Understanding Gandhi Through the Eyes of Children – An Interactive Session with ITIHAAS


The interactive session with students from ITIHAAS (Indian Traditions Heritage Society) who are on a summer project to understand the life's message and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi by visiting various Gandhian Institutions and writing their reports based on the information they receive, took place in Gandhi Darshan on May 23, 2018.

Led by Smita Vats, Founder Director of Itihaas, the students shared their experiences of taking part in the internship programme at National Gandhi Museum. They felt that their visit to Gandhi Darshan museums has enriched their understanding of the journey of Mohandas to Mahatma. They felt elated.

Speaking to them from GSDS was Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan who spoke of many qualities of Gandhiji. Sharing personal anecdotes from his life that evolved him into seeking for truth through the means of service to mankind he asked the students to imbibe honesty and courage in their life.

Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also led the students into a game of “Knowing Yourself” developed by H.H. the Dalai Lama which the students enjoyed thoroughly.

Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Programme Executive, GSDS while sharing information about the activities of the Samiti, asked the students to also visit Gandhi Smriti. He further asked if the children could establish Moniya clubs in schools that could become a hub of student-led creative activities. He further advised the students to develop in them the concept of giving back something to the society which Gandhiji always did.

The students informed that as part of the summer project they are being involved by the team from Itihaas to discuss, interview, participate, enact and write about their approach and understanding of Gandhiji.

Earlier the children were given a guided tour of the exhibitions at Gandhi Darshan. The children were pleased to learn short anecdotes about Mahatma Gandhi.