Indians on Indian-ness
Date: Friday , January 31, 2003
“The innate cultural and economic strength of the people would ultimately provide the country with its rightful place among the nations of the world.”
Lord Swraj Paul
Chairman, Caparro Group and a member of the House of the Lords in U.K.
“All the people who went to Trinidad and Tobago, and Africa as indentured labourers went because their country couldn’t support them. Gandhi was a real failure in South Africa. But out of that failure came the great (Indian) independence movement.”
“A question of dual citizenship is totally unacceptable and should be rejected. Consider what would happen if African countries extend special privileges for native South Africans, and leave us (South African Indians) out.”
Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter who is a South African national.
“India has a responsibility to look after the legitimate interest of people of Indian origin. India is not after the riches but the richness of the ideas of the people of Indian origin.”
Dean, Kellogg School of Management.
“Indians ventured forth across the seas to set up new homes in new lands. They went in peace, often with nothing more than faith in their destiny. It has been a saga of courage, enterprise and character.”
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Prime Minister of India.
“We (in South Africa) are not a diaspora of India. We have struggled hard to claim our own South Africaness.”
South African sociologist.