A bust of India’s most famous independence campaigner, Mahatma Gandhi, has been unveiled at a railway station in the South African city of Pietermaritzburg.
The unveiling coincided with the 125th anniversary of Gandhi being thrown off a train at the station because he had boarded a coach reserved for white passengers.
â€œWhat went through Mahatmaâ€™s mind as he spent the night in the waiting room is not really known to us. But we do know that it led to the evolution of a force not seen before in any political movement,â€ India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi said in a message, referring to how Gandhi organised a passive resistance campaign to fight colonial rule.
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the event:
South Africa: EAM Sushma Swaraj took a train journey from Pentrich station to Pietermaritzburg; Visuals from #Pietermaritzburg station where EAM Swaraj unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi pic.twitter.com/bjEY80jTIg
— ANI (@ANI) June 7, 2018