GSDS Programmes

Kolkata Two-day workshop on ‘Youth Nonviolent Social Leadership’

GSDS in association with Salt Lake Institute of Personality Development and Value Education (SIPDAVE), Kolkata organized a two-day’s workshop for youth on ‘Nonviolent Social Leadership’ on February 22-23, 2020. The workshop was organized in the Ramakrishna Mission Institute for Culture, Kolkata. About 300 youth from different districts of West Bengal took part in the workshop. The participating youth took a pledge to work using nonviolent strategies for the last person of the society.
Speakers at the workshop delved on different aspects of Mahatma Gandhi – the leader. His nonviolent leadership, his firm belief on truth is God and his idea on the cosmocentric view of human nature was discussed at length. There were discussions on how young people can reach out to the unreached using Gandhian strategies.
Prof Partho Chatterjee, senior Gandhian and writer and Director of SIPDAVE took a simulating session on Gandhian approach to leadership values and Dr Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS conducted a workshop on Leadership using Nonviolent Communication.

Strength behind Mahatma Gandhi’s Ahimsa was his Truth: H.H. Namra Muni

“Aaj sanskar ko pura vishwa namaskar kar raha hai Aur Mahatma Gandhi ne aapne jivan, aur charitra me sanskar ko aaapnaya hai. Tabhi,woh yug purush kahelate hai. (Today the whole world is saluting values and ethics, and Mahatma Gandhi has adopted those values and ethics in his life and character. Thus he became a Yug Purush)”, said Jain Muni Rashtrasant Rev. Gurudev H.H. Shri Namramuni Maharaj at the culmination of the pilgrimage Ahimsa Sadbhavna Yatra that began from Rajkot to Kolkata to Varanasi and then to Delhi covering a distance of approximately 2700+kilometres as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Rashtrasant Rev. Gurudev H.H. Shri Namramuni Maharaj was addressing a gathering of almost 200 people in Gandhi Smriti on February 26, 2020 after he offered his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the Martyr’s Column in Gandhi Smriti, the place of Mahatma Gandhi’s Martyrdom. This dialogue on “Ahimsa and Sadbhavna” was organised in association with
He further said that the seeds of character building, values, morality, truth and ethics were germinated in Mahatma Gandhi at a very young age and Gandhiji had spread these values through his various experiments by upholding the dignity of human beings to the core.
While referring to the 19-day interaction between Mahatma Gandhi and the Jain Sadhvi Rev. Ujjwala Kumari Mahasati ji in 1945, when Gandhiji had spent 19 days in the Jain Muni’s Ashram, Rev. Namra Muni ji said, “The transforming role of saints... Read More

Non-violent Campaigns have become standard practices: Martin Arnold

As part of the ‘Peace and Non-Violence Lecture Series’ initiated by the Samiti, a lecture on the theme “Practicing Non-Violence in the 21st Century” was delivered by Dr. Martin Arnold, eminent German Scholar in Gandhi Darshan on February 25, 2020. Chairman Gandhi Peace Mission Kerala and Member of Gandhi 150 Committee of Government of India, Prof. N Radhakrishnan chaired the session that was attended by almost 65 people.
Addressing academicians and students from different colleges, Dr. Arnold said that for people across the world, new models have developed on peaceful methodologies and people both from academics and politics are beginning to realise that Mahatma Gandhi’s methods had positive approach and therefore could garner so much support from people across different segments.
He further said the ‘satyagraha’ is not only about protests. “It is a ‘people’s university’ of coordinating and organising movements and campaigns. Nonviolent campaigns have become standard practices today. I regard ‘Nonviolent Peace Force’ as one of the most fundamental development of Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of ‘Satyagraha’. The mission of nonviolent peace force is to protect civilians in situations of conflict by means of satyagraha. The role of this peace force is to work alongside local communities; to work with the goal to spread the model of deployment as a means of defending the life and dignity of people in regions of conflict”.
“We should look at Gandhi on how he... Read More

76th Nirvan Divas of Kasturba Gandhi observed

‘Ba’, Kasturba Gandhi’s 76th Nirvan Divas (death anniversary) was observed in Gandhi Darshan on February 22, 2020 by organising the ‘Kasturba Katha’ by Katha Vyas Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna. Participants attending the three-day national conference “Report to Gandhi” took part in the ‘Kasturba Katha’ along with many others from the Gandhian fraternity. Joint Secretary Ministry of Culture and Member Secretary GSDS, Shri S C Barmma was the guest of honour. Shri Basant, Shri Kalanand Muni, Shri Aditya Patnaik Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan and others also took part in the programme.
‘Kasturba Katha’ by Dr Shobhana Radhakrishna covered the narrations of the various phases of Kastur's life starting from her years in India; Kasturba with her two sons in Durban in South Africa; her sojourn to India with four sons and back to Durban; life in Phoenix Settlement and the first Satyagraha; Sevagram Ashram life, Kasturba's role in three national Satyagraha and other smaller Satyagraha; her incarceration in Agha Khan Palace and her last day in Bapu's lap on 22nd February 1944.
The Katha Vyas had also pointed how Kasturba had seen Mohandas in every shade. A boy hell-bent on establishing superiority on account of being older; a child scared of school; a serious but uninspired student; a son hurt by the absence of his father; a father deranged by the untimely death of his son; an infatuated husband; an unemployed English speaking young man grappling with a traditional family's needs... Read More

‘Report to Gandhi’ – A three-day National Conference

About 125 participants that included Sardovaya workers, Gandhian constructive workers, academicians from different states such as West Bengal, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Odisha, Haryana, Kerala took part in a national conference on “Report to Gandhi” in Gandhi Darshan from February 21-23, 2020 to discuss issues and challenges of the contemporary world, the work done so far by those organisations as part of Gandhi 150 and the road ahead. The national conference was organised by GSDS in association with Radhakrishna Collective. Shri Kumar Kalanand Muni, Shri Basant, Padmashri Shri Kamal Singh Chauhan, Shri Aditya Patnaik, Prof. Manoj Kumar, Shri Chandan Pal, Shri Sita Ram Gupta along with Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan took part in the deliberations. Smt. Kamala Radhakrishna, wife of Dr. Radhakrishna was also present at the inauguration of the programme.
The main idea of different sessions during the three-day conference was to present a report by all the theorists of Mahatma Gandhi of their ongoing projects and their responses towards the celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Besides, the global responses of special programmes by Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna were also discussed towards promoting Gandhi Katha all over the world including India. It was thus one of the major components of the seminar to discuss how international thinkers acknowledge the ideas of peace, non-violence, and self-reliance.
The participants not only showcased... Read More

Gandhi-Karigar Haat inaugurated in Gandhi Darshan

At a special function, former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Dr. Karan Singh, inaugurated the “Gandhi-Karigar Haat” in Gandhi Darshan on February 20, 2020 in the presence of over 200 people from different walks of life. Jain Muni Rev. Rashtrasant Gurudev Sri Namra Muni, Shri Laxmi Dass, EC Member of GSDS and Vice President Harijan Sevak Sangh, eminent Gandhian Shri Basant Singh, Shri Sita Ram Gupta, CEO Lupin Human Welfare Organisation, Bharatpur along with Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan were present on the occasion.
Dr. Karan Singh not only inaugurated the “Gandhi-Karigar Haat” on the occasion, he also laid the foundation stone of the “Multi-purpose Community Centre” which will be developed in Gandhi Darshan. The inaugurated ‘Gandhi-Karigar Haat” and the “Multi-purpose Community Centre” have come to fruition from the grant of Rupees Two Crore received from Dr. Karan Singh from his Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (Member MPLADS).
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Karan Singh said that this is the single largest grant from his MPLAD funds that he has given to Gandhi Darshan, since he felt that the money will be used fruitfully at the Gandhi Darshan for the purpose of conducting cultural, academic and various other activities related to skill development and promotion of indigenous products.
He further said that he had seen Mahatma Gandhi and that one moment meeting with Gandhiji had changed his life. He said that though there... Read More

“Gandhi Ko Samajhne ka Sahi Samay” book launched

“Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, was a staunch Hindu and he never shied away from showing his credentials”, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Hon’ble Shri Mohan Bhagwat said, adding, “Gandhi even described himself as ‘an orthodox sanatani Hindu”.
“He travelled to understand India and became one with aspirations and sufferings of India and that is why he was never ashamed of being a Hindu. He said I am a staunch ‘sanatani’ Hindu. He also taught to respect other religions.” Shri Mohan Bhagwat was speaking at the launch of a book “This is the time to understand Gandhi” (Gandhi Ko Samajhne ka Sahi Samay) by former NCERT director Prof. JS Rajput in Gandhi Smriti on February 17, 2020. Almost 525 people took part in the programme.
The RSS chief said that India which Gandhi dreamt of is yet to be formed but he has full faith in the present generation that they will realise this even if it is 20 years from now. “Young generation instils confidence in him that if not today, in the next 20 years, there would come a time when on October 2, we could tell him that he can work with peace in India,” said Shri Bhagwat.
Citing Mahatma Gandhi’s policy of opting for honesty and atoning for his mistakes when his experiments failed, Shri Bhagwat said those who are responsible for fostering movements in the current scenario that turned violent are neither held responsible nor do they make amends. “Sometimes Gandhiji’s movement went wrong, but... Read More

Cultural exchange programme with the Embassy of Uzbekistan organised

The Samiti in association with the Embassy of Uzbekistan organised an interactive session on “In the Path of Mahatma – India-Uzbekistan Towards Peace and Non-Violence” in Gandhi Smriti on February 14, 2020. HE, Mr. Azamjon I Mansurov, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan was the guest of honour on the occasion. In his address to participating students from Andhra Education Sr. Sec. School, ITO and other members, Mr. Azamjon spoke about the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.
Speaking on the occasion, he said, “Relations between Uzbekistan and India have their roots deep in history. There are frequent references to Kamboja, which is stated to include parts of present day Uzbekistan, in Sanskrit and Pali literature. Sakas participated in Mahabharata on the side of Kauravas. Ancient trade route ‘uttarpath’ passed through Uzbekistan. In later years, Fergana, Samarkand, Bukhara in Uzbekistan emerged as major towns on the trade routes linking India with Europe and China.” He further added, “India had close interaction with the Uzbek SSR during the Soviet times. Indian leaders often visited Tashkent and other places”.
He also added that three Uzbek educational institutions, nationwide, promote studies of Hindi language, from primary to post-graduate level and said that Uzbek TV channels regularly show Indian films and serials.
He also mentioned about the artistes from Uzbekistan who paid a musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Smriti... Read More

In the Path of Mahatma – India Armenia towards Peace and Non-Violence

As part of the initiative of the GSDS towards reaching out to different embassies in India to take the message of Mahatma Gandhi in the international realm, the Samiti in association with the Embassy of Armenia in India organized a cultural-exchange programme in Gandhi Smriti on February 10, 2020. The programme was organized as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. H.E. Mr. Armen Martirosyan, the Ambassador of Armenia to India was the chief guest on the occasion. Students from Ashray Adhikar Abhyaan and Summer Fields School, Gurugram took part in the programme.
He introduced to us the key events going on (e.g. Jai Jagat), associated with Mahatma Gandhi to promote peace and how the people around the globe are being part of it. He also told about the Armenian Velvet Revolution of 2018 which is another example of a peaceful protest. He urged the audience to continue their faith in idealism.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Martirosyan said, “It’s rightly said that Gandhi belongs not just to India but to the entire world, and therefore, his thoughts still have a special resonance in all the corners. A leader, statesman, politician, writer, journalist, barrister, philosopher and social activist, he wore several hats in his lifetime and touched upon the lives of billions around the world. Indeed, I would say that there is hardly any country in the world where Gandhiji’s passion for non–violence and his genuine humanism have not inspired people,... Read More

Visitors

• His Excellency Mr. Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda in India visited Gandhi Smriti on January 7, 2020.
• Hon’ble Mr. Tomas Petricek Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic visited Gandhi Smriti on January 14, 2020 and offered tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the Martyrs Column.
• Hon’ble Han Seung Soo, former Prime Minister of the Republic of South Korea visited Gandhi Smriti on January 16, 2020 and offered tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

Wardha Maharashtra Seminar on Mahatma Gandhi and Indian Languages

The Samiti in association with the Department of Gandhian Studies and Peace Research of Mahatma Gandhi Antarashtriya Vishwa Vidyalaya (MGAVV) Wardha Maharashtra organized a two-day seminar on “Mahatma Gandhi and Indian Languages” on January 23-24, 2020 in the MGAVV campus. Prof. Kusumlata Kedia, Vice Chancellor of the MGAVV inaugurated the seminar as the chief guest. Dr. Nriprendra Prasad Modi, Convenor of the seminar welcomed the gathering and also highlighted about the importance of the seminar in the present context.
Professor Kedia said that in order to know the reasons behind the language problem in India, we need to know the 19th century Europe. In 19th century Europe there was the spread of nationalism with which the phase of disunion started. “There has never been a language problem in India, but of late it has started.” He said that once upon a time when Sanskrit was the language of the whole of Central Asia, which can be called as unified India in a unified manner, hence the languages derived from Sanskrit bind India.
Contributors to the seminar analysed social movements and philosophical discourses, raising fundamental questions about the nature and process of the unfolding process of Gandhi’s concept of language as a medium of communication in reaching out to thousands in the remotest corner of the country and seeking their participation in the freedom struggle. The speakers also analysed the power and depth of communication that Gandhi used to... Read More

Raipur Chattisgarh Workshop on Enhancing the capacities of the Women in Panchayati Raj Systems

Almost 335 women from Raipur District from five Gram Panchayats took part in a day-long workshop on “Enhancing the Capacities of the Women in Panchayati Raj Systems” in Raipur Chattisgarh on January 20, 2020 organised by the Naveen Ankur Mahila Mandal in association with the GSDS. The chief guest on the occasion was Shri Sanjay Srivastava. The other guests included MS. Savita Parate, Sarpanch Dhamat Gaikwad from Mandir Hasood, Advocate Mrs. Tuli Majo Madar and CO Nagar Nigam Raipur, Ms. Usha Rai. Smt Meena Gautam of Naveen Ankur Mahila Mandal was also present on the occasion.
The discussion focused on these key factors:
1. Education for girls
2. Build capacities of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) for effective functioning and setting of women’s agenda.
3. Institutionalize mechanisms to strengthen capacity building of EWRs to better understand and perform their functions.
4. Mobilize community and strengthen processes of constituency building to enable women to articulate their voices and participate in the electoral process.
5. Mobilizing people to participate in gram sabha meetings
6. Strengthening women’s collectives and building networks
The speakers felt that experience sharing of EWRs needs to be actively encouraged, wider publicity to success stories and greater exposure for women’s groups though visits and sammelans is required. Documentation and record keeping are additional areas that require attention. Another... Read More

Exhibition of charcoal sketches on M K Gandhi by artist Sanjiv Anand inaugurated

Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, former VC GSDS and present Chairperson of National Gandhi Museum inaugurated a fourteen-panel exhibition of free-hand charcoal sketches on prominent historical incidents from Mahatma Gandhi’s life in Kirti Mandap, Gandhi Smriti on January 30, 2020. The sketches have been drawn by Shri Sanvij Anand, an Indian, living in Florida presently. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Programme Officer, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Dr Manju Aggarwal and a host of other dignitaries along with the artist Shri Sanjiv Anand were present at the inauguration.

Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj leads Bhakti Sangeet on Martyrdom Day

91-year-old Pandit Jasraj’s mellifluous rendition of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajans reverberated in Gandhi Smriti as the nonagenarian paid tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of the Father of the Nation’s 72nd death anniversary on January 30, 2020. Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu and hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi hummed Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram as over 2000 people from different streams of society joined the evening prayer meet. Former Vice President, Dr. Mohd Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Minister of Culture and VC GSDS Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, former VC GSDS Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, officials from the Ministry of Culture also joined the commemorative programme.
Almost 500 Children from 23 schools of Delhi, NCR, which included children from eight schools recommended by the District Administration of Madhepura, Bihar; Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan Hyderabad Telengana and Kasturba Mahila Vidyapeeth Sewapuri Varanasi offered a musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi that was coordinated by Shri Sudhanshu Bahuguna of Swar Trishna. Young Krishna Prasanna assisted Sudhanshu ji in the flute.
Children from Bapa Ashram Residential Primary School, Harijan Sevak Sangh and Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya Ishwar Nagar along with their coordinators spun on the charkha throughout the programme, as religious leaders from different faith read hymns from the... Read More

Dialogue with ‘Holographic’ Gandhi on “Future of Education”

As part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and in celebration to mark the ‘United Nations International Day of Education’ almost 400 participants including teachers, educators, students, academicians and policymakers took part in a discussion on “Future of Education” in Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi on January 27, 2020 organised by UNESCO MGIEP in association with GSDS. Through the ‘Holographic Gandhi’ the discussion commenced with an interactive session with the young enthusiastic participants. Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr. Karan Singh, eminent author and poet and former member of the Rajya Sabha; Ms. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, former Minister of Education, France;, Mr. Jagmohan Singh Rajput, India’s Representative to UNESCO Governing Board Chair UNESCO MGIEP and SD; Shri Anantha Duraiappah, Director UNESCO MGIEP along with Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS took part in the discussion. Shri Anantha Duraiappah, Director UNESCO MGIEP moderated the discussion.
The panel discussion commenced with a standing hologram of Gandhi, who spoke for 7 minutes about the ideologies of Gandhi. The talk, developed by the technical team of Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum, was based on excerpts from Gandhi’s writings on Education, Satyagraha (the truth), Ahinsa (non-violence), Kindness and Critical Inquiry. While most people may only know Gandhi for his political views and writings,... Read More

Lecture by Austrian Historian Dr. Margit Franz

As part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi GSDS in association with the Austrian High Commission in India organized a lecture by well-known historian Dr. Margit Franz on January 27, 2020. This was in continuation of the programmes the Samiti initiated with different Embassies and High Commissions to propagate the relevance of the Gandhian Philosophies of Peace and Non-violence in the international realm. H.E. Mrs. Brigitte Oeppinger-Walchshofer, the High Commissioner of the Austrian Embassy to India was present on the occasion. Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, former VC GSDS was the guest of honour. The Ambassador of Ireland and various delegates from Israel, the United Kingdom, Austria, and MEA (India) also took part in the programme.
The lecture, organized on the eve of ‘International Holocaust Remembrance Day’ was delivered by Dr. Margit Franz on “Gandhi’s India: A safe haven for Exiled Jews”.
The presentation by the historian was based on the age of the Second World War, when the Jews were persecuted within their nation and Gandhi’s India welcomed them with arms wide open, despite the fact that India then under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi had launched the “Quit India Movement”.
Dr. Franz focused on the theory of equality in religion taught by Mahatma which attracted the exiled Jews to settle in the sub-continent. She said, “In the middle of their struggle for independence, India managed to accommodate the highly skilled refugees in... Read More

Ten-day Value Creation Camp organised

Almost 46 children with teachers and coordinators from Kasturba Mahila Vidyapeeth Sewapuri, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh; eight schools recommended by the District Administration of Madhepura Bihar; and Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Hyderbad Telengana took part in the ten-day Value Creation Camp organized by GSDS from January 23 to February 2, 2020 in Gandhi Darshan. The camp was inaugurated on January 23, on the occasion of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s 123rd birth anniversary by Mrs. Paramjeet Kaur, senior Advocate Supreme Court of India and Founder Director Ashray Adhikar Abhyaan and Superintendent of Mandoli Prison Ms. Neeta Negi. Artist Mr. Sanjeev Anand also spoke on the occasion.
Children during the ten-day camp took part in the musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on January 30 in Gandhi Smriti. Besides regular sharamdaan, yoga and charkha classes, classes on non-violent communication techniques, classes on personality development through gratitude, compassion, kindness, etc., emotional intelligence were also conducted for the participating children.
Children also visited different historical sites including the Metro Museum. They also offered tribute to Gandhi in Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi at Rajghat as part of his 72nd death anniversary. To learn about the ‘digital Gandhi’, the children accompanied by the Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also visited the museum of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Further a visit to the ‘Bharat Parv’ organised by... Read More

Rehearsals for 72nd Martyrdom Day

Almost 450+ children took part in the musical rehearsals organised by the Samiti as a tribute to the 72nd death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Darshan and Gandhi Smriti on January 17, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28 and 29, 2020 respectively. Children from over 20 schools of Delhi and NCR took part in the rehearsals conducted by Shri Sudhanshu Bahuguna. Later from January 22 children participating in the ten-day Value Creation Camp (January 23-February 2, 2020) from Madhepura, Bihar, Hyderabad Telengana and Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh joined. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also addressed the students during the rehearsals on January 29 in Gandhi Smriti and extended his wishes for their performance on January 30. Talking to the children he shared his belief that the children will perform to the best of their abilities under the guidance of Shri Bahuguna. Earlier a meeting with the representatives of various schools was conducted on January 15, 2020 in Gandhi Darshan in which Programme Executive Shri Rajdeep Pathak briefed the teachers about the modalities of the programme and the manner in which children has to be oriented.

Quiz competition on ‘Know Your Constitution’ organized

As part of the 70 years of the Constitution of India, the Samiti, in collaboration with Doordarshan organized a quiz titled “Know Your Constitution” on January 10, 2020 in the studios of Doordarshan.
The first prize went to Shri Rishabh Gupta and Ms. Soumya Singhal from Maharaja Agrasen Public School, Ashok Vihar. The second prize went to Shri Arsh Mishra and Shri Suyash Chitre, class XI students from Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar. The third prize winners were Shri Rahul Pandey and Shri Pradyuman Arora of class X from Modern School, Barakhambha Road. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan gave away the prizes to the winners.

In the Path of Mahatma Gandhi – India-Rawanda towards Peace and Non-Violence

In continuation of the series of programmes initiated with different Embassies and High Commissions to propagate the relevance of the Gandhian Philosophies of Peace and Non-violence in the international realm the GSDS in association with the High Commission of Rwanda in India organised a interactive session on January 7, 2020. His Excellency Mr. Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner of Rwanda in India delivered the lecture on the history of Rwanda and how the country evolved itself as a peaceful state after the Rwandan genocide of 1994 on the principles of reconciliation and dialogue.
Addressing a gathering of 125+ participants including students from Raman Munjal Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Haryana and Manthan School Ghaziabad, Father Agnel School, academicians and representatives from other Embassies and High Commissions in India, Mr. Ernest began by mentioning the influence he had had since his early days from Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. He said, “I grew up a Gandhian, long before I came to India. Mahatma Gandhi Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela had huge effect on me. They taught me the way of non-violence for attaining global peace”. He added, “Their ideas should be taken to the younger generation”.
In his emotional outburst of the tragic history of Rwanda that killed between
500,000–1,074,017 people during the mass murder or genocide of 1994, Mr. Ernest said that there was none to blame but ourselves. “It... Read More

GSDS participates in Book Exhibition in Delhi Public Library

As part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 550th Prakash Parv, Delhi Public Library (DPL) organised a 15-day festival from January 1-15, 2020 at Delhi Public Library, during which various programmes were organised. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Ram Sharan Gaur Chairman of DPL Book exhibitions formed an integral part of the programme in which the GSDS took active part. Shri Mohan and Shri Manish of GSDS represented the Samiti at the exhibition by displaying books on and by Mahatma Gandhi including few exhibition panels on Gandhiji’s life and philosophy.

