My much-awaited book, Ramrajya: An Enigmatic Leader’s Rise to Power is finally being launched this August 2015. Apologies for the delay, but believe me, it would worth it!
Ramrajya offers an analytical take on one of Mauritius’ most revered political leaders, Navin Ramgoolam. Be prepared to be lead through the journey of the career of a man who has strategically worked his way to attain the most powerful position in the country. Delve into the inner workings of political systems adopted in Mauritius and understand what keeps our political wheels spinning while learning about a man who has so far, remained undoubtedly charismatically mysterious despite his high profile public persona. This book is a premier in terms of concept and narration in Mauritius and takes on a witty tone; while still being at the reach to all types of readers who might not necessarily possess political science knowledge. It contains unbiased, logical explanations and accounts designed to enrich and empower as well as satisfy all forms of curiosity.
My happiest duty is to thank my family, friends, acquaintances and all those who have influenced, inspired and encouraged me throughout this journey to come up with my first book. I could write an enthralling editorial about how they achieved this but rather than embarrass them I shall modestly acknowledge their contribution by naming them below in alphabetical order. I apologise if I have missed anyone.
Aldo D’Amic, Annu Athal, Arvind Chandra Sen Bhagan, Ashima Thakur, Avish Ramgolam, Ayerece Stewart Cornet, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Bhanu Priya, Davina Chowreemootoo, Deepak Jeetah, Elvine Madayah, Havisha Hoolaus, Jibran Aubeeluck, Joyvani Rose, Kervin Basenoo, Keshav Jokhun, Kevin Armoogum, Khoosum Joygopaul, Lakshna Hoolaus, Luckkana Ghaneswarsing, Maya Isakidou, Muzammil Latona, Nabeel Johur, Natasha Doorita Seeruttun, Nazia Memon, Raja Sanmanbir Singh, Rajeev Bholah, Rakesh Beeharry, Roopshika Hoolaus, Sanam Arora, Sandhya Gowrisunkur, Shreshta Devi Meetoo, Shubhum Bundhoo, Sidhant Mungur, Simran Ramgoolam, Sudha Seebarun, Sumaiyah Moosafur, Tanoujah Gorayah, Tarun Kumar Saini, Tim Baumah, Vashil Jasgray, Veedoor Awtar, Vince Mooneesamy, Vishal Ramlall, Vivek Dubey, Yashveen Lutchman, Yesha Devi Mahadeo Doorgakant, Youdish Bhunjun and Yudish Kutwaroo.
A note when using a Hindi title
I can recall my early childhood Hindi and Sanskrit classes with the Mauritius Arya Ravived Pracharini Sabh at Petit Raffray Government School. My gurus used to emphasise greatly on the concept of Ramrajya while narrating the Uttarkānd (TR. Answer Episode) of Shri Ramcharitmanas, the epic poem of India, which centres on a narrative of the avatar of Hindu supreme-god Vishnu, known as Ram.
Ramrajya is a Hindi word implying the meaning of ‘the real kingdom of Ram’. Ramayana elaborates on Ramrajya as the control of warrior-king Ram over his ‘five sense and motor organs, conscious mind, subconscious mind, intellect and ego.’ In Mahatma Gandhi’s weekly newspaper, Young India’s edition of 19 September 1929, he stated that ‘the ancient ideal of Ramrajya was undoubtedly one of true democracy in which the meanest citizen could be sure of swift justice without an elaborate and costly procedure. Even the dog is described by the poet to have received justice under Ramrajya.’ Later, in 1942, the Mahatma used the term Ramrajya again as an affirmation of righteous rule to inspire Indians to fight for India’s independence.
During this same era, the Indian Film Industry was sure not to miss the opportunity to create the movie called ‘Ram Rajya’. Director Vijay Bhatt’s initiative made Ram Rajya the third highest grossing Indian film of 1943. In his analysis of ‘Cinematic Portraits of Jesus, Rama, Buddha and Muhammad’, Freek Bakker went on to mention that Ram Rajya was ‘the only film Mahatma Gandhi – who had a very low opinion of cinema – ever saw.’
Fundamentally, when we talk of Ramrajya, we speak about good governance. In Hindu mythology, Ram is portrayed as the most ideal leader of people, who works for the welfare of his country, fights against injustice, corruption and other social evils. In many countries, especially the likes of India, political parties use the Ramrajya concept during election campaigns.
On 27 March 2012, my article ‘Government: In Search of Ramrajya’ was published in the Mauritian daily newspaper Le Mauricien. The article was essentially a response I made after observing radical turns and twists in the Mauritian political sphere. At the time, citizens were confused by the MLP-MSM break up; and soon after, the MSM-MMM coalition, branded as Remake 2000. The article at the time was a positive criticism and included adequate propositions for contemporary politics, where I had made a call for politicians to ascertain good governance, that is, Ramrajya.
Whether that newspaper article, or this book, both use the word Ramrajya wittily in a manner best described as being able to prompt similar thinking. By Ramrajya, I mean the kingdom of Ramgoolam; more specifically, Navin Ramgoolam. At no point is the title of this book an attempt to compare Navin Ramgoolam to the teachings of Ramayana’s Ramrajya. Instead, here, the title has been formed using Ram from ‘Ramgoolam’ and rajya as the state.
On an ending note, i wish you all a good read!
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