Two men and an idea
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It was in prison that Mandela began to seriously consider the need for reconciliation and appreciate Gandhi's ideas
Nelson Mandela was born in Eastern Cape exactly four years after M.K. Gandhi left South Africa from Cape Town — July 18, 1918, the date proclaimed by the United Nations as Nelson Mandela International Day.
For 44 years of his life, before 28 years of imprisonment, he showed little interest in the philosophy of Gandhi. He was known in the African National Congress as somewhat hot-headed, and people joked about his middle name, Rolihlahla ("troublemaker" in slang). But soon after he was released from prison and began negotiations with the apartheid regime, he was hailed as a leader of peace and reconciliation in the 20th century, along with Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. How did this transformation take place?
When he enrolled in the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg to study law, he developed close friendships with Indian students, especially Ismail Meer and J.N. Singh. He shared a room for some time with Meer at Kholvad House in Market Street. They had many discussions on the situation in South Africa. Mandela was interested in the Indian national movement. He became an admirer of Jawaharlal Nehru when he read his book, The Unity of India. He wrote: "It made an indelible impression on my mind and ever since then I procured, read and treasured any one of his works that became available."
His presidential address to the ANC (Transvaal) Conference in September 1953 was titled "No Easy Walk to Freedom", after an article by Nehru. The address ended with a quotation from that article, slightly revised to adapt it to Africa: "...there is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires. Dangers and difficulties have not deterred us in the past, they will not frighten us now..."
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