Seminar on Gandhian Perspective to Skill Development

Mahatma Gandhi, all through his long public life invariably insisted on use of better and higher skills for working in whichever task or field he happened to be concerned with at any time. He believed in a constant and continuous learning process including experimentation, keeping the ideal as the goal but also knowing that human beings must always keep improving and rising in their skills but can never attain absolute perfection. To discuss the Gandhian perspective to skill development, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organized a one- day seminar on December 13, 2019 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The programme was organized in association with Vikas Bharti Bishunpur. The seminar was presided over by Padmashree Shri Ashok Bhagat who stressed on the Gandhian approach to skill development. Those who spoke on the occasion included Prof Nand Kumar Yadav, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Jharkhand; Prof Kamini Kumar, Pro Vice Chancellor, Ranchi University and Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director, GSDS.
Later during the sessions, Dr Manju Aggarwal conducted an extensive session on naturopathy and healthy living for the about 100 participants who took part in the programme.

Workshop on Nonviolent Communication in the Judicial System

A one-day workshop was organized by the Samiti on Nonviolent Communication in the Judicial System at the National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi on December 11, 2019. Students of several law colleges took part in this workshop. The workshop was conducted by the Director, Dipanker Shri Gyan and Progrsamme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu. This was part of the Samiti’s initiative to promote nonviolent communication in the judicial system. The aim is to promote meaningful interaction between the bar and the bench, lawyers and clients and witnesses and prosecutors.

Ranchi, Jharkhand Seminar on Gandhian Principles and the Judiciary

The Samiti in association with the National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi organized a one-day seminar on Gandhian Principles and the Judiciary on December 10, 2019 in Ranchi. As part of this seminar different dimensions of Gandhian Principles were discussed which are important for the Judicial System. The GSDS Director, Mr Dipanker Shri Gyan discussed the practical applications of Gandhian ethics and how to promote ethical legal practices. He discussed several case studies during his presentation.
The GSDS Programme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu made a presentation on Gandhian Approach to a Nonviolent Jurisprudence. A salient feature of the seminar was insightful presentations by students of several law colleges on Gandhian Principles and the Judiciary. Perspectives such as judicial empathy, restorative justice, Gandhi as a lawyer, issues related professional ethics etc were discussed.
Earlier the Vice Chancellor, Prof Kesava Rao Vurrakula in his introductory address underlined that for young lawyers there was much to learn from Gandhi the lawyer.

Bihar Gandhi Exchange programme organised

The Samiti organised a three-day Gandhi Exchange Programme by sending the children of the two Buniyadi Vidyalayas of Brindavan, Kumarbagh and Sirasia Adda to the School of Creative Learning in Patna. 30 children and coordinator teachers took part in the programme from December 24-26, 2019. During the exchange programme, the participating children from the three schools exchanged ideas of creativity and innovation. Shri Vijay Prakash founder Director of the School of Creative Learning and Principal, Mrs. Mridula Prakash facilitated the programme. Shri Atul Priyadarshi coordinated the programme on the behalf of GSDS.
A creative fair with the theme “Inno Fest” was also organised as part of this programme in which participants from other schools of Patna also took part. A competition on innovative techniques was organised in which a child from Buniyadi Vidyalaya Sirasia Adda won the first prize.

Tributes to former Member of Parliament Shri A. V. Swamy

Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan led the staff in paying tributes to former Member of Parliament from Odisha, Shri Alajangi Viswanath Swamy on December 31, 2019. He was 91. The former parliamentarian breathed his last at his residence in Khariar Road of Nuapada district. Born on July 18, 2019 in Nabarangpur district, Shri Swamy was elected to Upper House of Parliament, Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate from 2012 to 2018.
The Samiti members also paid a silent tribute to one of its housekeeping staff’s mother who passed away on December 31, 2019.

Annual Review Meeting organised

Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan took an Annual Review Meeting in Gandhi Darshan on December 30, 2019 for the entire staff. Different units made their presentations at the review meeting which discussed the future programmes the Samiti could organise as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The day-long meeting addressed various issues of different units and provided a solution to the problems.

Sadbhavna Preeti Bhoj Prasad

To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, GSDS hosted a “Sadbhavna Preeti Bhoj Prasad” on December 26, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan. Rajiv Gandhi Kalyan Sansthan organised this programme by offering gifts to the poor children, especially the girl child. About 255+ people took part in the programme that saw a gathering of speakers like Shri Laxmi Dass, Vice President Harijan Sevak Sangh and EC Member GSDS, Dr. A K Merchant, Trustee Bahai House of Worship, Maj General (Retd) Shri Ranjit Singh AVSM VSM and former Vice Chancellor Central University & CRS University Jind, Smt. Jasbeer Kaur, Shri Mahendra Kumar Khattar Industrialist and Shri Om Prakash Batra Chairman and Trustee of Rajiv Gandhi Kalyan Sansthan.

Gandhi Katha as part of Gandhi: 150 organised

Gandhi Katha by Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna was organized in Gandhi Darshan by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Culture and GSDS on December 24, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan. With a view to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Gandhi Katha was organized that saw the participation of almost 270+ youth from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.
The Katha is in a narrative style of telling episodes from the life of Mahatma Gandhi with music accompanying the narrative. Songs written by Narayan Bhai Desai (son of Mahadev Desai, the personal secretary to Gandhiji) make the katha more poignant. Each Gandhi Katha is contextual and is based on the historical connection and influence of Mahatma Gandhi in that place.
Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna emphasised her narrative on what she said, “The strength of soul, love and peace” which according to her Gandhiji advocated and practiced all through his life. She began the ‘katha’ with these words: “We are all born of truth, so long as the fear infused by the society doesn’t grips us in”, adding, “Gandhiji overcame that fear with truth and steadfastness”.
The artists who accompanied Dr. Shobhana in the Gandhi Katha included: Mr. Deepak Kalra and Ms. Swati Bhagat in the vocals, Shri Gurbej Singh on the Tabla, Shri Chetan Singh on the Harmonium and Shri Ganesh Singh on the Flute. During the narrative, Shri Rakesh spun on the charkha.
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Live painting demonstration as part of Gandhi-150

Media Family in association with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised a live painting demonstration on December 23, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan. Artists Mr. Harpal Singh Chauhan, Mr. Gulrez Alo, Ms. Anamika S, along with Ms. Mahi Yashodhar, Mr. Vikas Mishra did a live painting on Mahatma Gandhi as a tribute to the Father of the Nation as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Sr. Journalist and General Secretary of Delhi Journalist Association, Shri Amlesh Raju was also present on the occasion.

Third Anupam Mishra Memorial Lecture organised

Eminent journalist and former editor of Hindi daily “Jansatta”, Shri Banwari ji delivered the third “Anupam Mishra Memorial Lecture” in Gandhi Darshan on December 22, 2019. Almost 95 participants that included representatives from different Gandhian organisations; youth and students, journalists and family members of late Anupam Mishra attended the programme. The theme of the lecture was “Swaraj and Gandhiji”.

Gandhi and Buddha can light us in our enlightenment: Shantum Seth

GSDS in association with ‘Ahimsa Trust’ organised a dialogue with almost 55 international participants from different parts of the world on a pilgrimage in the path of Mahatma Gandhi and Gautam Buddha. The delegation was led by Dharmacharya Shantum Seth of Ahimsa Trust. The members offered their tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the Martyr’s Column in Gandhi Smriti on December 22, 2019.
Later in a dialogue with the participants, Dh. Shantum Seth said, “We are meandering through life and Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha guide us in our path of righteousness. Buddha’s ideas and Gandhiji’s use of these ideas in practical life is an example of sacrifice for humanity, which we all must follow”, adding, “Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha can light us in our enlightenment”.
Speaking about the concept of ‘ahimsa’ or nonviolence, Dh. Shantum Seth said, “In every Indian, there’s a string of Gandhi and these strings can build civilisations on the lines of ‘ahimsa’.
Speaking about spinning, he further said that “Spinning was Mahatma Gandhi’s constructive meditation, for Gandhi always wanted his country folks to be self sufficient and thereby have their own economy of permanence”.
Earlier Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu spoke on the initiatives of the GSDS and said that compassion, sympathy, empathy and understanding of the concepts of non-violence communication can usher in dialogue and peace.
On this occasion, Shri Dharamraj spun on the charkha which some of the delegations also... Read More

Three-day Youth Leadership Development programme organised

GSDS in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Central Delhi organised a three-day “Youth Leadership Development Programme” in Gandhi Darshan from December 19-21, 2019. 55 participants took part in the programme The guests at the inaugural programme included Shri Nand Kumar Singh State Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Delhi who was the chief guest, Shri Surender Kumar Babbar Assistant Director, Shri Rajdeep Pathak Programme Executive GSDS, Major Satish Sharma NCC and Shri Rajesh Kumar Jadon District Youth Coordinator. Shri Jagdish Prasad, coordinated the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Nand Kumar Singh said that the objective of Nehru Yuva Kendra is to develop leadership capacity among the youth so that youth can become partners in their community and nation building and put their energy into the progress of the country.
Different sessions were conducted for the youth on ‘Career Counseling’, ‘Training in Community Development’, ‘Communications’, ‘Value Education and Role of Youth’, etc. The training programme concluded with certificate distribution.

Sensitize and mobilise people towards the idea of non-killing: Prof. N Radhakrishnan

The Samiti organised a dialogue on “Launch of Non Killing India & One Crore Non Violent Family” in Gandhi Darshan on December 18, 2019. The discussion was chaired by Prof. N Radhakrishnan, Member Gandhi: 150 Committee, Government of India. The other participants at the discussion included Dr. Anoop Swarup, Shri Govindnathan Nair, Dr. Y P Anand, Du. Gurudutt, Prof. Sanjeev, Prof. Ramesh Kumar, Shri Yatish MIshra, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, students and youth.
Mooting the discussing, Prof. Radhakrishnan said, “We must give revive Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of young soldiers of peace, whom Gandhiji called the ‘Shanti Sainiks’ as a gift to Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary. Saying that “Violence travels fast and non-violence travels at a snail’s pace”, Prof Radhakrishnan called for taking this concept to the families, where the approach should be based on individual acceptance, and thereby we could reach to one crore families”.
Dr. Y P Anand while quoting how Mahatma Gandhi defined ‘Ahimsa’ referred to the indirect or structural violence in the society that needs to be addressed, to begin what he called as the basic right of a child to be educated. He said that one needs to have a clear definition of ‘non-killing’ and that it must also address structural killing or structural disparities, where there’s killing slowly by degrees. He stressed that the bottom lines in terms of Education, health and sanitation be clearly drawn to take this initiative further”.
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Book “Unsung Builders of Modern India” presented to Shri Lal Krishna Advani

Shri Pankaj Chaubey along with author of the book “Unsung Builders of Modern India” Shri Pramod Kumar presented the copy of the book published by GSDS as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to Shri Lal Krishna Advani at his residence on December 13, 2019.

Prabudh Samvad urges people to preserve the cultural and traditional heritage of India

A dialogue on ‘Nationalism and Cultural Heritage’ was organised in Gandhi Darshan on December 10, 2019. The distinguished guests who addressed the gathering of over 400 participants spoke on the need to take pride in the cultural heritage of India. The guests who spoke on the occasion were, Shri Lal Krishna Advani, Dr. Murli Mahohar Joshi, Sadhvi Rithambara, Shri Trilokinath Pandey, Shri Vinay Katiyani, Shri C S Vaidyanathan and others.
Speakers like Shri L K Advani and Dr. M.M. Joshi while speaking about Lord Ram, said that Ram stood for the oppressed classes, he embraced the kewat (boatman) and even performed the last rites of the bird Jatayu. This was what Gandhiji had learnt from Ram’s teachings and applied it through patience and seriousness. They said that once the goal is achieved, one should remember that the work has just begun to make the country more strong. One should try to evolve to a level where conflict ends from within.
Sadhvi Rithambara spoke about how women in this country still feel insecure even before birth and how the rate of female foeticide is increasing. She appealed that our heritage is our women and we must evolve into a nation where a woman’s dignity is not tarnished and where every child feels secure.

Japanese Delegation from Shizenkan University visits Gandhi Smriti

Shizenkan University comprises Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan. This University in collaboration with School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL), Gurugram, India visited Gandhi Smriti on December 10, 2019.
As a part of their curriculum, the students of the university chose India for the second time to visit and acquire the best of the Gandhian and Indian philosophies on Leadership. With their 3-days tour packed with exploring the wonders of India, they visited the national memorial of Mahatma Gandhi to explore the journey of India filled with history and culture. The main agenda of the whole visit was to get the ideas more deeply on the struggles of Mahatma Gandhi. Shri Rajdeep Pathak gave a tour to the delegation along with Dr. Sailaja Gullapalli. Ms. Mansi coordinated the programme. Mr. Ramanathan Hariharan, President Consulting and Executive Education SOIL, was present on the occasion along with Mr. Patrick Newell, Japan Program Director ‘SingularityUJapan’.

Discourse on “A Gandhian Path for a Global Non-Violent Planet” organised

GSDS organised a day-long discussion on “A Gandhian Path for a Global Non-Violent Planet: Strategies of Action for a Culture of Peace” in Gandhi Darshan on December 9, 2019. In this discussion, eminent Gandhians and other enlightened people of the country discussed on the procedure to establish peace in the world and the importance of non-violence in world peace. The chief speaker was Venerable Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche. Shri Laxmidas, Vice President of Harijan Seva Sangh moderated the discussion.
Inaugurating the discussion, Prof. Rinpoche said that if we expect change, then we have to change ourselves first. Only by changing ourselves, we can ask others for change. To end peace, we must first understand what is the root cause of Ashanti? Violence is the root cause of Ashanti (disturbance). The root cause of violence is malice, ignorance is the cause. So first we have to end ignorance to end the malice. The end of malice will end the violence, and the end of the violence automatically establishes peace. The Buddha said that the end of malice will not be with malice, but through malaise and compassion, hatred can be eliminated. Therefore, it is very necessary to end the animosity to try peace.
The others who took part in the discussion included: Shri Sri Krishna Kulkarni, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and member of the Gandhi-150 Committee, Dr. Ashok Pradhan, Director Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Vice Chancellor of Shobhit Vishwavidyalaya Shri Kunwar Vijendra... Read More

First Gandhi Smriti Peace and Nonviolence Lecture

As part of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi the first “Gandhi Smriti Peace and Nonviolence Lecture was organized and this lecture was delivered by His Eminence Ven. Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche on December 8, 2019. Prof. (Dr) Kesava Rao Vurrakula, Vice Chancellor, National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi, presided over the function. Shri Laxmi Dass, Vice President Harijan Sevak Sangh and EC Member GSDS,Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, former VC GSDS, Dr. Y P Anand, former Director National Gandhi Museum, Shri Ram Chandra Rahi, President Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, senior Gandhians Shri Satyapal, Shri Ramesh Sharma, academicians from colleges, people from the Korean Embassy and others joined on the occasion.
Children of Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan’s Mehta Vidyalaya presented an inter-faith prayer as an invocatory performance.
Ven. Prof. Rinpoche based his lecture on the philosophy of the Buddha and Gandhi and emphasised on their integral philosophies of spiritual and practical approach to non-violence. He also referred to Mahatma Gandhi’s seminal work ‘Hind Swaraj’ as the key to solve many of the mounting problems which he termed as ‘civilisational crisis.
“Gandhian concept of Non-Violence is extremely apt for us because this concept of Non-Violence is accepted and practiced by His Holiness, our leader and he says that the Gandhian interpretation of Non-Violence is correct or the real one. And therefore we must study it; we must try to understand... Read More

Book “Unsung Builders of Modern India” presented to Shri Pranab Mukherjee

Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Asst Editor GSDS, Shri Pankaj Chaubey and author of the book “Unsung Builders of Modern India” Shri Pramod Kumar presented the copy of the GSDS publication to former President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a small function in Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s residence on December 6, 2019. Director GSDS also present a token memento to the former President.

“In the Path of Mahatma Gandhi, India-Zambia towards Peace and Non-violence”

In continuation of the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi, GSDS tried to reach out to different Embassies/High Commissions in New Delhi to have a joint cultural programme with an aim to propagate the relevance of the Gandhian Philosophies of Peace and Non-violence in the international realm.
On December 6, 2019 a programme with the High Commission of Zambia in New Delhi was organised in Gandhi Smriti. The High Commissioner of Zambia to India, H.E. Mrs. Judith K.K. Kan’goma-Kapijimpanga was the chief guest in the function. The Deputy High Commissioner of Zambia to India, Minister Plenipotentiary H.E. Ms. Natihaika Francis Msuya from the Tanzanian High Commission in India, Deputy High Commissioner of Malawi, Mr. Patrick Mphepo and a host of other dignitaries from various embassies took part in the programme.
Students from Cambridge School, Indirapuram and Rashtra Shakti Vidyalaya, Uttam Nagar gave their musical performances on the occasion. During the interaction with HE Mrs Judith, the children felt worth coming and knowing about the history of the country apart from western nations. To their surprise, Mahatma Gandhi had a great impact on the peace marchers and freedom fighters of the African nation to get their independence from the same colonizer.
The High Commissioner gave the audience an inspiring presentation on the First President of Zambia, Kenneth David Kaunda who also received Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and... Read More

Women from the community raise their voice on community development

Around 30 women from different areas of SEWA which included Mustafabad, Sundernagri, Harkeshnagar, Rajeevnagar, Raghubirnagar, New Ashoknagar, Uttamnagar, Jahangirpuri along with representatives from Punjab and Bihar took part in a training of trainers “Agewan Vikas Initiative Program” in Gandhi Darshan on December 4-5, 2019.
Discussion on the differences between the formal and the informal sector to get an idea of what the Aagewaans understand about the formal and informal sector and what are the benefits that the informal sector cannot access due to its nature was conducted. Group presentations formed a major part of the programme.

Swedish King, Queen pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Smriti

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf Folke Hubertus and Queen Silvia Renate Sommerlath on Monday paid tributes to Mahatama Gandhi at Gandhi Smriti on December 2, 2019. The visiting delegation offered their tributes at the Martyrs Column.
The royal couple was received by the hon’ble Minister of Culture and VC GSDS Shri Prahlad Singh Patel. A tour of Gandhi Smriti museum was also given on the occasion by Dr. Sailaja Gullapalli, Research Associate. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan was also present on the occasion.

Manipur Programme on ‘Inculcating Gandhian Values’

An orientation programme on how to ‘Inculcate Gandhian Values’ was organized for students of Delta Advance School, Imphal, Manipur on November 28, 2019. Different dimensions of Gandhian philosophy were discussed and how these can assimilated in daily lives by the children.
Dr Oinam Sareeta Devi, senior Gandhian and Dr Vedabhyas Kundu conducted the programe which saw interesting experience sharing by the children on how inculcating good values helps them.

Training of Trainers Introducing Peace and Nonviolence in Schools of Manipur

The Samiti organized a two day training of teachers on how to introduce peace and nonviolence in schools on November 29-30, 2019 in Imphal, Manipur. The programme was organized in association with the State Council of Education Research and Training, Manipur. About 100 participants took part in the training programme.
The different sessions that were organized included understanding of peace, nonviolence and conflicts; nature and types of conflicts; nonviolent resolution of conflicts in schools and classrooms; use of arts and other creative expressions to promote peace-building by children; nonviolent communication; how children can inculcate values like forgiveness, gratitude, compassion etc. It was felt that the ideas of peace and nonviolence should be reflected in school text-books too.

Assam National Seminar on Gandhi's Way to Peace: 21st Century Perspectives

A national seminar on “Gandhi’s Way to Peace: 21st Century Perspectives” was organised by GSDS in association with Assam University, Silchar was organised on November 14-15, 2019 in the University campus. 200 participants attended the seminar.
The seminar was inaugurated by His Excellency Sri Tathagata Roy, Honourable Governor of Meghalaya and emphasised that in order to draw proper lessons from a man’s life one must restrain from categorising his in the category of sainthood.
The participants and resource persons joined for a vibrant interaction on both the days of the seminar for a meaningful dialogue on Gandhian principles and ideology. Resource persons came all the way from the state of Jammu & Kashmir, West Bengal and Delhi.
The keynote speakers were Prof. Nandana Dutta of Gauhati University and Prof. A. Natraju of Assam University. Other noted resource persons were from EFLU, Shillong and NIT, Silchar. As many as 42 papers were presented by academicians and research scholars.

Arunachal Pradesh Joy of Reading Festival organized

The “Joy of Reading Festival”, Roing, Arunachal Pradesh organized from November 4-8, 2019 by the Lower Dibang Valley District Administration of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and the ICDS Department as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi saw a huge response from the participants, both young and old. It was inaugurated on November 4, 2019 by eminent educationist and ‘grandmother of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) in India', Prof Vimala Ramachandran.
The weeklong festival which highlighted the themes ‘Joy of Reading’ and ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ included lectures and interactions by Prof Vimala Ramachandran and eminent Gandhian scholar from Assam, Dr Alaka Sarma as well as a range of book activities, contests and book exhibitions. On special display was the Mahatma Gandhi’s biography in five Arunachal languages Adi, Apatani, Mishmi, Nyishi and Nocte by Tulika Books.
The weeklong festival concluded on November 8, 2019, leaving behind warm and rich memories for book lovers of all age groups.
Speaking at INV Roing, Prof Vimala Ramachandran shared her vast experiences of educational innovations arross India and South East Asia, and elaborated on the little known GOI document on “Positive Discipline’, which is today adopted by many reputed schools. At KGBV Dambuk, she outlined the origin of KGBV schools in India.
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Uthaan Foundation, Kolkata Seminar on Gandhiji’s Trusteeship and D.B. Thengadiji’s Labourisation in four Provinces - Nagda (M.P), Sikkar (Rajasthan), Barrackpore (W.B) and Banaras ( U.P)

1. September 14-16, 2019 at Nagda Madhya Pradesh
2. September 20-22, 2019 Pragoti Shikshan Sansthan, Dhodh Road, Sikkar (Rajasthan)
3. November 15–17, 2019 at Barrackpore Sadar Bazar, (Kolkata)
4. Sri B. N. Rai ji gave a keynote Address on the Subject on Trusteeship of Mahatma Gandhi and Labourisation of Lt. D. B. Thengadiji
A series of seminars were organized by Uthaan Foundation, Barrackpore Kolkata in association with GSDS with the following objectives:
1. To make aware the participants about the life and working of Mahatma Gandhi and Sri D.B.Thengadiji.
2. To make aware about Trusteeship and Labourisation
3. To publicise their 2 concepts in the public.
4. Industrialist and Mazdoor must know about their Real Role in developing Industry in the Country.
5. To minimize the Enemity and differences in Industrialist and Labour.

