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Fatima Meer

A South African freedom fighter, Fatima Meer is one of the ten recipients of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2003 13:26 IST

Prof. Meer was born in Durban where her father was at the time, editor and publisher of the Indian weekly, India Views (1914-1965).

She has directed and organized a number of concerts to raise funds in the 1940s and 50s for famine relief in Bengal, the 1946 Passive Resistance Campaign and the 1956 Treason Trial.

She has also raised funds and wrote the script for the film, 'The Making of the Mahatma' which has won several international awards.

She is the recipient of a number of awards and honorary degrees nationally and internationally. In 1999, Femina elected Prof. Meer as one of the "Top 100 Women Who Shook South Africa".

Fatimahas been banned repeatedly for one period of two years and two periods of five years; detained without trial for five months in 1975 and has suffered two bomb attacks and survived an assassination attempt.

First Published: Jan 13, 2003 13:26 IST