Bring together the Tamil diaspora and study how they preserved their rich culture while integrating in other countries. This is one of the main objectives of the first International Conference on Tamil Diaspora ever organised. And which Mauritius has the privilege of hosting. The launching ceremony was this morning, at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, in Moka.

Starting today and until this Friday, June 25, speakers from different horizons and backgrounds will be presenting papers on various subjects. All have been compiled in a souvenir handbook that were offered to some of the guests today.

One of the main guests is Dr John Samuel, Founder Director of the Institute of Asian Studies in Chennai, India. Not all of them, stresses Armoogum Parsuramen, chairman of the organising committee, are of Tamil origin – as with Marek Ahnee and Emmanuel Richon – but all share a profound interest in the culture.

Photo (from left to right): Minister of Culture Mukhesswur Choonee; Leader of the opposition Paul Bérenger; ARmoogum Parsuramen, Chairman of the organising committtee of the conference; Navin Ramgoolam, Prime minister; Dr John Samuel, Founder-Director of the Institute of Asian Studies (Chennai), and the minister of Education Vasant Bunwaree.