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A fool’s errand? Black Consciousness and the 1970s debate over the “Indian” in the Natal Indian Congress

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Title A fool’s errand? Black Consciousness and the 1970s debate over the “Indian” in the Natal Indian Congress
Creator Desai, Ashwin Vahed, Goolam
Subject — Biko; Black Consciousness; Natal Indian Congress; Nonracialism; Apartheid; South Africa
Description Bantu Stephen Biko, born in Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape was murdered by the South African apartheid regime in September 1977, aged 31. The year 2021 marks the 75th anniversary of his birth. Biko remains iconic, but a figure that exists on the margins in South Africa. His impact in challenging both apartheid-imposed race categories and the dominant thinking of the African National Congress (ANC) inspired a whole generation through the 1970s. This article seeks to illustrate this through a previously under-researched topic; the debate between members of the fledgling Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) and those advancing the revival of the Natal Indian Congress (NIC). Through the mining of interviews and newspaper articles, the authors show how BCM adherents attempted to move the planned Indian Congress into a People’s Congress that went beyond ethnic and racial boundaries. The move was ultimately defeated, but it resonated through the 1980s and creates the possibility of new ways of thinking about still prevalent apartheid racial categories in the present.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2021-07-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/nc.v86i0.22
Source New Contree; Vol 86 (2021); 18 2959-510X 0379-9867
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Ashwin Desai, Goolam Vahed