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Namaste, Salaam and Jambo: The Indian experience in Africa !

Makindu town, on Kenya's Nairobi-Mombassa Highway, is most known for its grand and immaculately-maintained gurdwara, which is a must stop for all travellers, not only Sikhs. Dating back to 1902 (though the present building only came up in 1926), the shrine is abiding testament to the over century-old and continuing - but less attention-receiving - Indian presence in Africa.
Though any thoughts of the Indian diaspora veers mostly to the western world, and if this huge continent comes to mind, the focus is generally on South Africa - due to the sojourn there of a most famous Indian (though the Mahatma is sparing about his experiences in his autobiography).
But it is not the only African country where there are Indians - and in quantity. In Kenya itself, Punjabi singer Hazara Singh Ramta recounts in "Ramta Africa vich" that when he landed: "...mainu vi len si aayi Punjabi janta saari/ Nairobi aerodrome te si bheed bhadhake/Vaisakhi de mele vangna vajde si dhakke..&quo…

Biogas Pumps are Making Pakistani Farms Richer, Greener

Fateh Jhang, Pakistan: For farmer Mujahid Abbasi, switching the power source for his irrigation pump from diesel to biogas has brought economic and health gains.

The 43-year-old from Fateh Jhang village, some 42 km from Pakistan’s capital city Islamabad, has benefited from a pilot project led by the Punjab provincial government to provide biogas equipment at a subsidised rate. Abbasi uses dung from his 30 buffalo to produce nearly 40 cubic metres of gas per day, which powers his irrigation pump for six hours and his family’s cooking stove.

The father of five says cutting out diesel has saved him around $10-$12 daily over the past 13 months. He has used the money to plant seasonal vegetables on five additional hectares that had lain fallow for several years due to a lack of funds.

Turning a lever to start his groundwater pump, Abbasi recalls how the 20-horse power engine used to consume around 13 litres of diesel each day. But he has not bought diesel since he installed the biogas-run …

Africans recount everyday racism, says- 'It's like I have a disease'


How often do you look down upon the older generation because they used to differentiate on the basis of caste and treat the lower segment of society as untouchable?   That was so backward, right?

But we don’t do that. Because we are progressive. We are progressive because we like certain pages on Facebook that promote equality. We are progressive because we have a friend from other caste/religion and we mention his name and the fact that we celebrate ‘his festivals’ with him, any time someone mentions racism or religion bias.

But just stop for a while, and think. Equality doesn’t end and begins on religion and cast. It goes way beyond, and covers all mankind. We still discriminate, look down upon certain races and treat them as if they are beneath us. This video will tell you how.

Just take five minutes out of your lives and watch this video above. It’s worth the effort if it can mould your perspective a little.