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Mauritian Prime minister hails the contribution of socio-cultural organisations to the country and says he will strive for national unity

Pravind Jugnauth speaking at the Hindu House
Pravind Jugnauth speaking at the Hindu House yesterday during Diwali celebrations

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Pravind Jugnauth made his statement yesterday during a religious ceremony marking the Diwali festival by the Hindu House in Port-Louis.

He recalled that his government has increased subsidies to socio-cultural organisation and religious bodies.

He also stated that he will do his utmost to preserve national unity in Mauritius, a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious country.

Prime minister Pravind Jugnauth praised socio-cultural organisations and their contribution to the preservation of ancestral culture, tradition and religion for the first time in Sebastopol last month.

Yesterday, he underlined that his government has increased subsidies to socio-cultural organisation in acknowledgement of their good work.

He also promised, in his Diwali speech yesterday, a plot of land for the setting up of a cow shelter by the Hindu House at Grand-Bassin, a lake considered sacred by Mauritian Hindus.

Diwali, also called festival of lights, symbolises the inner light that protects from darkness, and gets its name from the row of clay lamps (deepa) that Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Newar Buddhists around the world light around their home.

They thus celebrate the victory of good over evil and invite good luck and prosperity from the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and the God Ganesh, who represents good luck, wealth and enlightenment.

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