Press Esc to close
Saturday 06 February 2016
News updated at 2:28 PM IST
Weather
Max: 29°C
Min : 17°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Mahatma's 'Satyagraha' first took root in South Africa: Obama

Johannesburg, Jun 30, 2013 (PTI):
U.S. President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama tour the cell block on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held captive near Cape Town, June 30, 2013. Obama visits a bleak former prison island off the coast of South Africa on Sunday to pay tribute to ailing anti-apartheid hero Mandela and set the stage for a speech urging Africans to strive for prosperity and democracy. REUTERS

US President Barack Obama today donned a teacher's hat to tell his two young daughters how Mahatma Gandhi's 'Satyagraha' had influenced American civil rights leader Martin Luther King to fight injustice.

While visiting the Robben Island prison in South Africa where his hero Nelson Mandela spent two thirds of his 27 years in jail, Obama told Sasha and Malia how Mahatma Gandhi started his non-violent political struggle in South Africa.

"One thing you guys might not be aware of is that the idea of political nonviolence first took root here in South Africa because Mahatma Gandhi was a lawyer here in South Africa," Obama said, according to a White House pool report.

"Here is where he did his first political (activism). When he went back to India the principles ultimately led to Indian independence, and what Gandhi did inspired Martin Luther King," said Obama, the first black president of the US said.

In a blue wind breaker and slacks, the US president along with his wife Michelle and daughters visited the cell where the anti-apartheid leader was jailed.

Obama in his speeches has often said Gandhi has inspired Americans and African Americans, including Martin Luther King.

During a school interaction in the US, Obama had said once that if it were possible, he would have loved to have dinner with Mahatma Gandhi.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Gurukiran team performing Jai Ho dance during valedictory ceremony of 8th Bengaluru...

Gurukiran team performing Jai Ho dance during valedictory ceremony of 8th Bengaluru...

Actor Rishika Sing(daughter of director Rajendra Sing Babu)...

Actor Rishika Sing(daughter of director Rajendra Sing Babu)...

Residents take part in a procession demanding for ban of plastics...

Residents take part in a procession demanding for ban of plastics...

People light candles to paying tributes to ten soldiers who died in...

People light candles to paying tributes to ten soldiers who died in...

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson, second left, shares...

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson, second left, shares...

Artists perform at the opening ceremony of 12th South Asian Games...

Artists perform at the opening ceremony of 12th South Asian Games...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the gathering at the opening ceremony...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the gathering at the opening ceremony...

The official mascot of 12th South Asian Games, 'Tikhor', a baby rhino...

The official mascot of 12th South Asian Games, 'Tikhor', a baby rhino...

The official mascot of 12th South Asian Games, 'Tikhor', a baby rhino...

The official mascot of 12th South Asian Games, 'Tikhor', a baby rhino...

Artists perform at the opening ceremony of 12th South Asian...

Artists perform at the opening ceremony of 12th South Asian...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523