Rich homage paid to Mandela

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Prof. Sam Maghribi delivering a commemorative lecture on Nelsn Mandela

Prof. Sam Maghribi delivering a commemorative lecture on Nelsn Mandela

ALIGARH December 17: The Centre for South African and Brazilian Studies at the Aligarh Muslim University today organized a lecture on “South Africa With or Without Nelson Mandela: A tribute” to pay homage to Bharat Ratna Nelson Mandela.

Professor Sam Maghribi, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Darus Salam University, Tanzania said that Nelson Mandela is famous for breaking racism and he was the champion of democratic liberation. He however regretted that economic liberation was still far away in South Africa.

Prof. Maghribi said that racism in Africa went hand in hand with slavery and colonialism. He added that apartheid ideology was deep rooted in South Africa than in other African countries.

Prof. Sam Maghribi, who is also a Professor of Nelson Mandela Chair at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, said that in South Africa black constituted over 70 percent of population but only 13 percent of the land was set aside for them. Social mixing between the races was allowed and the education system became a source of continuous protest by the black community.

Delivering the presidential remark Brig. (Retd.) S. Ahmad Ali, Pro-Vice Chancellor,  said that Nelson Mandela was a fighter in life and fighter in death and was a symbol of struggle and left a great legacy behind him.

Prof. Mohammad Gulrez, Director, Centre for South African and Brazilian Studies said that Nelson Mandela was the greatest leader of 21st century. He highlighted the role of Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle in South Africa and pointed out India’s relations and emotional bond with South Africa.

Event Coordinator, Dr. Arif H. Rizvi said that Nelson Mandela was an amazing person and had the capability to lead the nation.

On this occasion, a photo exhibition on nelson Mandela was inaugurated by Brig. Ali. A film was also screened at the Kennedy Auditorium of the University to pay homage to the great leader.

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