GSDS Programmes

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.
Dr.... Read More

‘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.

वीआईपी दौरे-

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.
In addition, he... Read More

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.
He explained the twelve main elements of this... Read More

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”.
She further... Read More

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”, covidseva.gandhismriti.gov.in, 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

GSDS sends dry wood for cremation grounds in New Delhi

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in a noble gesture joined hands with the SDMC and provided dry woods from Gandhi Darshan complex Rajghat on May 7-8, 2021 to be used for cremation of COVID dead bodies at the Sarai Kale Khan and Nigambodh cremation grounds.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation had sought help to overcome the shortage of dry wood at various cremation grounds. Permission had been sought to cut an additional 20 dried trees and send them as well.
During May 2021, approximately twenty truck loads of dry wood was sent by the GSDS from Gandhi Darshan.

7th E-Dialogue on Mediation with Chijioke Nnanna Ibeku

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised the seventh e-dialogue on “Mediation” with the Nigerian expert mediator Mr. Chijioke Nnanna Ibeku on April 22, 2021. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS coordinated the interactive dialogue. Speaking at the dialogue, Mr. Ibeku focussed Mediation is constructive process. It involves change in mindsets. There has to be community mediation, where the mediator must ensure that the dispute or differences does not escalate beyond the normal. There is a need to create ‘Community Peace Ambassadors’ whose prime role would be to resolve conflicts in communities.

7th E-Dialogue on Mediation with Chijioke Nnanna Ibeku

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised the seventh e-dialogue on “Mediation” with the Nigerian expert mediator Mr. Chijioke Nnanna Ibeku on April 22, 2021. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS coordinated the interactive dialogue. Speaking at the dialogue, Mr. Ibeku focussed Mediation is constructive process. It involves change in mindsets. There has to be community mediation, where the mediator must ensure that the dispute or differences does not escalate beyond the normal. There is a need to create ‘Community Peace Ambassadors’ whose prime role would be to resolve conflicts in communities.

E-dialogue on ‘Countering Hate Speech through Nonviolent Communication’

GSDS Programme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu introduced the Gandhian model of Nonviolent Communication to counter the menace of Hate Speech on April 16, 2021. Prof. Juan Pedro Universidad Complutenses de Madrid, Spain moderated the discussion at the E-Dialogue on Countering Hate Speech through Nonviolent Communication in association with Universidad Complutenses de Madrid, Spain which was second in the series of discussions that GSDS is organizing both at the national and international level.

E-dialogue on ‘Countering Hate Speech through Nonviolent Communication’

GSDS Programme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu introduced the Gandhian model of Nonviolent Communication to counter the menace of Hate Speech on April 16, 2021. Prof. Juan Pedro Universidad Complutenses de Madrid, Spain moderated the discussion at the E-Dialogue on Countering Hate Speech through Nonviolent Communication in association with Universidad Complutenses de Madrid, Spain which was second in the series of discussions that GSDS is organizing both at the national and international level.

On-line Certificate Course on Exploring Non-Violent Communication

Gandhi Study Circle, Miranda House of University of Delhi and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti jointly organised an on-line orientation programme and certificate course on “Non-Violent Communication” on April 30, 2021. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS conducted the interactive training programme. He applauded the efforts of the Gandhi Study Circle of Miranda House for their proactive role in providing aid to COVID 19 patients/attendants.
During the training programme, Dr. Vedabhyas outlined the powerful tool of non-violent communication (NVC) in resolving disputes and conflicts. Talking about compassion and appreciation, he said that NVC helps connect and engage with not only oneself, but their families, friends and the society. He also outlined the basic pillar of Gandhian NVC such as mutual respect, understanding, and acceptance and further necessitated the need for avoiding stereotypes, use of appropriate language, not being judgemental and most importantly developing the power of empathy.

