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The Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund :: Events and Activities

On 2 November 2013, the annual commemoration took place at Trou Fanfaron to commemorate the memory of the first indentured labourers who arrived in Mauritius on 2 November 1834.

The commemoration started with a wreath laying. The following dignitaries laid a wreath on the steps of the Aapravasi Ghat:

- H.E Mr Rajkeswur Purryag, GCSK, GOSK,
President of the Republic

- Dr the Hon Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP,
Prime Minister

- The Hon Paul Raymond Berenger, GCSK,
Leader of the opposition

- The Hon Charles Gaëtan Xavier-Luc Duval, GCSK,
Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development

- The Hon Anil Kumar Bachoo, GOSK,
Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport & Shipping;

- Hon Mookhesswur Choonee,
Minister of Arts and Culture

- H.E Mr Nicholas Leake,
High Commissioner of the United Kingdom & Dean of the Diplomatic Corps

- H.E Mr T.P Seetharam,
High Commissioner of the Republic of India

- Mr Aslam Adam Hossenally,
Lord Mayor of the City of Port- Louis

- Mr Mahyendrah Utchanah,
Chairman of Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund

The wreath laying was followed by one minute of silence in memory of the indentured labourers and speeches of dignitaries.

An interfaith prayer was performed by students of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute before the cultural show.

The book "Voices from the Aapravasi Ghat: Indentured imaginaries” written by Dr Khal Torabully was launched by Dr the Hon. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister.

The commemoration ended with a guided visit to an exhibition on Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Property which will soon be presented abroad.


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