Women: South Africans of Indian Origin

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Women: South Africans of Indian origin steps into a critical gap in our understanding of our evolution into a society united in its diversity.

150 years after the arrival of the first Indian indentured labourers to South Africa, our society’s wider history has not escaped the risk of distortions and omissions that come from excluding critical voices and players in our struggle for democracy.

Featuring profiles by the award-winning academic and columnist Devi Moodley Rajab and portraits by the iconic South African photographer Ranjith Kally, Women: South Africans of Indian Origin steps into a critical gap in our understanding of our evolution into a society united in its diversity. The changing status of Indian women over the last century and a half has been a remarkable journey of triumph over struggle.

For large periods of the country’s history, such women were largely invisible within society. The taboos of culture, religion and other societal norms kept them locked in the restrictive duties of domesticity for decades. Post-apartheid freedom has, however, allowed for a renaissance among women achievers in the Indian community and this book is an attempt to tell their stories and chart some areas of the development of such women, from indenture to contemporary times.

The personal narratives in this book take the reader into the heart, home and hopes of women often ignored in public discourse. These narratives also take us ever so gently into a rich cultural milieu – not just the aromatic smells of spices or the glittering jewellery but lives textured beyond clichés of subservience and dominance. These are narratives of the resilience of a culture that transcended the humiliation of the system of indenture to thrive in a democracy.

Above all, this is a celebration of the spirit of South African women of Indian origin and of the joy of breaking free.

About the Author and Photographer
Devi Moodley Rajab
is a psychologist and award-winning journalist for the Natal Mercury in Durban, South Africa and writes a regular column for Confluence, a London based newspaper, on South Asian perspectives. She was educated in South Africa and in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and a PhD in Social Psychology. She is a former Dean of Student Development at the University of Natal. Devi has also been a recipient of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award on four occasions, successively between 2003 and 2005 and 2008 and Turquoise Harmony Institute Media Award for outstanding journalism “2010”. She is the author of Devi’s Diary and No Subject is Taboo.

Ranjith Kally is an award-winning photographer whose career has spanned 4 decades. He was a principal photographer for the iconic Drum Magazine and his work has been exhibited as part of the Nobel Peace Centre’s commemoration of South Africa’s Nobel Peace laureates. He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and is the author of “The Struggle: 60 years in Focus” and has several publications of his photographic works.

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Parameters of Book: Book
Sub-title: 150 years of struggle: From indenture to freedom
Author: Devi Rajab and photography by Ranjith Kally
ISBN: 9781431401048
d-PDF ISBN: 9781431404292
Size (mm): 250x230mm
Pages: 192pp
format: Hardcover
Colour: Full Colour
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: 2011-04-30