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Ela Gandhi Ela Gandhi is the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi. She is a South African peace activist and was a Member of Parliament in South Africa from 1994 to 2004, where she aligned with the African National Congress party representing the Phoenix area of Inanda in the KwaZulu-Natal province. She was also very close to Nelson Mandela.

About the Show

Get ready for an immersive journey into the human experience of individuals of Indian origin in South Africa. Chief Explorer Rajan Nazran, accompanied by the dynamic theatre actor and social activist Rajesh Gopie, dive headfirst into a captivating exploration.

In this extraordinary three-part podcast series, they have the privilege of conversing with Ela Gandhi, a remarkable peace activist, as she candidly shares her insights on the pressing issues facing South Africa and her incredible lifelong pursuit of positive change.

As part two of this thought-provoking conversation unfolds, Ela Gandhi opens up about a profound moment in her life—the devastating destruction of the Phoenix ashram in 1985. With raw emotion in her voice, she shares her reflections, allowing us to glimpse the impact of this traumatic event on her identity and convictions.

The dialogue continues to unravel the remarkable efforts of Ela’s mother, who initiated a groundbreaking multiracial school that caught the government’s attention. As Ela recounts the story, we gain a deeper understanding of their challenges and the remarkable courage they displayed in the face of adversity.

Intriguingly, Ela Gandhi takes us back to the riots of 1949 and provides invaluable insights into the causes and consequences of the riots that shook South Africa. She fearlessly sheds light on the underlying factors, exposing the wounds of racial tension that plagued the nation during that tumultuous period.

Amidst the chaos, Ela Gandhi’s commitment to preserving heritage shines through as she recounts her decision to relinquish 100 acres of land while retaining a portion to rebuild the cherished heritage. In this act of defiance, she exemplifies the enduring spirit of Gandhiji’s philosophy. She reminds us of the power of standing up for what we hold dear.

Before this remarkable episode concludes, Ela offers us a glimpse into her journey during house arrest, engaging us in a thrilling game of hide-and-seek as she navigates the challenges and restrictions placed upon her.

Prepare to be enthralled as you listen to this extraordinary conversation that delves deep into the heart of South Africa’s tumultuous past. 

Join us as we uncover the truth behind the riots that have shaped the nation, guided by the indomitable spirit of Ela Gandhi. Stay tuned and immerse yourself in this remarkable dialogue that sheds light on a nation’s trials, triumphs, and resilience on the path to healing.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.

Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

Introduction music: (Rajesh Gopie)

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