Lalit (political party)

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Founded 1981
Split from Mauritian Militant Movement
Headquarters 153 Main Road, Grand River North West
Ideology Socialism,
Political position Left-wing
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Lalit is a left-wing political party in the island nation of Mauritius. It is opposed to private or any other undemocratic control of government functions. According to its website, the party was created as a “free-expression monthly magazine” named "Lalit de Klas" (English: "Class Struggle") in 1976.[1] "Lalit" means "struggle" in Mauritian Creole. The party, which started as a tendency inside the Mauritian Militant Movement, split from it in 1981, when the MMM announced that it was embarking on a policy of "New Social Consensus", seen by Lalit as a policy of collaboration with the capital.[2]

Lalit desires what it calls "an alternative political economy",[1] and works towards care for the environment, against repression and torture, and towards women's liberation. Lalit strongly opposes communalism and the use of ethno-religious labels for official purposes. Its candidates in the 2005 National Assembly elections each drew the legally compulsory classification he or she would use from a hat, regardless of candidate's actual supposed "ethnicity" or religion. The party failed to win seats in the Assembly.

The party opposes the presence of Anglo-American forces on the atoll of Diego Garcia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lalit website, "About", Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  2. ^ Republic of Mauritius:The Experience of Resistance to Neo-Liberalism Human Rights Programme of the Europe-Third World Centre (CETIM), 2000

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