September 14 –16, 2019 at NAGDA ( Madhya Pradesh)

The first in the series was organized on September 14-16, 2019 at Nagda, Madhya Pradesh. 172 participants took part in the programme. The programme was inaugurated by Sri Dilip Singh Gurzar (M. L. A) Khachroud , Nagda. On September 14, Discussion on Gandhiji life and his concepts – ‘Trusteeship’ was organized. This was followed by the discussion on Sri Thengadiji’s life and his concept ‘Labourisation’ on September 15 Sri Anil Sirodia, hon’ble Member of Parliament was the chief guest. On September 16, group presentations and evaluations of the seminar was organized. Sri Sultan Singh Shekhawat addressed the gathering.

September 20–22, 2019 at Pragoti Shikshan Sansthan, Dhodh Road, Sikkar (Rajasthan)

153 participants consisting of social workers, politicians, trade union leaders and students took part in the seminar organized by Uthaan Foundation at Rajasthan from September 20-22, 2019. Nagarpalika Chairman Smt. Aparna Roln inaugurated the seminar. Sri Ratan Jaldhar (Ex. M.L.A.) Sri Gobardhan Verma (Ex. M.L.A.) Sri Baij Nath Rai, Managing Trustee of Uthaan Foundation and Sri Sultan Singh Shekhawat, Ex. President, Madhya Pradesh, Asangathit Board and Sri Pratap Singh Shekhawat, Secretary of Uthaan Foundation Rajasthan Unit were present on the occasion.

November 15–17, 2019 at Barrackpore Sadar Bazar, (Kolkata)

165 persons took part in the programme. In this Programme a public meeting was organized on November 15, 2019 at Mochi Mahal Morh, Barrackpore Sadar Bazar, Barrackpore. Sri Gupteshwar Barnwal, a retired senior teacher presided over the meeting. Sri Sunil Munshi, Gandhian Leader and Ex. Director of Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore; Maharaj Nitya Rupananda Swami, Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission; Sri Baij Nath Rai, Managing Trustee, Uthaan Foundation; Sri Manoj Saha, Secretary, Barrackpore Trader Association; Sri Narendra Bhagat, a renowned social worker and Dr. Pranab Chandra Chand, Well known Doctor took part in the programme discussing the vision of both Shri D B Thengadi and Mahatma Gandhi. The second day programme was presided over by Sri Hari Das Bhagat and Oldest and Renowned Social Worker of the Locality. Question and answer session was also organized on the occasion.

November 22–24, 2019 at Micro Tek College of Management & Technology, Maldahiya, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

181 persons took part in the programme. Sri Mangla Prasad Ex Principal ITI College, Sri Mithilesh Kumar Rai (Social Worker), Sri Awadhesh Kumar Mishra (President of Uthaan Foundation), Sri Baij Nath Rai, Managing Trustee of Uthaan Foundation attended the seminar. Shri Awadhesh Kumar Mishra, All India President of Uthaan Foundation presided over the 3 days seminars. Sri B. N. Rai gave the keynote Address on the Subject on Trusteeship of Mahatma Gandhi and Labourisation of Lt. D. B. Thengadiji. Discussions on the principles wealth, labour, trusteeship, Gandhian economics and social development took place during the seminar through the resource persons.

Patna Discussion on new invocations for making Basic Schools as Schools of Excellence organised

A three-day brainstorming session on “Nai Talim and Basic Education” of Mahatma Gandhi was organized from November 21-23, 2019 in Vrindavan basic school The programme was organised in association with the Center for Innovation in Public Systems (CIPS), Patna.
The program was inaugurated by Chief Guest Prof. Upendra Reddy from the Center for Innovation in Public System; former DEO, Shri Lal Babu Mishra, Shri Dipankar Shri Gyan, Director, GSDS and other guests.
In this program, a detailed discussion on Mahatma Gandhi's ‘Nai Talim and Basic Education’ system was held for two days in which about 100 participants took part in which, including former and current headmen, principals of basic schools, District Education Officers, senior educationists of the area were present. Teachers working in the basic schools were also present.
Discussions on how to convert basic schools into model schools so that the children could be connected with the basic education of Gandhiji along with the current pattern of education were held. All present gave their suggestions on this subject.
Further, a meeting was held on November 23 at Bihar Vidyapeeth, Sadaqat Ashram, Patna to consider and implement these suggestions. Representative of both GSDS and CIPS were present. Director GSDS was also present on the occasion.

Programme on Gandhian Approach to Rural Development and Management

The Samiti in association with the Department of Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, Patna University organized a one-day seminar on “Gandhian Approach to Rural Development and Management” on November 23, 2019. The speakers at the seminar were: Mr Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director, GSDS; Prof Avinash Kumar Singh, NIUPA, New Delhi; Prof Upendra Reddy, Advisor, CIPS, Hyderabad; and Dr Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS.
Different dimensions of Gandhian approach to rural development were discussed in the seminar and the students came up with their own reflections on how Gandhian philosophy was critical for village self-development.

Training in Nonviolent Communication

A half-day training session on nonviolent communication was organized for students of Arcade Business School, Patna, Bihar by the Samiti. The Samiti’s Programme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu conducted the programme.
Another a half-day training session on ‘nonviolent communication’ was organized for students of Indian School of Business, Patna, Bihar by the Samiti. The Samiti’s Programme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu conducted the programme.

Farewell to Shri Moonga Lal

Shri Moongalal was given a befitting farewell by Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan on November 30, 2019. Shri S A Jamal, Administrative Officer GSDS was also present on the occasion. Shri Moongalal served the GSDS for 36 years since 1983, first as a daily wager and then as a permanent employee as a security guard. Shri Moongalal hence retirement, has volunteered to continue to serve GSDS. Old colleagues of Shri Moongalal remembered him as a caring person, always with a smile and punctual.

Prize Distribution Ceremony of Hindi Pakhwara organised

The Samiti organised the prize distribution ceremony of the Hindi Pakhwara on November 27, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat. Shri Ved Prakash Gaur, Director, Rajbhasha, Ministry of Culture who was the chief guest on the occasion distributed the prizes to the winners of the Hindi Pakhwara that was organised by the GSDS in September 2019.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ved Prakash Gaur expressed his happiness that the GSDS is taking initiatives towards promotion and use of Hindi language in daily functioning in the office. He said that information about such efforts should be sent to the Ministry of Culture and also due publicity should be made so that information is generated. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan was also present on the occasion.
Participants who received their prizes also narrated poems on the occasion. Prizes were awarded in different categories which are as under:
1. Essay Writing – Group A
a. Ram Singh Chauhan – First Prize
b. Vijay Kumar – Second Prize
c. Dharamraj Kumar – Third Prize
d. Ms. Sashiprabha, Ms. Shakuntala and Ms. Renu – Consolation Prizes
2. Essay Writing – Group B
a. Shri Rakesh Sharma – First Prize
b. Shri Sunil Kumar – Second Prize
c. Shri Manish – Third Prize
d. Ms. Ruby Tiwari, Shri Rohit Kumar, Ms Suman Narang – Consolation Prizes
3. Poetry Writing – Group A
a. Shri Dharamraj Kumar – First Prize
b. Shri Vijay Kumar – Second Prize
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“70th anniversary of the Constitution of India” A fearless person can only serve humanity: Laxmi Dass

143 students drawn from 12 schools of Delhi and NCR including students of Symbosis Law School took part in a dialogue on “Fundamental Duties and Moral Values” as part of the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Constitution of India. The programme was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in Gandhi Darshan, on November 26, 2019 Rajghat. Shri Laxmi Dass, EC Member GSDS and Vice President Harijan Sevak Sangh and Shri Biraja Mahapatra, senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India.
Addressing the students, Shri Biraja Mahapatra, who is also the Founder Director of ‘Build India Group’, asked the students to develop a sense of ownership. Quoting the ‘Preamble’ Shri Biraja Mahapatra emphasized on the word ‘ourselves’ and said, “We give this Constitution to ourselves’ and, therefore, “It is our moral, social, ethical and fundamental responsibility and duty to own it and respect it and dedicate our service towards humankind”.
Calling this day as the ‘citizens day’ in its true spirit, Shri Mahapatra asserted that the students should try to become true citizens of their motherland or soil, for only then they will be able to understand the roots and the fragrance of the soil”. Asking the students to think of the whole country as the ground of activity, he concluded by stating: “My health is country’s wealth”, which the students also repeated.
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Descendents of Leo Tolstoy visit Gandhi Darshan

Ms. Tolstaya Ekaterina, Mr. Andrey Tolstoy, great-great grandson of Leo Tolstoy descendents of Leo Tolstoy from the Museum Estate – Leo Tolstoy Museum in Russia “Yasnaya Polyana” along with a nine member delegation visited Gandhi Darshan on November 20, 2019. The delegation was welcomed by Shri Laxmi Dass, EC Member of GSDS. A tour was also conducted in Gandhi Darshan in the pavilion “My Life is My Message.”

Discussion: ‘Pallavan’ organised

A one day discussion ‘Pallavan’ was organized at Satyagraha Mandap, Gandhi Darshan by the Samiti in association with Sanskar Bharati on November17, 2019.
The ‘Pallavan’ was a gathering of eminent personalities from severe art fields i.e. Literature, Music (Instrumental and Vocal), Folk and Classical Dance, Sculpture, Fine Art, Journalism and Social Workers. The programme was attended by more than 350 artists from Delhi-NCR region. The discussion was based on preservation and promotion of Indian cultural heritage.
Shri Prahlad Singh Patel (HCM & VC, GSDS) inaugurated the programme along with Dr. Sonal Mansingh (Eminent Dance Guru), Dr. Rajeshwar Acharya (Hindustani Classical Vocalist) and Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan (Director, GSDS).
Some of the eminent personalities who attended the programme were Shri Adwaita Gadanayaka (Director General, NGMA), Dr. Sachchidananda Joshi (Member Secretary, IGNCA), Shri D.P Sinha (Eminent Writer & Historian), Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan (Bharatnatyam Guru), Shri Rajesh Chetan (Eminent Poet), Shri Bankelal Gaur, Shri Amirchand, Smt. Dr. Swarananil Dubey and others.

India-Guatemala towards Peace and Non-violence

A similar programme in this series was organized cultural programme – “Music for Peace” in collaboration with the Embassy of Guatemala to India at Gandhi Smriti on November 18, 2019. Almost 100 participants took part in the programme that included students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan’s Mehta Vidyalaya. The dignitaries of the function included His Excellency Mr. Giovanni René Castillo, the Guatemalan Ambassador to India, Mr. Esmaylin Thomas Daniel Gómez, the First Secretary and Consul, and Dr. Anju Tandon, Principal of Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan’s Mehta Vidyalaya. Wife of the Ambassador of Guatemala Madam Leslie Castillo was also present on the occasion.
His Excellency acknowledged the whole idea of the program with great importance as it celebrated in accord with the three great events – 21st October as Revolution of 1944 of Guatemala, 13th November on which the Guatemalan Civil War started against the leftists, and 16th November as an International Day for Tolerance. He encouraged the people to materialize the values of peace, self-respect, and social justice by quoting one of the Mahatma’s sayings, “An eye for an eye only ends up in making the whole world blind”. As an ambassador of Guatemala, the Excellency talked about the importance of dialogue between people to maintain peace and avoid genocides that took thousands of lives leaving behind grief. The video exhibited by the Secretary on the occasion explained the series of actions that took place in Guatemala to... Read More

In the path of Mahatma Gandhi India-Bolivia towards Peace and Non-violence

As a part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Samiti has started an initiative “In the Path of Mahatma Gandhi” to reach out to different sections of the society – both within the country and globally to propagate the message of the Mahatma.
In this context, the Samiti had a cultural program – Music for Peace in collaboration with the Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to India at Gandhi Smriti on November 13, 2019. The dignitaries included: His Excellency Mr. Juan Cortaz Rojas, the Bolivian Ambassador to India, Shri Laxmi Dass, the EC Member of GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director, GSDS, Mr. Ricardo Calla, former Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs (BOLIVIA), and Madam Jenny Cardenas with her musical troupe- Capihuaras form Bolivia. Children from Gaurs International School and Blue Bells School, Gurugram took part in the programme.
The relevance of the philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi in the contemporary world especially, in the international realm was the key agenda of the programme.
The message of peace was in the lyrics of the songs sung and composed by Madam Jenny who shared her experience of losing her father and the grand-father who were the soldiers in the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay. She also expressed her deepest concern over Non- Violence in modern times and how the two countries settle to the foundation.
The former minister of Bolivia, Mr. Ricardo mentioned the Gandhian movement of Non-... Read More

Celebration of 50 years of Gandhi Darshan

The retired staff of the Samiti joined in a celebration of the 50 years of the establishment of Gandhi Darshan on November 16, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan. The programme entitled Gandhi Darshan Milan Samaroh witnessed experience sharing of the birth centenary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. They also sang the favourite bhajans of Mahatma Gandhi and Ram Dhun. Smt. Hena Chakraborty, Smt. Shobha Girdhar, Smt. Shashwati Jhalani, Shri Brij Narain, Shri Shivnandan, Smt. Prabha Kawde, Shri Hari Singh, Shri Ram Janam Ram, Dr. Sita Ojha, Smt. Sunanda Tyagi, Smt. Krishna Samajdar, Shri Pinto, Shri Tkahur, Shri Bhasin, Smt. Gunjan, Smt. Jaya Raheja, Smt. Sharda Tyagi, Smt. Pratibha Nigam, Shri Jagdish and others were present.
Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Administrative Officer Shri S. A. Jamal and Programme Officer, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu joined the celebration and lighted fifty candles on the occasion.

Vimarsh 2019 discusses issues of development

The Samiti in association with “Vimarsh” organized a three-day discussion on various issues of development during the three-day seminar held in Gandhi Darshan in association with the GSDS from November 2-4, 2019. Scholars, academicians, litterateurs took part in the three-day programme.
In the several sessions discussions were held on various published books; four sessions on issues of Women such as “Role of Women for Awakened Bharat”, “Women in News: Strengthening Women’s Voices and Representatives in News”; “Gender Health”, “Social Media Warriors”, success stories were held.
Discussions on Arts, Social Science, Language, Literature, Science, etc were held. Open discussions were organized on “Indic thoughts vs unindic thoughts”; Nationalism in the context of media and literature” and so on.
Sessions on “Revisiting Golden Triangle: National Security and Personal Liberty”, “Techno Nationalism”; were also discussed.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visits Gandhi Smriti with German Chancellor Dr. Angella Merkel

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi visited Gandhi Smriti with German Chancellor H.E. Dr. Angela Merkel on November 1, 2019. The Prime Minister received the German Chancellor in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi sculpted by renowned artist Padma Bhushan Shri Ram Sutar.
Explaining the significance of the place, Prime Minister informed Dr. Merkel that the Smriti is located at the site where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last few months of his life and was assassinated on January 30, 1948.
The world leaders then visited the museum and saw sketches and paintings made by renowned artist Shri Upendra Maharathi and Indo-Hungarian painter Elizabeth Brunner, a student of Shri Nandalal Bose of Santiniketan. They walked through a digital gallery curated by Shri Birad RajaramYajnik, based on the twin themes of Ahimsa and Satyagraha.
The leaders thereafter visited various digital installations in the museum including audio testimonial to Mahatma Gandhi by Albert Einstein and the interactive kiosk displaying the rendition of the song ‘Vaishnava Jana To’, sung in 107 countries an initiative of the Government of India as part of the celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Dr.Angela Merkel then paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Martyr’s Column and offered floral tributes. A Gandhi Bust and Charkha was also presented by the hon’ble Prime Minister of India to... Read More

Mahatma Gandhi brought to life in Paris: Mahatma's life-sized hologram participates at Ahinsa lecture

The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), in cooperation with the Permanent Delegation of India, and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti hosted the fourth Ahinsa Lecture, featuring a dialogue between panelists and a life-size hologram of Mahatma Gandhi, on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for education. The dialogue was on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for education.
It was opened by the Ambassador of India to France and Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO, His Excellency, Mr. Vinay Mohan Kwatra and the Assistant Director-General Priority Africa and External Relations, UNESCO, Mr Firmin Edouard Matoko. Mr. Anantha Duraiappah Director UNESCO MGIEP moderated the discussion about the importance of Gandhi’s philosophy of education for human flourishing.
The event attracted about 1000 people, including youth, educators, academics, policy-makers and delegates from several member states of UNESCO.
The Ahinsa dialogue, held on October 1, 2019 at Room No. 1, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, commemorated the International Day of Non-Violence on October 2 which marks Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. 400 people attended the lecture and more than 20000 logged in online.
Indian Ambassador Shri Kwatra opened the discussion highlighting the importance of promoting Gandhian values of education. His remarks set the tone for a highly engaging dialogue between... Read More

Special session with Hon’ble Members of Chattisgarh Legislative Assembly

A special session on “Understanding Gandhi” was held in Chattisgarh Legislative Assembly for the hon’ble Members of the Vidhan Sabha on October 3, 2019 for celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Eminent Gandhian and Vice President of Harijan Sevak Sangh Shri Laxmi Dass was the main speaker on the occasion. As the Executive Member of the GSDS, Shri Laxmi Dass spoke on the “Importance of Gandhian Thought in Contemporary Society”. Hon’ble Speaker Shri Charan Das Mahant graced the occasion. A big wooden charkha was also presented by the GSDS on the occasion.
At another special programme as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Hon’ble Governor of Chattisgarh, Smt. Anusuiya Uikey inaugurated an exhibition on “Mohan Se Mahatma” developed by GSDS on the occasion. Shri Bhupesh Baghel, hon’ble Chief Minister of Chattisgarh and Shri Charan Das Mahant, hon’ble Speaker Chattisgarh Legislative Assembly also graced the occasion.

Mahatma Gandhi and Tradition Farming – A dialogue

The Samiti organized a two-day dialogue on “Mahatma Gandhi and Traditional Farming” (Mahatma Gandhi evam Paramparik Krishi) in Jor Ki Dhani, Godham Village Pist Katrathal, District Sikar, Rajasthan on October 6-7, 2019. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan addressed the gathering of about 145 participants from the village. Shri Basant, former advisor GSDS also spoke on the occasion. Local organizer Shri Kan Singh Nirvan coordinated the two-day programme. Shri Yatender Singh from GSDS also attended the programme.

Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi’s life in Muzaffarpur-Anand Vihar Sapt Kranti Express

The East Central Railway zone of Indian Railways paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary by converting an express train to a veritable exhibition on the transformation of "Mohan to Mahatma". The “Muzaffarpur-Anand Vihar Sapt Kranti Express” chugged off from Muzaffarpur with upgraded coaches. These coaches were painted and affixed with photographs and information on various events of Gandhiji's life. This exhibition was curated by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and was inaugurated on October 2, 2019 by hon’ble Member of Parliament, Shri Radha Mohan Singh.
"I am thankful to the Railways for coming up with such a novel idea for paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi whose links with Champaran and Motihari are recorded in history," Hon’ble Member of Parliament Shri Radha Mohan Singh said during a function that was organised after the train reached Bapu Dham Motihari station in East Champaran district. Shri Radha Mohan Singh also flagged off the “Muzaffarpur-Anand Vihar Sapt Kranti Express”
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, who is also the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways, said the Bihar government also deserves commendation for taking up the face-lift of various spots in the state which have been associated with Gandhi.
Earlier, a cleanliness campaign/drive was organized on October 2, 2019 from Gandhi Chowk to Bapu Dham Railway Station Motihari via the Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Motihari in which almost 1000 people took part... Read More

Gandhi Jayanti celebrated at Palwal

The Samiti in collaboration with Gandhi Sewa Ashram Trust, Palwal Haryana organized a public event to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 2019 in Palwal, Haryana. The programme began with yoga by the acharyas from the Arya Samaj. Mr. Devi Charan Mangala, President, Gandhi Sewa Ashram was present on the occasion. More than 300 people attended the programme.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Shri Jitendra Kumar was the special invitee and District Education Officer, Palwal, Mr. Ashok Baghel was the chief guest of the occasion. Mr. Gulshan Gupta from Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti was also present in the programme.
Students from different schools presented their cultural performances including a play on Swachhata. A mannequin made of plastic named ‘Kachra Mantri’ was an attraction point showcasing the message of no to use plastic.

Moniya se Mahatma Gandhi Quiz at Mygov.in and Doordarshan September-October 2019

To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and Doordarshan has jointly organized “Moniya se Mahatma Tak” Quiz at MyGov.in. The two target two groups were Moniya (for the age group of 16 to 30years) and Mahatma (for the age group of 50-70years), respectively. The whole event was divided into two parts viz. Preliminary Quiz at MyGov.in which was organized from August 22, 2019 to September 10,2019and further Final rounds which are recorded and currently running weekly at Doordarshan.
After three weeks of Preliminary quiz at MyGov.in, 24 participants (4 top scorers from the six zones) from the Moniya category and 24 participants (4 top scorers from the six zones) from the Mahatma Category from approximately 80,000 participants in total were selected and thence further called up to Delhi for the next rounds.
After the four day game played from September 26-29,2019, three final winners were selected which are Mr.Mukesh Nemani, Mr.Smruti Ranjan ,Mr. Praveen Kr Jha and they were awarded with the prize money of Rs. 1,00,000, Rs.75,000 and Rs.50,000, respectively by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS.
The quiz anchored by Ms. Richa Anirudh has been running on Doordarshan weekly for two months. The joint team of Doordarshan and GSDS including Dr. K. Padmavathi , Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu ,Dr. Sailaja Gullapalli, Shri Praveen Dutt Sharma , Shri Pankaj Chaubey and Ms. Kanak successfully organized the event.

“Run For Unity” organized on 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Almost 225 participants took part in the “Run For Unity” eight kilometer race organized in Gandhi Darshan to commemorate the 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, 2019. The “Run For Unity” was led by Asian Marathon Champion Dr. Mrs Sunita Godara. GSDS Programme Officer Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu along with other staff took part in the programme. Besides doctors, professionals, advocate, businessmen and many national level athletes took part in the programme. An “Integrity” and “National Unity” (Rashtriya Ekta) pledge was also administered on the occasion to the participants. The programme received an overwhelming response from the participants with the Zumba fitness team.

Exhibition at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi

As part of the celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Samiti set up an exhibition on “Mohan Se Mahatma” in The Ashok International at Chanakyapuri from September 30 to October 3, 2019. Books on and by Mahatma Gandhi and other allied subjects were displayed during this period. A Khadi stall by Srijan GSDS was another attraction of the programme. Shri Mohan and Shri Shyam Lal represented the Samiti to this book fair-cum-exhibition.

Pledge administered as part of observance of Vigilance Awareness Week

Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan administered the pledge of honesty and integrity and transparency as part of the observance of the “Vigilance Awareness Week” in Gandhi Darshan on October 28, 2019. Administrative Officer Shri S A Jamal was also present on the occasion.

Creativity with colours marks Diwali Celebrations

GSDS staff joined in the mood celebrating the festival of lights by decorating their respective departments with beautiful and colourful designs (rangoli). The celebration on October 25, 2019 culminated with a cultural programme coordinated by Ms. Kanak, Ms. Prerna and Ms. Mansi. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan awarded the best rangoli design to Ms. Shubhangi Girdhar.

