Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean

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Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean
Coat of arms of Mauritius (Original version).svg
Award of  Mauritius
Type Order of merit
Motto Stella Clavisque Maris Indici
Awarded for At the President's pleasure
Status Currently constituted
Chancellor President of the Republic Of Mauritius
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Grand Commander (GCSK)
Grand Officer (GOSK)
Commander (CSK)
Officer (OSK)
Member (MSK)
Established 28 April 1992
Precedence
Next (higher) None
Next (lower) President's Distinguished Service Medal
Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean - GCSK, GOSK, CSK (Mauritius) - ribbon bar.png
Ribbon bar of GCSK, GOSK, CSK
Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean - OSK, MSK (Mauritius) - ribbon bar.png
Ribbon bar of OSK, MSK

The Most Distinguished Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean is the highest distinct order of merit in the honours system of Mauritius. It was founded in 1992 to decorate people who have made a contribution to social progress in the nations of the Indian Ocean. It may be awarded to non-Mauritian citizens.[1][2]

Chancellor[edit]

The chancellor of the order is the President of the Republic Of Mauritius. Each year on Independence day (12 March) the president of the republic appoints new members on the recommendation of the prime minister.

Labour Day has a special significance to the order as it relates to the hardship of people working for their country[citation needed]. On Labour Day 2007 the Malagasy President Marc Ramalomanana was appointed to the rank of Grand Commander, the highest rank of the order.[3]

Privileges[edit]

Recipients of the rank of Grand Officer or above are automatically entitled to prefix The Hon, Hons or The Honourable to their name. Commanders and Officers may request permission from the president to use this prefix. Recipients of the order who are not Mauritian citizens may not use the prefix or post-nominals unless granted permission by the president.

Composition[edit]

The Order comprises five classes, in descending order of seniority:[4]

  • Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK)
  • Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GOSK)
  • Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK)
  • Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (OSK)
  • Member of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (MSK)

Composition of the medal[edit]

GRAND OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE STAR AND KEY OF THE INDIAN OCEAN

The decoration shall be 3 mm thick in the form of a cross and made up of a circular central part and three sets of leaves: outer, middle, inner.

The outer leaves shall be of gold. The length from tip to tip of the outer leaves shall be 71mm.

The middle leaves shall be made of violet blue enamel (Group 98 Col of the Royal Horticultural Society colour chart), have pointed ends capped by beads, and be lined externally with gold 2mm thick. The length from head to bead(external) shall be 76 mm.

The inner leaves shall be in the shape of a cross with equal arms of blue enamel(Group 100D of the same colour chart) lined externally with gold 1mm thick. The length from tip to tip of the inner leaves shall be 65 mm.

The central part shall depict a ring of gold with outer diameter 26mm and inner diameter 20mm.

ON THE OBVERSE, to fit inside the ring, shall be embossed a Trochetia Boutoniana flower in gold and on the ring the words GRAND OFFICER OF THE STAR & KEY.

ON THE REVERSE inside the ring, shall be embossed the coat of arms of the Republic of Mauritius and on the ring the words REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS.

The clasp shall be of gold.

The decoration shall be worn around the neck by a ribbon of old gold colour (yellow group 11 C of the same colour chart) 70 mm wide with the colours of the flag of Mauritius running vertically in the middle in segments each 4 mm wide.

The colours of the flag (from left to right) shall be as per the following British Standard Colour Code:

Red - 0.005 Blue - 7.086 Yellow - 0.001 Green - 0.010

Recipients[edit]

Grand Commanders of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK)
Name Post-Nominals Year Appointed
Cassam Uteem GCSK 1993[5]
Karl Offmann GCSK 2002[5]
Anerood Jugnauth KCMG, GCSK, QC, PC 2003[5]
Paul Berenger GCSK 2003[6]
Louis Serge Clair GCSK 2003[7]
Premnath Ramnah GCSK 2004[8]
Rameswurlall Basant Roi GCSK 2004[8]
Jaya Krishna Cuttaree GCSK 2005[9]
Sir Satcam Boolell (posthumous) GCSK, Kt 2006[10]
Rashid Beebeejaun GCSK, GOSK 2007[11]
Sir Ramesh Jeewoolall GCSK, Kt 2007[11]
Marc Ravalomanana GCSK 2008
Navinchandra Ramgoolam GCSK 2008[12]
Xavier Luc Duval GCSK 2009[13]
Rajkeswur Purryag GCSK 2009[14]
Rama Sithanen GCSK 2009
James Burty David (posthumous) GCSK 2010[15]
Mohamed Nasheed GCSK 2011[16]
James Alix Michel GCSK 2012[17]

Grand Officers of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GOSK)

Name Post-Nominals Year Appointed
The Hon Mookhesswur CHOONEE GOSK 2014 [18]
The Hon Satya Veyash FAUGOO GOSK 2014 [18]
Mr Bahim JEETOO GOSK 2014 [18]
Mrs Soonita KISTAMAH GOSK 2014 [18]
Mrs Marie Madeleine LEE GOSK 2014 [18]
Mr Dharam Dev MANRAJ GOSK 2014 [18]
Mr Marie Joseph Raymond MARRIER d’UNIENVILLE, Q.C. GOSK 2014 [18]
Dr Sulleman MOREEA GOSK 2014 [18]
Mr Marie Jacques Laval PANGLOSE GOSK 2014 [18]
Dr Keyvoobalam PAUVADAY GOSK 2014 [18]
Mr Geerja Shankar RAMDAURSINGH GOSK 2014 [18]
Mr Rohit RAMNAWAZ GOSK 2014 [18]
Mr Georges André ROBERT GOSK 2014 [18]
Dr Georges TSANG KWONG HONG GOSK 2014 [18]
BALGOBIN Mrs Lalita GOSK 2013 [19]
BEEBEEJAUN Ahmud Ally GOSK 2013 [19]
BUNDHUN Ved Prakash GOSK 2013 [19]
CHEEROO Mahmood GOSK 2013 [19]
COLONNA Piero Augusto GOSK 2013 [19]
GUTTEE Rohit Narainsing GOSK 2013 [19]
HAWOLDAR Dr Rihun Raj GOSK 2013 [19]
HEIN Marc Raymond GOSK 2013 [19]
KALACHAND Ashok Kumar Jai Krishen GOSK 2013 [19]
LI WAN PO Philippe GOSK 2013 [19]
NIRSIMLOO-GAYAN Mrs Sooryakanti GOSK 2013 [19]
QUENETTE Louis Rivaltz GOSK 2013 [19]
SACCARAM Kaleshwarao GOSK 2013 [19]
SANGEELEE Dr Sattianathan GOSK 2013[19]
SOOPRAYEN Soopramanien GOSK 2013 [19]

References[edit]

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