Activists: Retracing Gandhi’s steps

2008-10-03 00:00

This week, three of India’s freedom fighters of the 1940s visited the Pietermaritzburg railway station, where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out of a train in June 1893 because he was in a first class compartment reserved for whites.

The three veterans — Bhagat Prasad Sharma (85), Dr Mahadev Prasad (80) and Damodar Tawari (93) — recalled their fight for independence in India.

Dr Prasad was only 13 years old when he was imprisoned for more than seven months — the youngest freedom fighter jailed in India. Tawari was sentenced to death for his part in the struggle, but was released after having served two years in jail.

The three veterans are visiting South Africa to follow in the footsteps of Gandhi, who spent 21 years in South Africa, formulating his credo of non-violent struggle.

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