On 2 October 2019 the world celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi.
Satyagraha House in Orchards, Johannesburg, a place where Gandhi lived for almost two years, is now a museum and a lovely little lodging place in pleasant surrounds. They played host to an event honouring Gandhi on the anniversary of his birth.
Kirti Menon is the great-granddaughter of Mohandas Gandhi and she paid personal tribute to her ancestral responsibility. Her talk was the highlight of the afternoon for me.
Satyagraha refers to the peaceful resistance to political policies which Gandhi encouraged his followers to adopt. Satyagraha House is a peaceful sanctuary which offers scrumptious vegetarian food and environmentally friendly shelter. It is NOT, sadly, wheelchair friendly. It is a place well worth visiting and a suitable place to have your international visitors reside while in Johannesburg. Small functions can also be accommodated.
It was an afternoon of reflection on the legacy of one of the great peacemakers of the 20th Century. Interestingly, although he was nominated five times, Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace Prize.