In all societies, communities and countries, we have people who has done great things and has contributed to the progress and development of humanity at large or has impacted on their nations or communities.
Mauritius is not different from other nations in that matter as we have a great number of people who has impacted on the lives of their fellow citizens and has also helped in shaping the future of the country.
While that is a beautiful thing to know, I would like to point out that we also have what may be called the 'lost generations' and it would explain the era in which an entire generation or generations has been lost, failing to impact on their fellow citizens and also failing to contribute sensibly to the progress and development of the society, state or country as a whole.
While at school, what we call College in Mauritius; I was always singled out by friends and other students for what I would say when teachers asked about the future, about what we would want to become when we left school. At one occasion I replied that I would become the first President of Mauritius and that was when I was in form 2 at the Bhujoharry College, Port Louis. The teacher was impressed but not the students who started laughing at me. The teacher asked them why did they feel it was funny that one of your friends in the same class wanted to be 'President' and not a policeman or doctor or teacher like most of you? They replied that Mauritius had a 'Queen' and that it was impossible to become President when we had the Queen as head of state.
Teacher: Well, that is so true but it is true for now and Kazi is right while you are all wrong because one day Mauritius will be a 'Republic' and there will be a 'President' and when that happens, it may well be Kazi who become the President. LOL...I was never going ot be President of my country but the idea was to make it known to the students and to my friends that one day the country could be break free from the 'political' shackles of the British Monarchy. And it did so but I did not contribute to its march to become a Republic and non of the people of my time, my generation, are qualified at this moment in history to become 'President'.
Are we the lost generation? My question is because I barely see a member of the 'generation' that i was in - the 11-12 years of age in the Form 2 at that school, a wonderful school indeed - making headlines or grabbing the top posts in the country. Most of my class friends have faded in society and most of them have even disappeared from my contact book. While I did realize one of my dreams of becoming a writer-journalist and I worked for many International agencies including the BBC Radio Africa and today I am at the forefront of the Asian-Asean anti-war, anti-Nato campaigns, I still feel I did not impact on my country's future and lesser still on that of the adopted nation in which I am currently living.
Well friends, I would like to appeal to you all to come forward and tell us here who do you think in your generation has created a huge impact on their country's or societies and even on their adopted nation's future? I am asking that in order to have the confirmation that my generation of Mauritians is not a 'lost generation' and that we will not see any lost generations in the future if we were 'lost'. That means to say we will build our children's thinking and help them chose their paths so that they become the influential and headline breaking people of a vibrant and successful generation! (comment on facebook)
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 December 2010 07:28