GSDS Programmes

Waste to Art Workshop

In a major initiative as part of swachhta hi sewa and Special Campaign 3.0 , Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organized a Waste to Art workshop on 20th October, 2023 at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat, New Delhi. Waste materials like khadi materials and discarded clothes, wood and bottles were used by about 120 students from art colleges to create different products. A bust of Mahatma Gandhi has been sculpted using khadi clothes.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Jwala Prasad, Director, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. Inaugurating the workshop, he said the Samiti was going to take more such initiatives as part of the swachhta hi sewa campaign.
Ms Nehmat Mongia, sculptress and creative artist conducted the workshop.

Sarvadharma Sadbhav Tiranga Yatra’ to commemorate the immense success of G-20 organised in old city

On the immense success of the G-20 summit chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a ‘Sarvadharma Sadbhav Tiranga Yatra’ was organised from Jama Masjid Gate No. 1 on September 14, 2023. Under the leadership of the Vice Chairman of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and former Union Minister Shri Vijay Goel, this Tiranga Yatra started from Jama Masjid and culminated at Delhi Gate. A large number of Hindus and Muslims participated in this yatra, including women.
While passing through Matiya Mahal market, people were holding big hoardings and Tricolor flags with photos of G-20 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in their hands. Throughout the market, people welcomed the success of the G-20 summit with flowers and slogans of 'Prime Minister Narendra Modi Zindabad' and 'Mahatma Gandhi Amar Rahe' (Long Live Mahatma Gandhi).
The President of Matia Mahal Market Association Haji Salimuddin and the traders along with Shri Vijay Goel raised slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, ‘Hindustan Zindabad’, and ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ki Jai’.
Haji Salimuddin said that Muslims decorated Jama Masjid on the occasion of G-20 and today Vijay Goel ji, who has been our MP twice, came here with this Tiranga Yatra. The shopkeepers expressed their happiness by showering flowers as the yatra crisscrossed the streets of Old Delhi.
Shri Goel said that in fulfillment of G-20's 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' this Sarva Dharma Sadbhav Tiranga Yatra has been organised. The G-20 summit has... Read More

Chai Pe Charcha

Hon’ble Shri Vijay Goel, Vice Chairman GSDS chaired a session on Chai Pe Charcha in Gandhi Smriti on September 12, 2023 that was attended by almost 100 participants from different walks of life. The Chai Pe Charcha session served as a platform for meaningful discussions and exchange of ideas on pertinent issues. The event witnessed active participation from individuals hailing from different walks of life, including representatives from government bodies, civil society organizations, academia, and the general public. The diversity of participants contributed to a rich and multifaceted dialogue. Shri Vijay Goel also emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts in building a better society. He encouraged continued dialogue and constructive actions to address the issues discussed during the session.

12-Foot Mahatma Gandhi Statue Unveiled by President Droupadi Murmu at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat

As part of the G-20 celebrations, Hon’ble President Droupadi Murmu unveiled a 12-foot statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Darshan Rajghat on 04 September, 2023. She also inaugurated the Gandhi Vatika where statues of Mahatma Gandhi in different poses have been installed. Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Vinai Kumar Saxena was the guest of honour on the occasion. Hon’ble Vice Chairman Gandhi Darshan Vijay Goel presided over the programme. 1200 plus children from different institutions of Delhi and NCR took part in the programme that saw the participation of more than 1000 members including diplomatic corps, Gandhians, academicians, social workers and others.
The unique part of the programme was that Smt. Droupadi Murmu not only unveiled the Mahatma Gandhi statue, she along with LG and Shri Vijay Goel happily clicked photographs with different statues installed in the Gandhi Vatika.
Shri Vijay Goel said that these statues have been crafted by different skilled artisans from Rajasthan and Jaipur, depicting Mahatma Gandhi in various poses such as:
1. Gandhiji spinning the Charkha
2. Gandhiji sitting on the Bench with the Statue;
3. Gandhiji riding a bicycle
4. Gandhiji with two children,
5. Gandhiji in meditative pose
6. The three monkeys of Gandhiji
In her address, the President said that Mahatma Gandhi is an invaluable gift for the world community and his values and ideals gave a new direction to the world. "From... Read More

Hon'ble President Smt. Droupadi Murmu unveiled a 12-foot statue of Mahatma Gandhi

As part of the G-20 celebrations, Hon'ble President Smt. Droupadi Murmu unveiled a 12-foot statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Darshan Rajghat on September 4, 2023. The hon'ble President also inaugurated the Gandhi Vatika where statues of Mahatma Gandhi in different poses have been installed. Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Hon'ble Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena was the guest of honour on the occasion. Hon'ble Vice Chairman, GSDS Shri Vijay Goel presided over the programme. 1200 plus children from different institutions of Delhi and NCR took part in the programme that saw the participation of more than 1000 members including the diplomatic corps, Gandhians, academicians, social workers and others. Dr. Jwala Prasad, Director GSDS was also present on the occasion and facilitated in the management of the same.

Tiranga Yatra flags off from Gandhi Rajghat with slogans on Bhrastachar Bharat Chhoro, Garibi Bharat Chhoro, Jativaad Bharat Chhoro, Parivarvad Bharat Chhoro

New Delhi, August 9, 2023: On the occasion of the 81st anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's 'Quit India Movement,' a Tiranga Yatra was flagged off by former Union Minister and Vice Chairman Gandhi Darshan, Shri Vijay Goel on August 9, 2023, with the slogans Bhrastachar Bharat Chhoro, Garibi Bharat Chhoro, Jativaad Bharat Chhoro, Parivarvad Bharat Chhoro and Kura-Karkat Bharat Chhoro from Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat to Charti Lal Shri Vijay Goel Heritage Park near Red Fort.

More than 400 youth volunteers, students, school children representing NCC Cadets, Marching Bands from schools, children and elderly women from NGOS participated in the Tiranga Yatra which was received with a rousing welcome by the local people enroute. Addressing the gathering, Shri Vijay Goel said that while the British might have left India, even after 75 years of independence, the nation continues to grapple with issues like corruption, poverty, casteism, and cleanliness. Shri Vijay Goel went on to liken Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a modern-day Mahatma Gandhi, and said that under Narendra Modi’s leadership, the country is striving to tackle these challenges, and also adhering to the principles laid down by Mahatma Gandhi and serving the people as per his ideals. On this occasion, Shri Vijay Goel paid tribute to the freedom fighters who dedicated their lives for the nation. Shri Vijay Goel said that the 'Quit India Movement' led by Gandhi had shaken the foundation of the British Empire. He... Read More

