We need peo­ple like Gandhi and Man­dela

Derby Telegraph - - LETTERS -

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

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