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Since the proclamation of the abolition of slavery in 1833 an indentured work force for sugarcane plantation was introduced which later became the majority population group. They were from different strata of rural population of the Bengal, Madras and Bombay Presidency. The majority of the recruits were from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh regions of Gaya, Ghazipur, Arrah, Gorakpur, Sahabad, Azamgarh, Patna, Ranchi, Muzzaffarpur and Hazaribagh. Those from South India were from Chingleput, Tanjore, Trichinopoly, Tinnevelly, Salem, Coimbatore, Arcot, Vizagapatnam, Masulipatam, Guntoor, Nellore and Cuddapah.Immigrants from Bombay originated from Ratnagari, Savantvadi, Satara, Malvanand, and Thane.Nearly half a million indentured immigrants tread the Mauritian soil up to 1912. Bihar,Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra, Gujrat, Sindh, and even Bengal and Punjab all find a presence here. Over generations, their descendents, generally poverty stricken, pursued the arduous task they had begun and through hard work, commitment, patience and perseverance and sacrifice, they laid the foundation for a modern and prosperous Mauritius.

-H.E. Mr Mookhesswur Choonee, High Commissioner of Mauritius in India



Mauritius continues to claim its right to exercise its sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago at the UN General Assembly. The question of the sovereignty of Mauritius over the Chagos Archipelago is being discussed at the highest level between Mauritius and the UK.It should be emphasized that the Constitution of the Republic of Mauritius defines its territory as including all the islands of the Chagos Archipelago.It is important to note that in April 2006, for the first time since their eviction in the 70s, the Chagossians were able to pay a visit to a number of the outer islands in the Chagos Archipelago. The visit organized jointly by the Mauritius and UK Governments gave the Chagossians the opportunity to see their former homes and graves of their ancestors on the three main islands, including Diego Garcia.

-H.E. Mr Mookhesswur Choonee, High Commissioner of Mauritius in India