Renganaden Seeneevassen was born in Port Louis on 11th April 1910, the 9th of 10 children. He was of humble origin; his father was an Indian immigrant who was a trader and later worked as an auctioneer in the markets in Port Louis.
Prompted by the blatant injustices of colonial Mauritius and his own sense of fairness, Renganaden Seeneevassen left Mauritius in 1935 to study Law in England. There he developed an interest in politics, having met leaders of the Indian independence movement such as Pandit Nehru and Mahatma Ghandi.
In 1940 he returned to Mauritius as a barrister and distinguished himself at the forefront of his profession. He soon joined the Labour Party and became one of its leaders.
Renganaden Seeneevassen’s contribution to the Mauritian constitution was instrumental. Using his powerful negotiating skills and knowledge of Constitutional Law he passionately argue the case for universal suffrage and against proportional representation, which he believed would divide the country by communalism and undermine a true Mauritian nation.
In 1957 as the first Mauritian Minister of Education, he introduced a code of public education which for the first time ensured a fair and equitable system.
A distinguished orator with exceptional leadership attributes, he is remembered for his kindness, compassion and selfless determination to improve the conditions of his countrymen.
He died on 5th June 1958.