Originally brought in as indentured laborers as in Mauritius, they were mostly from South IndianTamils and Telugus. Tamils in Reunion are gradual awakening and desire to their ancestors' culture, and started studying their language and religions especially from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. They also now wanted to translate their newly acquired civic and political rights into a gradual and increasing participation in local and other elections.
Mr. Jean-Paul Virapoullé is an example of Tamil Participation in the island's civic and political life. He is currently Mayor of Saint Andre and First Vice President of the General Council of Reunion. There are other examples of this kind, such as those Mr. Saminadin Axel Kichenin.
Mrs. Nadia Ramassam who are respectively Second and Third Vice Presidents of the same General Council.