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Lalit (political party)

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" in 1976. "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.

Lalit desires what it calls "an alternative political economy", 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.


Lalit may refer to:

  • Lalit party, a left political party in Mauritius
  • Lalit (raga), a raga in Indian classical music
Lalit (raga)

Lalit is a raga in Hindustani classical music. It is commonly described as serene and devotional and is performed at dawn.

The swara (notes of the Indian musical scale) of Lalit put emphasis on the minor second (Re) and minor sixth (Dha), and include natural and sharp fourth (Ma), but omit the commonly used perfect fifth (Pa). Author Peter Lavezzoli stated the raga was difficult to play for Western classical musicians because of its scale. Jairazbhoy argued the use of both forms of Ma was an apparent chromaticism, but that one of the Ma notes was a diminished Pa. Lalit with a different scale was identified in the 16th century, and a raga Lalita existed before.

Pakad - Chalan of Lalit: Re♭, Ma-Ma#-Ma Ga Ma, Ma#Ni, Sa

As can be seen from above, the raga uses both the flat and the upper Ma and that makes this raga very distinct from other ragas. Deliberate oscillation on the cusp formed between Ma-Ma# and Ni is commonly heard.