Seminar on Uniform Civil Code – Need of the Hour

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organized a seminar on “Uniform Civil Code – Need of the Hour?” at Tees January Marg, Gandhi Smriti on July 13, 2023. On this occasion, Hon’ble Governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammad Khan, delivered the keynote address. Former Union Minister and Vice Chairman of GSDS, Shri Vijay Goel presided over the function.
In his address, Shri Arif Mohammad Khan stated that the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is essential for the unity of the country. It is unfortunate that some people are associating it with religion, whereas UCC is not targeting any particular religion. Instead, it advocates equal laws for all citizens of the country.
He mentioned that this law will ensure that when two women approach the court under similar circumstances, the court will not ask about their religion, but rather affirm that equal justice is the right of every citizen.
The Hon’ble Governor of Kerala said that since 2019, there has been a 96% reduction in triple talaq cases among Muslims. This has benefited those women and their children who were earlier distressed. This law has transformed their lives. Similarly, the Uniform Civil Code will also protect the interests of common citizens.
Shri Arif Mohammad Khan stated that India is not a land of revolutions but of transformations. We live with our cultural diversities and celebrate our diversity.
Shri Vijay Goel said that opponents of the Uniform Civil Code claim that it would violate religious... Read More

President Draupadi Murmu met 160 underprivileged children from different slums taking part in the 12-day Gandhi Summer School organized by GSDS

President Draupadi Murmu met 160 underprivileged children from different slums taking part in the 12-day Gandhi Summer School organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) in Rashtrapati Bhawan today. The delegation of the children was led by GSDS Vice Chairman and former Union Minister Vijay Goel. President Murmu warmly interacted with the children, listening attentively to the activities they have learnt during these 12-days. The President also expressed her admiration towards children for their resilience and determination and also encouraged them to pursue their talent ardently. Speaking about the Gandhi Summer School, Vijay Goel said, “The 12-day summer camp is an initiative aimed at empowering slum children through a diverse range of skill-based activities. Goel said that the Gandhi Summer School, known for its commitment to provide holistic development to children by providing them different skill sets, has opened its doors to children from the nearby slum areas, offering them an opportunity to learn, grow, and dream”. Goel said, “Through this initiative, we aim to empower the children by fostering their innate artistic abilities, promoting skill-building and instilling confidence”.Goel also informed that the children of drivers, daily wage labourers, rickshaw pullers, local vendors, fruit sellers, painters, security guards, tailors, farmers and welders are among those attending this camp. Three buses daily bring these children from their respective areas at... Read More

Dr. Jwala Prasad becomes GSDS Director

Vice Chairman GSDS Shri Vijay Goel welcomed Dr. Jwala Prasad in Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti as new Director of GSDS on May 25, 2023 and presented him a charkha and an angavasram. Dr. Jwala Prasad also visited the Gandhi Smriti Museum along with Shri Ajay Kumar Jha, Administrative Officer GSDS.
Born in a farming family of Bettiah, Bihar, Dr. Prasad is no stranger to life’s struggles. He, along with his three siblings had to face tough financial crunch in their childhood, but the challenging situation at home never managed to diminish their will to succeed.
Dr. Prasad was an exceptional student since childhood. He was a consistent rank holder during his school days and completed his 10th board examinations in 2003 with 91% marks from Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Dr. Hedgewar Nagar, Barwat Sena Bettiah. He did his 12th from Science College Patna and his graduation from Hindu College University of Delhi with BA honours in Sanskrit while securing 2nd rank at University level. Later on he finished his post graduation in 2010 and in the same year cleared his UGC- NET- JRF examinations where he was awarded for cracking the examination in his first try.
Dr. Jwala Prasad had held several positions in his illustrious career. Prior to being appointed as Director GSDS, Dr. Jwala Prasad was Registrar at Delhi University.

Gandhi Darshan G20 Yuva Daud

Former Union Minister and Vice Chairman of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Vijay Goel flagged off the three kilometer long 'Gandhi Darshan G20 Yuva Daud' at Haryana Maitri Bhawan, Rani Bagh on Sunday, April 23. Around 2000 children participated in this run, at 6 am.

Run 4 Women Power

Vijay Goel will flags off G20 Run for Women Power from Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat
We are remembering the freedom fighters through this run – Goel
1000 participants from Gujarat, Haryana, UP and Delhi joined the Run 4 Women Power
Women freedom fighters played a pivotal role in freedom struggle under Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership – Kiran Chopra

Almost 1000 enthusiastic runners barring different age-groups from different parts of Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh took part in the “G-20 Run for Women Power” in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat on March 5, 2023. The G-20 Run for Women Power was flagged off by former Union Minister and Vice Chairman Gandhi Smriti Shir Vijay Goel and Mrs. Kiran Chopra, Chairperson of Varishth Nagrik Kesari Club and Chief Guest of the programme. Goel also gave away the prizes to the participants on the occasion. The event was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in collaboration with Health Fitness Trust as part of the celebrations to mark the International Women’s Day. Former Asian Marathon Champion and Founder Director of Health Fitness Trust was the race coordinator. Inspiring the youth, Vijay Goel spoke about the initiatives India has taken under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that this team spirit also gives us a new way of looking at life. This team spirit we get to learn from such sporting events. Goel said, We are remembering Mahatma Gandhi through... Read More

International Navroz festival organized

Over 400 participants took part in the Navrozfestival that was celebrated with gaiety in Gandhi Darshan by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) and the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on March 19, 2022 during which the valedictory programme of the Bamyan Winter School – organised by GSDS in association with Afghan Embassy during January-February 2022 – was also organised. The celebrations that took place commemorating the Gandhi-Badshah Khan FriendshipWeek brought out diverse colours of the culture of India and Afghanistan along with the reverberating sounds created by Afghan songs and music.
Former Governor of Sikkim Dr BP Singh, who was present as the chief guest in the program, said that Navroz is a festival of happiness, music and peace. The cultural ties between India and Afghanistan will be further strengthened by organizing such programmes. Calling that where politics have failed to bring peace in the world among nations, it the time to uphold the cultural institutions and rebuild cultural dialogues to succeed in bringing peace.
Dr. B P Singh called for unity in peace, love, culture, “Unity can be secured through love and through children”, he said, adding, “You can be peaceful in all circumstances”.
Founder Chairperson of Sulabh International Social Welfare Organisation and executive member of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, PadmashriBindeshwar Pathak, threw light on the relationship between Gandhiji and Khan Abdul Ghaffar... Read More