GSDS sends dry wood for cremation grounds in New Delhi

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in a noble gesture joined hands with the SDMC and provided dry woods from Gandhi Darshan complex Rajghat on April 30, 2021 to be used for cremation of COVID dead bodies at the Sarai Kale Khan Cremation ground.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation had sought help to overcome the shortage of dry wood at various cremation grounds. Permission had been sought to cut an additional 20 dried trees and send them as well.

Orientation workshop on Peer Mediation

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Delhi International School Edge (DISE), Dwarka, Delhi organised an orientation workshop on “Peer Mediation” on April 29, 2021. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS conducted the interactive workshop with almost 77 participants. Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Programme Executive, GSDS moderated the session.
Sh. Abhishek Tiwari and Ms. Himanshi Sharma students of the school led the interaction by presenting several situations which called for applying various techniques for resolving disputes, arguments amongst friends and family. They shared their own experiences during the workshop, which Dr. Vedabhyas correlated with different model, techniques and processes of mediation and conflict resolution. Ms. Anubhuti Tripathi, a teacher of the school also spoke and interacted and shared her experiences.
Dr. Vedabhyas spoke about skills such as trust; ‘active listening’, ‘patience’’; ‘compassion’; ‘impartiality’; ‘helping attitude’; ‘collaborative and cooperative’ approach and said that these are the skills that one can harness well to be a good mediator. He said that a mediator has to have a reconciliatory approach and have to respect both the parties.
Earlier, Ms. Anubha Srivastava, Principal of DISE said that “Our life styles have to be redefined and mediators could help become a bridge between two parties in resolving their differences”.

Orientation workshop on Peer Mediation

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Delhi International School Edge (DISE), Dwarka, Delhi organised an orientation workshop on “Peer Mediation” on April 29, 2021. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS conducted the interactive workshop with almost 77 participants. Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Programme Executive, GSDS moderated the session.
Sh. Abhishek Tiwari and Ms. Himanshi Sharma students of the school led the interaction by presenting several situations which called for applying various techniques for resolving disputes, arguments amongst friends and family. They shared their own experiences during the workshop, which Dr. Vedabhyas correlated with different model, techniques and processes of mediation and conflict resolution. Ms. Anubhuti Tripathi, a teacher of the school also spoke and interacted and shared her experiences.
Dr. Vedabhyas spoke about skills such as trust; ‘active listening’, ‘patience’’; ‘compassion’; ‘impartiality’; ‘helping attitude’; ‘collaborative and cooperative’ approach and said that these are the skills that one can harness well to be a good mediator. He said that a mediator has to have a reconciliatory approach and have to respect both the parties.
Earlier, Ms. Anubha Srivastava, Principal of DISE said that “Our life styles have to be redefined and mediators could help become a bridge between two parties in resolving their differences”.

GSDS pulls up information resources for providing COVID aid

In order to act as a bridge between the patients/attendants and different service providers, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti started a WhatsApp helpline for verified information on oxygen cylinders, hospital beds, food for patients, vaccination and medicines for COVID-19. This was set up on April 28, 2021. Volunteer team members from IT have also joined this cause and are extending support to the Samiti in this noble cause for humanity. The verified data for different resources will attempt to address issues of people across the society. A dashboard is also being developed in this direction. Teams have been formed under the supervision of Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan who are carrying out their work.

Cleanliness drive in Gandhi Darshan and Gandhi Smriti

Amidst lockdown in both the campuses in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat and Gandhi Smriti at 5, Tees January Marg, staff of the GSDS who were on duty took the cleanliness drive in their hands and cleaned both the campuses on April 26, 2021. In Gandhi Darshan, under the supervision of Shri Mohit Mohan, the work was undertaken. In Gandhi Smriti, Dr. Sailaja Gullapalli coordinated the cleanliness drive.

Planning meeting regarding IGNOU-GSDS Dialogue series

A meeting was organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) with the officials and staff of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Regional Centre-2 on April 24, 2021 to discuss on the forthcoming GSDS-IGNOU lecture series that is being initiated as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav.
During the meeting it was discussed on the different areas and subjects on which the lecture would be organised. A presentation was also made by Shri Gulshan on the suggested topics that could form part of the lecture series.
Going by the present pandemic and people who are under mental stress, it was agreed upon to launch the lecture series with Human Interconnectedness and Happiness as the first subject.

