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India's Modi Marks Gandhi's Historic South African Ride

India's Modi Marks Gandhi's Historic South African Ride

Saturday, 09 July 2016 08:12 AM

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday was marking a historic train journey by Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi during the final day of his South African visit.

Modi's ride commemorated the incident in which a young Gandhi in 1893 was ejected from a South African train when he refused an order to move from a first-class carriage because of his race.

The encounter shaped Gandhi's decision to resist racial segregation and other injustices with nonviolent protest, first while living in South Africa and then in India.

Saturday's train ride, with Modi sitting in a wood-paneled car with local officials, moved ahead under heavy security. Modi on Saturday also opened an exhibition on Gandhi's life at the train station in Pietermaritzburg, where Gandhi was ejected.

India's government says it was the first country to cut trade relations with South Africa over its former harsh system of racial segregation, which lasted for decades and ended in the 1990s.

In his meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday, the two leaders paid tribute to what Zuma called "two liberation icons," Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, who was elected in the first all-race elections in 1994.

Modi has also met with members of South Africa's community of Indian origin, which numbers more than 1 million.

Modi moves on to Tanzania later Saturday and then to Kenya on a four-nation tour meant to raise India's profile in Africa, where China's presence has been strong. He began his visit in Mozambique.

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