Homage to Mahatma Gandhi on 74th Martyrdom Day
January 30, 2022
On the occasion of the 74th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, an all-religion prayer meeting was organized in Gandhi Smriti, the place of Mahatma Gandhi’s Martyrdom. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, hon’ble Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla, Vice Chairman of GSDS Shri Vijay Goel, BJP State President Shri Adesh Gupta, Member of Parliament Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Mahatma Gandhi's granddaughter Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, ambassadors from Spain, Bosnia, Nepal, Maldives, Egypt, Myanmar, Columbia, Zambia, Mongolia, Bhutan, including many other dignitaries and Gandhians including paid homage to Gandhiji.
Famous singer and Padma Shri awardee Smt. Kavita Krishnamurthy presented a devotional musical tribute on the occasion. She filled the atmosphere with devotion by presenting Bapuji’s favourite hymn 'Vaishnav Jan' and Ram Dhun.
Almost 80 school children of Delhi and the Karnatak Society also paid musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi through Bhajans. Preachers of different religions offered inter-faith prayer on the occasion. Led by Shri Laxmi Dass, Vice President Harijan Sevak Sangh, the spinners Ms. Shweta Mehrotra, Shri Vivek and Ms. Renu spun throughout the programme. The program concluded with a silent tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Sports Day in Gandhi Darshan
January 3, 2022
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* Online Gandhi Quiz Prize distribution organised
December 2, 2021
Former Union Minister and Vice Chairman Shri Vijay Goel GSDS gave away the prizes for the on-line Gandhi Quiz organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Police Families Welfare Society (PFWS) in Gandhi Smriti on December 2, 2021. Smt. Anshu Asthana, President PFWS and Smt. Rachana Golcha, Head Education Committee PFWS and Smt. Shikha S Malhotra, Member Education Committee, PFWS were present at the distribution ceremony. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan was also present on the occasion.
As part of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, 2021 and 75 Years of India’s Independence, the quiz was organised. Almost 460 students took part in the quiz competition in two different categories – below twenty years of age and above twenty years of age.
Ms. Anushka, Ms. Pinki and Ms. Kashish won the first, second and third prizes respectively in category below twenty years. Ms. Meenu, Mr. Rakshant and Ms.Seveya won the first, second and third prizes respectively in above twenty years category. Cash prizes were also awarded to the winners.
Police Families Welfare Society President, Smt. Anshu Asthana also honoured Shri Vijay Goel, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu on the occasion. They also presented planters to Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Shri Pankaj Sharma, Shri Gulshan Gupta and Shri Manish Singh Technical Expert who developed the Bapu Quiz App.
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* Sanitation drive at Gandhi Darshan
November 1, 2021
Vice Chairman GSDS Shri Vijay Goel led a sanitation drive at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat on November 1, 2021. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan along with other GSDS staff took part in this special sanitation drive.
* Diwali celebrated in Gandhi Smriti and Gandhi Darshan
November 3, 2021
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti celebrated Diwali on November 3, 2021 in both its Gandhi Smriti and Gandhi Darshan respectively. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan wished the staff a prosperous festival of lights. Vice Chairman GSDS, Shri Vijay Goel gave gifts to the entire staff of GSDS and said that the varied festival of India shows its diversity and brings families together. Ms. Shubhangi Girdhar decorated the programme unit green with her rangoli made of natural flowers and leaves.
* Birsa Jayanti celebrated in Gandhi Darshan
November 15, 2021
On November 15, 2021, on the occasion of the 144th birth anniversary of Birsa Munda which was celebrated as ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Divas’ a Kavi Sammelan was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and Abhimanch Sahitya Sabha in Gandhi Darshan. The programme was inaugurated by Shri Vijay Goel, Vice Chairman GSDS. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan was also present on the occasion. 15 poets recited their self-composed poems as well as poems of other poets.
It was an unique evening of celebrations to mark Birsa Jayanti, as the... Read More


152nd Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi celebrated
October 2, 2021
Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu and Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi offered rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Smriti on October 2, 2021 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, commemorating the 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and International Day of Non-Violence. Vice Chairman Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Shri Vijay Goel welcomed the VVIPS in Gandhi Smriti at the inter-faith prayer meet. Shri G Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble Minister of Culture; Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon’ble Minister of State for Culture; Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Hon’ble Minister of State for Culture; former Vice President, Dr. Mohd Hamid Ansari; former Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan; granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee; grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Shri Shrikrishna Kulkarni, senior Gandhians, Representatives from various embassies and High Commissions along with their spouse from the Embassy of Greece, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Egypt, people from different walks of like took part in the evening prayer and offered their tributes in their own solemn way. Amongst others who joined included Shri Partha Sarthi Sen Sharma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Secretaries and other officials from the Ministry of Statistics and Niti Ayog.
The evening prayer meet began with 15 artists from All India Radio and 200 school children from twenty... Read More


Shri Vijay Goel nominated Vice Chairman of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti by Hon’ble Prime Minister
September 2, 2021
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, as the chairman of the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), has nominated former Union Minister and Delhi BJP chief Shri Vijay Goel as the Vice Chairman of GSDS. The Prime Minister also nominated nine other members to GSDS General Body, vide a notification on September 2, 2021. The appointment was notified by the Union Culture Ministry which is the nodal ministry of GSDS.
The Prime Minister also reconstituted the Governing Body and Executive Body of GSDS with effect from September 2, 2021.
The nine members are Smt. Nirranjanaben Karalathi, Shri Banwari, Shri Suresh V Kalghatgi, Smt. Madhavi Kulkarni, Smt. Vijay Lakshmi Navaneetha Krishanan, Shri Raj Bahadur Sharma, Shri Mahesh Chandra Sharma, Shri Mahadev R Desai and Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak.
Son of Shri Charti Lal Goel, formerly the Speaker of the Delhi Vidhan Sabha, Shri Vijay Goel had three consecutive terms as a member of the Lok Sabha (LS) — representing Delhi’s Sadar seat in the 11th LS (1996-98), and Chandni Chowk in the 12th and 13th LS (1998-99 and 1999-2004). In February 2013, he became the president of BJP’s Delhi unit.
The Union culture minister, Delhi governor, Delhi mayor, MCD commissioner, Union culture secretary, Urban development secretary are among the ex-officio members of the society.
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Shri Vijay Goel Ji took charge as Vice President at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti

• Vijay Goel took charge as Vice President at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti
• Mahatma Gandhi lives not in the memories but in the lives of Indian people – BL Santosh
Nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Union Minister Shri Vijay Goel Today took charge as Vice Chairman of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti at a function in Gandhi Smriti, the site of the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi, in presence of BJP All India General Secretary (Org.) BL Santosh .
Addressing a packed gathering in Gandhi Smriti, Shri Vijay Goel said, “By making me the Vice Chairman of GSDS, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has bestowed trust and responsibility on me”, and added, “We will leave no stone unturned in the propagation of the education and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi”.
He further emphasised the need to take the life’s message of Mahatma Gandhi throughout the country and in every household. “This should be the responsibility of all of us and not a mere propaganda”, said Goel.
Goel reiterated the key projects of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi such as ‘swachhatta’, ‘digital india’, ‘construction of toilets’ and so on and said that they reflect the Gandhian vision of constructive work for a progressive India.
Congratulating Goel on the new position as Vice Chairman GSDS, Shri B L Santosh, General Secretary (org.) of Bharatiya Janta Party, said that Goel has the capacity, calibre and personality to carry forward the vision of Prime Minister... Read More

‘Ba Ki Rasoi’ Community Kitchen opens up in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat

