Pietermaritzburg:07 June :- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela showed a ray of hope to people facing injustice and discrimination. At the same time, he remembered the role of India on international forums in helping South African people in the fight against apartheid. Sushma was the keynote speaker at a banquet held in City Hall on the occasion of 125th anniversary of the historic event of June 7, 1893. On June 7, 1893, young lawyer Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was thrown out of the train compartment reserved for white only.
He said that both leaders had ray of hope among colonists or apartheid slaves around the world. Sushma said, ‘This was PeterMaritzburg where two great leaders of our time would hope to revive again. He liberated the developing countries, especially India and African nations by liberating them from colonial wars.
He said, “He will hope in future generations that our values and principles will always be established in our mind and constitution.” Referring to Mandela’s officially unveiling of Gandhi statue by Mandela 25 years ago, “Mandela said in his speech that now is the time when we have to take lessons from Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings.”
He praised the role of South African people of Indian origin in the struggle for independence. Sushma said, “The history of South Africa is full of stories from those who gave their full time for better tomorrow. The story of the people of Indian origin is the story of fearless resolution and courage. He renounced many in the long struggle of South Africa against colonialism and apartheid.
Recalling the Indian support given to South Africa on international forums during his struggle against apartheid, he said, “India was the first country which broke business relations with the apartheid government in the year 1946 and after that it was completely on South Africa. From diplomacy, commercial, cultural and sports restrictions, “he said,” the African National Congress has been in New Delhi since the year 1960. I am a representative office. After the end of apartheid, India re-established relations with South Africa in 1993. Since then, we have a close and friendly relationship with South Africa. ”
Sushma said, mentioning the involvement of South African youth in several programs being run by India, “Youth are our messengers for the future. I was happy to know that in 2017-18, 28 young men and women from South Africa came to India through ‘No India program’. Last year, 48 disciplines came to India on scholarship. “He said that India and South Africa are hand in hand in peace, prosperity and development. He said, ‘The world is a better place for us. The world has to achieve a lot from us. The world looks at us for leadership.