I dare say again, our duty of Indianness must go beyond the tricoloured flag of India.  Unlike structured religions where Pope-like figures lead congregations, as people of Indian origin we are led by the laws of the lands we now reside in and equally, need to place as much love and attention to our fellow community around the globe as we do with the ancestral home of India.  In times where integrity and dutiful thinking coexists, we need to raise our awareness of each other’s existence as people of the same lands than ever before. Shared language, culture and tradition is a mere nicety and social lubricant if we are not actively participating in bringing a better world for all through meaningful interaction.
The recent issues in South Africa with Julius Malema should be concerning to the world, as it represents another nuclear missile across our community. However, despite the writing on the wall with public displays of clear intent against the indo-south African community from a major political party (EFF), the overall silence from our community is deafening. Unfortunately, as history has previously shown, this silence will be read as compliance by the propagators of hate and the worst is yet to come, unless we take note and act to protect human rights for all.     
The words of Julius Malema’s rhetoric run as a deep reminder of other global events that have impacted us, including the times of Idi Amin in Uganda, George Speight of Fiji, Forbes Burnham of Guyana, the attacks against students in Australia, the 2001 Kampung Medan riots in Malaysia and the Inanda riots in South Africa, to name a few.
In all cases, the instigators of ethnic division were initially treated as fringe thinkers, but slowly they gained traction and the repercussions of our global wilful neglect was witnessed through displacement of communities, extreme hardship or the lifeless bodies of parents and children in the streets. After each event we vowed as communities that this would never happen again.  That we too should matter to each other and not simply be used as a political pawn by Governments in trade negotiations based on the premises of people to people contact or a bargaining chip for bilaterals. But as we sit on the precipice of what could be a tsunami of brutality in South Africa, our voices seem muted once more.
We need to remember, in a world where we place a great reliance on the integrity of leaders who virtue-signal their notions of social cohesion, inter regional peace and the protection of minority groups, that these are the very moments where their words and actions are needed. The social lubricant of cricket, Bollywood or Indian political rallies is not a substitute for our joint commitment to each other, otherwise we are relying on an imaginary glue that holds on to nothing.
I have travelled enough to realise that the ongoing events in South Africa are more than simple political showmanship. That these events are clearly encouraging a virus that is plaguing nations which is based on hate, division and blame. Where lack of economic policies is substituted with a blame on 5th generation “foreigners” or minorities looking for an active understood voice.   
I for one, am worried for our South African Global Indian Correspondent Narendh Ganesh who today informed me that after lodging his case against the EFF has received an anonymous call asserting, “Don’t interfere with Malema or else”.
I am worried that the Government of South Africa, who proudly states its commitment to human rights, has been clearly quiet on this issue.  It is my intention to galvanise our community to call for a collective appeal to the Government of South Africa to showcase its commitments to human rights and importantly, act on the fascism that can cause harm to an already vulnerable community. There is an untold oath for politicians to act without fear or favour when the welfare of citizens is of great concern, and they are expected to uphold their duty to support. The case of South Africa should be a clear signal that we will no longer tolerate the intolerable and that as a community, we expect more from the Governments that ask for our votes across the Globe and the Governments who wish for us to enhance trading relationships. Our voices matter.
On behalf of our Global Indian Ambassadors and our advisory committee
Rajan Nazran – Chief explorer for the Global Indian


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  1. B Ramguthee says:

    Mr Narend Ganesh has been bold enough to take up the cudgels on behalf of those members of the Indian community who are leaderless. This can brew into a volatile situation if not arrested, moreso for us who believe in peaceful co-existence with fellow South Africans. Humanity should supercede racist barriers and war talk.

  2. Ash Naidoo says:

    Getting political mileage by blaming the woes of a poorly governed country, on its minorities, is abhorrent. The fact that the ruling party allows this to happen under their watch is disgraceful. As I said before, it’s reminicent of an early 1930’s Germany.

  3. Harish Narsi says:

    It’s time for Malema to be brought to his senses

  4. Sagren Narasimulu says:

    I agree with Naresh and stand by what he says. God bless South Africans of all races, South Africa belongs to all it’s people.

  5. Aravind patel says:

    It took over 50 years for USA and UK to acknowledge the solid foundation on which our Indian forefathers had laid so that the current men and women who now control the economies of many countries including south Africa. They did not burn schools or houses but built them and produced highly qualified citizens who contribute immensely to the fiscus. They are non violent religious and law abiding all over the world where our forefathers pioneered to settle

  6. Sagren Narasimulu says:

    God bless South Africa and all its people of all races, I agree with Naresh Ganesh.

  7. Saber Ahmed Jazbhay says:

    I have studied political science and history at University especially the triggers for genocide or what is ,in the strictest sense,anti-semitism. It starts of with so called ‘fring thinkers’ who are dismissed as crackpots and are tolerated in the name of freedom of expression. .Mr Malema is not a fringe thinker.He comes psckaged to hate minorities that,despite the roadblocks somehow manage to bye pass those roadblocks and become prosperous leaving those who claim as birthright that they are entitled to richness etc. Unless government and thr courts stop this,the next generation of leaders will be weaker thsn the current,divided leadership.

