After the Iqbal Toofanny Ordeal…


Another Mauritian Tale about Police Brutality… But shouldn’t we go beyond ?

On the 2nd of March this year, the news came out as a traumatising shockwave to entire Mauritius!

Iqbal Toofanny, 42 yr-old father of three, was declared deceased by the coroner, 48 hrs after his arrest and stay in custody. Publicized photographic evidence showed multiple contusion and bruises, on several parts of Toofanny’s body. These made no doubt about how the 42 year old citizen, was mistreated, brutalized and beaten up while in Police Custody.

Five suspects, all CID (Central Investigation Department) officers, were indicted on charges of torture and later bailed out on a Rs 9 000 (300 USD) bond, after 24 hrs detention. This, by itself, has been lived through as mere injustice, by an entire empathic population. The entire Police Force and Mauritian judiciary became (again) suspects of unequal justice delivery, towards simple citizen. How can five Police officers come out with a Rs 9000 bail, when there are strong unrebuttable presumption of torture and manslaughter? The Scene was set!

To the eyes of many, this kind of situation could have triggered social chaos. Should this had happened under the previous detested Ramgoolam government, there would have definitely been profound social unrest and riots, like in 1999 when iconic creole singer Kaya died in Police Custody. Read More

La nouvelle Carte d’Identité ou La tentation de Pandore !


Article par Alain Bertrand, paru dans Le Mauricien du 19 septembre 2013

La Nouvelle Carte d’identité biométrique…

Nouvelle Carte d'Identite biometrique Mauricienne  biometrique et ses applications possibles

Image fictive basée sur les applications possibles Nouvelle Carte d’identité biométrique…

Boite de Pandore a la Mauricienne…

Pandore céda à la curiosité qu’Hermès lui avait donnée et ouvrit la boîte, libérant ainsi les maux qui y étaient contenus. Elle voulut refermer la boîte pour les retenir; hélas, il était trop tard ! Seule l’Espérance, plus lente à réagir, y resta enfermée. La boite qu’elle ouvrit se nomma alors Boite de Pandore.

Mythologie grecque  Read More

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. Read More

Fairwell my 2011 Facebook Year… Welcome 2012


My 2011 Facebook year was a bright one…

Thanks to Mauritian Facebookers for making my year !

We have been almost 300,000 Mauritians to connect regularly as Facebookers. With enhanced Social Media Growth (+7.44%) and penetration (+23.09%), we are top of the hill, 2nd in Africa behind Tunisia. In fact, we stand proudly in the global streamline at a reasonable 97th position on 213, regarding population penetration.

First, my 2011 Social Media Awards

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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