Out of the Blue: Romanticising the islands of India

express news service

Unexplored and pristine with powdery white beaches and knee-deep emerald waters, Flat Island is a nature reserve of 253 hectares and is volcanic in origin. It is one of the largest northern islands off the edge of the East-African nation of Mauritius, itself just a speck in the Indian Ocean.

Many Indian travelers are oblivious that they are resuming a historic journey on their trip to Flat Island, until they set foot inside the Aapravasi Ghat, the now restored remaining section of a former immigration depot. is in. “The indentured laborers brought from India were abandoned on the northern islands of Mauritius,” says Meenakshi, a guide at Pravasi Ghat, a UNESCO heritage site.
Aapravasi Ghat is located on the bay of Trou Fanfaron in Port Louis, capital of Mauritius. It is the site of the landing of some five million Indians in early 1829, who had signed a contract agreement with employers in search of land just off North India, but were instead sent on a long arduous sea voyage. .

Those who survived the trip to India landed at the immigration depot here in the country of Marich, as Mauritius was then addressed by the contractors who brought the workers. These laborers were called ‘indentured’ – a slang term for cheap labour, coined by none other than the British against ‘slaves’ after the abolition of slavery. The period between the 1830s and the early 1900s is known as the ‘Age of Mortgage’.

birds nesting on the island

Indentured laborers, after landing in Mauritius, now embark on a 16-step flight in search of better prospects at Pravasi Ghat, only to cohabit with thousands of others in space-constrained barracks, with dismal sanitation facilities for filing . immigration procedures.
Immigration procedures were followed by a medical test, when people suspected of cholera, malaria and other communicable diseases were sent to quarantine in Flat Island, which was assigned a quarantine station, locally known as Lazaretto. Was known.

In Lazaretto, indentured Indian laborers were joined by their counterparts from China and Africa. With substandard facilities and depressing living conditions, many died in the first few months of their arrival. Those who survived went on to work on the many sugarcane plantations run by colonists in mainland Mauritius. Thus, much of the prosperity of Mauritius has been the labor of sweat and blood of these migrants and their descendants, especially the Indians.

The Age of Indentured has also left its footprint on the island in the form of structural remains and an operational lighthouse that was built on a 100-metre-high hill in the 1850s. These add to the island’s historical connection with Indian immigrants in Mauritius. Today, tourists and travelers flock to the once Lazaretto Isle Plate in catamarans, motor boats and yachts to enjoy its natural beauty and chase rare butterflies. Night stays are not permitted as they are protected nature reserves but boat operators often arrange grilled lunches for an additional fee.

With the counterpart to the south-eastern side of Gabriel Island, separated by a lagoon, the islets are
Also home to rare endemic flora and fauna. Birders are in for a treat. The flat island is home to three endemic species of seabird: the white- and red-tailed tropical bird, and the wedge-tailed shearling. Truly a delight when these birds soar against the blue sky and mischievously kiss the top of the emerald blue waters.


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