The Indian in Natal : is he a victim of Oppression ?
The "Asiatic Land Tenure and Indian Representation Act, 1946," after full discussion, passed both Houses of the South African Parliament and was placed on the Statute Book of the Union. It has met with a storm of protest from a section of the Indian popu - lation. They have called it " The Ghetto Act " and have represented it as an instrument of oppression, designed to keep them in subjection, and to deprive
them of elemental human rights.
It is not that. It is an honest attempt to solve a very difficult and com - plicated domestic problem, and to provide a means whereby two races fundamentally different in character and tradition may dwell together in peace and harmony.
This Brochure aims at furnishing evidence that Indians in South Africa are not oppressed. Their property is protected. Their children are educated. Their sick are nursed. Their people are housed. Sport, amusement and entertainment are provided for them. Old age pensions are granted to them. Transport facilities are put at their disposal. In short, all the amenities of civilised life are made available to them. They have freedom to practise their own religious rites, and to enjoy their own forms of worship. They are as well off in all these respects as they would be in India; better indeed, especially in the opportunities which they have for acquiring wealth. The early Indians who came to South Africa were, as Gandhi said, " Asiatic labourers, from densely populated areas in India, belonging to the lowest classes. They were," he added, "living in a state of semistarvation.''
The pictures in this Brochure speak for themselves. They are clear evidence of the fact that the alleged disabilities put upon Indians by the "Asiatic Land Tenure and Indian Representation Act " have no existence in reality.