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The role of South African Indians in the Liberation Struggle

Date: Jun 28, 2018

What was the role of South African Indians in the Liberation Struggle?

Body: While reflecting on the birth of the African National Congress on January 8th1912, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi hailed its formation as “the awakening of Africa”. More than a century ago, Gandhi had already become a world-renowned activist against the forces of Colonialism and oppression, having been involved in organising labour and passive resistance campaigns against the pass laws and immigration restrictions.

He was central to the formation of the Natal Indian Congress in 1894, 18 years prior to the formation of the African National Congress. In fact, some historians argue that his peaceful revolution and his public calls to the African majority, whom he called “the sons of the soil”, to stand up against the White oppressors, gave rise to the social discontent that eventually saw the formation of the African National Congress. On #SAfmLifetimeLive with Criselda Dudumashe talking to Nirode Bramdaw, writer, author and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Mauritius in Durban

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