As awareness of their social and economic exploitation dawned on the workers thanks to the Labour campaign, the country was torn by a series of labour strikes which forced the government to introduce remedial measures.
But it was Ramgoolam who triggered the process of economic development through a constructive approach that started with a strategy of raising the standard of health, of education, of housing, of social security of the people from below. It was a long-term approach that was built on sound foundation, marked by trial and error, experimentation until the country had tried various formulas recommended by local and foreign experts.
Ramgoolams policy from the start had been to redistribute wealth, to raise the level of the people from below at the rural level, to decentralise health, education and other infrastructural facilities and redistribute them evenly throughout the country in a bid to eradicate the gross disparities between urban and rural areas.
By Anand Mulloo 15.9.98