Rustenberg Welcomes Mahatma Gandhi

The Recreation Africa group is pleased to announce that they will be unveiling a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at Kedar historic lodge, near Rustenburg, on 19th September, 2015.

This monument is in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the return of Gandhi from South Africa to India (1915 – 2015) and the service and sacrifice of Gandhi, the Indian army and the Natal Indians in the South African war (Anglo Boer War).

The statue is by renowned sculptor, Adam Madebe, and the memorial has been designed by Nico Wessels, a well-known South African architect.

gandhi statue

For years, the enormous contribution of the Indians and the Indian army (men drawn from the indigenous people of India) to the British war effort in South Africa has largely gone ignored. Many accounts have been published on the role of contingents from Australia, Canada and other countries that took part in the conflict. Their sacrifices have inspired war memorials scattered throughout the world.   However, comparatively little research has appeared on the Indian contingent, which was the first to arrive after the outbreak of war and became the largest of all the foreign forces brought in to reinforce the British garrison in South Africa. In general, the role of the Native Indian component of the Indian army has been neglected by researchers. The Indian scholar, Dr T.G. Ramamurthi, is a notable exception, producing a little-known pioneering study (1996)

mahatma gandhiUntil now there has been relatively little to recall and honour the Indian contribution in the Anglo Boer War. Gandhi rightfully deserves to be included as a person of prominence in the war pantheon, alongside such personalities as Winston Churchill, Paul Kruger and Jan Smuts. Mohandas Gandhi, the Anglo Boer War stretcher bearer and spokesman for the South African Indian community – and, of course, a global champion for human rights – now has a place where his South African struggle and contribution will be remembered.

The Indian High Commissioner to South Africa, Her Excellency, Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam, has graciously agreed to deliver an address on Gandhi to invited guests at the unveiling ceremony. Kedar will also host a dinner for invitees, and two chefs from New Delhi will be preparing the meal.

For more information call Rodney Weinrich 011 950 6025 or 083 325 4833 or email rodney@rali.co.za visit us on www.recreationafrica.co.za


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Publisher & editor of Indian Spice.

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