May 23, 2022

South Africa and India: South African Boost for Gandhian Digital Archive Project

From DNA India

An MoU has been signed here between India and South Africa for digital images of the copies of ‘Indian Opinion’, a newspaper established by Mahatma Gandhi, to provide an authentic open source archive on the iconic leader’s life and times.

Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam and Chief Executive of the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Rocky Ralebipi-Simela, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for digital images of the copies for the period 1930-1949. “NLSA has the original copies of the issues of the Indian Opinion covering the period 1930-1949 and the Government of India has decided to procure the original digital images of these issues,” Ghanashyam said.


The MoU is expected to give a big boost to the Indian Government’s Gandhi Heritage Portal (GHP) which aspires to preserve the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and to be an authentic open source archive on the iconic leader’s life and times in both countries. Articles in English, Gujarati, Hindi and Tamil focused on poor living conditions of indentured labourers, human rights and racial discrimination.

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