Healthy Aging India celebrated Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav in association with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), at Gandhi Darshan Rajghat on August 28, 2021 as "Inter-generational discourses" where multiple stakeholders ranging from taxi drivers to the dignitaries, 14-year-old Md Faizan to 92-year-old Mr S S Rudra orated about their perception of Azadi. People from multiple walks of life, from various genders and socioeconomic cluster joined this meeting and celebrated 75 years of Azadi.
The primary discussion was about Intergenerational relationship in the context of 75 years and the importance of connecting retired elderly people with children for active and healthy ageing.
Discussion on women empowerment, health security, hunger management and national security in context with the people of Afghanistan also took place.
Professor Deepak Aggarwal from Neurosurgery AIIMS, Dr Sandeep Chatterjee, the honourable Registrar of National Institute of Education Policy, Mr. Pankaj Aggarwal, an esteemed C.A., Swami Atmagyananandaji Maharaj, Vedanti Swami, of Bharat Sevashram Sangha, IGLC educators, Dr. Prasun Chatterjee from AIIMS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS and representative from Inner Wheel participated and blessed the occasion.
Healthy Ageing India also initiated a concept of community kitchen in the name of "Baa Ki Rasoi"in the name of Kasturba Gandhi in Gandhi Darshan to cater socio-economically weaker section by providing with full... Read More

Hon’ble Rajnath Singhji flags off Army’s fleet of five trauma care ambulances

Union Defence Minister Government of India Hon’ble Shri Rajnath Singh ji flagged off five ambulances donated by Kotak Bank to Borderless World Foundation led by Mr Adhik Kadam an old partner of GSDS on August 20, 2021. The GSDS has hosted five ambulances in its Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat campus for the last two days. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan was present on the occasion.
The five trauma care ambulances have been donated to the Army to the Chinar Corps, the Army’s strategic unit that guards the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.
Hon’ble Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said, “The ambulances will be stationed in five sectors located along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and will be managed by the Indian Army”.
“They will be deployed at different locations in Gurez, Machil, Keran, Tangdhar and Uri sectors in Kupwara and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir”, said Shri Virender Sachdeva, Program Coordinator of the flagging off ceremony” and added that “The Army will use them for critical care needed by its personnel as well as local residents”.
“These ambulances will help the Indian Army in saving precious lives in the area close to LoC by providing timely critical trauma care. Many lives are lost due to delayed medical intervention, which generally are lost due to the lack of timely medical attention,” Shri Adhik Kadam, Founding Chairman Borderless World Foundation, said.

Director GSDS hoists the Tricolour on 75th Independence Day at Gandhi Darshan Rajghat

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti’s Director Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan hoisted the Tricolour in the Gandhi Darshan, Campus at Rajghat as a mark of celebration of the 75th Independence Day on August 15, 2021. Amidst the chorus of the National Anthem in the background by the children and staff of GSDS, the celebrations also saw colourful presentations by the children.
Addressing the gathering, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan reiterated the vision of the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi who while launching the celebrations for the 75th Independence Day from Sabarmati on March 12, 2021 called for people’s participation to ensure what he termed as ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav’. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan further underlined the concept of Atmanirbhar Bharat and how each individual should contribute for the welfare of the society.
Shri Basant Singh, Member KVIC North Zone along with Shri S C Barmma, former Joint Secretary Ministry of Culture and former Member Secretary GSDS were also present on the occasion.

Gandhi Smriti Peace and Nonviolence Lecture on ‘Judicial Empathy, Jurisprudence and Justice’

Empathy seems to be vital for social justice, which is defined as the “ideal condition in which all members of society have the same basic rights, protection, opportunities, obligations, and social benefits.” - With this in mind, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) in association with G D Goenka University organised the Gandhi Smriti Peace and Nonviolence Lecture on Judicial Empathy, Jurisprudence and Justice. It was a momentous moment for all of us to have Prof. (Dr.) Upendra Baxi, one of the stalwarts of legal education in the world, to enlighten us on this very dynamic topic on August 14, 2021.
For decades, legal scholars and philosophers assumed the law and its underlying justice principles are cleansed of emotion, thus allowing reason and logic to prevail. They now acknowledge that emotions inevitably creep in and influence legal judgments and decisions by judges and at times law’s very substance.
Prof. Baxi explained the concept of Empathy by quoting and interpreting Favourite Bhajan of Mahatma Gandhi, “Vaishnav Jan To”. Later he beautifully explained existence of empathy in highest sense by explaining the judgment of Keshwanand bharti case.
He further explained, “Empathy is commonly understood as putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. In other words, imagining what another person is thinking and feeling. He distinguished empathy and sympathy by classified two types of empathy. First, there is a cognitive form of empathy, where we use our... Read More

FIT INDIA FREEDOM RUN 2.0 flagged off from Gandhi Smriti

As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav, celebrating the 75 years of India’s Independence, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan New Delhi, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India flagged off the FIT INDIA FREEDOM RUN 2.0 from Gandhi Smriti on August 13, 2021.

Yatris embark to pay their tribute to the patriots

As part of Azadi ka Amrit Mohatsav, commemorating the 75th year of India’s Independence, several non-political organizations and their representatives from Nirmala Deshpande Sansthan led by former Member of Parliament Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad gathered at Gandhi Darshan Rajghat on August 13, 2021 to commence on a Yatra “Aagaz-E-Dosti” (from 12 to 15 August, 2021) from Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi at Rajghat to the memorial of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his accomplices at Hussainewala (Ferozepur).
About 35 men, women and students are walking in this journey. The yatra team will pay their tributes by visiting all the freedom fighters visiting places in their memory during this period.
Other stops on the journey include Khadi Ashram, Panipat, Khatkar Kalan, the birthplace of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Freedom Fighters Memorial Hall in Jalandhar in memory of Gadri Babaya, the birthplace of Lala Lajpat Rai in Duddi Kalan and finally the Yaris will reach Hussainiwala Samadhi Sthal via Moga.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad sharing his personal experiences said that in 1969, two students from his princely state of Jammu and Kashmir had the opportunity to participate in the Gandhi Vichar camp and it was these moments that changed the course of his life. He, of course, held many positions while in politics, but did not leave the basic principles of Gandhi's thought, truth and non-violence. It was the effect of this idea that in spite of many opportunities in all... Read More

National E-Conference on Impact of Mahatma Gandhi on India’s Freedom Struggle

Freedom will be meaningful by change of heart, not change of power: Dr S N Subbarao
The famous Gandhian freedom fighter Padmashree Dr SN Subbarao has said that for Gandhiji freedom meant attainment of Swaraj. They believed that freedom would be meaningful not only by change of power, but by change of heart of the people of India.
Shri Subbarao was expressing his views as a keynote speaker in the National Conference organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti today, "Gandhiji's influence on the freedom movement". This conference was organized to commemorate the elixir of freedom. Shri Subbarao said that Gandhiji's life journey has been from a timid person to a courageous person. All the youth should take inspiration from his life. Recalling the memories of the past, he said that he used to study in school during the Quit India Movement. He was arrested for chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai and wearing Khadi.
The chief guest of the programme, Dr. B.P. Singh, former Governor of Sikkim said that Gandhi used to say that all religions teach us that we should all be united in mutual harmony. Gandhiji always worked for the restoration of peace, harmony, non-violence and mutual affection in the society.
Former Director of National Gandhi Museum, Dr Y. P. Anand said that Mahatma Gandhi is not just a person but an idea. His thoughts are very important for the upliftment of our life. The success of the freedom movement cannot be imagined without Gandhi.
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‘Nonviolent Communication – A Gandhian Approach’ course launched in Manipuri

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Kasturba Gandhi Institute for Development launched the on-going certificate course on “Nonviolent Communication: A Gandhian Approach” in Manipuri language on August 6, 2021. The course was launched by Dr. Akash Ouchi, Vice-Chairman, Bharat Soka Gakai during a webinar on “Role of Dialogues in Resolving Conflicts” organized by the GSDS commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Hiroshiima Day along with Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS.
The course has been translated into Manipuri script and Bengali Script by Dr. Oinam Sareeta Devi, Secretary, Kasturba Gandhi Institute for Development Manipur, Imphal who was also present at the virtual launch function. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS who had researched and developed the course informed that that course has been already available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati, Manipuri in the Indian languages and in Kyrgiz and Swahili languages of Kyrgyzstan and Uganda, Africa respectively.

