In honour of Mahatma Gandhi

2018-06-13 06:02
Nirvikar Bundhoo re-enacts the moment Gandhi was thrown off the train. Here he is seen picking up his luggage after he was flung off the ‘whites only’ train. PHOTO: byrone athman

Nirvikar Bundhoo re-enacts the moment Gandhi was thrown off the train. Here he is seen picking up his luggage after he was flung off the ‘whites only’ train. PHOTO: byrone athman

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SOUTH Africans and Indians alike came together to celebrate the birth of the Satyagraha movement after a young Mahatma Gandhi was kicked off a “whites only” train at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station 125 years ago.

Hundreds of guests travelled from far and wide to witness a special re-enactment of the historic event on Thursday that marked the beginning of what Gandhi termed “Satyagraha”, which is described as a form of non-violent resistance.

Guests were treated to a live display of the events that occurred on that day when Gandhi was thrown off the train with his luggage.

Nirvikar and Visharad Bundhoo embodied a young and old Gandhi respectively through their acting.

A two-sided bronze bust of Gandhi was also unveiled after the display by the actors, depicting both his younger and older self and symbolising his transformation from a barrister to the world famous “Mahatma”.

The bust comes from the mind of Birad Rajaram Yajnik, weighs 100 km and was made in Hydrabad, India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke over a live feed from India of how Gandhi not only liberated India, but of how he gave hope to others around the world.

“No one knows what was in Gandhi’s mind after he was thrown off that train but what he did after that lead a revolution and laid the foundation down for other political figures,” said Modi. Granddaughter to Gandhi, Ela Gandhi, also gave a speech where she outlined that what she took from her grandfather was that change is a part of our everyday life.

“The most important thing to remember is that change is part of our lives. How we change will decide if we become better human beings or not,” said Gandhi.

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