Ottawa Journal of International and Public Affairs,
Vol. 1, No. 1, July 2023, Ghazipur, London (United Kingdom).
LINDSEY COLLEN: “THE GREATEST PRIVILEGE OF MY LIFE - BEING PART OF THE THREE-WEEK NATION-WIDE MASS GENERAL STRIKE MOVEMENT IN MAURITIUS IN AUGUST 1979” - Interview by Shafick Osman, PhD Geopolitics (Paris-Sorbonne University), and Research Associate at the Florida International University (Miami).
Collen is a feminist, social and political activist, and
internationally famous novelist. She has won numerous international
accolades, and one of her prize-winning works, The Rape of Sita, is
still prohibited in Mauritius. Lindsey Collen is a well-known figure in
Mauritius' public life. She is originally from South Africa, and she
tells us about her life in white South Africa during the apartheid era,
as well as her journey to the Seychelles, in this interview. She also
talks about her stay in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Lindsey Collen has not only been heavily involved in Mauritian politics
for nearly fifty years, but she is also one of the pioneers of the
Mauritius women's movement. She is well-known for her advocacy for the
Creole and Bhojpuri languages, as well as her support for Palestine and
the recognition of Mauritian sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago. A
staunch leftist, Lindsey Collen describes herself first and foremost as a
The interview has been published in Vol. 1, No.1 of the Ottawa Journal of International and Public Affairs (OJIPA) in July 2023. It may be purchased here.