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Long Walk Original Manuscript [LWOM_351.jpg]


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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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obstruction and difficulties. The commission did everything possible to frustrate the Congresses case. The crowning blow was struck when it ruled that it would not allow the cross examination of witnesses. It was clear that the government feared the exposure that was planned by the Congresses. The commission was set up merely to whitewash the Nats. Under the circumstances the Congresses decided that no useful purpose would be served by their continued appearance before such a commission. On their instructions Dr. Lowen withdrew and with him hundreds of Africans and Indians who were present in the hall marched out. Only the whites remained.

After the Durban riots there were very minor incidents involving Africans and Indians in Newclare (Johannesburg), Benoni and Germiston. In all these instances, it was the timely intervention of the African and Indian Congresses that promptly brought them to a stop. The years following have been marked by the groing unity and co operation of the people and in spite of the policy of apartheid and separate development the Nats have not been able to crush desire of the people to work and live in harmony.

Note:Add to suitable place possibly to Chpt 10 the following:

Side by side with this material was the influence of the writings of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, especially his autobiography, "The Unity of India", and "Glimpses of World History", which contained letters he wrote to his daughter Indira, the present premier of India, all of which widened my understanding of the political problems of a colonial country and the practical difficulties of

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