Under the provisions of the 1968 Mauritius Citizenship Act, Section 5, subject to meeting the conditions therein, I can be registered as a citizen.I have lived in Mauritius for several years now. However, my association with this country goes back to the early 1980’s. Therefore, I have always felt at home when coming back here.
At this time in life I can say that I have settled down in this country without any wish to go back to my country of origin.
Now comes the big question should I take the initiative and become a member of this society? Many other questions come to mind though. Do I have the necessary qualities to interact with fellow citizens? After all these years of contact I believe I have a good understanding of the various customs of this multi-cultural society. I also understand some of the intricacies of the local political machine albeit with a critical eye.
So why do I hesitate? I guess, for me, it is a big step to take-on at such a late stage in life. I am aware of the responsibilities attached to this decision. There is also the fact that, for others, nothing would have changed. I would still be the same immigrant coming from another land. A piece of official paper does not alter your appearance, customs or the way you talk. You cannot change people’s origins with a wave of a magic wand. Nevertheless, it could be a positive step by me, a sort of recognition that, over the years, this country has welcomed me. For the State to register me as a citizen would be recognizing that my attachment to this country goes beyond the casual visitor or tourist one. Dare I say that I have roots here? What do you think?