A Real-Life Game of Thrones

8 mars 2024, 19:25


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In the intricate dance of power and politics, Mauritius, much like the fictional Westeros from George R. R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones”, is a land where strategic alliances, the breaking of old circles of trust, and the relentless pursuit of power dominate the landscape. The recent political maneuvers, including the promotion of loyalists, the retention of controversial figures, and the removal of unpopular officials, could easily be mistaken for a plot straight out of Martin’s epic saga.

Just as in Westeros, where survival depends on making the right friends and alliances, Mauritian politics underscores the importance of aligning with individuals who can bolster one’s position or agenda. The elevation of Navin Beekarry and the appointment of Charles Cartier, alongside the calculated retention (Carine Charlette) and forced removal of others (Showkutally Soodhun, Ivan Collendavelloo, and now Ken Arian), reflect a dual strategy aimed at consolidating power while presenting a facade of unity and less tension ahead of looming elections.

This scenario mirrors the “Game of Thrones” lessons on the necessity of smart alliances, and the inevitable pitfalls of deceit and betrayal in the quest for supremacy. In both realms, the short-term gains of cunning plots and power grabs often lead to long-term consequences, underscoring the timeless wisdom of playing fair, a virtue lauded in the show, but frequently overlooked in the throes of political ambition.

Moreover, the ability to adapt and pivot, akin to knowing when to move on from a lost cause or a failing strategy, is as crucial in the halls of Mauritian power as it is in the battlefields of Westeros. The political landscape is fraught with Sir Jorah Mormonts, clinging to outdated allegiances or projects that no longer serve their purpose, failing to recognize when a strategic retreat could open the door to new opportunities and victories.

The fight for what one deserves, another lesson from the mythical lands, echoes loudly in the Mauritian corridors of power. The notion that no one will champion your cause better than yourself is a stark reminder of the individual battles waged within the political arena, where every politician must advocate for their vision, their worth, and their right to lead.

Yet, perhaps the most resonant lesson from “Game of Thrones” is the importance of seeking help before it’s too late. Daenerys Targaryen’s rise from an orphan in exile to the Mother of Dragons exemplifies the strength found in vulnerability and the power of asking for support. This principle holds true in politics, where collaboration and collective wisdom often pave the way to enduring success and resilience.

In Mauritius, a court ruling on August 14, 2023, against the General Manager of the Beach Authority (Subhas Seeruttun), punished for exploiting his official position for personal gain, acts as a stark reminder of the ethical standards expected of public officials. That decision is not typical, but it should be. It reinforces the idea that, much like in Westeros, those in positions of power are held to a higher ethical code, one that demands integrity, fairness, and accountability.

The parallels between the cut-throat political landscape of Mauritius and the tumultuous world of “Game of Thrones” are uncanny. Both realms are characterized by the complex interplay of power, ambition, and the unending quest for dominance, governed by timeless lessons on alliances, integrity, adaptation, self-advocacy, and the invaluable strength found in seeking and offering support. The game of thrones continues, with its players perpetually vying for the ultimate prize of power and control.