Their hardships and tribulations followed by
their grueling struggle to obtain their basic human rights is
the foundation for the independent island state today.
suffered the worst form of racial discriminations and the worst
form of unabashed institutionalised exclusion.
The island’s Labour Party led by the late Sir Seewoosagur
Ramgoolam, father of the current prime minister, who campaigned
for human rights and independence that dawned in 1968.
The persistent efforts of Beekrumsing Ramlallah, who belongs
to an illustrious family and founder, publisher and editor
The Mauritius Times, to bring up the Apravasi Ghat since
1970 as a memento of Indo-Mauritian history has culminated in
Earlier, this spot was called Coolie Ghat and it was renamed
to honour these immigrants who built this nation.
Two researchers of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute summed up
Ramlallah’s contribution to the Aapravasi Ghat in one sentence:
"On the suggestion of late B. Ramlallah, a commemorative
plaque was installed on June 4, 1978, in memory of the arrival
of the indentured labourers on November 2, 1884, and the
abolition of the indentured system on May 31, 1924."
Ramlallah made special effort to include a visit of the then
Indian Prime Minister, late Indira Gandhi, in 1970 to this venue
and that speed up matters to honour the immigrants.
Since then, all Indian Prime Ministers and other dignitaries
make it a point to visit Aapravasi Ghat to offer their homage.