This month’s Spring Issue takes you on a tour of Gandhi’s house in Johannesburg. The Satyagraha House has been beautifully restored and serves as both a guesthouse and a museum. The Gandhian principle of pleasure tempered by conscience makes a sleepover a night to remember.
Gandhi coined the term “satyagraha” which is loosely translated as “insistence on truth” or “soul force”. It is a philosophy and practice of nonviolent resistance. He deployed satyagraha in the Indian independence movement and also during his earlier struggles in South Africa for Indian rights.
Satyagraha theory influenced Nelson Mandela’s struggle in South Africa under apartheid and many other social justice movements.
We took a comparative look at Gandhi’s gracious South African dwelling and the house in India where lived for about twelve years with his wife Kasturba. The Sabarmati Ashram (below) was where Mahatma Gandhi lived for a large part of his life and became the heart of India’s freedom struggle.
To further explore Gandhi’s Joburg house, and to read the very interesting story around it, pick up an Elle Decoration Spring Issue 92.
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