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Celebrating Indians in Africa for completing a successful 156 year journey

Indians in Africa

It was in 1860 that the Indians arrived on the Durban harbor. The ship name was “Truro”, which basically, meant that the boat sailed smoothly.

To be exact, it was on 16th November 1860. Indians were sent to South Africa, which were completely filled with black people. No wonder now the South Africans are a mix breed of white, brown and black people.

The Indians laborers were made to cultivate land and grow sugar cane plant. And then the same Indians workers used to work in the sugar factories which used to produce the sugar crystals and then help the same in exporting the finished products to other countries and collect their wages.

The Indian laborers made their families and their living there in South Africa. Now its been 156 years and now it’s time to pause and reflect. Look back at the struggles that the families have gone through and the hard work the each family has done to bring up their kids.

On 16th November, a ground breaking ceremony was held in Johannesburg, to commemorate the Indians who first landed in Durban, by building a statue . This was done in the coastal city of Durban.

It is built at exactly the same spot where the first Indians landed in 1860. Yesterday’s ceremony was held by Willies Mchunu, the premier of KwaZulu-Natal Province, which is home to about two-thirds of South Africans 1.4 million citizens of Indian origin. He was joined a by a number of local Indian leaders.

The local people were happy in celebrating the commemoration. “After 156 years of Indians stay here, we raise up this monument to thank our fellow brothers and sisters of India for deciding to come to SA and staying here.

There was nearly 342 men who arrived on the harbor of Durban with the help of Truro ship. These Indians were promised better life and better quality of wages. But only in the end to find themselves stuck in sugar baron lands and doing the hard labor. Usually Indians are not great doing hard labor like most of the black people can.

Most of the Indian brothers, as south Africans call them, decided to make it  their home and settle down with their families there. They dint go back to India after their stipulated amount of time as contract period that they servcd.

All the South Africans are proud of that the Indians settled down here and contributed to the growth of the country. And November 16th 2016 marks the 156 years in the entire journey of Indians in South Africa.

All the Indians coming together to build mosques, temples, schools funding all of them from their pockets, despite being restricted by the African government for movement.

Today Indian culture, languages, and ethnicity has come down the algorithm and the decants even maintain the ethnicity of Indian culture in the democratic South Africa.

It was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who came to South Africa. He was brought by a businessman to fight against the Indians in South Africans, who faced the horrors of racial discrimination of their counterparts.

Even today, Gandhi grand daughter still runs Pheonix-settlement which was started by MK Gandhi.

While many other South Africans are doing community work, like the great grand daughter of MK Gandhi in Johannesburg.

MK Gandhi spent two decades in South African fighting against racial discrimination issue.  The heritage museum which shows all the efforts and achievements done by the Indian people. This is famously called the “Story of the Indenture”