The abolition of slavery had important repercussions on the socio-economic and demographic fields. The planters turned to India, from where they brought a large number of indentured labourers to work in the sugar cane fields. The Indian workers landed in Port Louis, specifically in L’Aapravasi Ghat. Most Indians eventually settled in Mauritius where they constitute the majority of the present population.
These Indian immigrants, who were of both Hindu and Muslim faith, were to change rapidly the fabric of the society. They were later joined by a small number of Chinese traders.
Cultivation of sugar cane was given a boost and the island flourished, especially with the export of sugar to England. Economic progress necessitated the extension and improvement of means of communication and gradually an adequate infrastructure was created.
Over the 10 years, we have seen our fair share of joy and tears, pleasure and pain but above all this has been a journey of growth and reward at being able to see joy on the face of people who have eaten that pair of Dal Puri or that Gato Pima after so many years.