International Seminar on “Mahatma Gandhi across Boundaries”

Gandhi Study Circle of Ram Lal Anand College, University of Delhi in association with GSDS organized a two-day international seminar on “Mahatma Gandhi across Boundaries” on October 23-24, 2019 at Ram Lal Anand College. About 170 participants took part in the programme. Her Excellency Ms. Faduma Abdullahi Mohammad, Ambassador of Somalia in India was the chief guest on the occasion. The seminar was organized as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Shri Ramesh Bhawadwaj, Director Gandhi Bhawan, Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Progamme Executive, GSDS, Principal of the College, Dr. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, the Convenor and Organising Secretary of GSC, RLA College Dr. Devendra Kumar also spoke on the occasion.
The two-day conference saw seven different sessions that saw speakers such as Prof. Salil Mishra, Pro Vice Chancellor, Ambedkar University; Dr. Harpreet Kaur, Principal Mata Sundari College; Prof Subrata Mukherjee, Prof. of Political Science; Dr. Hoimanti Barua, scholar from Bangladesh; Dr. Manoj Sinha, Principal Aryabhatta College, University of Delhi; Prof. Sanjay Bharadwaj, SIS JNU, Prof. Vighnesh Kumar, from CCSU Meerut; Shri Daya Prakash Sinha; Shri Brij Kishore Sharma and others. Prof. Ramin Jahan Begloo, Executive Director, Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace Studies and Vice Dean of the School of Law at Jindal University; Prof. Gianluigi Segalebra, University of Vienna, Austria and Prof. Ananta Giri, from the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai... Read More

National Gandhi Jayanti Seminar 2019 on “Gandhi and the Contemporary Issues: Old Theory, New Perspective”

GSDS, Indialogue Foundation, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi, Gandhi Bhawan University of Delhi as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi organized a two-day National Gandhi Jayanti seminar on “Gandhi and the Contemporary Issues: Old Theory, New Perspective” on October 23-24, 2019 at Gandhi Bhawan University of Delhi.
The fundamental objective of this seminar was to present the relevance of Gandhi’s ideas and to show how his ideas could be reformulated in order to fulfil the demands of the challenges posed by various contemporary issues. The seminar attempted to put forth the applicability of Mahatma Gandhi’s thoughts in solving various contemporary social, political, economic and environmental issues. The seminar also brought to the fore, the contemporary issues and the relevance of the Gandhian views in dealing with those problems at one place, while trying to find out what should be reinterpreted or reformulated in his philosophy.
The inaugural session was addressed by Prof. Balaganapathi Devarakonda, Chairman, Department of Philosophy, D.U; Ambassador Shri Ashok Sajjanhar, former Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Latvia and Sweden; Prof. Ramesh Bharadwaj, Director Gandhi Bhawan, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS and Mr. M. Behzad Fatmi, Secretary General, Indialogue Foundation.
Five technical sessions were scheduled in two days. Technical Session I and Technical Session II was on 22nd October 2019, and Technical... Read More

National Seminar on “Gandhi in India’s Literary Imagination”

To commemorate Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, a two-day National Seminar titled Gandhi in India’s Literary Imagination was organized by the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi on October 22-23, 2019. The seminar began with a welcome address by the Convenor of the seminar and Head, Department of English, Prof Nishat Zaidi.
Prof Zaidi in her retracing the march of history elaborated Gandhi’s long association with Jamia Millia Islamia spanning from the politically turbulent times of the 1920s to times of financial crisis with Gandhi himself endeavouring to beg on the streets to stem this crisis. Prof Zaidi highlighted that for Gandhi, Jamia represented the vision of a nationalist university in terms of embodying the pluralistic ethos.
While testifying to the singular status of Gandhi in the history of Jamia as can be seen in the letters of Gandhi to the founding fathers of Jamia and his own son, Devdas Gandhi, having taught in the Department of English in its earliest years, Prof Zaidi believed that this Seminar would enable us to rethink, assimilate, manifest and critically interrogate Gandhi’s philosophy, his vision and ideals so as to reconstruct them in our cultural and social imaginary.
The convenor of the seminar and Head, Department of English, Prof Nishat Zaidi welcomed the gathering. Smt. Geeta Shukla, Research Officer GSDS also spoke on the occasion... Read More

Exhibition-Cum-Book-Sale at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya

Sardar Patel Vidyalaya Lodhi Road, as part of Gandhi: 150 organised a special programme in their school on October 19-20, 2019. Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti took part in the programme by displaying Khadi products from Srijan GSDS and also a book exhibition on books on and by Mahatma Gandhi was set up. Ms. Soni Rai and Ms. Simran represented the Samiti.

Dialogue on Mahatma Gandhi’s thought and principles on Hindi Language

Delhi Public Library, Delhi Hindi Sahitya Sammelan under the aegis of GSDS organised a seminar on “Hindi aur Gandhi” in Gandhi Darshan on October 18, 2019 as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Dr. O P Kohli, former Governor of Gujarat who was the chief guest on the occasion inaugurated the programme along with Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS. The central theme of the programme was “Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi: Hindi aur Unki Bhawna” (Mahatma Gandhi: His thought on Hindi). Dr. B L Gaur, senior journalist, Shri Vinod Babbar, Senior Journalist and Prof. Ved Prakash were present on the occasion. Dr. Ramsharan Gaur, President, Delhi Library Board and Mr. Mahesh Chandra Sharma, former Mayor, Delhi were present at the inaugural programme. Several Hindi poets present on the occasion recited their poems that touched on the human personality and society per se.

Netritva Sadhana Shivir organized

The Samiti in association with Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) organized the 9th Edition of the “Netritva Sadhana” in Gandhi Darshan from October 16-20, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan. 39 delegates from 15 states from diverse backgrounds such as Law, Chartered Accountancy, Engineering, Management, Social Work, Medical, Academics and Business among others took part in the residential training programme. The programme was inaugurated on October 16 by Shri Shyam Jaju, National Vice President, BJP in the presence of Shri Ravindra Sathe, Director General of RMP and Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS.
The programme had 30 sessions including Model Parliament, guided tour of Photo Gallary at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat, New Delhi and screening of a play titled as “ Aao Panchayat khelen” directed by Smt. Madhumita Khan. The model parliament session was organised on October 19 in the gracious presence of Smt. Shikha Roy, as speaker. The session was moderated by Shri Amber Swami.
During the five days programme participants also had an opportunity to interact with prominent leaders like Dr Vinay Sahashrabuddhe, Shri Shyam Jaju, Shri Babul Supriyo, Smt Meenakshi Lekhi and Dr Sudhanshu Trivedi among others.
The valedictory function was graced by the presence of Dr Sanjeev Singh, Associate Professor, IIC, University of Delhi, as the chief guest. On this occasion, Dr Sumeet Bhasin, Director- PPRC, Shri Ravi Pokharna, RMP-Executive Head (Administration & Projects) and Shri... Read More

Orientation on Integrating Non-Violent Communication in Judicial System

GSDS & Delhi Judicial Academy jointly organized an orientation programme on “Integrating Non-Violent Communication in Judicial System” for the judicial officers in Gandhi Darshan on October 14, 2019. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS inaugurated the training programme by welcoming the 150 judicial officers. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS conducted the day-long interactive training programme.

National Discuss Meet on Relevance of Gandhian Educational Ideas: Implications for Policies and Practices

The Samiti in association with the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration organized a two-day national discussion meet on Relevance of Gandhian Educational Ideas: Implications for Policies and Practices on October 4-5, 2019.
Senior academicians and practitioners took part in the national discussion meet on how to integrate Gandhian educational ideas in education in the current and emerging socio-economic context, and their implication for revitalizing skill and rural education.
The aim was to discuss innovate practices of education and work followed in different educational institutions and identify problems and constraints faced in the implementation of basic education scheme through sharing of its institutional practices.
The different themes in which the discussions took place included: Gandhian Philosophy of education; role of Gandhi in universalisation of elementary education; alternative pedagogy and alternate schooling; implication of the Gandhian educational ideas for New Education Policy-2019, and others.

Children display their creativity at the valedictory function of Value Creation Camp

Children from B S F Sr. Sec School, Jalandhar; Saraswati Shishi Mandir Sr. Sec School, Keshavnagar, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh; Saraswati Shishi Mandir Sr. Sec. School, District Rehli Sagar, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh; Shashkiya Utkrishtha Sr. Sec School, Damoh Madhya Pradesh, Kendriya Vidyalaya Damoh, Madhya Pradesh and Shri Guru Nanak Sr. Sec School, Jabalpur Naka, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh presented a wide range of cultural performances at the concluding ceremony of the ten-day Value Creation Camp organized by GSDS from September 24 to October 3, 2019. While folk dances of Punjab and Madhya Pradesh enthralled the gathering, street theatre on corruption left a great impact on the students. The chief guest on this occasion was Shri Alok Goswami from Madhya Pradesh. Teachers also shared their experiences on the occasion.

Gandhi Global Solar Yatra: 1 Million Students join celebrations across the globe as Solar Ambassadors

To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, about one million student solar ambassadors from different parts of the country assembled with their ‘solar study lamps’ in a grand ceremony on October 2, 2019. The event was organized jointly by GSDS in collaboration with IIT Mumbai.
The Gandhi Global Solar Yatra (GGSY) was kick-started by Professor Chetan Singh Solanki of IIT-Bombay on Dec. 25, 2018, from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. This year, GGSY gave more than 10 lakh students hands-on training in solar lamp assembly on October 2, which marked the culmination of this yatra. This year over 80 countries took part in this initiative.
This one-day event was conducted on the same day in nearly 180 countries especially in the countries of South Asia, Africa, and Latin America which face a lack of access to energy. According to GGSY, this event will be held on October 2 to celebrate the Gandhian principles of self-sufficiency.
The objective of the GGSY was aimed towards sensitization of over one million students towards adverse effects of climate change and making them future propagators of renewable energy and creating “Global Student Solar Ambassadors”.
On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, over 10,000 students set the Guinness Book of World Records by "assembling and lighting" their own solar lamps as part of the Global Student Solar Assembly.
While this was a pan India movement, the schools that took part under... Read More

Celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (Gandhi Jayanti) and International Day of Non Violence

The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind led the nation into paying rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Smriti on October 2, 2019 celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and International Day of Non-Violence. Almost 1000 children drawn from 38 institutions of Delhi and NCR, Madhya Pradesh and Jalandhar took part in the programme and offered musical tribute to the Father of the Nation. Children during the programme held flags of the 193 Member States of the United Nations including the Indian Tri Colour during the programme.
Minister of Culture and Vice Chairperson of GSDS Shri Prahalad Singh Patel, Secretary MoC, Shri Arun Goel, Joint Secretary MoC Shri S C Barmma, GSDS EC Members Shri Sankar Kumar Sanyal, Shri Laxmi Dass, gandhian workers Shri Basant and people from different walks of life took part in the programme.
Religious leaders from different religious faiths will be participating in the Sarva Dharma Prarthana Sabha (Inter-faith prayer meet) on the occasion. Marking the 12th year of the International Day of Non-Violence, Shri Rajiv Chandran Officer In-Charge of the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan read the message of the UN Secretary General, H.E Antonio Guterres on the occasion.
Leading classical artist, Padma Shri Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty led the Bhakti Sangeet on the occasion with renditions of poem by Gandhi ji himself, Rabindranath Tagore, Acharya Vinoba Bhave and others on the... Read More

Visitors

• United Nations Deputy Secretary General Ms. Amina J. Mohammed visited Gandhi Smriti on September 8, 2019 ad paid tributes at the Martyr’s Column. She also visited the Gandhi Smriti gallery led by Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker
Shri Gyan.
• Students from Delhi Public School Sector 45 Gurugram visited Gandhi Smriti on September 27, 2019
• Delhi Public School Faridabad visited Gandhi Darshan on September 26, 2019
• Governor of New Jersey, Mr. Phil Murphy visited Gandhi Smriti on September 15, 2019. The Governor was accompanied by a 40 member delegation including First Lady Mrs Tammy Murphy and senior dignitaries from Academia and
Private sector

Symposium on Rashtrapita and Rashtrabhasha

A symposium on the “Father of the Nation and National Language” was organised on September 28, 2019 by Nagri Lipi Parishad in association with GSDS at, S Kula Women's College, Nambool Vishnupur, Manipur as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Acharya Shri Shyam Kishore Singh, who is the national language campaigner of Manipur organised this symposium.
As keynote speakers Shri Vinod Babbar, Editor of Rashtra Kinkar, Shri Arun Paswan, former co-director of All India Radio and Mr. K Yaduvanshi of Jaunpur University, expressed their views on the language philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.

Introducing Nonviolent Communication in Schools

About 50 teachers and students of education took part in an orientation programme to introduce Gandhian nonviolent communication in schools organized on September 26, 2019 at Sarania Ashram, Guwahati. The GSDS Programme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu conducted the workshop. He explained the different elements of nonviolent communication and how these can be integrated in classroom and school management practices.

North East Youth Conclave organised

The Department of Mass Communication & Journalism, Tezpur University in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi organized a three day North East Youth Conclave on the theme ‘Role of Youth in Contributing to a Culture of Peace and Non-violence’ during September 6-8 2019. A total of 150 participants from 18 institutions across North East India participated in the Conclave. The conclave witnessed a most wonderful confluence of youthful energy, vibrancy and enthusiasm that demonstrated the power and potential of youth people to create change in the world.
The inaugural ceremony was graced by Senior Journalist Samudra Gupta Kashyap as the Chief Guest, prominent social activist Dibyajyoti Saikia as special invitee and Gulshan Gupta, the North East Coordinator of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti as part of the guest panel. The dais was also graced by Dr. Joya Chakraborty, Head, Department of MCJ-TU and Prof. Abhijit Borah, former Head and Professor in the Department.
The Head of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Dr. Joya Chakraborty delivered the welcome address. Gulshan Gupta shared his insights on Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. Speaking on the occasion, he quoted, “By birth, we are all non-violent.” Following this, the inaugural address was delivered by Professor Abhijit Bora, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism.
DAY ONE:
• SESSION I: Understanding a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence in the... Read More

Two-Day Workshop and Seminar on Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar

The views of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar were different, but patriotism was codified in both great men. Despite differences of opinion, the views of both were one in the interest of the country. It is normally shown as if there was strong opposition on both the issues while on a neutral investigation, the truth appears to be something else. Speakers expressed this in a two-day youth workshop and seminar on “Mahatma Gandhiji and B R Ambedkar” held on September 10-11, 2019 at Babhnagama in Madhepura district, Bihar. Former Bihar Chief Minister Bhola Paswan Shastri inaugurated the two-day programme that was organized in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi.
The seminar was inaugurated by the former secretary of Delhi-based Gandhi Peace Foundation and Gandhian thinker Shri Surendra Kumar. The chief guest on the occasion was Prof. Sanjay Paswan, former Minister of the Central Government. Educationist Shri Sunil Kunar Sinha, BPS College Principal Prof. Akhilesh Kumar, Dr. KK Chaudhary, Gandhi Gyan Mandir President Prof. Devnarayan Paswan Dev, Secretary Shri Dinanath Prabodh, former cabinet minister of Bihar Government, Ms. Renu Kushwaha, Prof. Ravindra Charan Yadav, Dr. Vinay, principals and professors of other colleges in Madhepura district including Kumar Jha took part in the programme.
The speakers clearly stated that when Mahatma Gandhi was killed, Bhimrao Ambedkar was the first person to reach... Read More

State Level Observation of 125th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Acharya Vinoba Bhave & Launching of one year program on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

“Being a landless is considered as low esteem for any individual, despite several planning by the various govt. still thousands landless people are reeling under poverty so the government must sort out the problem immediately for the alleviation of poverty and inclusive development of the society said veteran freedom fighter Bhabani charan pattnayak while inaugurating the 125th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Acharya Vinoba Bhave on 11th September 2019 at Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.
Vinoba Seva Pratisthan(VSP) in association with Gandhi Smirti & Darshan Samiti(GSDS) New Delhi, an autonomous body of ministry of culture, Govt.of India, Department of Culture & Odia Language Literature , Govt.of Odisha, Gandhi Global Foundation and Odisha Gandhivadi Forum were jointly organised the state level convention on the eve of 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Materialistic life without religion is a curse for any civilisation, if people will not follow the path of truth and true religion, holistic development society is not feasible said the national president of Acharyakul, Wardha, Dr Pushpita Awasthi. She appreciated the organiser’s initiatives for creating a space to discuss about the philosophy of Gandhi-Vinoba among younger generation.
Hon’ble M.L.A. Ms. Latika Pradhan focused on the concept of Sarvodaya (upliftment for all) by Gandhi and Vinoba which is very much similar of a classless society propounded by Carl Marx.
Then former... Read More

Plantation of Tree gifted by National Sanitation Mission

Shri Pankaj Sharma Technical Associate along with Ms. Lalita planted a tree gifted to Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan by the National Sanitation Mission in Gandhi Darshan on September 28, 2019.

Meeting with ‘Dharam Gurus’ organised

Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan welcomed religious leaders of different faith in Gandhi Smriti on September 27, 2019 at a small discussion regarding the Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) programme in Gandhi Smriti. The meeting was in light of the celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi where a token badge of Gandhi 150 along with a Charkha was presented to each of the Dharam Gurus.

Ten-day Value Creation Camp inaugurated

The ten-day Value Creation Camp from September 24 to October 3, 2019 was inaugurated in Gandhi Darshan by Shri Manhar Valjibhai Zala, Chairman, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment who was the chief guest on September 24, 2019. Present at the inaugural ceremony was H.H. Swani Karya Siddheshwar Maharaj of Sidhdhagiri Gurukul Foundation, Kaneri Math, Padma Shri Shri Kamal Singh Chauhan, Shri Basant Singh, former Advisor GSDS, Shri Umesh Chandra Gaur, Chairman CCBOS, Shri Bishnu Chetri from KKSS, West Bengal along with Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan.
Almost 85 children from Saraswati Shishu Mandir Sr. Sec. School, Keshavnagar, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh; Saraswati Shishu Mandir Sr. Sec. School, Dist. Rehli Sagar, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh; Shashkiya Utkrishtha Sr. Sec. School, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh; Kendriya Vidhyalaya, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh; Shri Guru Nanak Sr. Sec. School, Jabalpur Naka, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh and B. S. F. Sr. Sec. School, Jalandhar, Punjab along with their teachers and coordinators from six schools of Madhya Pradesh and one school from Jalandhar took part in the Value Creation Camp in different activities such as shramdaan, theatre, photography, music rehearsals, spinning. Also sessions on ‘Mindfulness’ ‘Non-violent communication’ was conducted by Ms. Kanak Kaushik, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu and Shri Gulshan Gupta. Ms. Shashwati Jhalani took a session on ‘Understanding Gandhi’, Dr. Manju Aggarwal... Read More

National festival on Youth for Preventive Health organised

NISHTHA in collaboration with GSDS organised its 1st National Festival “Youth for Preventive Health” as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Darshan on September 20-21, 2019. 200 people took part in the programme. The programme was inaugurated by Shri Laxmi Dass, Vice President, Harijan Sevak Sangh with Shri Begraj Khatana former Vice President, National Child and Women Development and Member Hindi Samiti. Dr. Gopal ji chaired the session.
Shri Laxmi Dass impressed upon the health of youth, future of India and its progress and dealt on the topic “Gandhian concept of Naturopathy”. The other eminent speakers on the programme were Dr. Sudhir Singh, Assistant Professor, Dayal Singh College, Delhi University who spoke on “Gandhi and Youth”. Dr. Monika Hira, HOD, Vivekanand Kendra spoke on “Eating Right – The Gandhian Way”.
In the afternoon, indigenous sports were organised for the participants with a view to establish linkage of yoga with the sports. A colourful cultural programme was also organised.
On September 21 an interactive session was organised on Naturopathy by Shri Naval Kishore from Seva Foundation. Dr. Pawan Kumar Chauhan, Senior Executive Officer NIOS, Ministry of HRD, Government of India took part in the interactive session.

Hands-on-training on Charkha draws huge crowd in Delhi Book Fair

The Samiti took part in the Delhi Book Fair by putting up an exhibition on the life and message of Mahatma Gandhi. Further a hands-on-training on charkha spinning was also provided by Shri Vivek, Ms. Renu and Shri Dharamraj during the five-day book fair. Children from the Bela village slums, children from Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya Ishwar Nagar also took part in the programme. The live demonstration of spinning on the charkha became a huge attraction that drew large number of visitors to try their hand on the charkha.
A painting competition was also organised for the participating children, which saw an overwhelming participation. Smt. Hena Chakraborty, former curator GSDS and an eminent artist with senior artist Shri Madhusudan judged the children. Shri Vivek from GSDS coordinated the programme.

Logo and tagline designing contest for “Mahatma Gandhi Mobile Quiz App”September 2019

As part of the celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti has added one more way to modulate the frequencies of community with the “My life is my message “ quote of Mahatma. The Samiti came up with the multiplayer “Mahatma Gandhi Mobile Quiz App”. The basic intention behind launching the Application was to connect the people with the teachings of Mahatma and thereby widening the user engagement through digital platform. This was initiated during September 2019.
In this endeavour, GSDS invited entries at MyGov.in from people of different walks of life for a “Logo and Tagline” (not more than six words) specially designed for the quiz App. The prerequisite to design both the categories was to be in well context with the philosophies and constructive works of Mahatma Gandhi.
After being scrutinized by the honorable committee headed by Shri Laxmi Dass, EC member of GSDS, the final winners were selected. The winner in the category of designing the logo was Aditya Narayan Yadav, whereas for tagline the winner was Pratibha Maurya.
The designer of the finally selected Logo and Tagline were awarded with the prize money of Rs.25, 000 and Rs.15, 000 respectively.

Gandhi Quiz in association with MyGov.in

To reawaken the spirit of Gandhism in all,Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti had organized the Gandhi Quiz from June 25, 2019 to August 09, 2019 at MyGov.in. The significance of the quiz was to acclimatize citizens with the life, message and philosophy of the Father of the Nation. More than one lakh people across the country took part in this online quiz.
Final three winners in both English and Hindi Category were awarded with the Gandhian Literature along with the prize money of Rs 21,000; Rs.15, 000 and Rs.11000, respectively.
The results were declared on September 2019. The names of the final three top winners were: Saurabh Ramakant Doijad, Sandeep Kumar and Vikram Gandhi for the Hindi version. For the English version, the winners included Rajesh Derangula, Poonam Mishra and Prashant Swami. Weekly winners were also awarded with the Gandhian Literature.

Rehearsals for Gandhi Jayanti programme organised

Over 1000 children draw from 31 schools of Delhi and NCR took part in the musical rehearsals as a preparation to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Darshan from September 14, 24, 26 and 29. On September 30 and October 1 rehearsals were organised in Gandhi Smriti. 85 Children participating in the Value Creation Camp from five different schools of Madhya Pradesh and one school of Jalandhar who took part in the Value Creation Camp (September 24-October 3) also took part in the rehearsal. Songs of Kabir, compositions of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, and Acharya Vinoba Bhave and other compositions were taught to the children.

