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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Yesterday we went to see the Gandhi homestead at Inanda (now a museum and educational centre). This is where Gandhi lived for 21 years, where he developed the concept of Satyagraha, where he became politicised, and where he launched a global anti-colonial struggle that shook the British empire.


According to our tour guide Gandhi’s original house was torn down at the instigation of agents of the apartheid government in 1985 but was rebuilt after 1994. The steps down to the garden are the original steps.

The building that housed Gandhi’s printing press is now a base for a mobile clinic that serves HIV-positive orphans.

It was an interesting visit. The displays and materials were informative. They explained his influences and also the influence of Gandhi globally. Tribute was also given to two other “sons of Inanda”: John Dube, (founder president of the ANC) and Isaiah Shembe (founder of a religious sect). 

Despite this the museum had an air of neglect. It also felt too parochial and constrained for a person of Gandhi’s stature. Sadly, twenty years after the fall of apartheid this museum doesn’t seem have the attention and resources of those addressing “white” concerns.

Posted by bigblue on 16/07/2014 at 07:21 AM
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