Mauritian Politics

We Need Creole In The Parliament

In a country where the majority of people speak the Creole language and aren’t that fluent in either French or English, we need to make amends for forgetting our roots.  Most politicians use the vernacular in their campaigns to appeal to broader sections of the population, to give hope to the myriads of working class people who usually vote as a bloc and yet no one ever tries to shape the agenda to befit the sentiments of the majority. So for starters, since they’re always butchering the English language in the parliament anyway, why don’t they shift to Creole indefinitely?  That way, more people will be politically aware than before and won’t have to rely on the MBC (Mauritius Bullshit Corporation) to dictate to them how they should feel about bills and amendments.

Our current political system is closely modeled after the UK’s political system, but that shouldn’t include the language as well.  It’s not wrong to feel strongly about our national identity and just because we’re a tiny island doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have national pride.  Take any other sovereign nation in the world-whether it’s South Africa with their diverse ethnic languages or even India with their record breaking 25 official languages, they chose not to emulate the structure of any other country even if they were under colonial rule for ages.  So why don’t we as Mauritians steer clear of that path as well?  If they can beg for our votes in Creole, why can’t they engage in parliamentary works in Creole as well?  It’s not demeaning, or is it?

Finally, as preposterous as it may sound, the antipathy toward the Creole language in what constitutes ‘official matters’ gives way to prejudice against people who aren’t well versed in English or French.  This type of covert discrimination inherently supposes that the Creole language isn’t a hallmark of intelligence, impacting several people on the socio-economic scale.  The point is, the Creole language is the legacy of the hundreds of thousands of people who built this country and while it may not sound posh to some, it’s the most popular dialect in our country and that alone gives credence to its use in official matters as well.

 

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