“It has always been a mystery to me how men
can feel themselves honoured by the
humiliation of their fellow beings.”
“It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.”
The Namibian liberation movement, the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) alerted the UN to the extension of SA’s racist apartheid system to the territory, and had petitioned for Namibian independence from the 1940s, culminating in the General Assembly revoking SA’s mandate, and placing Namibia under UN trusteeship in 1966. South Africa however refused to cooperate with the UN and continued to illegally occupy Namibia.
India was a natural ally in Namibia’s struggle for freedom; informed by Mahatma Gandhi’s experience fighting the racial practices of South Africa towards its Indian minority, India had made the principle of equality and opposition to human rights violations, colonialism and racism cornerstones of its agenda at the UN. India raised the question of Namibian independence at the UN General Assembly as early as 1946, and SWAPO opened its first foreign embassy in New Delhi in 1964. India continued to contribute to various UN funds for the assistance of the Namibian people up to its independence.