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Title

Indian Opinion

Creator
Contributor
Publisher Manilal M. Gandhi, Phoenix, Natal
Date 1950-1961
Resource type Journals
Language
Keywords PRESS
NATAL INDIAN CONGRESS
INDIANS
INDIANS - SOCIAL CONDITIONS
COMMUNITIES
INDENTURED LABOUR
HUMAN RIGHTS
PASSIVE RESISTANCE
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
POLITICS
Coverage SOUTH AFRICA
INDIA
NATAL PROVINCE
Source
Extent issues
Description Indian Opinion, a weekly newspaper, was first established and produced by Mohandas Gandhi ("Mahatma"), M.H. Nazar and Madanjit Viyavaharik in 1903 in the Natal Province. The newspaper focused on Indian rights, poor living conditions of indentured labourers and racial discrimination. It provided an important historical record of the social and political lives of the Indian community in South Africa and also publicised news of the Indians in the colonies to India. The paper included articles in four different languages: English, Hindi, Gujerati and Tamil. Indian Opinion was published at the printing press at the Phoenix Settlement which was established by Gandhi in 1904. In the 1950s when Manilal Gandhi (Gandhi's son) took over editorship, the newspaper focused more broadly on human rights (not just Indian rights). It was instrumental in the civil rights struggle and became a tool for political activism. Satyagraha, Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolent resistance, was encouraged. In 1957 Indian Opinion became "Opinion" and was edited by Sushila Gandhi (Manilal's wife) after Manilal's death. This was to promote nationhood and represent the "oneness of man". The final issue of this newspaper was produced in August 1961 after 58 years of existence.
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