Satyagraha in South Africa www.mkgandhi.org Page 2 FOREWARD We have included Gandhiji’s book entitled Satyagraha in South Africa in the Selected Works because of the great significance that ‘passive resistance’ or Satyagraha has assumed in recent years in different parts of the world. Dr. Martin Luther King, the great American Negro leader, was an ardent follower of
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As the title states, Satyagraha in South Africa offers a historical account of Mahatma Gandhi's leadership of nonviolent resistance by Indian immigrants against the South African government.
After the struggle was concluded, Gandhi left South Africa, having spent 21 years there, to return to India where he would continue to campaign for Indian independence. His time in South Africa was foundational in his development of Satyagraha, or “truth force,” which would later help lead India to its independence.
This passive resistance: Satyagraha (of truth force in Sanskrit) was born and evolved in South Africa before coming to India and, eventually, the world. When, at 46, Gandhi left the country he also left a way of thinking and acting that found an echo in many of the country’s struggles, most notable that of Nelson Mandela.
In this article on Gandhi, 'Mahatma Gandhi, South Africa and Satyagraha', the author, E. S. Reddy, talks about Gandhiji's first satyagraha in South Africa and its after effects. This section contains articles written by very well-known personalities and eminent authors about using Gandhiji and South Africa.
South Africa was the crucible that forged Gandhi’s identity as a political activist and was an important prelude to his return to India, where he played a pivotal role in securing its independence from British rule in August 1947.
He deployed satyagraha in the Indian independence movement and also during his earlier struggles in South Africa for Indian rights. Satyagraha theory influenced Martin Luther King Jr.'s and James Bevel's campaigns during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, and many other social justice and similar movements.
The first time Gandhi officially used Satyagraha was in South Africa beginning in 1907 when he organised opposition to the Asiatic Registration Law (the Black Act). In March 1907, the Black Act was passed, requiring all Indians - young and old, men and women - to get fingerprinted and to keep registration documents on them at all times. ...
Styagraha House, a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi,s contribution to South Africa’s freedom movement, reminds us of the great role played by this great leader, in achieving freedom through “ahimsa “(non-violence ).