Remembering two Saints and Satyagrahis

The Samiti remembered two saints and satyagrahis – Mahatma Gandhi and his spiritual son, Acharya Vinoba Bhave at a programme commemorating the 113th anniversary of the first historic Satyagraha launched by Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa on September 11, 1906.
The programme organised on September 11, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan also paid tribute to Acharya Vinoba Bhave on his 125th birth anniversary.
Speaking on the occasion, former Librarian GSDS Smt. Shashwati Jhalani remembered Acharya Vinoba Bhave and said how as a child she was fortunate to have been mentored by Acharya ji. Shri S A Jamal Administrative Officer, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS also shared their views on the occasion.

Central Jail no. 16, Mandoli Jail Workshop on Gender sensitization and Menstrual Health

The Samiti organized a workshop on “Gender sensitization and Menstrual Health” in Central Jail no 16, Mandoli Jail on September 6, 2019. The aim of workshop in Tihar, Mandoli Jail, was to get the attention of the women prisoners towards the themes that the organization encourage them to think about changes in the thinking of peoples about Gender Sensitization and Menstrual Health & Hygiene and Natural therapy. The session begin with an introduction about Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti to the participant by Ms. Asha and further more information about the museum of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samti was given by Ms. Shobha.
Dr. Manju Aggarwal while speaking about gender sensitization said that gender sensitization helps adolescent girl and women in examining their personal attitudes and beliefs on questioning the realities they though they know. She also told about personal hygiene during menstruation. She encouraged the prisoners to keep themselves neat and clean. She also highlighted the dangers of open defecation. She further gave demo on hand hygiene through hast mudra vigyan.
Various activities were performed by prisoners such as one of the prisoners recited a motivational poem and another prisoner had sung a motivational song.
Division of group and group exercise was conducted by Ms. Asha and Shobha. 64 participants were divided into five groups. These groups made drawings and wrote slogans on chart papers.
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Meeting with school teachers for Gandhi 150

GSDS organised a meeting with teachers and coordinators from different schools and institutions of Delhi and NCR on September 6, 2019. The meeting was chaired by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS who mooted various initiatives of the Samiti for celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Almost 55 teachers from 30 schools took part in the meeting in Gandhi Darshan. Dates for the musical rehearsals were also finalised. Shri Sudhanshu Bahuguna, coordinator of the children’s musical tribute was present on the occasion.

President of India inaugurates Gandhi Katha by Pujya Morari Bapu

Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Gandhi Katha by Pujya Morari Bapu, being organised by the Harijan Sevak Sangh to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, on September 24, 2019 at Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Sevak Sangh, Kingsway Camp, Delhi.
Addressing the gathering, the President said that Gandhiji was born in India, but he belonged to entire world and humanity. The entire world remembers him as a 'great soul' who has shown us the path of 'Ahimsa' and 'Satyagraha'. The life of Gandhiji is like an epic. And millions of people across the world are listening to his life-story and getting inspiration from it. The President said that in his visits across the country and to other nations, he always found that from ordinary people to Head of States, all held great respect for Gandhiji.
Shri Prahalad Singh Patel, Hon’ble Minister of Culture and Tourism was also present on the occasion. Shri Sankar Kumar Sanyal, President Harijan Sevak Sangh also welcomed the gathering. The Hon’ble President also visited the exhibition on Kasturba Gandhi at the Gandhi Ashram.
An exhibition on “Mohan to Mahatma” was displayed on the occasion by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. A publication of GSDS, “Morality and Ethics” was presented to the hon’ble President on the occasion.

International Conference on “Mahatma Gandhi and Diaspora”

Diaspora Research and Resource Centre (DRRC) - Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad-Bharat (ARSP) organised a two-day International Conference in New Delhi on 17-18 September, 2019 on the topic: “Mahatma Gandhi and Diaspora” in partnership with the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), New Delhi. The conference was organised in commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of Culture and Vice Chairman GSDS Shri Prahalad Singh Patel. Eminent Gandhian Shri Ramjee Singh was the guest of honour. Former Ambassador Shri Virendra Gupta, President ARSP, former Ambassador Anup Mudgal, Chairperson DRRC, Shri Narayan Kumar, Hon. Director, ARSP were also present on the occasion. International participants from Mauritius, Fiji, USA, California, Suriname, Netherlands, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Maharashtra, Varanasi and New Delhi took part in the conference.
The conference discussed the influence of Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of “Satyagraha” on the thought process of diaspora, first in South Africa and girmitiya countries followed by a global foot print, which in turn characterised the Indian diaspora world over in the contemporary times. The Gandhian principles of peace and non-violence have left a deep impression on the larger national character of Indians, including the diaspora.
Another highlight of the conference was a special session with Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, Gandhiji’s granddaughter and former Vice... Read More

Hon’ble Speaker of Chattisgarh Assembly Dr. Charandas Mahant visits Gandhi Smriti

Hon’ble Speaker of Chattisgarh Assembly Dr. Charandas Mahant visited Gandhi Smriti on August 29, 2019 and was welcomed by Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan. The honoured guest also took a tour of the Gandhi Smriti museum.

Mutual Co-existence and Children’s Role in Peace Building

The Samiti organized a one- day workshop on Mutual Co-existence and children’s role in Peace Building at Amalprabha Das Shiksha Pratishthan, Lalmati, Basistha, Guwahati on August 31, 2019. This school was established in the memory of senior Gandhian in northeast, Late Baideo Amalprabha Das.
About 100 students took part in the workshop. Teachers, school staff and management committee members were also present in the whole workshop.
Smt. Kusum Bora Mokashi, Pratinidhi, Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, Sarania Ashram, Guwahati talked about the Gandhian approach to environment and his teachings. She said adopting the Gandhian approach was important the root causes of environmental degradation.
Mr. Gulshan Gupta, NE Coordinator, GSDS said that we all talk about our rights but only talk about our duties. He talked about the need to nurture positive human values which was the key to peace and mutual coexistence.

One Day Workshop on Sustainable Leadership to achieve Sustainable Development Goals¬

The workshop on sustainable leadership to achieve sustainable development goals was organized for the students of Moran Junior College, Moranhat, Dibrugarh, Assam on August 29, 2019. About 300 students and teachers took part in the workshop.
Shri Prasanta Dutta, Principal of the College discussed on different aspects of sustainable leadership and how it helped in community building. He also talked how sustainable leadership can help in promoting mutual coexistence.
Mr Gulshan Gupta NE, Coordinator, GSDS said Mahatma Gandhi is considered as one of the most influential leaders. Many of Gandhi’s core principles are remarkably relevant in the realm of leadership competencies and self-development.

One Day Workshop on Sustainable Leadership to achieve Sustainable Development Goals¬

The workshop on sustainable leadership to achieve sustainable development goals was organized for the students of Moran Junior College, Moranhat, Dibrugarh, Assam on August 29, 2019. About 300 students and teachers took part in the workshop.
Shri Prasanta Dutta, Principal of the College discussed on different aspects of sustainable leadership and how it helped in community building. He also talked how sustainable leadership can help in promoting mutual coexistence.
Mr Gulshan Gupta NE, Coordinator, GSDS said Mahatma Gandhi is considered as one of the most influential leaders. Many of Gandhi’s core principles are remarkably relevant in the realm of leadership competencies and self-development.

Five Day Workshop on “Techno-Gandhian Philosophy” organised

GSDS in association with the Gandhi Study Centre, NIT Arunachal Pradesh organised a five-day workshop on “Techno-Gandhian Philosophy” in the National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh. Different colleges and schools from Arunachal Pradesh participated in the the event namely, Doimukh Govt College, Industrial Training Institute Yupia, Binny Yanga Govt Women’s College and Govt Hr Sec. School Naharlagun. Around 57 students from outside NIT-AP and 08 students from NIT-AP have registered for the event.
The event was inaugurated with lamp-lighting by dignitaries namely, Mr. Gulshan Gupta, North East Coordinator, GSDS, a representative of GSDS, Director NIT-AP, Dr. Kimjolly, Coordinator of Workshop & GSC, and other faculties present.
Mr. Mrigendra Gogoi Head Yoga Instructor, Art of Living, Arunachal Pradesh, Dr. Taka Longkumer, Medical Officer, ITBP, Yupia, A.P.; Shri Nazuddin Khan, Assistant Commandant, ITBP, Yupia; Prof. Elizabeth Hangsing, Professor at Department of Education and Hod, RGU, Rono Hills, Arunachal Pradesh took part in the workshop.
The second half of the workshop constituted various indoor and outdoor activities. Indoor activities consisted of Bamboo crafting (for making various products like garbage bins, basket etc), Essay competition, Slogan competition, Crafting competition, Student of the week competition etc. Students have participated in the competitions activity and with that, exciting trophies, seals, certificates and cash... Read More

Workshop on Solar Power: A Source of Sustainable Energy

The world has enough for everyone’s need but not enough for everyone’s greed’ by emphasizing on the words of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Damewan Suchiang, a Nuclear Physicist from Jowai College, was indicating towards the resources made available and provided by the Nature to the beings living on this mother earth.
He was addressing students during a day-long workshop on “Solar Power: A Source of Sustainable Energy”, which was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti at Khad-Ar-Nor Upper Primary School, Shangpung, West Jayantia Hills, Meghalaya on August 13, 2019. About 200 students including teachers of Khad-Ar-Nor Upper Primary School took part in the workshop.
Shri Rahul Kumar Parikh another resource person of the workshop spoke on who solar energy can be used for sustainable growth of human being.
Mr. Gulshan Gupta from GSDS coordinated the programme. He also shared information on ‘Gandhi Global Solar Yatra’ programme initiated by the GSDS in collaboration with IIT New Delhi. The vote of thanks was given by Mr. Heibormi Sungoh, Headmaster of the School.

Teacher’s Training on Importance of Peace and Non-violent Communication between Teachers and Students

A training programme for “Teachers on Importance of Peace and Non-violent Communication between Teachers and Students” was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi in association with Jamuna Devi Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Umrangso on August 16-17, 2019. About 70 teachers and principals took part in this training programme from different schools of Umrangso. Including resource persons, volunteers and organizers more than 75 people were persent during the workshop.
Shri Kanti Deb Nath, Principal J.D Hagjer College, Umrangso was the key speaker of the programme. He said, the essence of professional education includes transmitting not only knowledge, but also values and attitudes from one generation to the next. He suggested that there are many ways to peace – such as ‘Observe’, ‘Mediate’, ‘Forgive’, ‘Listen’, ‘Surrender’.
Ms. Biva Johari, Principal of Dimaraji School, Umrangso also spoke on the occasion. On Second day Mr. Malay Krishna Das from Kapili High School spoke on teaching aspects and conflict between teachers and students. He said Respect of teachers and Compassion for students both are equally important in teaching practices.
Mr. Hoichungling Khelma from Khelma Federation another speaker of the day talked about the Gandhi’s nonviolence and his life.
Representative from GSDS, Mr. Gulshan Gupta has also presented his presentation on the subject both the days. First day the presentation was based on Gandhian theory of nonviolent... Read More

Workshop for School Children on Peace Building and Mutual Co-existence

A workshop on “School Children on Peace Building and Mutual Co-Existence” was organized by GSDS for School Children of Axom Vidya Mandir, Noonmati, Guwahati, Assam on August 09, 2019. About 110 participants took part in one day workshop which was started at 8.30 in morning and concluded by 3.00 pm followed by Lunch. Four speakers from different background and professions motivated the students by their lectures and presentations.
Mr. Kiran Chandra Das, Retired Principal, Pub Guwahati High School and a known social worker in the area inaugurated the programme.
Mr. Gulshan Gupta, Northeast Coordinator from GSDS, has shared his views on peace building and mutual coexistence.
Ms. Ishita Adhikari Patro, Demonstration Officer from Food and Nutrition Extension Unit, Guwahati, (Ministry of Women and Child Development) spoken on the topic ‘Importance of Food Habits for Peaceful Life and Mutual Coexistence’. Mr. Sanjay Kumar Das, Social Worker, was the last speaker of the workshop.
Principal, Axom Vidyamandir Mr. Ramen Talukdar, informed the students about the Gandhi Global Solar Yatra which is to be organized by GSDS on October 2, 2019.

Mahatma Gandhi Interpretation Centre inaugurated in Gumla

In continuation of the celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Samiti in association with Vikas Bharti Bishunpur established the Interpretation Centre at Gumla, Jharkhand. The Interpretation Centre was inaugurated on August 30, 2019 at Bishunpur by Sudhir Joshi (Bhaiyya ji) and Shri R P Singh, Regional Director ONGC, Bokaro. Padmashri Shri Ashok Bhagat, Secretary of Vikas Bharti joined the inaugural ceremony.
Smt. Geeta Shukla, Research Officer GSDS, who curated the exhibition and the layout of the Interpretation Centre was present at the inaugural ceremony and also gave a guided tour to the delegates during the programme.

Young voices reiterate their commitment to Gandhian mission of peace-building

Shanti ashram in collaboration with Gandhi Smiriti and Darshan Samiti jointly organized the Coimbatore Peace festival2019 on August 29 at GRD Auditorium, PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore. Totally 1,432 young people from 47institutions participated in the Day of Prayer and commitment for peace. Shri.Marabin Mainthan Muthiah, Editor, Namadhu Nambikkai, Coimbatore; Shri.L.Gopalakrishnan, Managing Trustee, PSG Trusts, Coimbatore; Dr.D.Brindha, Principal, PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore; Mrs. Umamaheswari Yuvaraj, Joint Managing Director, Ananya Shelters PVT Limited,Coimbatore and Dr. Kezevino Aram, President, Shanti Ashram were the distinguished guests on the occasion.
Highlights of Coimbatore Peace Festival 2019
• Stand Up For Peace was the resounding call of the evening that brought the city together with 1432young people from 47 institutions as a collective commitment and responsibility towards peace building. Many have appreciated the way that this observance has served as a platform amongst youth to unite towards a shared objective of promoting peace and solidarity
• Youth and children to understand the role and responsibility in eradication of poverty and child rights.
• 5 young volunteers of Coimbatore were honoured as an appreciation of their outstanding and committed social work. Each year the participants get a chance to understand the spirit of volunteering activities in Coimbatore.
• Multi faith prayer... Read More

R P L Training program for auto drivers inaugurated

After the successful completion of the first batch of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) training program initiated by the GSDS in collaboration with the Skill India Mission under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) during the 100 years of the Champaran Satyagraha for the auto drivers from Champaran plying in New Delhi, the Samiti launched the second batch of the R P L training programme for the auto drivers in Delhi and NCR in Gandhi Darshan on August 13, 2019. This was inaugurated by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS, Shri Basant, former Advisor to GSDS, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS, Shri Bishwajeet Singh, Chief Coordinator of the RPL training programme, Shri Prashant Srivastava, Resource Persons along with the team of Shiv and Santosh and Anand.
During August 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28, 2019, three batches of training program were conducted along with assessment by the assessors, Mr. Arun Kumar Maharaj and Mr. Rishi; Mr. Arvind Kumar and Mr. Arpit and Mr Serak Mehdi and Mr. Arjun Arora for the respective batches. Almost 126 auto drivers took part in the training program.
Training was provided by the resource persons – Dr. Manju Aggarwal on ‘Naturopathy’; Mr. Prashant Srivastava on ‘Stress Management’; Mr. Bishwajeet Singh on ‘Finance and Management Skill’; Mr. Pawan Nagar on ‘Maintenance of auto and self safety during driving’; Mr. Lalan Ray on ‘Rules and Regulation: Domain Training’ respectively.

“Give Non-Killing A Chance – Are Non-Killing Societies Possible” book released

The Samiti in association with Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd organized a book release function of Shri Anoop Swarup’s Book, “Give Non-Killing a Chance – Are Non Killing Societies Possible” in Gandhi Smriti on August 31, 2019. The Book was jointly released by Shri Sankar Kumar Sanyal, Member Executive Committee GSDS and President Harijan Sevak Sangh; Prof. N Radhakrishnan, Chairman Gandhi Peace Mission, Kerala and former Director GSDS; Dr. Y P Anand, former Director National Gandhi Mission; Dr. Anoop Swarup, author of the book; Dr. A K Merchant, National Trustee, Bahai House of Worship, Lotus Temple; Ms. Jiza Joy, Coordinator Editor, Konark Publishers.
Speakers at the book release function unanimously felt the importance of the book and its release at a time when the world is gripped with various forms of violence – from physical to psychological and structural.
Prof. Radhakrishnan reflected on the key principles that Gandhi advocated during his last 144 days in erst while Birla House, today Gandhi Smriti when he time and again called upon humanity not to hate each other, to respect each other, to support needy and other eternal messages, which is eluding the humanity today.
Dr. A K Merchant in his address stressed that civilization collapse when the moral and ethical concern collapses and therefore called upon the need to evaluate ourselves.
Shri Sankar Kumar Sanyal spoke on the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi and the eternal ideas of peace and nonviolence... Read More

Seminar on “Gandhian Economic Principles for Equitable Growth”

The Samiti in association with the Federation of Indian Export Organizations organized a day-long seminar on Gandhian Economic Principles for Equitable Growth on August 28, 2019. About 60 participants from different groups/business houses which are part of the Federation of Indian Export Organizations took part in the seminar.
Senior Gandhian, Dr Y P Anand was the key note speaker who delved on different dimensions of Gandhian Economic Principles. He spoke on Gandhian gram swaraj, village industries and economy of permanence. The GSDS Programme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu spoke in the session on Gandhian Management Principles.
The Executive Director of Lupin Foundation Mr Sitaram Gupta spoke at length on Gandhi’s Trusteeship and Corporate Social Responsibility while senior Gandhian Shri Basant spoke on the issues and concerns facing rural artisans.

Screening of movie on Kasturba Gandhi organized

A screening of a movie on Kasturba Gandhi entitled “Gandhi Ki Prerna Kasturba” was organized in Gandhi Smriti on August 27, 2019. Directed by Mr. Manish Thakur, the film describes the role played by Kasturba Gandhi during the struggle for Independence whether it was in South Africa or India. The portrayal of ‘Ba’ as Kasturba Gandhi was popularly called as a strong-willed personality was depicted through the film. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, APS to HCM Shri Alok Nayak, Mr. Gaurav from MyGov and other GSDS staff were present at the screening.
Another screening was held at Gandhi Darshan which was attended by Shri Laxmi Dass, Shri Sankar Kumar Sanyal, EC Members of GSDS, Shri Krishna G Kulkarni, member of Gandhi 150 Committee of Government of India.

Seminar on Mahatma Gandhi’s influence in our Literature Tradition

The Samiti in association with Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Parishad organized a seminar on “Mahatma Gandhi’s influence in our Literature Tradition” in Gandhi Darshan on August 25, 2019. Former Justice of Allahabad High Court and Lokayukta of Chhattisgarh Shri Shambhunath Srivastava, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said that the welfare of the entire creation is wished in the consciousness of Indian literature. He further said that literature has the power to inspire society. Our saints worked to connect the nation through their creations.
President of Delhi Library Board, Dr. Ramsharan Gaur, Dr. Nandkishore Pandey, Director, Central Hindi Foundation, Shri Rishi Kumar Mishra, National General Secretary of All India Literature Council spoke on the occasion.
Director of Haryana Sahitya Akademi, Dr. Purnamal Gaur, Shri Rishi Kumar Mishra, National General Secretary of All India Literature Council Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu and Mr. Tilak Chandna, Secretary, Mangal Srishti Nyas were also present on the occasion.
Different sessions were organised as part of the seminar:
• Indraprastha Sahitya Bharti Historical Session
• Our literature tradition
• Gandhiji's contribution to our literary tradition

President of India inaugurates the World Youth Conference for Kindness

The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) concluded the first-ever World Youth Conference on Kindness at the Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on August 23, 2019, on the theme 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Gandhi for the Contemporary World: Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’. The conference in which the Samiti was a partner, was inaugurated by the Honourable President of the Republic of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, and saw participation from approximately 1,000 youth representing over 27 countries in regions such as Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. On this occasion, the tenth edition of UNESCO MGIEPs’ flagship publication, The Blue Dot, was unveiled, focused on Social and Emotional Learning.
Union Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank'; Chair, Governing Board, UNESCO MGIEP, Prof. J S Rajput; Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Shri R. Subrahmanyam and Nobel Peace Laureate, Founder- Kailash Satyarthi’s Children’s Foundation, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi also spoke on the occasion.
Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, the Conference aimed to provide global youth and policymakers an innovative, engaging and inspiring platform to come together and discover ground-breaking pathways to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The opening session also included voices of two youth... Read More

Pension Adaalat organised

A “Pension Adaalat” was organised on August 23, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan along with the retired staff of the Samiti. Discussing the issues related to the pensioners, Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Administrative Officer GSDS Shri S A Jamal felt that such gathering gives scope of redressing the grievances of the pensioners and the issues they are facing, which need direct official intervention. About 50+ pensioners took part in the discussion.

One Student-One Tree – Tree Plantation organised

GSDS and IGNOU RC-2 jointly led an initiative towards making it compulsory for the students enrolling in different courses in Indira Gandhi National Open University to plant a tree which has become part of their curriculum and credit points will be awarded to them. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Administrative Officer, Shri S A Jamal, Dr. Reeta Chauhan and other professors from IGNOU joined the plantation drive on August 23, 2019.

Discussion on supporting the “Silver India” takes focus on the 19th Biennial Conference of AIIMS

The “19th Biennial Conference of the Association of Gerontology (India) and Multi-Disciplinary Workshops on Emerging Scenario of Polulation Ageing” organised by Department of Biophysics, AIIMS, in collaboration with Department of Anatomy and Department of Geriatric Medicine and supported by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Help Age India, Indian Council of Medical Research and Indian Ageing Congress was on August 17-18, 2019 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
The theme of the conference was “Changing Paradigms of Well-being in an Ageing World: From Cell to Society” emphasizing the intent to reach valued goals of wellbeing at all stages of life. The focus areas of the conference were:
• Biomarkers
• Cognitive Impairment
• Frailty and sarcopenia
• Long term care in changing society
• Molecules and mechanisms
• Population Ageing
• Social support for silver India and
• Technology in old age care

73rd Independence Day celebrated

Director GSDS unfurled the Tricolour on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day in Gandhi Darshan Rajghat on August 15, 2019 and reiterated the vision of Mahatma Gandhi for a honest society. Calling upon the staff members to work constructively for the society, Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan said the everybody must contribute for the society. Children of the staff members presented cultural performances on the occasion.

