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Sushma Swaraj travels in historic first-class compartment in Pietermaritzburg

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Pietermaritzburg: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday travelled in the historic first-class compartment of a train from the Pietermaritzburg railway station, from which years back Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out by a Britisher.

This formed the last leg of Swaraj’s visit to South Africa, as the part which she earlier inaugurated a bust of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi and a model of charkha at the railway station.

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Swaraj was accompanied by a score of people, clad in white Khadi cloth.
She earlier visited the digital version of a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
This museum was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his South African visit in 2016.

Earlier in the day, while addressing the audience at the railway station, Swaraj recalled the contributions made by Mahatma Gandhi and anti-apartheid crusader Nelson Mandela in starting a movement for independence and anti-racism respectively.

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She also launched a coffee table book, titled “The Birth of Satyagraha”.

Swaraj earlier went to Johannesburg to attend the BRICS ministerial meeting and the IBSA (India-Brazil- South Africa) meeting.

(With ANI inputs)

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