Up close with Ela Gandhi

Peace activist Ela Gandhi (second from right), the granddaughter of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, giving a talk yesterday at the Global Indian International School (GIIS). Ms Gandhi, 75, spoke about her experience fighting apartheid alon
PHOTO: COURTESY OF GLOBAL INDIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Peace activist Ela Gandhi (second from right), the granddaughter of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, giving a talk yesterday at the Global Indian International School (GIIS). Ms Gandhi, 75, spoke about her experience fighting apartheid alongside Nelson Mandela in South Africa and her grandfather's principles at the session chaired by GIIS country director Rajiv Vasudeva (right). The talk was broadcast live from GIIS' Queenstown campus to 20 other GIIS schools in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and India. Ms Gandhi, who was born in Durban, South Africa, endured nine years of house arrest during apartheid and lost a son during the struggle. She served as an MP in South Africa from 1994 to 2004, and has received awards, including the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, the highest honour for overseas Indians conferred by the President of India.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2015, with the headline 'Up close with Ela Gandhi'. Print Edition | Subscribe