New Delhi April 04: “The Afro-Asian Solidarity, friendship & united march towards world peace and human dignity have been essential ingredients of Afro-Asian culture and dignity. Seeds of Afro-Asian Solidarity and respect were sown by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and African leader, Nelson Mandela for years. I have travelled through the length and breadth of the entire African continent in 2001 while travelling on motorcycle (on peace mission around the world) in 1971 when I entered Africa on two-wheels from Gibralter to Morocco and crossed over through Spanish Sahara on two-wheels thus becoming the first person to cross Sahara Desert on motorcycle (2100 kms.) in 20 days. During my travel through the African continent I realized Fanon Fanoon’s expression, “the Black is beautiful’ and experienced during my travels through the entire African continent except South Africa which I could not travel because South Africa did not grant me travelling permission.
“I have visited almost all big and small countries in the African continent and found that black is not only most beautiful but most loving as well. This I have narrated in my book, ‘Around the World on Motorcycle on Peace Mission’.
“The people of Africa have been exploited most by the colonial countries mostly from the Western World which I have experienced myself. The people of Africa, big or small, rich or poor I found as most loving, beautiful, caring and full of compassion and human love. I feel deeply pain on the happening in a corner ground of Indian capital Delhi where the most loving people where Mahatma Gandhi started his movement ‘Satyagrah’ in the twenties against racialism practiced white hierarchy from the West. It was Mahatma Gandhi who introduced the people of the great African continent to the world. What has been happening on the skirts of India’s capital, Delhi, land of peace and tranquility is sad, unfortunate, not acceptable and the present rulers of India have to realize that there is failure on the part of the Govt. of India. The Govt. of India should talk to all and specially to the African representatives (embassies) to listen to their genuine grievances.”
Prof.Bhim Singh, the first world traveller (1967-73) on motorcycle who crossed through entire African continent in 1971 on peace mission expressed solidarity with the people of African continent and the new generation and those who came to India for studies from the African world and making a strong appeal to the President of India to send a message of Afro-Asian Solidarity for international peace and understanding. Prof.Bhim Singh also urged Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India to convey regrets to the people of Africa over the unfortunate incidents that occurred in the past weeks in India realizing that the people of Africa are most beautiful and loving people on the map of the world.
Prof.Bhim Singh also declared that the Indo-African Solidarity Council shall convene a solidarity meeting of the Afro-Asian social and political representatives to ensure that Indo-African solidarity gets strengthened and bitter memories may sink into the depth of the Arabian waters.