  8. Naresh Singh says:

    Since the 16 November 1860,our lndian people were brought here as slaves in chains and sold to white British farmers ,husbands,wife,separated and sold to the highest bidder.Our suffering started on that day.We endured this pain for over a hundred years,built our own schools. Through education we destroyed the grip of poverty,and unemployment. No help from any government, we improved ourselves.No race group in SA has reached such heights as the lndian community. In every field we are of commerce,medical,engineering ect we are on top.This has given rise to envy,which is the root cause of hate by blacks against lndians.

  9. Siva Pillay says:

    I for one will stand by Narendh Ganesh to put right what was wronged. Julius Malema must not interfere with the Indians. We also suffered under the apartheid government and now the same with the so called Democratic government and at the hands of political parties like the EFF. We as Indians will not stand by and see people of this caliber trample over us. We stand together in this fight against racial slurs.

  10. Losh Naidoo says:

    A well written piece Rajan, on exactly what is going on not only in SA but globally. The George Floyd case had highlighted abuse, biases and discrimination black people face and the Black Lives Matter campaign has brought about huge awareness. Indian people have been targets of discrimination and abuse for many years , irrespective of what generation of birth they are in a particular country. In SA , Indians also suffered during apartheid and now its seems that we are still considered a threat to the country because of our skills, hardwork , and success. Being targeted because we are qualified for a job is an indication of a dying nation rather than a thriving one.
    Hats off to Mr Narend Ganesh for standing up and speaking out. You are so write that many Indians just accept what they getting and not fight back.

  11. L james says:

    Julius must be tried and charged for hate speech..

  12. Harry Sewlall says:

    Indeed, the silence of government in South Africa is deafening. Julius Malema is the mis-shapen, grotesque progeny of the ANC, and is secretly admired by President Cyril Ramaphosa. We saw his avuncular smile at Winnie M- Mandela’s funeral when Julius was holding forth. When Julius said they (blacks) were not killing whites “yet”, he got off scotfree. It seems the lawyers don’t know the meaning or import of “yet”. When Julius Malema and his EFF thugs approached Pravin Gordhan threateningly in Parliament, their sanction was a joke – their MP’s salaries docked for two months, I think. No, Julius Sello Malema deserves stronger sanction from Parliament and the Human Rights Council. You mention the Inanda riots of the 1980s. Let’s not forget the pogrom of Indians in 1949 which only ended when the Indian Navy came into Durban harbour, according to accounts by my elders.

  13. Zain says:

    Julius Malema is a racist who has never created employment or added value in the lives of SA citizens. He was never even part of the SA struggle.

  14. Sewnath Ghingai says:

    Julius is a moron .

  15. Thavanathan Naidoo says:

    I’m so glad that you are taking up this matter globally. Our Government is very complacent on this matter all along.. It’s time that this racist political leader is put in place. He’s always niggling the Indian community with his racist utterances.

  16. We Indians have been tolerant for far too long , we lived up to Ghandis principles of passive resistance and being taken advantage of , Indians in South Africa was a close to Black’s during apartheid and black were protected by Indians today’s freedom they enjoy was solely because of Ghandi who single handedly fought British rule in India and South Africa and acquired independence for India and South Africa was Sanctioned by India. Do the Black’s realize the why South Africa is free today. We are prepared to fight back racism in SA it was done before and will be done again.

  17. Anand says:

    We have forgotten what our great leader and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement wrote in his article about which is published in the book I WRITE WHAT I LIKE. ” Being Black and white is not a matter of pigmentation it is a reflection of mental attitude. We as so called Indians have never discriminated with any human being. We have lead the struggle for liberation in SA which is still
    to be realized. Julius Malema does not respect fellow black people. He must be brought to task for his shenanigans and useless utterances. Aluta Continua. Forward to a One Nation, One People One Azania.

  18. Ajen Rooplal says:

    Julius M and his members should go and study some history about the Indians in SA. He will then understand that MOST Indians of SA origin have worked very hard for what we have achieved thus far. We continue to work hard to provide for their families. We don’t rely on handouts. We, being the smallest population group -just 2.5%- have contributed not only to the diversity of the country but also to the economy of this country. It is hardly believable that 2,5 % of the countrys population can be a threat to 79,2% of the population in this country. I can go on with facts. I think julius and his party should worry about other pressing issues.

  19. Rajan Bugwandeen says:

    There’s no room for expedient men like Malema. All what the great Nelson Mandela stood for ,nation building ,rainbow nation nation and the spirit of reconciliation etc ,Malema is trying to undo. He can cause racial tension between different ethnic groups and cause anarchy because of his blunt and wrong comments. He needs to take corrective action of his uncouth behavior before it’s too late. Society and communities dont need people of this moral fibre.We as the minority will not take polite to his cutting and unfounded beliefs. Enough is enough.

  20. Pravesh says:

    My simple question is, Indians are about 1m in SA, Africans are about 55m in SA. What makes them fear our existence that they continue to pick on us.

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