Born to Struggle

Arjumand Wajid

Fatima Meer (1928–2010) was not widely recognized outside her country; however, she needed no introduction in South Africa. She stood as one of the most prominent leaders in the Liberation Movement of Indian origin. A distinguished academic, a prolific writer, and a passionate political activist, she was, above all, a tireless advocate for social justice and human rights. Additionally, she was a close friend and confidante of Nelson Mandela and authored his biography, Higher Than Hope: The Authorized Biography of Nelson Mandela (Hamish Hamilton, 1990).

Recipient of several international awards, Fatima was nominated in 2004 as one of the fifty greatest South Africans. In 1999, she was listed among the top ‘100 Women Who Shook South Africa.’ Despite being banned three times by the apartheid government, shot at, and imprisoned, she remained a fearless anti-apartheid fighter until freedom was won. Fiercely independent, she was a compelling character of Muslim and Indian heritage who left a profound impact on the history of South Africa’s Liberation Movement. Her life story and contributions should be preserved for future generations.

Author Description

Born in 1948, Arjumand Wajid graduated in Philosophy and Geography from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan, in 1967. In 1968, she arrived in Britain as a young bride. Later, she completed her BA (Hons.) from the University of East London in 1983, followed by a diploma in Journalism in 1984 from the University of Westminster. Arjumand joined the Essex Chronicle as a reporter in 1984 and left as a specialist writer in 1989. During this period, she spent a year on strike against anti-union laws and the de-recognition of the Journalists’ Union by the company. In 1990, she joined the Urdu Service of the BBC World Service as a radio production assistant. Over the years, she progressed to become a producer/presenter and retired after twenty years as a radio broadcaster. Notably, she has also contributed to journalism by training professionals in more than twenty-five countries as a freelance trainer between 2000 and 2016.

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ISBN 9780190700553
Rights World
Year of Publication 2024
Binding Paperback
Pages 304

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