Gandhi museum has been inaugurated on land once owned by Mahatma

Vastavam web:On the eve of Diwali, a Gandhi museum has been inaugurated on a small piece of land once owned by Mahatma Gandhi in the coastal city of Durban.Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh inaugurated the museum yesterday, which will reflect the life and universal influence of Mahatma Gandhi.When Gandhi left Durban in 1914, he transferred the ownership of the premises to the Natal Indian Congress, which had planned to erect a new building in 1964.

But the plans were scuppered by the apartheid-era laws prohibiting this, resulting in the site being used as a car park by the 1980’s before the MGMT initiated the museum plans.The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, first conceived eight years ago, in what was once the heart of Durban’s Indian community, has been established after a grant of over R 1.25 million was provided by the Government of India to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Trust (MGMT).

Singh also inaugurated kitchen and dining facilities at Ramakrishna Abalindi Home in Inanda, adjacent to the Phoenix Settlement started by Mahatma Gandhi during his tenure in the city.Modi had announced during his visit a grant of R1 million for the organisation, which provides support to indigent aged people, terminally ill, AIDS/HIV patients and also runs a cr che for poor children, an orphanage and a skills development centre for youth.At the Phoenix Settlement, which also received a grant of R1m from India, Singh inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Information Technology.