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Gandhian activist and Husband of Gandhi’s Granddaughter Mewa Ramgobin dies at 83

The husband of Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter and a South African struggle icon, Mewa Ramgobin died at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness

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Johannesburg, October 20, 2016: The husband of Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter and a South African struggle icon, Mewa Ramgobin died at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness.
The former president of the Natal Indian Congress, Ramgobin fought discrimination against Indians in South Africa. He breathed his last at the Cape Town hospital on Monday.

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A family member said that he was admitted to the hospital on October 8.
Ramgobin was married to Ela Gandhi who is herself a human rights activist and the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi.

According to PTI, “He was among the first supporters of the Release Mandela campaign. He was charged for treason in 1985.”

“The couple was involved in the activities of the Phoenix Settlement Trust that was established in 1904 by Gandhi near Durban during his tenure in South Africa.”

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Ela departed for Sweden, just hours before Ramgobin’s death. She went to Sweden with one of their daughters Asha, who is due to receive an honorary degree there.
Their son Kidar confirmed that the family members will be meeting on Wednesday to discuss about the funeral arrangements, as his mother and his sister were due to return only on Sunday.

“He was among the first to join the Release Mandela Campaign after the infamous treason trial that sent Nelson Mandela to prison for 27 years before he became South Africa’s first democratically-elected president.”

He faced intense persecution from the apartheid-era security forces which banned him for 17 years, many of those under complete house arrest.

“He also faced high treason charges after riots broke out in 1994 near the Phoenix Settlement between Indians and the indigenous Zulu community which had lived peacefully side-by-side for decades, but was acquitted a year later.”

His commitment to the Gandhian cause led him establish a Gandhi museum and a library. He also organized Annual Gandhi Lecture to educate people from different race groups on the philosophies of Gandhi.

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He is also an author of books ‘Waiting To Live’ and ‘Prisms Of Light’ who would have turned 84 on November 10.

“In 1983, Ramgobin made international headlines when he and five other members of the resistance movement United Democratic Front sought refuge in the British consulate.”

– prepared by NewsGram team with inputs from PTI

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)