We need people like Gandhi and Mandela
FURTHER to my correspondence entitled, “Research for a PhD can be a risky business” (December 3), I would say that the worst example of brutal torture I can recollect was the unspeakable cruelty inflicted on Steve Biko, the brave student leader of South Africa.
His body was secretly buried by the Bureau of State Security (BOSS) in a remote location to deter a mass pilgrimage by opponents of apartheid.
I am still amazed how readily Nelson Mandela was able to forgive his political persecutors after so many years of imprisonment.
In deciding to follow the path of peace and reconciliation, Mandela avoided a terrible bloodbath in South Africa.
In this he followed in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
I remember his humility. I was in India when Gandhi was shot and in America when Dr King was gunned down in 1968.
We need to aspire to the noble examples of Gandhi, Dr King and Mr Mandela in a world in which violent extremism is on the increase relentlessly. Saros Kavina, Derby