At half a century interval, two Nobel Prize in Economics, James Meade and Joseph Stiglitz, studied Mauritius Island. Meade highlighted the island's problem of devastating poverty and the population explosion time bomb, the second the 'economic miracle' it achieved by the 21st century, to become one of the top two most successful African nations in terms of its socioeconomic achievements and democracy. Mauritius is also called the Singapore of the Southwestern Indian Ocean. Sydney Selvon has written the most exhaustive and complete history of the island in modern historiography in two volumes totalling over 860 pages. The author also dissects the dangerous game of ethnic politics that the political elite, following in the footsteps of the former colonial masters, continue to utilize to maintain their grip on power and shows the way to another kind of approach as advised by the Truth and Justice Commission in 2011 to reconcile the nation. Currentlly, according to the author, ethnic politics has distorted national history and has barred from the school curriculum the teaching of the national history. A must read for academia concerned with the country's and the region's affairs, strategists, economists, etc. and also for the general public and the Mauritian diapora, as the style is that of the renowned and influent editor and writer that Sydney Selvon is in the media.
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Sydney Selvon is a well-known author, historian, journalist and editor in Mauritius. He has also served as High Commissioner (Ambassador in Commonwealth member countries) of Mauritius in Australia. Sydney has written extensively on the history of his native island and his latest work is the result of decades of research that have culminated in this first exhaustive history of Mauritius in the 21st century and the first of its kind in over half a century. He studied journalism in Mauritius and the U.S. and has travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Indian Ocean. He was the chief editor of Le Mauricien from 1984 to 1995, and very influential in national affairs. He also worked as editor in Alberta, Canada in the Bowes Publishers Group, part of Sun Media, a division of the Quebecor Group. He has written books in both English and French and been published internationally.
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