The Role of Dialogue in Resolving Conflicts – Commemorating 76th Anniversary of Hiroshima Day

The starting point of the process of conflict resolution is knowing the heart of the other person: Dr. Akash Ouchi
As a tribute to the 76th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Day on August 6, 2021, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organized an e-dialogue on “The Role of Dialogue in Resolving Conflicts”. Dr. Akash Ouchi, Vice-Chairman, Bharat Soka Gakai delivered the keynote address. Prof. N Radhakrishan, senior Gandhian thinker and scholar chaired the session. Dr. Oinam Sareeta Devi, Secretary, Kasturba Gandhi Institute for Development, Imphal spoke on “Promoting Nonviolent Communication to the Language Audience”. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS moderated this session.
Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti along with other panelists launched the Manipuri version of the Certificate Course on “Nonviolent Communication” on the occasion. Students from Manipur will undergo this certificate program. The course has been translated by Dr. O Sareeta Devi into two script, Manipuri and Bangla. The Course – developed by GSDS has been translated in Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati, Hindi, English respectively apart from getting an international audience whereby the course has been translated into Kyrgiz language and Swahili language in Uganda, Africa.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. O Sareeta Devi, while paying her tributes to the victims of the World War I and II and the devastation that happened in Hiroshima on August 6, said that from... Read More

Report on the programme ‘Impact of Mahatma Gandhi on India’s freedom struggle’

Mahatma Gandhi’s life was like an open book. We can learn a lot from his life: M P Mathai
Attendees: Dr Vedabhyas Kundu(Programme Officer of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi), Mr. Dipanker Shri Gyan( Director of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti) , Prof. MP Mathai (Adjunct Professor, Gujarat Vidyapidh, Ahmedabad, Gujarat ), Professor R. Surendran (the Chairperson of the programme and Visiting Professor, Chair for Gandhian Studies, University of Calicut), Dr. Latha Nair R (Head of the Department of English at St.Teresa’s) , Dr Preethi Kumar( Assistant Prof. of the Department of English at St.Teresa’s) , Ms Snigdha Pradeep (Organizing Secretary of Gandhian Peace and Non violence Studies Centre), Ms. Maxlin M Maxy( Student wing member of the Gandhian Peace and Non violence Studies Centre), Students of the of English Department and the general public.
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi in association with the Gandhian Peace and Nonviolence Studies Centre (An initiative by the Department of English and Centre for Research, St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam) conducted the 5th Regional E-Conference on ‘Impact of Mahatma Gandhi on India’s freedom struggle’ on August 5, 2021. Dr. Latha Nair R and Dr. Preethi Kumar were the conveners of the programme.
Ms Snigdha Pradeep, Organizing Secretary of Gandhian peace and Non violence studies Centre delivered the introductory speech and talked about the ‘Impact of Mahatma Gandhi in South India’.
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Certificates and Spectacles distributed in Central Prisons CJ-4

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised the free spectacle distribution ceremony at Central Prisons CJ-4 on June 29, 2021. Superintendent of CJ-4 Shri Rajkumar along with other officials of the CJ-4 were present at the distribution ceremony. The free eye camp was organised by GSDS in association with AAIMS and Tihar Prisons earlier on March 2021. Dr. Manju Rani Aggarwal and Shri Rajdeep Pathak were also present on the occasion. Along with the spectacles, certificates and books for the participants of the painting workshop as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Acharya Vinoba Bhave and Kasturba Gandhi were also distributed on the occasion.

Central Advisory Board on Culture meets at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat

Hon’ble Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of Culture and Vice Chairperson GSDS chaired the meeting of the Central Advisory Board on Culture (CABC) at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat New Delhi on June 23, 2021. Some members attended the meeting physically others attended it virtually. Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti hosted the meeting.
In the meeting detailed discussions were held on the ongoing activities undertaken by the government and the way ahead in the celebration of 75 years of India’s independence – “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. The Members of the CABC took cognizance of the activities and gave their valuable suggestions in this regard.
During the course of the daylong meeting, detailed discussions were held about the various other activities undertaken by the ministry like in the area of performing arts, museums and cultural spaces, activities of the various academies and knowledge institutions funded by the ministry of culture. A detailed presentation was also made on the various activities undertaken by the Archeological Survey of India in recent years.
The Members further advised the Ministry of Culture to evolve more programmes and to intensify the existing policy programmes to focus attention on creativity at different levels of Indian society, and different regions.
The meeting was attended by members Dr Anupama Hoskere, Prof. Chandan Kumar, Dr Chandra Prakash, Shri Chetan Joshi, Shri Ravindra Bajpai, Shri Devendra Sharma, Ven Lama Chospel... Read More

Gandhi Smriti Peace and Nonviolence Lecture Series

Invest in the energy of empathy love and kindness: Gaur Gopal Das
“Decide to help someone. Don't they say everyone you meet is fighting a battle that you know nothing about? Be kind, be helpful. Invest in the energy of empathy, love and kindness and people around you and you'll receive the same back when you need it the most”. This was international motivational speaker and author of several books representing the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, Swami Gaur Gopal Das, delivering the ‘Gandhi Smriti Peace and Nonviolence Lecture’ on June 21, 2021 on ‘Essence of Human Interconnectedness and Empathy’.
Organized in virtual mode by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav, celebrating the 75th year of India’s Independence, Swami Gaur Gopal Das sent a note of advice when he said, “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful . . . that’s what matters to me.’
Speaking about change that has to come from within, he said, “We want to change the world outside, but, we don’t want to change inside. Unless we change from inside, we cannot change anything outside. For the world to change, we have to change our inside world. Unless the change is brought inside, it is extremely difficult or impossible to change the world outside”.
He further advised: “Watch your thoughts, they turn into words. Watch your words, they turn into actions. Watch your... Read More