Workshop on Non-Violent Communication

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Apeejay Stya University, Gurugra, organised a workshop on “Non-Violent Communication” on April 20, 2021. The other collaborating partners were National Service Scheme and Rotaract Club. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS conducted the session where he outlined the importance of non-violent communication which he told not only, ‘Helps in emotional bridge-building, but also is an important tool to resolve disputes and conflicts”. He spoke on the elements of non-violent communication and the essence of establishing communication where he drew inferences from the Buddhist principles, the Gandhian thinkers, Marshal Rosenberg and others during the interactive session.

Planning Meeting on developing course on Community Mediation

A planning meeting on developing a certificate course on “Community Mediation” was organised by GSDS chaired by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS on April 12, 2021 with the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) to develop a course on ‘Community Mediation’. The aim is to conduct a series of dialogue on ‘Mediation’ with NUSRL, besides organising regular e-workshops. The Vice-Chancellor of NUSRL, Prof. Kesava Rao took part in the discussion. Faculty members of NUSRL and GSDS officials took part in the meeting.

Planning Meeting on developing course on Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Well-being

An on-line planning meeting on “Developing a course on Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Well-being” was organised by GSDS in association with Government Degree College, Kargil on April 12, 2021. During the meeting chaired by the Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, it was proposed to establish “Gandhi Peace Research Centre” to specifically cater to issues on health and other allied areas by involving local researchers and students of the college. The idea that was mooted was to conduct four to five months’ research with proper documentation, which would be followed by launching of a certificate course for the college students.
In addition to this, an on-line certificate course on Non-Violent Communication was also proposed by the GSDS for the college students.
Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also proposed for a research and documentation on local freedom fighters and their contribution in India’s freedom struggle as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav celebrating the 75 years of India’s Independence.

Webinar on Dispute Free Villages

Reputation of teachers in villages still exists: Dipanker Shri Gyan
As part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav’, the Samiti initiated a dialogue on different aspects of ‘Mediation’ and the ‘Role of Mediation in making Villages Dispute Free’. In his endeavour, a webinar was organised with the teachers of Rajkiya Buniyadi Vidyalaya, Brindavan Ashram, West Champaran on April 10, 2021 on “Making villages dispute free for peaceful development of village”. The webinar was moderated by Shri Rajdeep Pathak.
Initiating the discussion, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan mentioned that for any development, peace and solidarity is necessary. More than anything else, it is equanimity or sameness that is essential for development to take place.
Citing many examples of where conflict or disputes can hinder development, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan based his thoughts on his personal experiences of almost twenty two years’ working closely with various administration machineries in different areas of the government both at the centre and the states. He said that unless there is one thought, one common ground and unanimous decision, development cannot take place, but said that even if there some dispute arises, the people of the village, instead of stretching it further, must sit with the administration and point the lacunae for its rectification.
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Workshop on Mediation

Need to prevent dispute from taking a negative turn: Dipanker Shri Gyan
Mediation is a process of negotiation which includes a third party. This third party could be a professional mediator, it could be another person, it could be a group of people or even an institution which is involved in such a dispute. Mediation can happen both at personal level as well as institutional level. This way is shaped by one’s own philosophy, educational background and how one has been formed into a mediator. Moreover peer mediation is a process where in the school scenario, trained students act as neutral mediators. These students work with their peers to uncover the root causes of any disputes amongst them and decide on fair ways of resolving a conflict.
In this backdrop, as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised a workshop on “Mediation” with representatives of various schools from Bihar and Varanasi on April 9, 2021. Principals and teachers from Rajkiya Buniyadi Vidyalaya, Brindavan, West Champaran; Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya, Bithiharwa, Champaran, Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya Intermediate College, Varanasi took part in the interactive workshop conducted by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu who said that GSDS proposes to take this programme on Mediation will start with schools and reach villages for ‘dispute free villages’ and further to the national level.
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