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India had planned to intervene militarily in Mauritius in 1983

While Mauritius blows tomorrow, 12 March 2013 its 45 candles of independence, the Indian newspaper The Hindu reveals that a naval operation had been planned in 1983 by the Indira Gandhi government to "assist the Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth to face the challenge of his radical rival Paul Bérenger which New Delhi feared that take the form of a coup d'etat."

In doing so, India ensured to maintain an Indian Prime Minister at the head of Mauritius. The military operation provided for the landing of Indian troops fighting on the ground of Mauritius supported by six warships and helicopters of Alouette type.

The Lal Dora plan, red line operation was not completed because of serious differences between the army and the navy on command of the amphibious military operation.

Fabrice François

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