Celebration of 7th International Day of Yoga

The Ministry of Culture, Government of India celebrated the International Day of Yoga by organizing a drive named “Yoga An Indian Heritage” as a part of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” campaign. The programme was conducted at 75 cultural heritage locations with the active participation of all institutions/bodies of the Ministry.
In view of this Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised different programmes related to the International Day of Yoga 2021 at Delhi, Champaran and Sabarmati.
• GSDS staff performs Yoga in Gandhi Darshan
Enthusiastic staff of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti along with their children took part in the yoga session on June 21, 2021 marking the 7th International Day of Yoga in Gandhi Darshan Rajghat. The session was led by Sh. Mohit Mohan Office Supervisor (I/C).
• Tihar officers and inmates join for 7th Yoga Day celebrations
As part of the 7th International Day of Yoga and Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Central Prisons Tihar CJ4 organised the Yoga session conducted by Yogacharya Varun Nautiyal. Inmates of CJ-4 and the officers led by Superintendent CJ-4 Shri Rajkumar performed yoga on the occasion. Deputy Superintendent Shri Manmohan and Warder Shri Amarjeet were present on the occasion. The programme was coordinated by Dr. Manju Aggarwal.
• Yoga Day at Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Yoga practitioners led by Yogacharya are taking part in the 7th International Day of... Read More

E-lecture on “Gandhi and Peace Education”

Peace Education underlines globalization of compassion and care: Vidya Jain
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organized an e-lecture on “Gandhi and Peace Education” on June 17, 2021 in association with Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Srinagar (IASE). The key-note address was delivered by Dr. Vidya Jain, Convener, Nonviolence Commission, International Peace Research Association. Prof. (Dr) Ruhi Jan Kanth, Principal IASE also spoke on the occasion. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS. Prof. Fazi Illahi from IASE moderated the session.
The e-lecture began with the address of Prof. Ruhi Jan Kanth who necessitated the need for discourses, dialogues and interconnectedness.
Speaking to about 165 participants, Dr. Vidya Jain said that education is enlargement and enlightenment of mind. She spoke of the qualities of the head, heart and hand which Mahatma Gandhi had advocated while speaking about education and which she said, “Helps in sharpening of critical abilities,” adding, “It is not merely a collection, assimilation of data and so on, but it touches our heart and soul”.
Speaking on peace education, she said, “The greatness of Indian wisdom can be dissipated effectively through introducing Gandhian thoughts on peace education in our curriculum through meticulous planning. But unfortunately it does not happen. We are living in a global village, moving towards the challenges posted by intolerance and... Read More

Global Colloquium on Creating an Affirmative Nonkilling World

Fifteen speakers from India, America, Africa, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Hawaii, Spain Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States, virtually came together on a common platform to share their ideas on “Creating an Affirmative Nonkilling World” at the global colloquium jointly organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), New Delhi, Centre for Global Nonkilling, India and Centre for Global Nonkilling (CGNK) Australia on June 28, 2021. The global colloquium was organised as a tribute to late Professor Glennn D. Paige, Professor Emeritus of Political Science famous for developing the concept of nonkilling.
The speakers included: Prof. Anoop Swarup, Chairman, Centre for Global Nonkilling Governing Council, Australia; Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS; Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS; Prof. Luis Botero, CGNK Latin America Regional Adviser (South America); Prof. N. Radhakrishnan, (CGNK Honorary Sponsor, India); Nobel Laureate, Ms. Mairéad Corrigan Maguire (Honorary Sponsor); Prof. Bill Bhaneja (CGNK Governing Council and former Diplomat, Canada); Ms. Glenda H. Paige (CGNK Governing Council); Shri A T Ariyaratne, (CGNK Honorary Sponsor and Founder President of Sarvodaya Movement, Sri Lanka); Prof. Francisco Gomes de Matos (Founder CGNK, Brazil); Mr. Chaiwath Satha –Anand, (CGNK Vice Chair, Thailand); Bishop Mavwe Lucien (Nonkilling Peace Activist, Africa); Prof. Thomas Fee (CGNK Senior Advisor, United States); Prof. Maorong Jiang (CGNK Treasurer,... Read More

E-workshop on Introducing Peer Mediation

Need to enrich ourselves everyday and learn new things: Archana Shrivastava
In continuation of the series of workshops being conducted by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) on “Peer Mediation”, a workshop was organized in association with East Point School, Vasundhara on June 9, 2021. About 89 students and faculty members took part in the workshop that was conducted by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS.
Delivering her welcome address on behalf of the school, Principal East Point School, Smt. Archana Shrivastava spoke of the association of the school with GSDS and hoped that this association continues. She underlined the gravity of building relationship and understanding between the students, the teachers and the parents and laid importance on the need of mediators in the schools for handling various conflicting situations.
She further stressed that learning gives experience and said that there is a need to enrich ourselves and learn new things and further hoped that students can help in redressing of many of their own grievances through mutual dialogue.
The interactive session, led by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu saw an overwhelming response from the participants such s Akansha Shukla (VII-A); Vanshita Singh (VIII-B); Khushi Singh (XI-B); Kakul Awana (VIII-C); Shivangi Aggarwal (XI-C); Tanmay Aggarwal and others who gave very good indicators on mediation.
While students like Dipankar Roy Choudhury spoke on empathy and mutual... Read More

Yoga session with Isha Foundation on Simha Kriya

Ministry of Culture organised a webinar on "Equip Yourself for the COVID 19 Era" in collaboration with Isha Foundation on June 2, 2021. GSDS staff attended the webinar. The webinar started in guidance of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudevji, a multi-facet personality famous world-wide for its Isha Foundation dedicated to raising human consciousness and fosters global harmony through individual transformation. Sadhguruji explain about the importance of yoga and its benefits and later explained the Simha Kriya in detail. Simha Kriya, a simple but powerful yogic practice to improve immunity, strengthens the respiratory system and enhances lung capacity. A volunteer from Isha foundation demonstrated the kriya. Ms. Mahima Chopra from Isha Foundation also explained about the Simha Kriya, Sashtanga Makarasana, do & don’ts while following the kriya.

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पेसिफिक एयर फ़ोर्स के कमांडर के पति ने गांधी स्मृति का दौरा किया.
-महापौर, दक्षिण दिल्ली नगर निगम ने गांधी दर्शन का दौरा किया
दक्षिण कोरिया गणराज्य के माननीय रक्षा मंत्री, श्री सुह वुक ने गाँधी स्मृति का दौरा किया.
राष्ट्रीय रक्षा कॉलेज के अधिकारी ने गांधी स्मृति की यात्रा की.
2 मार्च, 2021
गांधी स्मृति
श्रीमती सिंडी विल्सबाक, ने अपनी टीम के साथ, 2 मार्च, 2021 को गांधी स्मृति का दौरा किया। डॉ सेलजा गुलपल्ली, रिसर्च एसोसिएट ने आगंतुकों का स्वागत किया.
4 मार्च, 2021
गांधी स्मृति
सुश्री अनामिका मिथिलेश, दक्षिण दिल्ली नगर निगम की महापौर ने 4 मार्च, 2021 को राजघाट गांधी दर्शन का दौरा किया। उन्होंने परिसर में स्थापित प्रदर्शनी में उत्सुकता से रुचि ली। उन्हें निदेशक समिति निदेशक श्री दीपंकर श्री ज्ञान द्वारा सम्मानित किया गया ।
26 मार्च, 2021
गांधी स्मृति
दक्षिण कोरिया गणराज्य के माननीय रक्षा मंत्री, श्री सुह ने अन्य अधिकारियों के साथ 26 मार्च, 2021 को गांधी स्मृति का दौरा किया और महात्मा गांधी को अपनी श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित की। डॉ। सेलेजा गुलपल्ली, रिसर्च एसोसिएट द्वारा उन्हें संग्रहालय का दौरा करवाया गया।
30 मार्च-1 अप्रैल, 2021
गांधी स्मृति
राष्ट्रीय रक्षा कॉलेज के वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों ने 30 मार्च और 1 अप्रैल, 2021 को गांधी स्मृति में महात्मा गांधी को श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित की। डॉ सेलेजा गुलपल्ली ने अथितियों का अभिनन्दन किया.

