The majority of Mauritians are deeply religious. They are inspired by the vision and ideas derived from the teachings of their respective religions which
place particular stress on the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God. It is not then by mere accident that Mauritian society has become a model of tolerance and co-existence almost unique this side of paradise.
No garden of Eden, however, is complete without the Serpent. In Mauritius the serpent does not bare its fangs in the open; it slithers in the dark social
and political undergrowth distilling its venom in the dark. Mauritian nationalism and cosmopolitanism is not a mere façade. It is part of the Mauritian dream. But on a lower plane, ‘communalism’ is by no means
dead. It is kept on a tight leash, like a ‘chien méchant’, to be let loose on special occasions, particularly at election times, for strategic advantages. So far its bark has proved to be worse than its bite.
But its potential for evil is enormous.
This is why despite their remarkable record, Mauritians need to be very careful they do not ride rough-shod over the cultural and religious
susceptibilities of their fellow countrymen. Mauritian nationhood is as wholesome and as fragile as a soft-boiled egg. Therefore tread softly, for you are treading on a dream . . . come true!