Abdool Razack Mohamed

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The Right Honourable
Abdool Razack Mohamed
عبدالرزاق محمد
Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius
In office
3 March 1967 – 8 April 1976
Governor General Henry Garrioch
Prime Minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
Preceded by Office Established
Succeeded by Harish Boodhoo
Member of Parliament
In office
7 October 1966 – 8 April 1976
Prime Minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
Preceded by Sir Anerood Jugnauth
Personal details
Born 1 August 1906
Calcutta India
Died 8 May 1978
Political party CDM
Children Yusuf Mohamed
Occupation Businessman, Politician
Religion Sufi Islam

Sir Abdool Razack Mohamed (Born:Arabic;شلايخخم قشئشؤن ةاشةثي,Bengali;আব্দুল রাজাক মোহাম্মদ; 1906–1978) was an Indian born former key Mauritian Minister in the pre and post-independence cabinet of Mauritius. He is celebrated as one of the fathers of the modern state of Mauritius,[1] and he was the leader of the political party called the CAM (Comite D'Action Musulman). His work together with Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam of the Mauritian Labour Party is credited with being instrumental in bringing independence to Mauritius.

Born in a rich mercantile Memon family in Calcutta, India in 1906, he was Lord Mayor of Port Louis in 1949, 1953 and 1956. Sir Abdul Razack Mohamed served many different posts for Mauritius, including deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Land Development and Minister of Social Security from 1967-1976. Sir Abdul Razack Mohamed died in Rose Hill on 8 May 1978.[2]

The centenary of his birth was commemorated by the Mauritian Government.[3]

Notable trivia[edit]

  • He is the one who had the idea of the colours of the Mauritian flag.
  • One of the key streets of Port Louis is named after him.
  • His effigy is on the two hundred rupees banknote of Mauritius.
  • His son Yousuf Abdul Razack Mohamed was a Member of the National Assembly, Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations from 1976 to 1979 and Ambassador in Egypt and other Middle Eastern Countries.He is a barrister by profession. His grandson, Honourable Shakeel Mohamed, was MP in the National Assembly with the Labour Party and also a barrister between 2005 and 2010. The Mohamed family is the first family in Mauritius to have three generations in the National Assembly. Honourable Shakeel Mohamed was elected to the National Assembly in July 2005. He was the Deputy Government Whip between 2008 and 2010.He was reelected to the National Assembly in May 2010 and was appointed Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Address by Hon D. Gokhool, Minister of Education, at Sir Abdool Razack Mohamed School, July 6, 2006
  2. ^ L'express Newspaper www.lexpress.mu
  3. ^ Mauritius Government official website