High­way re­nam­ing sure to be a rocky road

Post - - OPINION - DHAYALAN MOOD­LEY Mobeni Heights

THE topic of re­nam­ing Hig­gin­son High­way to Amic­hand Ra­jbansi High­way is yet again a talk­ing point.

It seems that Ra­jbansi re­port­edly has new praise singers, the Chatsworth Hindu Dharma Sabha, who are mov­ing for the name change.

Does the Sabha feel this is a com­pelling pri­or­ity?

While there are se­ri­ous is­sues such as poverty, unem­ploy­ment, the tem­po­rary clos­ing down of the cre­ma­to­rium and the reg­u­lar petrol price in­crease, they have de­cided that their pri­or­ity is the re­nam­ing of the high­way.

The com­mu­nity of Chatsworth must re­mem­ber that at the height of apartheid Ra­jbansi was a leader of a party in the dreaded House of Del­e­gates, while the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple did not have a say in the run­ning of the coun­try.

His par­tic­i­pa­tion was not sup­ported by the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple from the In­dian com­mu­nity.

To this very day his par­tic­i­pa­tion has re­sulted in the In­dian com­mu­nity as a whole suf­fer­ing as par­tic­i­pants in the apartheid regime’s strat­egy of sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ment.

I doubt this en­deav­our will have the sup­port of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

If there were a re­nam­ing, I rec­om­mend that our strug­gle hero­ine Val­liamma, the first mar­tyr in the free­dom Strug­gle, be con­sid­ered.

This recog­ni­tion would con­firm the con­tri­bu­tion of this Strug­gle vet­eran.

Hig­gin­son High­way is the main vein that con­nects and unites all of Chatsworth and the re­nam­ing of the high­way would val­i­date Val­liamma’s spirit of unit­ing the na­tion.

To the Chatsworth Sabha, wake up and smell the cof­fee. It is time to re­move your blink­ers.

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