expressed his desire to set up a Gita Kendra on similar lines to the already established Ramayana Centre in Mauritius.
The Chief Minister welcomed and honoured Sh. Nandcoomar Bodha and his wife Smt. Satyabhama Bodha by presenting shawls.
Sh. Manohar Lal also shared memories of his stay in the Republic of Mauritius, which is called Mini-India, during the International Gita Festival. He expressed hope that now people there will celebrate the Gita Mahotsav every year at their level and will work to take the universal message of harmony and brotherhood as taught in the Bhagavad Gita to the entire humanity.
Notably, Sh. Nandcoomar Bodha, who came to India on a personal visit with his wife Smt. Satyabhama Bodha shared that about 52 percent of the population in Mauritius is Hindus, whose ancestors had gone to Mauritius 160 years ago at the behest of the British in search of work and a good life, but were treated like bonded labourers.
Later, with their educational strength and hard work, they moved forward in life and made a special place in Mauritius. Today, in Mauritius most Indians are serving the top positions including the Prime Minister and the President.
Lauding Haryana, Sh. Nandcoomar Bodha said that today State is at the forefront in the field of agriculture. He also expressed the desire to work with Haryana in the field of agriculture in Mauritius.
Meanwhile, Sh. Manohar Lal said that he is happy that the Indians who have gone to Mauritius have kept the culture and traditions of their country alive and have upheld the principles of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
On this occasion, India Mauritius Trade and Cultural Friendship Forum President Pritpal Singh Pannu, his wife Smt. Manjeet Kaur Pannu and National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activists (NIFA) youth wing President, Sh. Durgesh Chaudhary also remained present.