Confluences vs Mauvaises Influences


Paru dans la livraison du 13 mars 2013 du Quotidien Le Mauricien

L’étoile et la clé de l’océan Indien ! C’est ainsi que l’on te surnomme, belle île. Et c’est normal ! Ce qu’il est flatteur, en effet, de se savoir vivant sur un morceau de rocher au milieu d’une mer bordée de nos racines et autres terres d’espérance. Mais à bien y réfléchir, après 45 années de vie libre, pouvons-nous toujours en être aussi fier ? Ce que je retiens, avec du recul… Continue reading

Fighting Facebook Racism – Another Mauritian Witch-hunt Story

Fighting Facebook Racism – Another Mauritian Witch-hunt Story


The Big Season Cleanup has started on the Mauritian Social Networks

Havoc in the  Mauritius “SocialMediaverse”?

Racism, Sex and Trolls are seriously being dealt with on the Mauritian Facebook Network these days. Pages and accounts are being forced to spontaneously close down and the surge in repressing ill-doers by local police, is being welcomed.

But this was bound to happen within a constantly growing network. As the +300k users local platform matures, more illegal (by local standards) curiosities are being uncovered, pointed out and denounced. Individuals are feeling the urge to clean up the mess caused by excessive freedom abuse by some very few wayward apprentices. Continue reading

Facebook like any Civilized Society won’t Tolerate Racism…

Facebook like any Civilized Society won’t Tolerate Racism…


And so will all other respected and respectable Social Media and Networks

There has recently been that racist scandal quaking the Mauritian Facebook Networks. It  links a 20 yr-old girl to some highly racist commentaries towards a fasting community. And like for those who saw the content expressed in dirty Mauritian Creole, there was my first reaction :

She should be arrested, as per the country’s legal standing on libeling, defamation and propagating racism and hatred messages, without regards if that was done online or not. It should go the same way, too, for the persons responsible, the owner/ creator of the Facebook Group or Page, who allowed such commentaries to be issued from their source.

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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.

En route for a White Christmas…


Ever danced on a White Christmas?

And Yes! Less than 50 days before Christmas.

While some are getting ready for their white one, we the People of Mauritius are still wondering how ours will be: Black, Red, Blue, Mauve…
One thing is sure, it’s gonna be another bitter one, politically speaking.

Dark, Filthy… and Yet…

If I ever wanted to see dark filthy political machinations in Mauritius, this last week made my very day, with obvious questions wiggling in my little head.
How can one mauritian digest such jingle jots from these MPs who think non-else than to stick to some sort of scientific communal gamble and to the power stations attached therewith? Continue reading

Welcome!


Welcome to Alain Bertrand’s Blog about a New Mauritius!

Yeah! I am Alain BERTRAND, social activist from beautiful Mauritius Island. I am involved with Facebook-spawned social movement, AZIR MORIS, as we look at changing Mauritius by fighting local Communalism, Corruption, Bad Governance and Dirty Politics. Even if I do not mingle with existing local political parties, I am a rightist who believes in capitalism with a serious social face. Continue reading