Mauritius President becomes emotional during visit to ancestral village in Bihar

Rajkeswar Purryag

Unable to check his overflowing emotions, President of Mauritius Rajkeshwur Purryag broke down upon his arrival in the land of his forefathers in a non-descript village of Bihar on Sunday.
“I salute this land from where my ancestors had migrated to Mauritius about 150 years ago,” a tearful Purryag said at a civic reception organised in his honour at Wajitpur village in Masaurhi sub-division of Patna district. “I am very happy to be here but I have turned emotional too.”

Rajkeshwur Purryag
President Rajkeshwur Purryag, who was accompanied by his wife Anitah Purryag, shed tears over his sentimental reunion with his long-lost kin.

“On this occasion, each of my pores remembers my great grandfather who had left this village behind and gone to Mauritius,” he said. “I have met the members of my family that had stayed back here.”
Purryag, who was accompanied by his wife Anitah Purryag, shed tears over his sentimental reunion with his long-lost kin while addressing the villagers who had turned up in large numbers to see a famous son of the soil who had risen from an extremely poor family to become the president of a country.

President of Mauritius Rajkeshwur Purryag broke down upon his arrival at his ancestral village in Bihar.
President of Mauritius Rajkeshwur Purryag broke down upon his arrival at his ancestral village in Bihar.

Recounting the ordeal of his forefathers, the visiting President said that his grandfather and many others from Bihar had been lured by the British to Mauritius in the name of better future. “They were told that they would find gold beneath the rocks there,” he said. “Our forefathers did not get any gold but they worked hard enough to turn Mauritius into an independent nation.”

The visiting President said that his grandfather and many others from Bihar had been lured by the British to Mauritius in the name of better future
The visiting President said that his grandfather and many others from Bihar had been lured by the British to Mauritius in the name of better future.

“Our forefathers faced abject poverty and slept in huts,” he said. “They ate stale rice and even had to sleep on empty stomachs on many occasions. They faced immense hardships.”
With moist eyes, Purryag said when his forefathers left for Mauritius, they took Bihar and India with them in their hearts. “This is why India and Mauritius are not bound merely by their bilateral ties; they have the relationship of two brothers,” he stated.

With moist eyes, Purryag said when his forefathers left for Mauritius, they took Bihar and India with them in their hearts
With moist eyes, Purryag said when his forefathers left for Mauritius, they took Bihar and India with them in their hearts.

Calling upon the people of Bihar to shun casteism and forge ahead on the road to development by focusing on education, he said that Mauritius had remained poor until 40 to 50 years ago but it attained progress through unity of its people and education.
Speaking in Hindi, Purryag said that Bihar’s development under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was being talked about everywhere these days but there was a time when he (Purryag) was advised, on a visit to Mumbai, against telling anybody that he belonged to the state.

The President of Mauritius praised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
The President of Mauritius praised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Expressing his gratitude to the people for the grand reception, the President said that he would like to come back to his ancestral village again. “It is my good fortune that I am in the village of my pardada (great grandfather),” he said. “I will come again.”

The President called upon the people of Bihar to shun casteism
The President called upon the people of Bihar to shun casteism.

Purryag said that he had come to Bihar 25 years ago in search of his village but could not find it. “It is because of the efforts of Nitish and his government that I have reached here.”
Nitish, who was present on the occasion, said that his government had decided to name an upcoming high school as well as pond in the village after the visiting dignitary. He said that a plaque would also be placed in the village to commemorate the president’s visit.

Nitish, who was present on the occasion, said that his government had decided to name an upcoming high school in the village after the visiting dignitary.

The Chief Minister said that it was a matter of great pride that the people from Bihar had risen to the post of President in a foreign country by dint of their hard work and talent.

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