Launch of Gandhi Talks in Gandhi Darshan

Youth of India, in an endeavour to dissipate the message of our Mahatma among the youth, launched the “Gandhi Talks” in a special programme in Gandhi Darshan, as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on August 14, 2019. The program was attended by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS; Shri Suresh Jain from Bharatiya Vikas Parishad; Shri Bharat Bhushan, Founder, Team Bharat; Smt. Pinky Pradhan, Director Communications & Marketing, Plan India; and Prof. K.G. Suresh, Director IIMC. Sh. Sailesh Ms. Sushila Sh. Sunil Singhal, Founder, Youth of India were also present on the occasion.
Gandhi Talks revolves around leading the youth of India by example on the various issues raised by Gandhi during his lifetime, including a world without violence by following the principles of Ahimsa, Non-Violence and Swaraj; developing leadership ethics by his non-cooperation movement and leading a life by example of sustainability; which could be broadly seen in the current 17 Sustainable Development Goals given to the humanity by United Nations.
The Gandhi Talks is a program which is based on the ideas and the teachings of the honourable Father of our Nation. His journals Young India of engaging, empowering and evolving the Youth of India inspires the young people to further propel his message ahead during his 150th birth anniversary. Youth of India hopes to initiate 150 talks across the globe as part of this endeavour.

Sanitation campaign initiated on Id-Ul-Juha in Jama Masjid

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Foundation organized a sanitation drive in Jama Masjid on the occasion of Id-Ul-Juha on August 11, 2019. Shri Arabindo Mohanty from the GSDS coordinated the programme along with Mr. Imran Khan, President of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Foundation. Staff of GSDS enthusiastically took part in the event. A meeting was later held with the Shahi Imam Bhukari. Almost 50 participants took part in the programme.

Signature for Khadi as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

Sankalp for Khadi' – an initiative by Incredible Transforming Charitable Foundation (ITCF) organized Signature for Khadi, to mark the celebration of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary and 100 years of Charkha in association with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. The gala event hosted on 10th August 2019 at The Ashok Hotel, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi witnessed a first of its kind fashion show where Bunkars from 7 Indian states showcased their exclusive craft, contributing towards promotion of Khadi, the Freedom Fabric.
The initiative was organized in the presence of more than 100 eminent personalities from various domains like politicians, sportsman, diplomats, bureaucrats, artists, and socialites etc. who gathered as a gesture for celebration for 100 years of Charkha and to inscribe their signatures on the Khadi canvas with a message, "I endorse Khadi too" to invoke the feeling of pride and patriotism among the citizens of our nation.
Amongst the eminent personalities who were part of this initiative were Salman Khurshid (Alam Khan is an Indian politician, designated senior advocate, eminent author and a law teacher), Shyam Jaju (Indian politician who is National Vice President of the BJP), The Great Khali (Wrestler), Sanjana Vij (Femina Miss India 2019, Runner up), TV actor, Shri Abhinav Chaturvedi to name a few.
'Roots of India', a fashion show of khadi and handloom fabrics from 7 different states of India (Odisha, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Uttar... Read More

Orientation Programme of newly recruited Assistant Secretaries (IAS Officers) on Gandhian Philosophy

The Samiti organized a one-day orientation programme of newly recruited Assistant Secretaries on August 9, 2019. About 160 assistant secretaries were taken around Gandhi Smriti, National Gandhi Museum and the pavilions in Gandhi Darshan. Besides a lecture on Gandhian philosophy and ideals was delivered by Mr Srikrishna Kulkarni, Chairman of IIM, Kolkata and great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
He spoke at length on different dimensions of Gandhian philosophy and values which are of importance for civil servants. The Additional Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, Mr K Srinivas spoke at length on how civil servants can integrate Gandhian approach in the discharge of their duties.

Ideas of ‘Responsible Patriotism’ floated through Chai Kaafi and Music

The Samiti in association with Manzil Mystics organized a “Chai Kaafi and Music” on the theme of ‘responsible patriotism’ in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat as a celebration to the 73rd Independence Day and as part of the celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. About 150 participants comprising of students, mentors from different areas of life, army personnel, senior musicians took part in the programme. Shri Rajesh Mehta, Shri Manoj Jha, Mr. Deepak Castelino, Ms. Prema Iyer, popularly known as ‘Campus Nani’, Mrs. Seema Tyagi along with her husband, and others were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajesh Mehta talked about music as his inspiration since his childhood and how it binds people from one nation to another. He also spoke about the initiative of the Government of India in involving artists from 150 nations to sing Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan Vaishnava Jana Tau. Crooning a few lines from Aye Mere Pyare Vatan, Shri Rajesh Mehta concluded by reminding everybody committed towards their family, society and nation, perse.
During the programme, students from Manzil Mystics also performed on the occasion. Performances by Faraz Ali, My Perch, Manzil Music Vocal Class, and Roshini on hope, peace and patriotism made the evening very special. Rahul Wahi from Manzil Mystics Beats set the stage up for ten minutes and involved all the audience. It was one of the best ways to engage the audience into a jamming session of... Read More

Press Conference to celebrate every year as ‘Shanti Sena Day’

Shanti Sena, a peace brigade conceptualised by Mahatma Gandhi and taken forward by Vinoba Bhave, is likely to be revived by a group of Gandhian organisations. Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, the Gandhi Peace Mission and the All India Harijan Sevak Sangh along with other organisations at New Delhi on August 1, 2019, announced the plan, which included designating August 23 – the day when Vinoba Bhave launched it in 1957 – as Shanti Sena Diwas.
The idea of brigade, Gandhi's answer to the problem of violence and disharmony, was to be taken up on February 8, 1948 at Wardha. But Gandhi was assassinated just few days before on 30 January 1948.
The initiative to remember Mahatma Gandhi's efforts in his 150th birth year, also involves a two-day conference, starting on August 23, at Manjeswaram, a border town between Karnataka and Kerala, where Vinoba Bhave launched the Shanti Sena.
The idea behind the revival of Shanti Sena is to make the youth pledge against "hatred, killing, and violence" and to pledge allegiance to Gandhian principles of non-violence, peace and sacrifice.
On the relevance of the revival plan, GSDS Director Shri Dipankar Shri Gyan said that the structural violence many Indians are complaining against is not the guiding force behind the initiative, but it has been planned as a peace movement.
According to the representatives of these Gandhian organisations, a trained brigade of youth will form part of the Shanti Sena. Training... Read More

Gram Swaraj Yatra as part of Gandhi 150

On the occasion of commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised a “Gram Swaraj Padyatra” to take the life, message and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi to different sections of the society with the aim to carry the message of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi to the people through a padyatra. The Gram Swaraj Padyatra was led by none other than the Hon’ble Minister of Culture and VC GSDS, Shri Prahalad Singh Patel from District Anantpur in Madhya Pradeshto to Damoh, Madhya Pradesh from August 16-9, 2019. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Shri Srikrishna G. Kulkarni, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and member Gandhi 150 Committee of Government of India, Shri Basant former Advisor of GSDS, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS, Shri Jagdish Prasad, Shri Raman Kumar, Shri Yatender and few other staff members joined the hon’ble minister in the yatra covering a distance of 86 kilometres. Shri P V Rajagopal from Ekta Parishad also joined the yatra.
In his lifetime, Mahatma Gandhi undertook many padyatras in an attempt to awaken the consciousness of the citizens and involve them in the liberation of India from the British Raj. In Mahatma Gandhi, satyagraha, fasting, padyatras, prayer meetings etc., the main elements were emphasis on transparency, human outlook and purity of means so that the desired people could submit their life memoranda with their dignity.
Taking this basic philosophy of Mahatma... Read More

'73 Hours of Handwritten Change Ideas for the Nation' a Pan India campaign

The 73rd Independence Day of India this year was celebrated with a unique burst of social change ideas from across India inspired by the change mantra of Mahatma Gandhi. GSDS in association with the Kochi based non-profit LetterFarms launched a unique campaign ’73 hours of Handwritten Change Ideas for the Nation’ inviting students across India to handwrite one social change idea that they passionately want to see, on simple postcards, inspired by the timeless change mantra of Mahatma Gandhi: Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Personal invitations were emailed to over 1500 educational institutions all over India requesting them to organize CHANGE150 workshop – an hour long session during which students will come together to articulate their social change ideas on postcards - at their respective institutions in the 73 hours leading up to the Independence Day of India.

The campaign got a resounding support with CHANGE150 workshops organized by institutions across the length and breadth of India, from rural to the urban, cutting across caste, creed, religion and economic status.

As of now, change ideas have come in from 35 cities spread across 15 states of India. Right from the Navodaya Vidyalayas , Kendriya Vidyalayas, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawans & Delhi Public Schools to the IIMs, IITs and Sainik schools, the enthusiasm to be part of this unique sesquicentennial year celebration has been extraordinary. In fact, due to an unprecedented shortage... Read More

“Gandhi Gallery – Mahatma Gandhi Interpretation Centre” inaugurated at Kolkata Airport

Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, H.E. Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi inaugurated the “Gandhi Gallery – Mahatma Gandhi Interpretation Centre” at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata on July 25, 2019 at a special function organized at the Kolkata Airport to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Shri Sankar Kumar Sanyal, Member, Executive Committee GSDS and President Harijan Sevak Sangh; Shri Kaushik Bhattacharya, Airport Director, Kolkata Airport; Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti; Smt. Geeta Shukla, Research Officer GSDS and others were present at the inaugural ceremony. Mr. Manish from Bhuma Infotech was also present on the occasion.
After the inauguration, the hon’ble Governor also was given a guided tour of the exhibition at the Gandhi Gallery and a journey into the life of Mahatma Gandhi through digital intervention at the kiosk.
The “Gandhi Gallery – Mahatma Gandhi Interpretation Centre” has been established the GSDS in collaboration with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by conscientising the local masses of Mahatma Gandhi's association with their respective region. This is a permanent gallery on the life, ideas, philosophy and activities of the Mahatma.
The walk through “Gandhi Gallery” has been set up at the arrival lounge of the Kolkata Airport, where Mahatma Gandhi's association with West Bengal has... Read More

Swachhata Abhiyan initiated by GSDS at Jagannath Puri

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti as part of the initiatives taken towards the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, participated in the Rath Yatra at Jagannath Puri in Odisha from July 4-14, 2019 during which they initiated a special sanitation campaign during the Rath Yatra by cleaning the entire area by volunteers and staff of the GSDS. Regular shramdan by the GSDS members for the Rath Yatra in the periphery of the Jagannath Temple, the beach have been organized.
The Samiti also set up exhibitions. 12 panels on Gandhi and Education; 16 panels on Gandhi in Utkal; 200 placards on Swachhata (Satyagraha se Swachhagraha) were set up. Stall at the mela by the GSDS was also set up on the occasion.
On the occasion, the GSDS officials also conducted orientation of the local swachhagrahis campaigning in the area for cleanliness drive. The orientation was based on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of sanitation and cleanliness, his vision on peaceful interaction with people.

Workshop on “Gender Sensitization and Menstrual Health

The Samiti in association with Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) organised a one-day workshop on “Gender Sensitization and Menstrual Health” on July 26, 2019 at Kalyanpuri Police Station.
The aim of workshop was to get the attention of children towards encouraging them to think about changes in the thinking of people about ‘Gender Sensitization’ and ‘Menstrual Health & Hygiene’. Adolescent girls, domestic workers, house wives and others from the local community took part in the workshop. The session began with an introduction about GSDS by Ms. Asha and Ms. Shobha.
Senior Resource Person Ms. Amita Joshi spoke to the participants on gender sensitization. She said that ‘Gender Sensitization’ helps adolescent girls and women in examining their personal attitudes and beliefs on questioning the realities which they aren’t aware of most of the time. “Changes have to begin from the grass roots. In many families in both rural and urban areas while boys are encouraged to study and have a career, girls are taught to concentrate on household chores”, she said. They also showed a movie clip on the same subject.
Activity was done by the participating girls on gender equality where they showed they that girls are also equal and as important as boys.
The second session began with Dr. Manju Aggarwal lecture on ‘Good Touch and Bad Touch’, ‘Health & Hygiene and Menstrual Hygiene’. She gave demonstration on how girls can realize what ‘Good touch’ is and... Read More

Training of Newly Recruited Judicial Officers in Nonviolent Communication at Delhi Judicial Academy

The Samiti organized a one-day training of newly recruited judicial officers on nonviolent communication at Delhi Judicial Academy on July 27, 2019. About 100 judicial officers took part in the training. The training was conducted by Prof T K Thomas, senior media educators and Dr Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti.
Dr Kundu elaborated on the different elements of nonviolent communication and their importance in the legal system. He also spoke on judicial empathy. There were detailed discussions on how elements of nonviolent communication could help in meaningful interactions between the Bar and the Bench. Prof T Thomas took the session on the importance of self awareness and intrapersonal communication. Group activities were taken up during the workshop.

Consultative Meet on observing August 23 as “Shantisena Day” – “Towards a Non-Violent and Non-Killing India”

The Samiti organized a consultative meet on July 20, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat in which it was proposed to observe August 23 every year as “Shantisena Day – Towards a Non-Violent and Non-Killing India”. The meeting was presided by Prof. N Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Gandhi Peace Mission, Kerala and Member of the Gandhi: 150 Committee formed by the Government of India.

Initiating the discussion, Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan talked about the vision of Gandhiji and Acharya Vinoba Bhave and stressed on the importance of celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Vinoba Bhave throughout the country.

Prof. N Radhakrishnan said that “The idea behind the revival of Shanti Sena is to make the youth pledge against hatred, killing, and violence and to pledge allegiance to Gandhian principles of non-violence, peace and sacrifice”.

Shri Basant former Advisor to GSDS proposed that a recommendation be sent to the hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, with a request to declare August 23 every year as the Shanti Sena Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the Independence Day.

Shanti Sena'' (peace army), envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi to counter communal violence, and established by Acharya Vinoba Bhave on August 23, 1957, is being revived to mark Gandhi''s 150 birth anniversary and take it further to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Acharya Vinoba Bhave.

The others who spoke on the occasion... Read More

International Conference on “Legacies of Gandhi and Mandela and its Contemporary Relevance”

Gandhi Bhawan, Delhi University in association with GSDS organized a two-day international conference on “Legacies of Gandhi and Mandela and its Contepmporary Relevance” at Gandhi Bhawan on July 18-19, 2019. The inaugural programme on July 18 began with the inauguration of the photo-exhibition on Gandhi and Mandela by the Vice-Chancellor of University of Delhi, Prof. Yogesh Kumar Tyagi.

At the onset, Prof. Ramesh C. Bharadwaj Director, Gandhi Bhawan, University of Delhi delivered the welcome address. The programme was presided over by the VC DU. The inaugural session deliberated upon the “Gandhian Forget, Forgive and Move Forward with Nelson Mandela’s truth and Reconciliation” and work for the development of society. He further explained Gandhian Truth and Ahimsa with Mandela’s Hope and Determination.

H. E. Alem Tsesaye, Ambassador, The State of Eritrea in India, New Delhi and Deam African Diplomatic Corps was the chief guest on the occasion. Prof. S C Dubey, Director College of Open Learning, University of Delhi and Chairman, SOL, University of Delhi also spoke on the occasion.

A book of Dr. Nelson Mandela (Hindi) of Prof. Mohini Mathur was also unveiled on the occasion. Prof. Mathur also shared her views with the audience regarding the biography. Prof. Suresh Kumar, knowledge partner of Department of African Studies, University of Delhi presented the vote of thanks.

The Technical Sessions on July 19, 2019 saw two ‘plenary’ sessions and... Read More

Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas reflected at Prabhash Prasang

“There was great harmony between Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba. If both had the freedom to walk and do their will in their lives, then it never came as a protest. The relevance of tradition and thought was such that Kasturba could never openly opposed Gandhi. Yes, it is also certain that when Kasturba felt that some things were important in terms of sociality even in opposition to Gandhi's will, then she did not lag behind in implementing it. Kasturba's role in recognizing Gandhi as a giant thinker on the global stage and setting his height high can never be ignored.”

“Gandhi's respect is not in South Africa less than in India. Nelson Mandela says Gandhi is very important to Africa. Ba was like a companion with Gandhi all the time, who took care of the freedom fighter Badshah Khan who came to his ashram. This was stated by Giriraj Kishore, author of the unique, highly acclaimed novel 'First Girmitiya Saga', in his lecture on July 15, 2019 in the tenth memorial lecture remembering senior journalist Prabhash Joshi.

Shri K C Tyagi, General Secretary of Janta Dal United also spoke on the occasion. Shri Banwari ji also spoke on the occasion.

Shri Rambahadur Rai, Managing Trustee of the Prabhash Parampara Nyas and President of the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts, announced the name of Shrish Mishra, former local editor of Jansatta, for this year's Prabhash Vriti/scholarship and also gave information about the activities... Read More

Two-day Media Workshop organised

The Samiti in association with (CMRA) Centre for Media Research and Analysis organised a two-day ‘Media Worksop” in Gandhi Darshan on July 6-7, 2019.

The first day workshop was divided into five sessions and various topics were discussed, in which students of various colleges, institutes and universities of journalism such as Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, Maharaja Agrasen, Aditi College, Ramlal Anand College, School of Journalism, Bharti College, IP University, IIMT and Makhanlal University participated.
The keynote speaker Mr. Shekhar Trivedi, senior journalist and anchor, Zee News told all the students present in the workshop about the topic "Mobile Journalism" in the current era of changing forms of media (digital media) Introduced the importance of mojo, utility and income in the future in the form of income.
The second session speaker, Mr. Pradeep Bhandari Editor-in-Chief and CEO, Jan Ki Baat, while addressing the topic "Discussion on online and YouTube channel", said that the advent of online media has increased the field of freedom of expression. He emphasized that all students should keep their stories firmly based on true journalism, fact-based and ground journalism.
Shri Narendra Thakur said that the media should be responsible for the country and society. Along with this, Shri Ravindra Kumar, CMRA's national convenor and senior journalist, told the participating students that... Read More

Swachhata Abhiyan initiated by GSDS at Jagannath Puri

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti as part of the initiatives taken towards the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, participated in the Rath Yatra at Jagannath Puri in Odisha from July 4-14, 2019 during which they initiated a special sanitation campaign during the Rath Yatra by cleaning the entire area by volunteers and staff of the GSDS. Regular shramdan by the GSDS members for the Rath Yatra in the periphery of the Jagannath Temple, the beach have been organized.
The Samiti also set up exhibitions. 12 panels on Gandhi and Education; 16 panels on Gandhi in Utkal; 200 placards on Swachhata (Satyagraha se Swachhagraha) were set up. Stall at the mela by the GSDS was also set up on the occasion.
On the occasion, the GSDS officials also conducted orientation of the local swachhagrahiscampaigning in the area for cleanliness drive. The orientation was based on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of sanitation and cleanliness, his vision on peaceful interaction with people.

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: 100 Years –Tributes

The ghastly massacre sent a terrific wave of shock, horror, consternation and sorrow throughout the length and breadth of the country. The Jallianwala tragedy changed the course of history and the complexion of the struggle of India to overthrow the yoke of British rule. It served as the biggest source of warmth and inspiration to freedom fighters devoted to the cause of Indian independence for the next 28 years, when ultimately India attained freedom from foreign rule.

A 100 years later the world and humanity is still hungering for peace. While conflicts and struggles continue unabated around different parts of the world, the global challenge today remains how a peaceful society coexists. The world community and the entire humanity are of the firm belief that violence can never produce peace. In his discourse on the essence of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi had time and again reiterated that “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind”. Fortunately there are growing numbers of voices of sanity and nonviolence across the globe.

This year on April 13, 2019, as part of the centenary commemoration of the Jallianwala Bagh incident, several institutions in Delhi and NCR including institutions from different states such as Assam, Chattisgarh, Shillong, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Sonepat and Panipat as part of the GSDS initiative took part in the commemorative programme by involving the children to take part in various creative activities to raise... Read More

Skill India

From Auto Drivers to Goodwill Ambassadors: A story of amazing transformation. 100 years ago, Gandhi Ji went from Delhi to Champaran and India got Satyagraha, the first powerful tool to achieve national freedom. After freedom, thousands of migrants from Champaran came to Delhi in search of livelihood.

Therefore, in a unique attempt to pay "karyanjali" to 100th year celebration of Champaran Satyagraha, The Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, decided to take up capacity building measures to bring a holistic change in the lives of Champaran auto drivers plying in Delhi NCR, which in turn, would also result in a safer and more pleasant travel experience to the commuters in the national capital.

Interestingly, a majority of auto drivers in Delhi NCR, belong to Champaran, so GSDS conducted a pre-mobilization survey on occupational and livelihood condition of Champaran Auto Drivers in Delhi NCR and based on the outcome, GSDS started Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program as sanctioned by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under PradhanMantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt of India.

Moreover, the Skill Development Team of GSDS led by Bishwajit Singh and aptly and variously supported by Vishwas Gautam, Puja Singh, Chandan Gupta, Ashish Mishra and Maushmi Kumari, also designed and imparted Life skill training, which became the highlight of the... Read More

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi and President of South Korea, H.E. Mr. Moon Jae In visits Gandhi Smriti

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi showed his hospitality to the South Korean President, H. E. Mr. Moon Jae In who was on a state visit to India by taking him to Gandhi Smriti, the site of the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi on July 9, 2018, where they offered floral tributes to the Mahatma.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and the Samiti’s Vice-Chairman welcomed Shri Narendra Modi Ji and Mr. Moon Jae In. A charkha and books from the GSDS was also presented to them by Dr. Mahesh Sharma.

During the visit, Shri Narendra Modi gave a personal guided tour to Mr. Moon Jae In by explaining him the history of the Gandhi Smriti Museum, the erstwhile Birla House where Mahatma Gandhi lived for the last 144 days of his life and where he was assassinated on January 30, 2018.

The President of South Korea and the Indian Prime Minister also beat the World Peace Gong whose peaceful sound reverberated in the Gandhi Smriti campus sounding a call of peace and harmony for the whole world.

The two leaders also signed the visitor’s book in the Gandhi Smriti gallery leaving their impression of world peace for humanity.

The tour in the Gandhi Smriti Museum photographic gallery included various sections such as how world leaders paid their tribute to Mahatma Gandhi; Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s address to the Nation after Gandhi’s death; the walk through the gallery showcasing the photographs of the final journey of Mahatma Gandhi... Read More

Free Eye Check-Up Camp Organised at Tihar, Central Jail-2

A free eye check-up camp was held in Jail No 2, Tihar Prisons on April 27, 2018. Organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti with the coordination and help of doctors from the R P Centre of AIIMS, the camp saw the participation of almost 204 inmates who took the free treatment. Dr. Manju Aggarwal, Shri Sushil Kumar Shukla represented the GSDS at the camp. Mr. Amresh Thakur from Shri R.K. Aggarwal Foundation represented his organization.

Shri R K Memorial Foundation gave free medicines to all the participating inmates. DIG Prisons, Shri S.K. Parihar from Prison Headquarters visited the camp was expressed his enthusiasm over more such camps.

Master Tarachand from Eye Bank delivered the lecture on eye care and eye donation. 46 inmates took part and also pledged for eye donation.

The doctors prescribed spectacles for 174 patients; five patients were advised for cataract surgery and one patient was detected with Glaucoma. 24 patients had normal vision. For cataract and glaucoma surgery, Jail authorities will coordinate with the AIIMS RP Centre, who will do the surgery for free.

