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March 14, 2013

The Indian High Commission Denies any Plans for Military Intervention in 1983 in Mauritius

The High Commission of India denies information of The Hindu, that India had considered military intervention in Mauritius in 1983. Ajay Dubey, the Jawaharlal Nehru University, gives him a different perspective on the subject.

Brief issued in a statement Tuesday, March 12, the High Commission of India says that the article published in the Indian press and taken up by cnn. mu "is not based on facts." 

The article in the online edition of The Hindu, March 10, is titled "When India drew Top Secret" red line "in Mauritius and subtitled Indira Gandhi Planned military action in 1983 to save Indian-origin leader." La rivalry was strong at that time between Sir Anerood Jugnauth, leader which refers to this source, and that Paul Bérenger New Delhi suspected of wanting to lead a coup.

The Hindu quote even a column in the academic journal Asian Security, written by David Brewster Australian academic and former director of Naval Intelligence India, Ranjit Rai.

Article taken by lexpress.mu has attracted many comments, including the Pr.Ajay Dubey, president of the Center for African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

The Pr.Dubey argues that this article is not based on reliable sources, but on confidential interviews. He continues, however, that the Indian Air Force was the basis of Indian operation for spreading rumors that India will not stand idly by if France should support a coup from the meeting after the elections.

"It was not to change the results of the 1983 elections, but be ready to intervene if Bérenger managed to reverse the election results through a coup supported by France," writes Professor Dubey.

He stressed that this episode reported on page 213 of his book "Government and Politics in Mauritius", published in 1997, in Kalinga Publications, New Delhi.

This history, true or false, in relations "fraternal" between India and Mauritius is published when the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, visited the island in the 45th anniversary of the independence of Mauritius.

 

Text by lexpress.mu
 

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