Led by Arun Gandhi, 5th grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
“While Nelson Mandela is the father of South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi is our grandfather,” Harris Majeke, South Africa’s ambassador to India, said at a recent public gathering. “Mandela was inspired by the Satyagraha campaign led by Gandhi. It was a compelling act of passive protest against oppression. This would later inspire the formation of the African National Congress and strengthen Mandela’s belief in our shared humanity.”
As Gandhi scholar David Hardiman points out, Mandela never ceased regarding Gandhi as an inspiration, and, in fact, saw nonviolence as an integral part of the movement. “Violence and nonviolence are not mutually exclusive; it is the predominance of the one or the other that labels a struggle,” Mandela said.
Nelson Mandela said: “India sent a man to South Africa and we sent back a Mahatma Nelson Mandela said: India sent a man to South Africa and we sent back a Mahatma.”