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[Paul Lismore] Guet kouma nou ban patriotes p compete avek Sud Afrik...

Rédigé par Paul Lismore le Mardi 28 Décembre 2021

[Paul Lismore] Guet kouma nou ban patriotes p compete avek Sud Afrik...
1/ Sud Afrik ena Nelson Mandela, the greatest African of the 20th century, a symbol of dignity, charm, statesmanship, and a real rassenbleur. He remains one of history's most inspirational figures. He is one of my three heroes in life, the other two being the G.O.A.T. Muhammad Ali, and the greatest singer in India, Mohammed Rafi.

Some of his famous sayings:

a/ "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
b/ "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
c/ Something that our politicians, chatwas, and attention/'like' seekers will never understand: " There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return."
d/ " Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings."
e/ My favourite, his speech from the dock in the Rivonia trial in 1964, which ends with: "During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

1 (i). In Mauritius, we have the King of chatwas, Olivier Thomas, as the sacrilegious head of the Nelson Mandela Trust... Zis avan li sote barrier pou vine lave vaisselle dan la cuisine, li dire:  « Je veux montrer à la jeunesse mauricienne qu’il est possible d’aller de l’avant avec enn leker prop, enn leker kler dans la politique, sans devoir ‘vendre son âme’ (…) C’est pour ça que je ne veux rejoindre aucun parti politique ». Sakili!

2/ Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the conscience of Africa and the world. His famous quotes:
a/  " If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."
b/ " When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land."
c/ Our politicians will never understand this one: " I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights."
d/ This one applies to all our politicians: Our votes empower them to empower their friends and relatives. The rest of us are left a long distance behind. " What is black empowerment when it seems to benefit not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled?"
2 (i). "Pere" Gregoire: " Laisse mo bouz mo 40 in p, sant sante, et kouyonne zot pou vote pou ban parasites. Mo poches bien renpli, moi!"
3/ South Africa, Rugby World Cup champions, many World class athletes, a good football team, etc etc.
3(i) Maurice lekip football: In 1992, nou ti 112eme dan le monde.
      In December 2021, we are now 172eme. Sa ki apel progres!

Et Mauritius Football Association sanpion lor Bhai Lookhe et met camera pou vey fam aprer suspanne fam ki ti fer complainte kan li dire " Eh, pa bon sa"! Ban viciers bien protezee, zot...
That's it. I could have mentioned President Baigan, Speaker en fesse, tou kalite ministres gofiole, etc...But I think you get the message: Mauritius is way behind South Africa in so many things...Unfortunately.

Mardi 28 Décembre 2021

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