The anticipated visit of Indian Prime Minister is gathering a dark cloud of doubt amongst South Africans days before his public address at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.
Why is South Africa so eager to welcome Narendra Modi?
Kerushun Pillay published his observations after attending the National Hindu Conference at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where speakers – included Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi – spoke of Hinduism and human rights and responsibilities.
Her response to Pillay on Modi’s impending visit was that South African Indians should stop seeing Modi as their president. When asked whether she thought he was controversial, she simply replied that all presidents are.
Pillay also approached Ashwin Trikamjee, President of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha, who had nothing to say to him when asked about Modi’s imminent arrival in Durban.
Pillay goes on to state that people should not be oblivious to Modi and his past. To think such a person will be part of engagements on hate speech in South Africa, and is seen as a hero to South African Indians, is as perplexing as it is worrying.
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