Do politicians own national identity? In the case of South Africa, the answers seem uneasy and complex for many.
Today I am in conversation with novelist and column writer Dr Aman Singh Maharaj, as we discuss his book ‘A Dalliance with Destiny’ as well as take on the topical and often censored discussion of what is South African identity. We analyse events on-the-ground and look to understand why many are now fearing for the future of the nation.
About , Dr. Aman Singh Maharaj
Born in 1973, Dr. Aman Singh Maharaj lives in Durban, South Africa. Considering himself to be a traveller with an avid interest in anthropology, he never ceases to be enthralled by the sheer kaleidoscope of cultures, diversity and architectural marvels that the world has to offer.
After graduating with an honours level degree in civil engineering, he continued with an MBA and then a PhD in the field of development studies, whilst working in a multitude of diverse professions, including as an engineer and an economist, before finally choosing to become an entrepreneur. Quite enamoured by the concept of ‘magical realism’, he later decided to enter the literary realm.
He also writes articles on various subjects for national newspapers, focusing mainly on the Indian Diaspora, but he has now also forayed into more culturally generic topics.
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