Mauritians of Indian origin find their roots

Mauritians of Indian origin, most of them from Bihar, will no longer find it difficult to trace their roots with the state government setting up a special cell to aid them.

A large number of Biharis, known as Girmitiya labourers, had travelled to various parts of the world, including Mauritius, in the 19th century to work in sugarcane and rubber plantations.

Ramgoolam, who belonged to a village in Bihar's Saran district, was the first prime minister of Mauritius from 1961 to 1982. He is considered to be the father of the nation as he led his country to independence from Britain.

About 70 percent of the 1.2 million population of Mauritius is of Indian extraction, a large number of them from Bihar with Bhojpuri as their native language.

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