Former Mauritius Prime Minister Anirudh Jugnauth has passed away at the age of 91 on June 3, 2021. Aniruddha Jugnauth has served as both the Prime Minister and President of Mauritius. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar have expressed grief over the death of Jagannath.
PM Modi wrote in grief, 'Proud of migrant Anirudh Jugnauth, he helped build bilateral relations, which will benefit his legacy. On the other hand, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, 'It is extremely sad to hear the news of the demise of the former Prime Minister and President of Mauritius. He was a good friend of India with a lofty leader. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also recalled the meeting with Jagannath.
Has been awarded the first Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
The demise of Anirudh Jagannath is a great loss as a Hindi lover. Known for his special love for India and Hindi, Aniruddha Jagannath was awarded the first Pravasi Bharatiya Samman. The ancestors of Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth's father Anirudh Jugnauth had reached Mauritius from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.
Anirudh Jagannath's ancestors were residents of Athilpura village of Kersada police station area of Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh. His father foreign Yadav and uncle Jhulai Yadav were sent by the British government in 1873 to Mauritius for sugarcane cultivation as an indentured laborer. Today the family is known as the most prestigious political family of Mauritius.
Jagannath was married to Sarojini Ballah on 18 December 1957. He has two children. One's name is Pravind and the other daughter's name is Shalini. Anirudh Jagannath belonged to the Yadav caste. His son Pravind is the leader of the Militant socialist movement and he is married to Kabita Ramdani. Jagannath's daughter Shalini is also married.
Jagannath's political journey
Jagannath was awarded the first Pravasi Bharatiya Samman. Jagannath was the leader of the Movement Socialist Militant Party in Mauritius. He was first elected to Parliament in 1963 as an IFB candidate. After this, he became a member of the All Mauritius Hindu Congress in 1965. In 1965-66, he was made Minister of State for Development in the government of Sivasagar Ramgoolam, and in November 1966 he became Minister of Labor.
Jagannath joined the Movement Militant Morrison in 1970 and then became the leader of the same party. He won the elections held in 1976 and was also elected the Leader of the Opposition. In the year 1982, Jagannath got a big victory and was elected Prime Minister.