Africa is a playground for all ages. There’s the Sahara Desert, River Nile, Serengeti, pyramids, camels, white rhino, shark diving, dictators, eucalyptus forests, coral reefs and…Indians! The second largest continent in the world, Africa has had relations with India for over 3000 years and is currently home to over 3 million people of Indian origin. Of the 54 countries, Indians live in at least 46! The majority live in South East Africa with significant populations in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In the North, there are communities in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia. To the West in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. There are also small communities in Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Gabon, Lesotho, Namibia, São Tomé & Principe and Solomon Islands. The earliest accounts of the Indian presence on the eastern coast of Africa are found in the Periplus of the Erythaean Sea, written in the first century AD by an anonymous author. Through this and other writings, it is evident that Indian merchants had been plying their trade through the Indian Ocean since the days of ancient Babylon, and had even established trading posts along the coast of East Africa. The major wave of migration into Africa by Indians came as a result of colonisation. Indians were forced and taken as indentured workers to colonial empires in the nineteenth and early twentieth century as a result of bondage of debt and sent to labour at plantations, most of them sugar. Each country however, has its own unique reasons as to how Indians arrived. Join us as we discover, celebrate and learn more about who we have become. Our Global Indian Africa journey has begun.

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RECIPE FOR DISASTER – POVERTY, HISTORIC WOUNDS, AND A POLITICAL IGNITION?

Never did it cross my mind that my home and people would need to be protected in the manner which has been required over the last week. The sense of survival and fear mixed with adrenaline was the combination felt by many citizens in the KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces of South Africa. It was […]

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ZUMA’S ARREST: NO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION, BUT FOR INTROSPECTION

*The mandamus of our constitutional court must hold* The circus that was ended in a rather tame end – Jacob Zuma meekly handing himself in to the South African Police Services for incarceration. While the country was on the brink of violence in the last week, as intimated by his supporters, we cannot seek pleasure […]

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THE STORY OF INDIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA IS MORE THAN JUST GANDHI

Every so often humanity is tempted to bend the arc of history, only so that the mistakes of the past are meant never to be repeated. On November 16, 1860, a ship carrying 342 indentured Indians arrived in South Africa, and this arrival marked the beginning of a long but tortuous and painful journey in […]

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INDIANNESS AND A SENSE OF GLOBAL COMMITMENT- SOUTH AFRICA AND THE EFF

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 […]

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JULIUS MALEMA – THE SOUTH AFRICAN VERSION OF “IDI AMIN” – WE SHALL NOT YIELD!

Julius Malema, who believes he is a law unto himself, and one that the writer considers to be an absolute racist at heart, is skating on thin ice. At a press conference, the swaggering Malema unleashes a tirade against “Indian” South Africans, claiming that there is an “Indian cabal that is taking strategic positions in […]

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WHEN THE INNOCENT GET CAUGHT

*The madness and futility of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict* Wars serve no purpose – they destroy humanity – they exacerbate human suffering to extreme levels of intolerability. Wilfred Owen, in his 1918 poem, “Futility”, exemplifies what a wasteful by-product war has become of man’s inhumanity to man. The raging Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a heresy and must […]

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When you leave this world, what kind of child would you have left behind when your story is eventually told?

*When you leave this world, what kind of child would you have left behind when your story is eventually told?* William Wordsworth’s epigram, “the child is the father of man” encapsulates a unique but unwritten reality that most parents face today. As children, blessed enough to have had the consort of parents, most of us […]

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THE ORIGINAL REFUGEE

My name is Alpesh Patel and when my family and I were told that we had to leave the country with nothing but the clothes on our backs, the news hit us like a brick wall. Never would we have thought this could have happened to us, of all people, but the reality was that […]

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STORIES I MUST TELL WITH THE LEGENDARY KABIR BEDI | MADE IN INDIA

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to India to meet internationally renowned actor Kabir Bedi, whose career not only spans five decades but also three continents, three languages, three mediums and whose life has been as exciting as his reels! From Knight…

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