Remembering the complexities of Mandela

As part of a big Indian family from South Africa, Sita Ranchod-Nilsson witnessed the transformations the country has undergone through the perspectives of three generations of family members. She gives much credit for those changes to Nelson Mandela. At a memorial for Mandela at Emory on December 10, 2013, Ranchod-Nilsson, who directs the Institute of Developing Nations, expressed hope that Mandela's "legacy remains grounded in the complex man he truly was, rather than an ideal that is sanitized to forget that anger and violence were a part of the struggle for social justice or that is commercialized into a brand associated with uncomplicated goodness." Read her remarks and those of others who participated in the remembrance here.