ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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An African Hero

An African Hero THE PUBLICATION in December last year of President Nyerere's book, "Freedom and Unity" by Oxford University Press, provides an opportunity to assess his policies, and to try to judge how far he has changed his ideas since he got into power in 1961. For, it is generally assumed that he has changed in his ideas and policies. Before Tanganyika's Independence it was assumed that Nyerere was a 'moderate', who disliked any form of racial discrimination, and who spent much time reassuring the Asians and Europeans in the country that they had a future in the country, where they would live in equality with the Africans and in dignity. The approval in the West of Nyerere was largely due to his wise and reasonable pronouncements on racial questions, and also because at that time in Africa he was the one African leader who did not keep up a constant refrain of anti-imperialism. There was admiration for the way in which he had led the nationalist movement, and despite Tanganyika's general backwardness, had ensured that it would be the first country in East Africa to become independent.

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