- The INS Trishul's trip to Durban is part of the Indian Navy's celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahostav, which honors important times in India's fight for independence.
- The event will include laying flowers at the Gandhiji Plinth and a performance by the IN band.
The Indian Navy will take part in a celebration at the Pietermaritzburg, Railway Station near Durban to mark 130 years since the fight against apartheid began.
The Indian Navy’s front-line warship INS Trishul will be in Durban from June 6 to 9 to mark the 130th anniversary of an event that happened at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station on June 7, 1893.
India and South Africa are also enjoying 30 years since they renewed their diplomatic ties.
In 1893, Gandhi went to Durban, South Africa, to work as a lawyer for the businessman Dada Abdulla.
On June 7, 1893, he arrived at Pietermaritzburg station on his way to Pretoria in the Transvaal. Gandhiji, who had bought a ticket and was sitting in the first-class compartment, was asked to leave by a European, who said that “coolies” and other non-white people were not allowed in first-class cabins.
People think that this event caused Gandhiji to fight against race discrimination and gave birth to Satyagraha.
Nelson Mandela, who was President of South Africa at the time, held a moving event at Pietermaritzburg Railway Station in 1997 to honor Mahatma Gandhi’s struggles.
Mahatma Gandhi was given the Freedom of Pietermaritzburg after he had died.
“Gandhi’s magnificent example of personal sacrifice and dedication in the face of oppression,” said President Mandela.
The INS Trishul’s trip to Durban is part of the Indian Navy’s celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahostav, which honors important times in India’s fight for independence. An IN official said that the INS Trishul’s trip to Durban is part of this celebration.
During its stop in Durban, the ship will take part in a memorial event at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station. The event will include laying flowers at the Gandhiji Plinth and a performance by the IN band. During the stay, the ship will also take part in other business and social events.