Portrait : Alain Bertrand, Citoyen Activiste

>Alain Bertrand vu dans la presse mauricienne

Interview Par Jean-Claude Antoine
Paru dans la livraison de l'hebdomadaire Week-End du 7 juillet 2013

Il est souvent au premier rang des manifestations d’Azir Maurice, dont il est l’un des membres fondateurs, surtout lorsqu’il s’agit de déployer une bannière dans un lieu public. On le lit souvent dans le forum du Mauricien ou sur internet où il n’hésite pas à reprendre le titre de la célèbre lettre d’Emile Zola : «J’accuse». Lui, c’est Alain Bertrand, citoyen engagé arrivé tardivement dans le monde de la contestation sociale, que certains préfèrent appeler révolution. Voici son portrait.

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Viols et Châtiments



Trois viols sur des femmes du troisième âge, rapportés en 24 heures, c’est mauvais signe… un mauvais signal quant à la santé morale de notre tissu social. A ce rythme, nous atteindrons très rapidement la zone rouge qui nous mettrait dans une situation de risques d’instabilité sociale à potentiel incendiaire. Il ne suffira alors que du tiers d’une étincelle ! Read More

Reflecting on Another Mauritius

My Mauritius is definitely not theirs!

Handicapped Children in cultural activities in a APEIM managed centre Mauritius

Handicapped Children in cultural activities in a APEIM-managed centre

I read sometime last week that 250 mentally handicapped young Mauritians will be denied free education as from January 2014.

I wake up almost every morning, since then, with that DAMNING thought banging in my head! In fact, I can’t sleep well…

250 most vulnerable of our citizens will be out of the Educational circuit, because the Government of Mauritius would only afford MUR 19,000 of the MUR 50,000 needed per handicapped child. L’APEIM is closing its 9 centres and their decision, presumably, will not be reconsidered.  Read More

Fier d’être Mauricien… Mais bon !…

Barack est le plus africain des Présidents Américains. Il a repondu à une pétition qui venait d’Afrique en moins de deux… et clairement… apparemment !

Mais bon…
Il n’est pas le plus con non plus ! Read More

5 reasons to think that 2011 was special…

Only a couple of days into 2012, I had to look back into 2011, for a probing retrovision that would reveal how much 2011 could have been influential. I still have the taste of some sensational moments, of which some colorful scenes will stay imprinted forever in my mind, like Mauritian flags flying high in Port Louis Skies. But overall, 2011 was just an average year going by.

From the Arab Spring that inspired the AR NOU NON Protest March to Japan’s ordeal where mother nature triggered one of the most dramatic Nuclear catastrophe of this century, 2011 has been a rich eventful year. Thanks to mobility and global Social Media we have been living these events in realtime.

Here’s my Top 5 of these events that mostly marked my 2011 Read More

The Havish Protocol, or my POV on a brand new socio-political breed.

Havish GokoolTake a guy in his mid 20s, off fresh from the local University,  dress him like his contemporaries (jeans, fanciful Tshirts and Branded sneakers), get him an Engineering degree, a red urban car, a mouth no-one would dare challenge and you have one Havish Gokool, prominent Azir Moris figure and a regular Facebooker.

Described like this, the guy may seem like just an ordinary Mauritian Desi boy, with an average life and a traced future in some private company. We can imagine him married, a dad, living a laid-back styled respectful life in a cosy home until late elderness takes the toll out of him. But that won’t be the Havish I know, that one who chose the hard way to learn life as a fully fledged, bred and born Mauritian. Read More

And when did I start to open my eyes ?

Then Came The Political Awakening

Through 2010, I started to reflect on ways to respond to a long going chain of ill-doings and scandals by the people mandated by the Mauritian nation as a whole, to run the country’s everyday affairs and to protect the most vulnerable of our society. Institutionalized corruption,  incompetence and bad governance, all linked to religious and communal nepotism, have been distorting the Mauritians‘ people view of normal life. This has lead to greater egoistic approaches to social problems which in turn left the poorer part of the population deprived of the most basic attention.
I then started to voice out through Facebook pages but realized that it would be a lonely Don Quixote-like battle. I needed to find a natural born leader to intensify the fight. This moment came in 2011.

Late August 2011, a simple call from controversial Mauritian social activist and photographer Jameel Peerally got a new movement going via Facebook. The WANTED 15000 youngsters to save our future initiative was born and with it, the hope to make things move and advance. I joined the movement, on the basis of my 15-yr old friendship with Jameel Peerally, with the will to help out with my experience of Social Media Strategy and Management. From thereon, my will to fight all sorts of injustice in Mauritius did nothing but grow exponentially and proportionally as I discovered more and more of my fellow contrymen’s hardship.

I am proud today to expose my intimate political conscience.