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Anup Kumar Mudgal, Indian high commissioner to Mauritius, on the occasion of India’s 67th Republic day talked about the progress and improvement taking place in the bilateral relations of India-Mauritius since the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country last year.

Here are some of the important points from his talk on this matter.


  • There was an increase in the visits of high-level political level leaders from both the countries. Sushma Swaraj visited Mauritius on the 180th Anniversary of the arrival of Indian Indentured Labourers. PM Modi followed her on the occasion of Mauritian National Day.
  • Both countries came together to have a joint commissioning of the offshore patrol vessel Barracuda.
  • The construction of World Hindi secretariat started.
  • Agreements related to Ocean Economy, health, and culture, among others took place.
  • Mauritian PM Sir Anerood Jugnauth participated in the main event on 21 June at SVICC and launched a Special IDY Commemorative Cover and he also visited India in October.
  • Mauritius held the Festival of India in March which gave the glimpse of Indian art and culture.
  • Mauritius also hosted events like International Ramayana Conference, 3rd World Urdu Conference, International Regional Hindi Conference, Antarashtriya Bhojpuri Mahotsav, and International Conference on Tamil Diaspora.
  • Two Mauritian Hindi scholars were given the prestigious award, “Vishwa Hindi Samman” at the World Hindi Conference in Bhopal in 2015.
  • Mauritius was included in the list of the country whose nationals are entitled to receive E-tourist visa.

He further hoped that bilateral relations between both the countries get stronger than ever this year. He said that the government expands to diversify the economic and commercial relationships. and continue the trend of political and cultural visits, intellectual seminars. He said he believes that India and Mauritius relationship is based on the people to people contact.

India and Mauritius have historic ties and the country has a lot of Indian influence in terms of culture, religion and other areas. 48 percent of the population in Mauritius is Hindu.(Inputs and Image from-defimedia.info)


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