n HTS : Theological Studies - Truth and reconciliation in South Africa : Hindu experiences and concerns

Volume 60, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



The author who served on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), focuses on the Hindu experience in South Africa during the apartheid years. At a special TRC Hearing for Faith Communities (East London, 17-19 November 1997) two submissions by local Hindu leaders were tabled. Taking his cues from those submissions, the author discusses four issues: the way the Hindu community suffered during these years, the way in which some members of the Hindu community supported the system of apartheid, the role of Hindus in the struggle against apartheid, and finally the contribution of the Hindu community towards reconciliation in South Africa. In conclusion some notes on how Hindus and Christians may work together in their mutual quest for nation building and reconciliation, are offered.

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