New Delhi: During the World Hindi Conference being held in Mauritius, the country’s PM Pravind Jugnauth announced, “The cyber tower which Atal Ji had contributed to set up in Mauritius will henceforth be named as Atal Bihari Vajpayee tower.” A tribute was also paid to the late PM in the presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the conference.
In an unprecedented gesture on Friday, the government of Mauritius kept the flag of both the Mauritian and Indian at half mast in honour of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Vajpayee passed away in Delhi on Thursday at the age of 93 after the prolonged illness.
Around 68 per cent of Mauritius’s population of nearly 1.3 million is of Indian descent. Many are descendants of Indian indentured labour brought to work on sugarcane plantations on the Indian Ocean island nation in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
In a condolence message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jugnauth said that Vajpayee “shaped the destiny of India through his bold leadership and his deep-rooted empathy for the common man”.
Jugnauth also recalled Vajpayee’s deep affection for Mauritius and its people and said that “we were honoured to receive him in March 2000 as chief guest at the National Day celebrations and whenever he visited Mauritius”.
“Mauritius mourns the loss of a man who stood not only for India but also for Mauritius,” he said.