भारत के माननीय राष्ट्रपति ने महात्मा गांधी, राम मनोहर लोहिया और पं. दीन दयाल उपाध्याय की प्रतिमा का अनावरण किया.

भारत के माननीय राष्ट्रपति श्री राम नाथ कोविंद ने 7 मार्च, 2021 को बेलाताल दमोह में महात्मा गांधी, राम मनोहर लोहिया और पंडित दीन दयाल उपाध्याय की कांस्य प्रतिमाओं का वस्तुतः उद्घाटन किया। प्रतिमाओं को प्रख्यात मूर्तिकार पद्मश्री श्री राम सुतार द्वारा गाँधी स्मृति एवं दर्शन समिति के सहयोग से बनाया है। माननीय राष्ट्रपति ने मध्यप्रदेश में दमोह जिले के सिंगोरगढ़ किले में संरक्षण कार्यों का भी उद्घाटन किया और मध्य प्रदेश में दमोह जिले के सिंगरमपुर गांव में सिंगोरगढ़ किले के संरक्षण कार्यों की आधारशिला रखी. माननीय राष्ट्रपति ने राज्य स्तरीय आदिवासी सम्मेलन को भी संबोधित किया। कार्यक्रम का आयोजन संस्कृति मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार और मध्य प्रदेश के जनजातीय कार्य विभाग द्वारा किया गया था। राष्ट्रपति ने गांव सिंगरमपुर में रानी दुर्गावती की प्रतिमा पर पुष्पांजलि अर्पित की.

"शांति पर चिंतन” पर किर्गिस्तान के साथ वार्ता

5 फरवरी, 2021
संवाद का विषय "पीस मैटर्स" था जहां निम्नलिखित प्रतिभागियों ने अपने विचार प्रस्तुत किए। 11 वक्ताओं ने विभिन्न मुद्दों पर अपने विचार साझा किए। किर्गिस्तान के ऑनलाइन विश्वविद्यालय के अध्यक्ष प्रो. एलिरा तुर्दुबायेवा ने चर्चा का समन्वय किया। डॉ. वेदाभ्यास कुंडू, कार्यक्रम अधिकारी, ने प्रतिभागियों के साथ सत्र का संचालन किया।

सीरीज II - सुश्री इरम मजीद ,कार्यकारी निदेशक एशिया पैसिफिक सेंटर फॉर आर्बिट्रेशन एंड मीडिएशन, दिल्ली

8 फरवरी, 2021
अन्य बातों के साथ बातचीत के दौरान उन्होंने कहा कि "मुकदमा इस बारे में है कि कौन सही है जबकि मध्यस्थता इस बारे में है कि क्या सही है। मध्यस्थता जीवन का एक तरीका है। यह मानव-मानव संबंध के बारे में है और इसलिए मूल्यांकन को हतोत्साहित करता है। मध्यस्थता का उद्देश्य मुद्दों के पीछे अंतर्निहित हितों का पता लगाना है

स्वस्थ जीवन के लिए माइंडफुलनेस का अभ्यास

गांधी स्मृति एवं दर्शन समिति ने 22 अक्टूबर, 2020 को "स्वस्थ जीवन के लिए “माइंडफुलनेस का अभ्यास " पर एक अभिविन्यास कार्यक्रम आयोजित किया। आदित्य बिड़ला ग्रुप ऑफ स्कूल, रेणु सागर उत्तर प्रदेश के बच्चों सहित 80 प्रतिभागियों ने समिति के स्टाफ सदस्यों द्वारा आयोजित अभिविन्यास कार्यक्रम में भाग लिया। सुश्री सुरभि सिंह, प्रमाणित कोच, ने इस अवसर पर प्रतिभागियों को माइंडफुलनेस की बारीकियों के बारे में समझाया.

Communication is a reflection of the inner workings of our mind: Vedabhyas Kundu

202 participants from Trinity Institute of Professional Studies (TIPS), New Delhi took part in a workshop on “Healing yourself through nonviolent communication during the pandemic” organised on May 28, 2021 by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti that was conducted by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer. The programme was moderated by a student of the institute, Ms. Anuksha Tiwari.
Delivering the Webinar lecture, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) discussed the different elements of nonviolent communication and how these could be used in relationship management during these times of lockdown. The session talked about the stress on relationship management and friction in families due to lockdown. It stated Gandhian Pillars of nonviolence- mutual respect, understanding, acceptance, appreciation and compassion. He said, “Communication is a reflection of the inner workings of our mind and we need to cultivate that every time”.
Another aspect discussed in the webinar was self-introspection, that how people are running after the materialistic gains and luxurious life. People should find this crisis as an opportunity to encourage themselves for their intrapersonal communication. They must reinvent themselves and should try to unearth their hidden talents. This is a stage when one must widen their emotional vocabulary. Inappropriate use of language and words can contribute to conflicts and chaos.
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Launch of course on Non-Violence Communication in Malayalam

I find new ideas in the experiment of Nonviolence the deep I go: Laxmi Dass
“Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustices, not people. Nonviolence holds that suffering for a cause can educate and transform”, said Shri Laxmi Dass, Vice-Presidsent Harijan Sevak Sangh and Executive Member, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, while launching the course on “Non-Violence Communication” in Malayalam on May 25, 2021 as the chief guest during the webinar organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) in association with Rajagiri College of Social Sciences (RCSS), Kochi, Kerala.
Speaking further about the philosophy of nonviolence and how it has impacted his life, Shri Laxmi Dass said, “The deep the philosophy of nonviolence, the deep has been my experience in understanding and finding new ideas about nonviolence. Nonviolence breeds nonviolence”.
He further appreciated the efforts of the GSDS in initiating this course first in English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam and called it, ‘unique’ and ‘unparallel’.
Calling this a great and courageous step in finalizing and launching this course, eminent Gandhian and former Director GSDS, Prof. N. Radhakrishnan congratulated the team that translated the course in Malayalam and also the team from the Samiti under the guidance of Mr. Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS and Shri Laxmi Dass and said that “The Samiti has taken a pivotal and crucial role in redesigning the... Read More