RPL Training programme for Champaran Auto Drivers Conducted for Batch 20-25

As part of the initiative of the Pradhanmantri Skill Development Mission, the Samiti’s Skill Development Centre organised the RPL training programme for the auto drivers of Champaran in Bihar in Gandhi Darshan on June 1, 8, 12, 21, 29, and 29, 2018 respectively for 20 to 25 batches with the objective to recognise prior competencies of the assessed candidates and provide certificate and monetary reward on successful completion of the assessments.

  • On June 1, 40 participants took part – 20th Batch
  • On June 8, 45 persons received the training – 21st Batch
  • On June 12, 46, participants took part – 22nd Batch
  • On June 21, 36 participants took part – 23rd Batch
  • On June 29, 45 participants took part – 24th Batch
  • On June 29, 03 participants took part – 25th Batch
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RPL Training Programme for Champaran Auto Drivers Conducted for Batch 18-19

As part of the initiative of the Pradhanmantri Skill Development Mission, the Samiti’s Skill Development Centre organised the RPL training programme for the auto drivers of Champaran in Bihar in Gandhi Darshan on May 14 and 22, 2018 respectively for 18th and 19th batches with the objective to recognise prior competencies of the assessed candidates and provide certificate and monetary reward on successful completion of the assessments.

On May 14, the guests who addressed the auto drivers included: Dr. Manju Rani Aggarwal, Shri Pawan Kumar and Shri Vishwas Gautam. 33 participants took part in the 12-hour training session from 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM.

On May 22, the trainers who conducted the session, included Shri Prashant Srivastava, Dr. Manju Aggarwal, Shri Pawan Kumar and Shri Vishwas Gautam, Social Activist. 45 participants took part in the programme.

Srijan – Entrepreneurial Centre RPL Training Programme for Champaran Auto Drivers Conducted for Batch 14-17

As part of the initiative of the Pradhanmantri Skill Development Mission, the Samiti’s Skill Development Centre organised the RPL training programme for the auto drivers of Champaran in Bihar in Gandhi Darshan on April 2, 4, 16, 25, 2018 respectively for 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th and batches respectively with the objective to recognise prior competencies of the assessed candidates and provide certificate and monetary reward on successful completion of the assessments.

The following were the resource persons who addressed the RPL trainees: Shri Prashant Srivastava, Dr. Manju Aggawrwal, Shri Prawan Kumar, Shri Lalan Ram, Shri Viswas Gautam.

Nelson Mandela’s Eternal Concept of ‘Truth’ and ‘Love’ Reiterated

To mark the 100th birth anniversary of Shri Nelson Mandela, a lecture on “Nelson Mandela in the Footsteps of Gandhi: Centenary Tributes” was jointly organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) and Zakir Husain Delhi College within the premises of later on July 27, 2018.

Prof. N. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies including two other eminent speakers namely Dr. Uma Shankar, Dean Political Science Department and Dr. Ramesh Mishra (Faculty Member, Shyamlal college).The session was coordinated by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar (Faculty Member, Zakir Husain Delhi College) and Ms. Tripta (Faculty Member, Zakir Husain Delhi College) whilst attended by almost 70 students.

The session began with the students presenting an insight to the life of Shri Nelson Mandela. Ms. Tanya Arora gave a presentation on “A Brief Introduction on the life of Madiba”. Whereas, Ms. Alia and Ms. Deepshikha recited poems titled: “A Confession” and “A Positive Power” penned down by Ms. Syeda Rumana Mehdi.

Mr. Harshit threw light on the moral dimension behind the journey of Mahatma and Madiba and Ms. Madiha Akhter talked about the constraints of Peace and Ms. Khushboo described that how Nelson Mandela become the first black man in white man’s coat.

Dr.Vedabhyas Kundu (Programme Officer, GSDS) outlined the essence of Madiba’s life and asked the participating to self-introspect while walking through the footsteps of Shri Nelson Mandela. He also stressed that... Read More

Nelson Mandela: An Icon of Peace and Courage for the Entire Humanity – Prof. N. Radhakrishnan

The Samiti paid rich tributes to the icon of peace and non-violence Shri Nelson Mandela on his 100th birth anniversary on July 18, 2018, in Gandhi Darshan. Prof. N Radhakrishnan, eminent Gandhian and former Director GSDS was the key speaker on the occasion. About 70 people took part in the programme.

Remembering Madiba as Nelson Mandela (1918-2018), Prof. Radhakrishnan said that the year 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of this messiah of peace. He said that 2018-19 provides a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times and promote his legacy.

Speaking about the legacy of Nelson Mandela, Prof. Radhakrishnan said that Madiba was an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi, but not initially. Calling him an “Exceptional peaceful revolutionary”, who was not deterred by the 25 years of life under imprisonment, Prof. Radhakrishnan said that Madiba’s life created an impact both locally and globally, for he belongs to the whole world. “We are saluting one of the most outstanding revolutionaries and patriots of the world today”.

Shri S A Jamal, Administrative Officer and Smt. Geeta Shukla, Research Officer, GSDS recollected their moments when they spent time with Nelson Mandela when he came to India and then Gandhi Smriti after his release from prison.

Sharing her sentiments, Smt. Geeta Shukla said, “Madiba first visited India in 1990 when he was released from jail after more than 25 years for leading the anti-... Read More

Tributes to Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs as Part of Centenary Celebrations

A special programme, as a tribute to mark the beginning of the centenary year of Jallianwala Bagh was organized at Gandhi Darshan on April 13, 2018. Eminent Gandhian and former Director National Gandhi Museum, Dr. Y.P. Anand was the guest speaker on the occasion. Dr. K D Prasad, Regional Director of IGNOU RC 2 also addressed the gathering.

Dr. Anand provided a historical insight into this cataclysmic event which shaped the course of India’s freedom movement. It was this barbaric chapter of our history which made Gurudev return his Knighthood as a protest against the vicious act against innocent people. Jallianwala Bagh will always remain a beacon of inspiration in our eventful freedom struggle.

Dr. Prasad of IGNOU stressed the need for the present generation to learn about the details of this momentous event and imbibe the feeling of patriotism within.

Shri Laxmi Dass, Vice-President Harijan Sevak Sangh and a Gandhian thinker, Shri Basantji former Advisor GSDS and Gandhian thinker also shared their perspectives on the occasion. Among others were present Smt. Shashwati Jhalani, former Librarian GSDS and staff members of GSDS.

100 Years of the Commemoration the First Imprisonment of M.K. Gandhi on Indian Soil

Shri Basant ji, former advisor GSDS along with Prof. Manoj from Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Vishwa Vidyalaya Wardha; Shri Kawal Singh Chauhan, Dr. Chandrasen Sharma, Shri Ashok Singh Chauhan, Shri Lokendra Kumar Sharma and Shri Viswas Gautam took part in a special programme to mark the 100 years of the commemoration of the first imprisonment of M K Gandhi on Indian soil. It was on April 10, 1919 Gandhiji was arrested at Palwal on his way to Amritsar and was taken back to Bombay where he was released on April 11, 1919.

Station Master Shri Lokendra Kumar Sharma who was present on the occasion along with other delegates offered their tributes.

Technology is Like Parasite, Threat to Humanity: Murli Manohar Joshi

“Technology has entered society like a parasite and is a threat to humanity in several ways,” said senior BJP leader Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi at the Prabhash Prasang in Gandhi Darshan on July 15, 2018. Speaking on the 81st birth anniversary celebration of late journalist Shri Prabhash Joshi, Dr. Joshi said that with advancement in technology, humans are getting trapped in computers.

“Technology has entered our lives so much that we cannot get rid of it no matter how much we try. Technology is very magical. We are going into space, finding life on other planets, progressing in medicine, artificial intelligence etc.

"Question arises that on one hand we are going towards these things but we humans are also getting closed in a computer. Technology is like the parasite," he said.

While addressing a large gathering of over 400 people that included journalists, academicians, writers, authors, poets, scholars, people from the media fraternity, Dr. Joshi’s while speaking about “Technology and Democracy” threw light on the misuse of information and companies making money out of this data.

He also referred to Aadhaar being the newest form of data collection.
"It is a world of data. A company pays billions to get data about people. In elections earlier, people used to visit households and talk. Now everything is on mobile. Experts are consulted before speaking in a particular area as they have the data of the people there.

“Aadhaar is the... Read More

Seminar on Different Social Issues Organised

The Samiti in association with Indraprastha Yogakshem Sewa Nyas, Delhi organized a six-day seminar on different social issues such as - “Untouchability, Social Harmony”, “Women Empowerment”, “Youth Volunteerism” and “Environment” in Gandhi Darshan from June 21-26, 2018. Almost 400 delegates took part in the programme.

The participants deliberated on the Gandhian concept of development of the society and highlighted the issues that Mahatma Gandhi raised and worked throughout his lifetime. They said that Gandhiji fought for the eradication of social evils and empowering the last person in the society.

Discussions on the call given by Gandhiji to the youth to serve the society by going to the villages to work for the upliftment of the poor was mooted and the youth were inspired to work voluntarily for the society.

Give Non-Violence a Chance – A Dialogue

A day-long seminar on “Give Nonviolence a Chance” was organized by Gandhi Peace Mission, Kerala in association with GSDS and Mygov.in on May 3, 2018 at Gandhi Darshan Rajghat. Many eminent Gandhians, academicians, professors, scholars and intellectuals took part in this seminar.

Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, in his keynote address, specified the need of this discussion. He mentioned that there is a basic difference between animals and human beings. He said that conflict is a nature of ‘jungle’. But in today’s society crime and conflict is increasing day by day among and between human beings. Perhaps it is happening because jungle or forests are decreasing every day and we are converting and developing forest land into the residence, that’s why jungle nature is emerging in human society and animals are becoming pet animals.

“Developed nations have initiated towards nonviolent conflict resolution and the change is seen when heads of two Korean nations cross the border together. The same tradition should be followed in each and every street and corner of the society so that we could move towards a nonviolent society and peaceful life”, he said.

Kumar Shekhar Chancellor of Shobhit University who also moderated the discussion, emphasized to not to make Gandhi a God. ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ as Mahatma Gandhi had said. Nonviolence must start from us. Making strict laws is not a way to nonviolence. “Nonviolence doesn’t only... Read More

Widen Your Mind and Heart: Rajnath Singh Calls on Young People to Serve the Old

“People have to be emotionally attached to work for the elderly. They are our resources and we have to cherish and respect them, said Hon'ble Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. Shri Rajnath Singh was speaking at the inauguration of the Cancer and Pneumonia awareness programme in Gandhi Smriti on April 25, 2018 at a joint programme organized by the Samiti in association with Healthy Aging India as part of the initiative of the Department of Geriatric Medicine AIIMS. About 500 enthusiastic elderly individuals from various old-age homes and people from remote areas of Delhi NCR took part in the programme.

Shri Rajnath Singh further said, “The ancient sages and saints have devoted their life for the service of humankind and have laid down certain principles for the society for us to follow them”, adding, “If we follow them, we will surely not deviate from the path of righteousness”.

He further encouraged the younger generation to make the life of older adults and not so privileged school students better. He said, “We have come to a stage where we need to introspect as to why we are not able to keep our parents with us and serve them”, adding, “We must remember that parents are not satisfied with any form of service to them other than which their children give them when they are old”.

He applauded the efforts of Healthy Aging India in generating the will force and expertise of the senior citizens to aide and educate the poor school going, children.... Read More

Gyanotsav 2075 delves on Contemporary Education System

A three-day educational Utsav “GYANOTSAV 2075”, was organized in Gandhi Darshan by Shiksha Sanskriti Uthan Nyas from April 6-8, 2018. The chief guest of this congregation was Shri Mohan Bhagwatji, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Other dignitaries such as Hon’ble Dinanath Batra, Convenor, Hon’ble Atul Kothari, Co-Convenor, “Shiksha Sanskriti Uthan Nyas”, Sh. Iswar Dayal Kansal, Coordinator Gyanotsav 2075, Sh. Arun Bhardwaj, Convenor, Bhartiye Bhasha Abhiyan, Sh. Prasarita Varma, Convenor, Orrisa & Bengal and others were present on the occasion. 60 schools and universities from 12 states of the country took part in the three-day programme.

In the first session, the heads of the respective School or University came together and took part in a thoughtful session. In this session, discussions were based on the contemporary educational practices in India along with the concern for respect to moral values, environment and character building in education was taken up.

Apart from this, an exhibition was organized which was inaugurated by the Shri Mohan Bhagwat Ji, in which educational institutions from all over the country have demonstrated innovations and innovative experiments in education.

In this session, Mr. Mahesh Sharma ji (Minister of State Independent Charge) Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in his address said: “I have full faith that the gap between education and culture would be reduced through this event and the goal of... Read More

Sankalp Se Siddhi, Shillong, Meghalaya

  • Number of School Participation: 95
  • Number of Students participation: 30,000+
  • Number of Students Participation in competition: 9500+

Apart from Shri Ravindra Sathe and Mr. Priyank Kanoongo, Dr. H K Sharma, Director, NIT Tripura took part in the discussion.

  • Orientation workshop for School Principals at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya
    • Schools were invited to participate with support of Meghalaya Commission for protection of Child Rights, State Education Department, Government of Meghalaya and North Eastern Hill University.
    • 95 participating school principals came for orientation workshop.
    • The workshop was aimed to encourage the principals to participate in the initiative, form cultural clubs in their schools and then engage students through these cultural clubs.
    • At the end of the workshop, all principals and dignitaries took a pledge towards a New India.
    • Post the workshop, each school is getting their students to take pledge & fill booklets.
    • Booklets are being submitted to State Education Department for evaluation.
    • The Competition closes on 5th August

RMP aims to encourage 5 lakh students across 5000 schools from eight states of North East to contribute towards this cause."

Sankalp Se Siddhi, Agartala, Tripura

  • Number of School Participation: 170
  • Number of Students participation: 68,000+
  • Number of Students Participation in competition: 17000+
  • Orientation workshop for School Principals at National Institute of Technology, Agartala
    • Schools were invited to participate with the support of Directorate of Secondary Education, Government of Tripura and National Institute of Technology, Agartala.
    • 170 participating school principals came for orientation workshop.
    • The workshop was aimed to encourage the principals to participate in the initiative, form cultural clubs in their schools and then engage students through these cultural clubs.

Dignitaries included Shri Ravindra Sathe, Director General RMP; Mr. Priyank Kanoongo, Member RTE & Education NCPCR; Dr. Sunita Changkakati, Chairperson, Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR).

Sankalp Se Siddhi, Guwahati, Assam

  • Number of School Participation: 306
  • Number of Students participation: 1,20,000+
  • Number of Students Participation in competition: 30000+
  • Orientation workshop for School Principals at Shilpgram, Guwahati, Assam.
    • Schools were invited to participate with support of Assam State Commission for protection of Child Rights & Department of Secondary education, Government of Assam
    • 306 participating school principals came for orientation workshop.
    • The workshop was aimed to encourage the principals to participate in the initiative, form cultural clubs in their schools and then engage students through these cultural clubs.

Dignitaries included Shri Ravindra Sathe, Director General RMP; Mr. Priyank Kanoongo, Member RTE & Education NCPCR; Dr. Sunita Changkakati, Chairperson, Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR).

Cultural Clubs in Schools Started as Part of Sankalp Se Siddhi Initiative Launched

Inspired by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi’s appeal to the nation to commit themselves to the eradication of dirt, poverty, communalism, casteism, corruption and terrorism, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) in collaboration with GSDS organised Sankalp Se Siddhi initiative across the North East India with an aim to encourage schools staff and their students towards this nation-building initiative.

To ensure proper participation of schools and their students, RMP brought on board the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Various state education departments and respective state SCPCR.

As part of the campaign:

  1. Schools were encouraged to form cultural clubs.
  2. Through cultural clubs, Sankalp Se Siddhi competition were organized.
  3. Students were given a competition booklet, through which they were asked to think and share how they could contribute to this mission.
  4. School students took a pledge towards New India in their school assembly.

To have a deeper connection with the schools on the initiative, orientation workshops for school principals were organized across state capitals:

  • Workshops were held across Guwahati, Agartala and Shillong.
  • 560+ principals from Secondary/Higher Secondary Government and Private schools participated, making it a huge success.
  • At the workshops, invited guests encouraged principals to wholeheartedly participate and make this... Read More
  • Two-days Training Programme of Teaching in Non-violent Communication Resolution in Teaching Practices

    Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti in association with Mamta Shiksha Samiti organized a two-day seminar on ‘Nonviolent Communication and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution In Teaching Practices Seminar’ held on July 7-8, 2018 at Morar Gwalior Madhya Pradesh. This seminar carried forward the vision of Mahatma Gandhi.

    The seminar saw participation by many eminent personalities including social activist, senior lawyers and local personalities. The seminar was also attended by educationalist achievers from different sections of the society. Smt. Shanti Sharma, Secretary Mamta Shisha Samiti and Shri Umesh Chandra Gaur, Chairman CCBOS attended the programme.

    Welcoming the participants and distinguished guests, Shri Umesh Chandra Gaur, Chairman CCBOS laid stress on many issues regarding non-violent teaching. Shri Gaur also exhorted the participants to take the oath to follow the non-violent teaching for the students.

    Inaugurating the first day of the seminar Smt. Shanti Sharma spoke on the non-violent way of teaching and non-violent conflict resolution and said that these are important factors in today’s world.
    Also speaking on various education-related issues were eminent personalities like Shri Devendra Bhargava, Chairman Mamta Shiksha Samiti, Smt. Seema Bhargava (BAC) M.P. Gov., Smt. Mamta Chaturvedi, Member Vigilance and Monitoring, M.P. Gov.

    The second day of the seminar was presided over by Shri Umesh Chandra Gaur. He raised many vital issues... Read More

    Workshop on Stress Management and Inter-Personal Conflict Resolution

    An interactive workshop on “Stress Management and Inter-personal Conflict Resolution” was organized for the GSDS staff on July 30, 2018, at Gandhi Darshan. Almost 120 persons took part. The workshop was conducted by Shri Atul Priyadarshi an expert trainer from Patna.

    During the workshop, Shri Atul Priyadarshi focussed on different aspects of stress management such as ‘individual stress’, ‘emotional stress’, ‘physical stress’, ‘behavioural stress’ and how that affects the psyche of a person both at the workplace as well as at home.

    Basing his training on different concepts, he further suggested various stress management techniques such as:

    1. Prioritise Your Health
    2. Get a Good Nights Sleep
    3. Practice Deep Breathing
    4. Stay Hydrated
    5. Eat for Wellbeing
    6. Get Moving to Combat Stress
    7. Adopt a Positive Mind Set
    8. Master Your Time
    9. Don’t be a Slave to Tech
    10. Learn to Say No

    Analysing stress and the need to resolve it, Shri Priyadarshi spoke of integrity, character, ethics and values that are needed to self-motivate a person.

    The second session that was conducted by Shri Atul Priyadarshi was on managing “Interpersonal Conflict”, where through games and meditation the concept of ‘unity’ was reiterated. Concepts such as “Learn how to use parts of the conflict resolution process to recognize and prevent conflict before it escalates”; “Develop communication tools such as... Read More

    Spearheading the Peace Crusade Through Non-Violent Communication Techniques

    Peace cannot be built on the foundations of fear. On the same lines, a two-day interactive workshop on “Non-violent Communication and Conflict Resolution” was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) for Delhi Home Guards on July 19-20, 2018 at Directorate General of Home Guards, Raja Garden, New Delhi.

    The workshop was conducted by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu (Programme Officer, GSDS) along with three eminent resource persons such as Shri Kumar Amitabh (senior journalist and filmmaker), Ms. Shweta Rashmi (journalist), and Ms. Anupama Jha (expert on stress management). They contributed to achieve the overarching goal of enhancement of ‘police-public partnership’ and to integrate Gandhian techniques in carrying out duties by the Homeguards. The session was attended by 300 home guards spread across Delhi.

    The programme started by outlining the aim and objectives of the orientation programme and ice-breaking exercises by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu and Ms. Kanak Kaushik. The two-day long workshop had parallel sessions in two different rooms underlying the themes of peace and non-violence.

    The themes addressed during the session included:

    • Understanding of different perspectives on ‘Peace’, ‘Nonviolence’ and ‘Conflict’;
    • Critical understanding of everyday conflicts and resolution techniques and Conflict Mapping;
    • An introduction to Non-violent Conflict Resolution approaches, Negotiation, Mediation and Non-violent Communication... Read More

    Orientation Programme on “Nonviolence Communication and Nonviolence Conflict Resolution”

    An orientation Programme on “Nonviolence Communication and Nonviolence Conflict Resolution” was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti for officials of Special Unit for women and children of Delhi Police from June 19-20, 2018 in Police Training School, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi. The aim of the program was to build a framework of mediation in solving the conflicts without using coercive methods and violence and also help police officials to develop the friendly linkages with/between the citizens. About 50 Police Officers took part in the training programme.

    Along with Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu (Program Officer, GSDS) two eminent resource persons viz. Shri Kumar Amitabh (Senior Journalist and Filmmaker) and Ms. Shweta Rashmi (Journalist, Working for Women and Children) contributed to achieve the overarching goal of enhancement of Police-Public partnerships and to integrate Gandhian techniques in policing.

    The programme started by outlining the aims and objectives of the orientation programme by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu (Program Officer, GSDS). While speaking on the benefits of the programme, he added that as police play a role of mediator to solve the conflicts between the two groups or individual, this program could help them to deal with the situation without using coercive methods and violence.

    Thus making their job easier and safer and thereby help them to develop friendly linkage with /between the citizens. He also shared experiences of similar... Read More

    Drivers need to be more sensitive towards passengers: K D Prasad

    “I congratulate the auto drivers for their successful training programme. You are indeed doing a service to the society which often the society fails to recognize”, said Dr. K D Prasad, Regional Director (RC 2) of Indira Gandhi National Open University at the certificate distribution programme for the Champaran auto drivers as part of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program of the Pradhanmantri Skill Development Mission for 9th to 15th Batch. Certificates were distributed by Dr. B Mishra, Dr. K D Prasad, Shri S A Jamal, Smt. Geeta Shukla, Shri Prasun Latant, Shri Atul Prabhakar and Shri Harpal.

    Speaking to about 100 auto drivers who had undertaken the training, Dr. Prasad stressed on the concept of “Driver Friend” and urged that drivers need to be sensitive towards passengers. Calling their service as ‘dignity of work’, he asked them to reform themselves and help build an atmosphere of trust.

    On being informed by Shri Viswash Gautam, Life Skill Trainer about the pledge taken by the auto drivers that they have resolved to give 2% rebate of actual fare to passengers who are unwell and those who are differently abled, Dr. Prasad stressed that such information must be sent to other departments such as transport, licensing, Ministry of Culture and documentation of such activities must be done on priority.

    Sharing his perspective, Shri S A Jamal hoped that the training will help them in getting loans, etc and also help in making a better future... Read More

    Orientation Programme with Sub-Registrars Give Space to Silence as it Will Lead ‘You’ Towards….YOU!

    We are running every day with utmost pace but we are still on the same page. This friction in our steps whilst in the lifelong journey embarking an entrenchment swaying conflicts.

