Published on : Monday, October 7, 2013
Historical events of Seychelles and India seen through a collection of photographs and historical findings dating back to the first Indian settlers in Seychelles in 1770 was unveiled at the official opening of the Seychelles-India Day Celebrations Exhibition by Alain St Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture.
The exhibition ‘A Voyage in Time’ – walks the visitors to the exhibition through almost 250 years of Seychelles history.
The objects on show start with Brayer du Barre’s settlement on St Anne Island, which incidentally included Indians – among the very first to settle on the island and subsequently founded the Seychelles population.
‘A voyage in Time’ also tells the story of the first Indians: Charvy, Moulia, Meinatte, Corinthe and Domingue. Originally from the Malabar Coast in India the five then settled as labourers on St Anne Island in 1770.
‘A Voyage in Time’ also showcases successive Indian migrations and integration into Seychelles community. The exhibition also shows that 82% of the Seychelles population has some Indian roots.
‘A voyage in Time’ is also about Seychelles long standing diplomatic ties with India established after the island’s Independence in 1976.
When he was officially opening the exhibition, Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture said that the Seychelles-India Day Celebrations Exhibition is of great importance for the nation.
“The stories being depicted in this exhibition are the stories of India and Seychelles as well as those of Indians and Seychellois. They may not be perfect.
They may at times appear flawed. But in them, essentially lay answers to what makes the relationship between India and Seychelles a privileged one’’ Minister St.Ange said.
Minister Alain St.Ange said that for the handful of Indians who first landed on the shores of these pristine islands way back in 1770, the journey has been long but smooth and prosperous.
“It is not only our respective governments who have made this possible. It is our people who have contributed in large measure to the warmth and prosperity of this relationship.
After all relationship exists between people and not otherwise,” the Minister said.
Minister St.Ange also explained that both have mutually contributed to the development of Seychelles.
“ We fully acknowledge the fact that Indians and Seychellois have not only co- existed in the country, but they also shared and partnered equally on our quests for development in all these years.
Tracing back our footprints in the sands of time for the sake of old memories, this collection of photos will go a long way to further strength our respect and our commitment towards each other in the hope of an even better future,” the Minister for Tourism and Culture added.
It was Danny Faure, the Seychelles Vice President who official cut the ribbon declaring open the exhibition in the presence .of the Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles, the Seychelles-Indian Day Celebrations Committee, Senior Government Officials and members of the Seychelles Indian Community.
‘A voyage in Time’ is above all a success story of two nations which have clearly mastered the notion of co-existing in perfect harmony!
source:- Seychelles Tourism
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