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An Indian Revealing The Collective History Of South Africa

Satish Dhupelia, Board member for the Commission

South Africa, May 30 (Uitv) - We are not makers of history, We are made by history. The history is the reason behind the establishment of the 1860 Heritage Centre, which has set to be launched on Tuesday.

Satish Dhupelia, Board member and spokesman for the centre told that the history of Indians could not be told on its own and that the centre was the central repository of indentured and Indian history.

The facility is set to be opened by Mrs.Bongiwe Sithole-Maloi, MEC for KwaZulu-Natal Arts and Culture.

“While we all value our own cultural and religious practices, we all are part of the country’s collective history. Our histories are all intertwined,” said Dhupelia.

“It’s about building understanding between groups, and children need to know our history.”

He said that the centre’s opening marked the culmination of a “long journey”.

The development of centre is an important effort for locating the history of the SA Indian community in SA struggle for freedom and democracy.It comes at a time when every effort in social cohesion must be supported by right thinking South Africans.

The centre exhibits the lives of people and experiences on indenture and the arrival of Indians in South Africa, a Mandela/Gandhi/Luthuli Wing (MGL) which will house an exhibit on the relationship between Indians and Africans during the Struggle period in South Africa; and an archive and library, among other exhibitions.

“Exhibitions will be altered regularly so as to make this a living centre which will see visitors returning to see new exhibitions and attend events related to the centre.”

He said: “Our core business is to generate a broader understanding of the South African Indian community through understanding its history; its enormous contribution to South Africa’s freedom struggle and its commitment to the deepening of democracy and culture of respect for human rights.”