E-workshop for children on Positivity through creativity organised

A one-day workshop on “Positivity Unlimited – Unlocking Creativity Around Us” was organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi in collaboration with “Nirbaak” in Guwahati Assam in May 23, 2021. The workshop was attended by around 100 participants from different parts of Assam and New Delhi. Shri Minangka Deka, eminent artist and founder of Nirbaak welcomed the gathering.
Beginning the workshop, Shri Gulshan Gupta, North East Coordinator focused on the three Ps – Positivity, Performance and Punctuality and advised the children to keep a positive approach.
The next speaker, Ms. Liza Hazarika, a Psychologist and Spiritual Therapist focused on how negative emotions also play a significant role in discovering the value and importance of positive emotions.
Mr. Rituparna, Library Educator in his talk focused on the importance of book reading among the children. He said that books are able to sprout new ideas. “A book is a friend, always by your side, through happy and sad times”, he said.
Ms. Anisha Kanwar, Counselling Psychologist and Therapist, highlighted on the importance of creativity and artistic approach as a tool to create a positive mindset. “Art increases observation skills and motor-skills (eye-hand coordination) that help in gaining confidence for, one is able to create one’s imagination into a real world. This not only helps to develop the language skills, but enhance creativity in a big way”, she said.
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GSDS extends help to frontline workers

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti reached out to the frontline health workers at the UHPC Daryaganj at Kanchanpur on May 21, 2021 and extended its support to them by providing light refreshment packets to the team of doctors, nurses, team of lab technicians and other staff there. Dr. Sunil Minz, In-Charge of UPHC Daryahanj along with Dr. Sheetal, Gynecologist and others received the packets from Shri Dipanker Shri Gya, Director GSDS that was delivered by Shri Mohit Mohan, Office Supervisor.

Pledge on Anti-Terrorism Day administered

Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti administered the pledge on Anti-Terrorism Day to the GSDS staff members on May 21, 2021. GSDS staff joined virtually and read out the pledge on the occasion.
Every year, May 21, is observed as ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Day with the objective to wean away the youth from terrorism and the cult of violence by highlighting the sufferings of common people and showing as how it is prejudicial to the national interest.
The pledge read: “We the people of India, having abiding faith in our country’s tradition of non-violence and tolerance, hereby solemnly affirm to oppose with our strength, all forms of terrorism and violence. We pledge to uphold and promote peace, social harmony, and understanding among all fellow human beings and fight the forces of disruption threatening human lives and values”.

Students in journalism must understand the difference between sympathy and empathy: Prof. A K Shukla

An on-line lecture on "Non Violent Communication" was organized on May 18, 2021 by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti Bhasha University, Lucknow. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS, New Delhi, in which he informed the students of the university about the importance of non-violent communication during the COVID-19 era. The University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Anil Kumar Shukla was the chief guest in the program.
In his welcome address, Prof. Shukla said that it is very important to consider this subject in today's circumstances. He gave the example of Sanskrit hymn मनसा, वाचा, कर्मणा (thought, word and deed) and said that the importance of speaking sweet speech is also mentioned in Indian scriptures. He said that it is necessary for media students to understand the difference between 'sympathy' and 'empathy' so that they can produce good news.
Dr. Kundu in his address underlined that non-violent communication will not only help them to become a good journalist but will also help in building a good personality. He reflected on the five fundamental principles of non-violence stated by Gandhiji - respect, mutual understanding, acceptance, appreciation and compassion and said that we need to purify our thoughts so that we can bring change into the life of others.
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E-Workshop on ‘Mental Health Proactivity during Pandemic’

We should have physical distancing and not social distancing: Salony Priya
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised an E-workshop on “Mental Health Proactivity during Pandemic” on May 17, 2021. Dr. Salony Priya, Director Ummed Counselling and Consulting Services and Consultant, Centre for Cultural Research and Training (CCRT) New Delhi conducted the workshop that was attended by almost 123 participants.
During the workshop she spoke about wellness, stress management and life style changes and said that “Fear, worry and stress are normal responses to perceived or real threats, and at times when we are faced with uncertainty or the unknown”, so it is normal and understandable that people are experiencing fear in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has brought drastic and dramatic changes into our lives”.
This she said was because of the uncertainties of unemployment, job loss, home schooling of children and lack of physical contact with our family members, friends and colleagues, for which it is important that we “Look after our mental, as well as our physical health”.
Going in detail of the necessity of good mental health, which she said needs an “Investment”, Ms. Salony Priya said that “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being and affects how we think, feel and act”, for which she stressed on what she termed as “The need of the hour for physical distancing and not social distancing”.
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8th Dialogue series on Mediation

There is a need for relationship building – Marium Kurtz
The Samiti organised an e-dialogue on ‘Mediation’ with Ms. Marium M Kurtz, Co-Editor of Volume II, “Women War and Violence” on May 12, 2021. This was eight in the series of dialogues that the GSDS has initiated on ‘Mediation’.
Touching on different aspects and techniques of mediation, Ms. Marium asserted on the importance of building relationship and interconnectedness with humane thought for avoiding conflicts and preventing disruption in relationship.
While reflecting on the reconciliation technique of Ubuntu which as adopted in Rwanda after the genocide, Ms. Marium said that “Ubuntu, which means “I am because you are” and “You are because I am” has never failed. She said that Ubuntu is used as a mechanism for conflict prevention and peace-building in everyday practices in Sub-Saharab Africa and how reciprocity and reflexivity help to build communal solidarity with a focus on relationship and human interconnectedness, interdependence, togetherness – Ujamaa – and solidarity that motivates building a culture of peace”.
Expressing her concern over globalisation that has eroded these practices somewhat in recent decades, she said, “Because of their rootedness, they continue to provide a path for restorative justice and have inspired truth and reconciliation commissions in many countries”.
Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS and Ms. Mansi Sharma, PhD student of Law moderated the... Read More

GSDS Covid Seva On-line Portal Launched

Hon’ble Union Minster of State for Culture and Tourism and Vice-Chairman Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Shri Pahlad Singh Patel launched the online portal “Covid Seva”,, a digital initiative by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, to ensure respite to people during the Covid Pandemic.
GSDS had decided to create a dashboard with help of its old partner Mr Manish and his team in M/s Bhuma Infotech and Mr Sachhidanand Swamy from M/s Invoxel. The dashboard is for providing information on: 1) Oxygen Supply; 2) Hospitalization; 3) Ambulance; 4) Food; and 5) Plasma Donation to the needy.
Several groups of GSDS staffs have been formed who are engaged in collection of data, verification of data and dissemination of information in the Dashboard and to the needy who are directly sending their requirement to the GSDS.
Mr Rohitasv Singh (HR Hero MotoCorp), Ms Richa (Operations Head and HR at Excelsoft); Mr. Dharam Rakshit (Head HR for Hermoto); Mr. Ajay Prasad (HR Professional), Mr. Hardayal Khushwaha, (founder, Bargad, NGO); Mr Pawan Jha (freelancer), and others have extended support to GSDS voluntarily.
Besides, 65 volunteers are working in the helpline and with the verification process. Six supervisors are re-verifying data before uploading. Ten computer experts are working on other different issues.
On the GSDS user-friendly dashboard, http://covidseva.gandhismriti.... Read More