Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination in Mauritius

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Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination in the Mauritian Society
GOOSKHAN Souhaylah

2013

MAURITIUS

Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination in the Mauritian Society

Table of Contents
Mauritius as a Multi-ethnic Island .......................................................................................................... 3 Prejudice ................................................................................................................................................. 4 1. 2. 3. 4. Racism ......................................................................................................................................... 4 Sexism
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All Muslims follow the Islamic religion while Hindus follow Hinduism. Buddhism has as adherents the Chinese population. Dinan, Nababsing and Mathur (1999) (cited in Crawford Young, 1999) argue that Mauritians are religious minded people and this has helped to build a climate of tolerance and the population is of opinion that leaders are not managing the country effectively. All religions together with the diverse sects and cults work towards one goal - the maintenance of peace and stability. On the other hand, A.R. Mannick (1979) argues that religious faith in the Mauritian society is important for, to a certain extent, they influence politics. Many religious leaders have close connections with politicians. During election, it has been noticed that politicians claim legitimacy and supports from their respectively ethnic groups. Once elected, they have to serve both the country and their respective religious groups. A few influential members of the religious institutions have often been accused of using religion for their self interests and those of their close relatives. Through negotiations and lobbies they try to get commercial permits, jobs and promotions. Nevertheless, the religious institution has contributed enormously in the maintenance of peace and stability and in the organisation of common fronts for the sake of the country. During the riots of 1999, we have