Sunday, November 7, 2010

S for Sanzman

A feeling of helplessness seems to be gripping Mauritius. To the alert observer, it has been like an accident waiting to happen. Barring self-serving politicians or self-absorbed oligarchs, today's systemic inadequacies are too in-your-face to go unnoticed. The need for enlightened leadership beyond partisan lines has never been more pressing. Without rising awareness and scrutiny among citizens and netizens, things can easily spin out of control.

New regulations through technological solutions, through public education and through the introduction of market mechanisms can potentially relieve the rampant distress. Breaking out of the spiral of mistrust is very urgent. Some priority measures have been identified. Others, such as decriminalisation of cannabis and abortion, despite being critical, but requiring wider and engaging consultation, have been omitted. Proponents of "2ème république" (laudable but quixotic) and "Duty free island" (absurd in a world of low tariffs) will be disappointed.

The list does not claim to be comprehensive. It is understood though that efforts must be synchronised and that there is no quick fix. Hundreds of policies are needed. Change is a never-ending process. All in all, it is about the triumph of substance over hype. Here's how netizens reacted.

Poll Results:

Allow Private Television
24 (75%)
Crack Down on Cartelistic and Discriminatory Behaviour
31 (96%)
Devise Nationwide Railway Network
29 (90%)
Dump Rupee Depreciation Bias
29 (90%)
Enact Freedom of Information Act
25 (78%)
Regulate Electoral Funding
26 (81%)
Reinstate Tax Breaks in Individual Income Tax and Introduce Wealth Tax
23 (71%)
Remove Incentives for Corruption from the System
28 (87%)
Reverse Decline of English Language (Global Lingua Franca)
26 (81%)
Seek Contribution of New York Cops for Crime Prevention and Detection
26 (81%)
Sex Up and Broaden School Curriculum
30 (93%)
Subsidise Small Independent Power Producers (SIPPs)
23 (71%)
Supply Water Non Stop
30 (93%)
Transform Mauritius Islands into a Slow Food Destination
25 (78%)
Upgrade cultural, leisure and sports facilities
27 (84%)
None
0 (0%)

Votes: 32

6 comments:

  1. As a foreigner now living in Mauritius I feel really sad about how your resources are being squandered. I read your well-thought propositions with great interest. But I am afraid that you missed out on one major issue. It baffles me how timidly the marine resources are currently being tapped.Then again it can be integrated in the slow food initiative you advocate.

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  2. That was indeed a major lapse Germar. Thank you for the pointer.

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  3. I have been very impressed by your "independent"stand on the sad realities of our country.All your points are very pertinent .May I add one thing:
    A very strict management of pesticide in farming--

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  4. Thank you for logging in Geeta. I invite you to visit www.slowfood.com, a movement that embraces your pertinent point with infinite passion.

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  5. Regulating the use of pesticides and educating the vegetable farmers isvery necessary now.
    Chicken pumped with hormones and fattened to get more profit---all this makes me wonder about the general health of the population

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  6. Could not agree more with you Geeta.

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