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Mauritius PM takes trip down memory lane in Bihar
February 19, 2008 18:34 IST
Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam on Tuesday asked the people of Bihar to maintain their laborious nature and grit to help make the state one of the most advanced and prosperous.
Earlier, welcoming the former son of the soil to his ancestral village, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said by sheer grit and determination the people of Bihar had established themselves in all corners of the country.
"It is very unfortunate that the people of Bihari origin are being pushed back from several states, including Maharashtra. No state can progress without the help of migrant people of Bihar," he observed.
"They are to stay there forever, irrespective of the efforts made by the vested interests to push them out," he declared.
Making the maiden visit of Dr Ramgoolam to Harigaon village memorable, the Bihar government developed a beautiful tank and named it as Mohit Sarovar, Kumar said.
"Similarly, a high school was also set up and named after Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. A 12-bed hospital, to be named after Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, will also come up in the village at a cost of Rs 5 million," he said, adding, "It is a small gesture on our part to remember the grandson of Bihar."
Recalling his last year's visit to Mauritius, the chief minister said it was wonderful to know that 50 per cent of the people of Mauritius were from Bihar and three-fourth of the country was of Indian origin. Interestingly, over 90 per cent of the people of Mauritius speak Bhojpuri and it was must for a politician there to know Bhojpuri, he added.