Posts Tagged "South Africa"

Pretoria Highlights

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Pretoria Highlights

In 1894 Gandhi helped found the Natal Indian Congress, to unify local Indians into a political force, and became the first secretary.  In September of the same year, Gandhi became the first Indian to be enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Natal.  Gandhi felt firsthand what it was like to be discriminated upon, he struggled to find a hotel in Johannesburg and the Grand National Hotel would not allow him to eat in hotel dining room.  The Central Baptist Church turned Gandhi away and would not let him enter a white church. At the meeting held in the Empire Theater in Johannesburg, Gandhi introduced the idea of Satyagraha resistance through non-cooperative,...

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On This Day!

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

On This Day!

On This Day! Today is the anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s swearing-in as President of South Africa.   Photo: This is the very location where Nelson Mandela cast his vote in his country’s first all-race elections at a polling booth in the school. Mandela chose the area because he wanted to give the native black population the confidence to vote. He chose Ohlange High school in particular because this is where John Dube the first President of what was to become the ANC was buried and he wanted to lay a wreath. Mandela stood by the grave and said “Mr President, I have come to report to you that South Africa is free today.”   Photo taken during...

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Violence Running Rampant

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Violence Running Rampant

Originally posted @GWEI  Violence runs rampant in these austere times. An embodiment of the concept would certainly manifest as the Hydra itself, the multi-headed serpent monster from ancient Greek mythology, a monster which Hercules himself had difficulty slaying. Mimicking the Hydra, violence is manifold and ruthless. In today’s world, where there is mass profit from maintaining perpetual tragedies such as war, obtaining any leverage over this beast is an absolutely Herculean task. Despite the seemingly infinite difficulties that one who chooses to walk nonviolent a path has before them, many, such as Mohandas Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King and Bell Hooks, have boldly...

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New Gandhi Tour Grants for Youth!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

New Gandhi Tour Grants for Youth!

Originally Posted at GWEI Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (“GWEI”) Board of Directors has established the “Essay of Excellence”, a youth “Gandhi Legacy Tour Travel Grant” program.   Two travel grants will be awarded annually – one for the Gandhi Legacy Tour of India (Dec 29 – Jan 12, 2015-2016) and the other for the Satyagraha Tour of South Africa (May 31 – June 15, 2015.)  Both tours will be led by Arun Gandhi and his son Tushar.  Aligning with with United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC)  Youth Forum, admonition “Giving young people a voice in development”, GWEI partnered with the Rochester, NY-based MK Gandhi Institute of...

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Nelson Mandela Foundation:
Meeting with the ‘Robben Islanders’

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Nelson Mandela Foundation:  Meeting with the ‘Robben Islanders’

During the inaugural Gandhi Satyagraha Tour of South Africa last June we had the opportunity to participate in a historic gathering at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, with several of whom were imprisoned with Mandela for decades and then went on to play important roles in the re-establishment of the post-apartheid government. This is a partial account of that amazing time together. Tour Delegation led by Arun & Tushar Gandhi meeting with Ahmed “Kathy” Kathrada, and Robben Islanders Laloo “Isu” Chiba, and Shirish Nanabhai at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Nelson Mandela, following his Presidency, would ask his staff of that time to do various...

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