When we visited Johannesburg in 2004, my daughter Ananya arranged a visit for the two of us (me and my wife Aruna) to Soweto. Soweto is a township in the northern suburbs of Joburg and used to be mostly inhabited by native South Africans. We took an elaborate tour of Soweto, visited shanties and were introduced to their inmates. We could have an intimate look at their lifestyle, for which we are grateful to them.
But what impressed us most was Nelson Mandela's house on Vilakazi Street. It was modest and was maintained meticulously with all Madiba's belongings intact. Our guide informed us that Vilakazi Street was the only road in the world to house two Nobel Laureates. The other one is Desmond Tutu.
I am told that today there stands two metal bulls at the starting point of Vilakazi Street - an emblem of the proud sons of the soil.
`Nelson Mandela may be gone but he will live on in the hearts of all of us, especially of those who reside in Soweto. Viva Madiba!
Subir Majumdar, Calcutta
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