    With the aforesaid reality checks and to reach up to the required solutions, an orientation programme on “Nonviolence Conflict Resolution and Nonviolent Communication” for Sub-Registrars (Revenue Department, Govt. of NCT of Delhi) was organized on April 28, 2018 by the Samiti at Gandhi Darshan.

    After a brief introduction of the GSDS, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu (Program Officer, GSDS) outlined the aim and objectives of the training programme. While speaking on the benefits of the programme, he added that the program could help participants to deal with the situation without using coercive methods and violence in dealings with day to day lives.

    The First session was conducted by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan (Director, GSDS), who began his session by sharing his experiences while working in the Revenue Department. Through the course of introspection and discussion with the participants, he cited the inevitable reasons behind the stressful life of Sub Registrars when dealing with the public (suffer from interference or overindulgence).

    While taking a reference from the life of Mahatma Gandhi, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan pointed that during his whole life, the Mahatma faced an innumerable crisis from various corners related to conflicts, disparities. But even after facing such stringent... Read More

    An Attempt to Shape Pillars of Administration with Gandhian Principles

    A two-day orientation programme for officers of Delhi Government on “Nonviolent Communication and Conflict Resolution” was organized from April 24-25, 2018, in Gandhi Darshan.

    The Programme was attended by Ms. Manisha Saxena (Secretary, Revenue Department, Govt. Of NCT of Delhi) and other distinguished District Magistrate and Sub-divisional Magistrate from Revenue Department. Whereas, the resource persons were Shri Prashant Kumar Mishra (Former Chief Secretary, UP & Former Member, UPSC), Prof T K Thomas(Academician and Ex-broadcaster), Ms. Anupama Jha (Expert on Stress management).

    Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS outlined the aim and objectives of the orientation programme. While speaking on the benefits of the programme, he added that the program could help participants to deal with the situation without using coercive methods and violence and through the process participants will be able to use tools of nonviolent communication while negotiating with the stakeholders.

    The First session was conducted by Shri Prashant Kumar Mishra on: ‘What are conflicts faced by an Administrator and the ways for their Peaceful Resolution’. He started with the discussion of the concept of Life that people understand and reached a conclusion that life is an experience between birth and death; its a way of living; It has never been a straight line as it has own Ups and Downs. He then focussed his session towards the question –What is a conflict?

    ... Read More

    Yagya Expo- 2075 Discusses Traditional Aspects of Vedic Arts and Sciences

    Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, in association with Arsa Bharati Trust, Gouras Pariwar, Telangana G.O.U. Federation (Goras Organizations United Federation, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) and Multiple Voluntary Institutions, have jointly organized “Y.A.G.Y.A. Expo – 2075” from July 14 – 24 July, 2018 at Gandhi Darshan.

    The main objective of the expo was to showcase the traditional aspects of applied Vedic arts & Sciences of Yog, Ayurveda, Govidya, Yagya, etc. with a prime focus on their potential applications in present day’s agriculture, Health Care, Education, Culture, Environment Protection (Reversal of Climate Change), Livelihood Generation and Community bonding, thereby achieving the global goals of sustainable development S.D.Gs – 2030 which states: (No poverty, Zero hunger, Clean Water & Sanitation, Good Health and well-being, reduced inequalities, responsible consumption and production, sustainable cities and communities, climate action, Quality education, etc.)

    The expo was inaugurated by Shri Manhar Zala (Chairman, National Safai karamchari Commission) at the I.G.N.C.A. auditorium on July 14, 2018. Shri Subhash Jindal (Patron of Bharat Sevak Samaj) presided over the inaugural session that was attended by over 60 delegates from various parts of the country.

    Other dignitaries who occupied the Dias included Dr. ISH Narang (Delhi Arya Pratinidhi Sabha), Er. Subodh Kumar (Working President of G.O.U. Federation), Umesh... Read More

    Yoga - A Way to Connect With Divinity Leading to a Path of Being in Essence

    As we all know that Yoga is more than 10,000 years old practice which sages of Ancient India gave as the heritage to the world and thus embedded seeds of balance into our existence and lifestyle. On December 11, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

    Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on this occasion as part of the 4th International Yoga Day organized various practical sessions of ‘Yoga’ in different places such as the “Department of Home Guards, Raja Garden, New Delhi; NOIDA Entrepreneurs Association and Jal Vayu Vihar Community Centre in NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh and in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat.

    1. In Gandhi Darshan,

      the yoga session was jointly organised by GSDS and IGNOU Regional Centre-2. Here, about 250 people practiced yoga for an hour in the direction of resource persons namely Shri Varun Nautiyal, Shri Sagar Adhikari and Smt. Neha Chaurasiya. Also, a naturopathy session was conducted by Dr. Manju Aggarwal.

      Yoga has gone global with its origin rooted in Indian culture, Union Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma said on the International Yoga Day in Shahid Minar in the Central part of Kolkata in the Yoga Day programme organized by Kreeda Bharati, West Bengal. The Hon'ble Minister also performed yoga on the occasion. Over 2,000 people, including children and young people, took part in over the 40-minute long yoga session.

      "Yoga has become a global practice having its roots in India... Read More

    Yoga Utsav Organised

    A “Yoga Utsav” was organized by GSDS on June 16, 2018 at JVCC Lawns, Sec-21, NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of Culture and VC GSDS was the chief guest on the occasion. Padma Bhushan Shri Ram Vanji Sutar graced the occasion with his presence. About 100 yog sadhak and sadhika (practitioners) and 500 audiences took part in the programme.

    In his address, Dr. Mahesh Sharma emphasized the importance of yoga to lead a positive and healthy life to bring harmony and peace to the world. He also performed yoga with the participants. “Yog Patrika”, a monthly newsletter was also launched on the occasion by Dr. Mahesh Sharma.

    A large number of people from all walks of life participated in the Yog Utsav. Yoga session was conducted by Mr. Prem Kumar Bakshi along with Shri Santosh and Ms. Rashmi Jha. Yogasana competition was an attraction of the celebrations.

    Shri N S Negi, Shri P V Janardhan and Ms. Rashmi were external judges for the purpose. Cultural programmes based on Yoga were performed.

    Artists Display Their Traditional Art Form at the Lok Kala Mahotsava

    Artists from all over India took part in the festival of Akhila Bharatha Lok Kala Mohatsav at Gandhi Darshan on May 25-26, 2018 and showcased their creative talent through traditional art forms. Organised by the Karnataka Sahasa Kala Academy in association with Confederation of Community Based Organisations in India (CCBOs), the participants in Gandhi Darshan presented their folk culture and displayed the rich folk and cultural heritage of India. Almost 200 artists from Kashmir, Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Jharkhand, Goa, Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and other states took part in the programme. The artists have also performed at various other places during this period from May 25-31, 2018.

    Speakers at the programme in Gandhi Darshan included Shri Umesh Chand Gaur, President CCBOs; Shri Nrimal Vaid, President and Shri Hassan Raghu from the All India Folk and Tribal Art Parishath (National Council for Folk and Tribal Art) who reiterated the need to preserve the dying folk art of India that is a storehouse of information and knowledge.

    The programme was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India under the scheme National Presence Ministry of Culture, GOI.

    Screening of Film on Non-Violent Communication

    The Samiti hosted the screening of the documentary film on “Non-Violent Communication” in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat on May 18, 2018. The film focused on the different aspects of non-violent communications with interviews of resource persons, experts, Gandhian thinkers, working professionals, and experience sharing by home guards personnel.

    Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Shri S A Jamal, Administrative Officer, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, other staff and members of the Samiti took part in the discussions on the film and presented their suggestions for improvising the same in the film.

    Various suggestions were taken to be incorporated in the film. It was suggested that:

    1. A soft instrumental music Vaishnava Jana Tau could play in the background.
    2. Make a shorter version of the film for showing during the workshop with essential meaning.
    3. Increase the respondents .
    4. Make the message of the film more clear and emphatic.
    5. Incorporate the problems faced by the participants.

    Swachhata Abhiyaan Organised

    A programme on Swachhata Abhiyaan was organised on April 22, 2018 at the Central Government Employee, Multi-Storey Flats T-III Dev Nagar (Karol Bagh), New Delhi by GSDS. Around 132 parents and children were present on the occasion. The participants started the initiative by cleaning the campus area that included the Gym; L-shaped Park and volley ball ground and its surrounding area. An oath was also administered by Shri Gulshan Gupta, North East Coordinator GSDS and he shared his ideas on the importance of swachh Bharat, swachh environment and how to behave with the safai karamcharis.

    Ms. Madhimita Khan while talking to the participants on cleanliness and hygiene highlighted that parents need to train their children in basics of sanitation.

    Group song by Samriddhi Shah, Pihu Sinha, Vedanshi, Sreyansh Jha and Vaisnav Saiju was another highlight of the programme.

    Shramdaan Organised

    The Samiti as part of its swachhatta abhiyaan organized a cleanliness drive on April 12 and April 19, 2018 respectively in Gandhi Darshan. Assistant Librarian Smt. Sunita Joshi coordinated the shramdaan in coordination with the Programme Unit. Other staff of the GSDS joined in the cleanliness drive. A prayer meeting – Sarva Dharma Prarthana was also organized on the occasion.

    National Workshop on ‘Water an Element of Life’ Organised

    The Samiti in association with Jaladhikar Foundation organised a day-long national seminar on “Water is Life” in Gandhi Darshan on April 14, 2018. About 500 participants took part in the programme. Principles from the eight colleges of Delhi University took part in the programme. Swami Chidaroopanand from Chinmaya Mission graced the occasion. Dr. Mahesh Chand Sharma, former Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha, Dr. Shekhar Aggarwal, Chancellor, Shobhit University and others were the distinguished guests on the occasion. Shri Kailash Goduka Secretary, Jaladhikar Foundation.

    Among the others who took part in the programme were 30 people working on water issues; 50 office bearers from the Resident Welfare Organisation; 25 Market Association office bearers and 300 students from different institutions in Delhi.

    The following discussions were organised:

    1. Various dimensions of “Water as the integral source of life”
    2. Who owns water?
    3. The righteousness of water business
    4. Whether the shortage is of water or its management?
    5. Traditional as well as modern methods of water conservation

    Meeting to Discuss Celebration of Gandhi-150

    A senior delegation of Gandhian scholars, academicians, social workers and others took part in a discussion on programmes and actions to be undertaken for the celebrations of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on May 1, 2018 in Gandhi Darshan.

    Participating in the discussion were Shri Aditya Patnaik, Shri Basant Ji, Prof. Manoj Kumar, Dr. B Mishra, Prof. Girishwar Mishra, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Dr. T Karunakaran, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan and others.

    The delegation also took part in a meeting chaired by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind and Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on May 2, 2018 at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

    The President said that the Gandhi's birth anniversary commemoration has a worldwide meaning. "Let us elevate this to a global celebration, using platforms such as the United Nations and other multilateral organizations. The focus should not just be on events, but on tangible, actionable legacies that will make a difference to the lives of ordinary people -- wherever they may be," he said.

    Shri Narendra Modi called for the celebrations to move beyond government events and take the shape of a mass movement. He further suggested that the activities for commemorating Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019 be designed around the theme of “Karyanjali” or “Gandhi in Action”.

    Inauguration of Interpretation Centre at Rajkya Mandya Vidyalaya, Chandrahiya and Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya, Peeprakothi

    On April 16, 2018 Shri Radha Mohan Singh ji, inaugurated the Interpretation Centre at Rajkya Mandya Vidyalaya, Chandrahiya. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan was present on the occasion. The Interpretation Centre has been developed with a vision to help the students and the local community to understand the life’s message of Mahatma Gandhi. An exhibition containing glimpses from the life and time of Mahatma Gandhi and a special panel on Gandhiji’s journey (on April 16, 1917) riding on the elephant has also been depicted in the Interpretation Centre.

    Shri Radha Mohan Singh further inaugurated the Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine and Incinerator centre at the Vidyalaya. This was also initiated by the GSDS and Sulabh Social International Organisation as part of the ‘school sanitation programme’ and keeping in view the government’s Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Mission that encourages the construction of incinerators in schools. The keys were handed over to Shri Rameshwar Yadav, Principal of the Vidyalaya.

    Further, Shri Radha Mohan Singh ji also inaugurated the Interpretation Centre – set up by the GSDS at the Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya. Shri Pramod Kumar, Hon'ble Tourism Minister was present on the occasion. Others who were present included: Smt. Neeta Sharma, Head Mistress and Coordinator of Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya; Smt. Geeta Shukla, Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Shri Pankaj Chaubey and Shri Yatender Singh of the GSDS.

    Later, at a discussion with the officials of GSDS... Read More

    Insignia’s on Principles of Truth and Charkha the Symbol of Self Reliance Inaugurated at Charkha Park

    As the daylight began to give way to the evening sky, over 1000 people gathered at the newly named Charkha Park, to witness the inauguration of the newly installed Insignia’s developed by the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on huge stones and the Steel Charkha by the Hon’ble Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh. A galaxy of distinguished guests such as Shri Pramod Kumar, Bihar Tourism Minister; Smt. Anju Devi, Chief Councillor, Motihari Municipal Council; Shri Vinay Kumar Saxena, Chairman, Khadi and Village Industries Commission; Shri Babloo Gupta, Member Legislative Council; Shri Brajkishore Singh, Secretary, Gandhi Sanghralaya, Motihari; Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS, Shri Chandrabhushan Pandey, eminent Gandhian and journalist and others were present at the inaugural ceremony.

    The Insignia was designed in the Gandhi Darshan complex at Rajghat, New Delhi by the GSDS under the guidance and supervision of eminent sculptor and Director General of National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Shri Adwaita Gadanayak and his team of artists from Orissa who had spent over a month in carving the stone pillars – first with the image of Ba and Bapu, the second with the signatures of Gandhiji in different languages; the third pillar with shlokas from the Rig Veda and the fourth pillar depicting the Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) symbolising the introspection in search of truth and non-violence for attainment of strength and resilience to fight... Read More

    Bapu Dham Railway Station, Motihari

    Hon’ble Shri Radha Mohan Singh unveiled the plaques (statue) of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and his wife Kasturbai at the Bapu Dham Railway Station, Motihari on April 15, 2018. The statue of Mahatma Gandhi (in the traditional Kathiwari dress which he wore at the time of his arrival to Champaran) has been placed by the GSDS at the Railway Station. The Hon'ble minister also unveiled a dummy train (tableau) with the statute of Mahatma Gandhi depicting his arrival at the Bapu Dham Railway Station Motihari on April 10, 1917.

    Present on the occasion were: Shri Pramod Kumar, Tourism Minister, Bihar Government; Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Motihari, Shri Arun Jain, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, members of the Legislative Council, and a host of other dignitaries.

    Shri Radha Mohan Singh also inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi Interpretation Centre at the Bapu Dham Railway Station. The Interpretation centre has been so designed that it houses the history of the Champaran Satyagraha through an exhaustive photo-text exhibition containing forty-eight panes, each panel of 10/5 size.

    Designed and developed by the GSDS – under the supervision of Smt. Geeta Shukla – and installed at the railway station, this exhibition is an eye-opener for any visitor who visits the station. Any visitor arriving, departing, or even waiting at this railway station is bound to get a glimpse of the history of 100 years, when Gandhiji had arrived in Champaran... Read More

    Interpretation Centre at Zila School, Motihari inaugurated

    Hon’ble Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi Interpretation Centre at the Zila School Motihari on April 15, 2018 at a grand event that also saw participation of a large number of farmers from across the state of Bihar at the “Kisan Mela” organised from April 14-16, 2018. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan accompanied the Hon'ble minister at the launch ceremony. Over 500 people took part in the programme.

    Present on the occasion was Shri Pramod Kumar, Hon'ble Tourism Minister Bihar Government; Shri Babloo Gupta, Member Legislative Council, Bihar Government; Shri Braj Kishore Singh, Secretary of Gandhi Sanghralaya, Motihari, Shri Chandrabhushan Pandey, eminent Gandhian and journalist, and other distinguished members.

    The occasion also saw the release of the book “Champaran Ki Dastaan” authored by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan and Shri Pankaj Chaubey by Shri Radha Mohan Singh.

    The Interpretation Centre at Zila School contains the history of the Champaran Satyagraha with a vivid photographic exhibition about the associates of Mahatma Gandhi in Champaran in 1917 such as Babu Rajendra Prasad, Ramnavami Prasad, Rajkumar Shukla, Pir Munis, Babu Brajkishore Prasad, Acharya Kriplani, Dr. Anurag Naryan Sinha and others and the key role they played.

    About 1000 youth from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and from different colleges in Motihari took part in a yatra led by Shri Radha Mohan Singh... Read More

    Sanitary Napkin Production Unit Inaugurated at Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya, Peeprakothi

    On Aprill 9, 2018, Mr. Iftekhar Ahmado, District Education Officer, Motihari; Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS; Mr. Roopak Roy Choudhury, National Coordinator Sulabh School Sanitation Clubs; Mr. Shekhar Kumar Sinha, Mr. Rajkumar Sharma, DPO Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA); Headmistress of the Vidyalaya, Ms. Neeta Sharma; Smt. Sameeksha, Smt. Geeta Shukla, GSDS staff joined at a function to inaugurate the “Sanitary Napkin Production Unit” at Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya, Peeprakothi.

    The low-cost sanitary napkin production unit is also an endeavor of the Samiti in association with Sulabh International to address issues of menstrual health and hygiene. Girl students studying at the Vidyalaya will be trained in the production of the sanitary napkins.

    Smt. Geeta Shukla, Research Officer, GSDS said, “To give a boost to the crucial issue of menstrual hygiene, this programme has been launched and a production center has been established. This will also give a boost to the women in the area who could get access to low-cost sanitary napkins and will not depend on the traditional systems”.

    Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, said that the production unit will in time cater to supplying sanitary napkins to the different places where easy napkin vending machines have been set up. This will also provide the skill to the girls and make them empowered. “Life-skills based hygiene education helps children to change behavior and so reduce risks and prevent water and sanitation... Read More

    Workshop on Health and Hand Hygiene

    On April 7, 2018, at the Zila School Motihari, the Samiti took part in a workshop with teachers from different schools in the town sharing their experiences on health and hygiene. Trainers from Sulabh Sanitation Clubs led by Mr. Rupak and Ms. Samiksha; from GSDS, Dr. Manju Rani Aggarwal, Shri Rajdeep Pathak shared their thoughts about health and sanitation and its importance. Group exercises and games formed an integral part of the workshop where the staff of GSDS also actively participated.

    Dr. Manju Aggarwal while speaking on the benefits of hand washing also demonstrated the hand washing techniques. It was time and again reiterated that water should be conserved and that minimum water should be used while washing hands.

    As part of the setting up of the Sanitation Clubs, two students from six schools were chosen as ‘Student Leaders’ who were being trained to take up the awareness campaigns in other institutions in Motihari and other nearby places. These schools included: Sir Thomas Edison Public High School; Modern Public School; Kendriya Vidyalaya, Motihari; MJK (+2) Inter-College Vidyalaya; RUM School, Jakhara Colony and S J S Shantiniketan Jubilee School, Motihari.

    Teachers from MS Memorial Public School, Balganga; Sir Thomas Edison Public High School; Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Peeprakothi, and others also took part.

    Group presentations from various groups generated new ideas where participation of the management, teachers, students... Read More

    Champaran Satyagraha: 100 Years – Major Activities

    The Samiti had initiated several activities in Champaran as part of the centenary celebrations beginning with a series of programmes in April 2017 which was graced by Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh; the former vice-chairperson of GSDS and granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, senior Gandhians, academicians, social activists and grassroots workers from April 10-18, 2017 in Motihari.

    That was the beginning of the commemoration of the centenary celebrations of the first satyagraha that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi undertook in the historic land of Champaran in the year 1917, his first victorious non-violent campaign.

    In continuation of the commemoration celebration, the Samiti, while marking the finale of the commemorative celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha, organized a series of programmes in Motihari, Champaran from April 5 to April 17, 2018 onwards. Motihari was the place where Mahatma Gandhi had reached on April 10, 1917.

    In view of this, Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan led the staff of GSDS in Motihari for initiation of several projects. The staff included: Smt. Geeta Shukla, Research Officer; Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Programme Executive; Shri Praveen Dutt Sharma, Editor, Publications; Shri Pankaj Chaubey, Assistant Editor, Publications; Shri Narendra Kumar, Asst Estate Manager, Shri Mahendra Singh Rawat, Shri Yatendra, Singh, Shri Rakesh Sharma, Shri Dharamraj Kumar, Shri Dharampal, Shri... Read More

    Workshop on Constructive Programme of Mahatma Gandhi

    The Samiti organized a “Workshop on Constructive Programme of Mahatma Gandhi” in association with Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation, at Bharatpur, Rajasthan that was attended by 145 participants from 25 villages. Experts from different areas took part in the workshop.

    Speaking to the participants at the workshop, Shri Basant ji said that the model developed by Mahatma Gandhi for the development of the village is still relevant today. “For the development of the village industries, it is very necessary to upgrade them with the latest technology, so that the village industries could be saved from degeneration”, he said.

    “The concept of Gram Swaraj as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi must be taken forward in the same direction and the GSDS should aim to take this forward to different streams of the society”.

    Executive Director of Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation, Shri Sitaram Gupta said that while the 21st century has been termed as the century of unemployment, but this is not the case. He further said that Lupin Foundation has been working with the vision and principles of Mahatma Gandhi’s Gram Swaraj and have been encouraging and promoting traditional industries. The villagers are also being encouraged towards adopting cleanliness, encouraging young people for environmental conservation and other such issues”.

    Other who spoke on the occasion included District Coordinator, Rajasthan Skill Building and Employment Development... Read More

    Run for a Cause – Summer Quarter Marathon 3rd Edition 2018

    The Samiti in association with Health Fitness Trust and Run for Life organized the “3rd Edition of the Summer Quarter Marathon 2018 – Run for a Cause” on May 6, 2018 at Gandhi Darshan. Almost 500 runners took part in the quarter marathon that was organized to raise awareness on various social issues. The event was led by Dr. Sunita Godara, Asian Marathon Champion 1992 and President Health Fitness Trust along with Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS.

    In the senior category, the runners took part in the 21 km and 10 km race that was flagged off by Dr. Sunita Godara. Further, in the junior category, almost 75 runners took part in the 5 km race.
    120 children from several schools, orphanages and specially challenged children took part in the poster making competition on “Gandhiji’s Philosophy.

    Later, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan along with Dr. Sunita Godara gave away prizes from the GSDS to the participants that contained jute bag along with a book on Gandhiji’s childhood.

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    Know Yourself – An Orientation Programme for Youth

    For Self-realization, Mahatma Gandhi once coined a path when he said: “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others”. With these understandings, a three-day camp, titled “Main Ki Khoj” was organized in Gandhi Darshan Samiti in collaboration with Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF) from May 4-6, 2018. Several Gandhian thinkers and academicians such as Shri Annamallai, Shri Ramchandra Rahi, President Gandhi Smarak Nidhia; Shri Sanjay Damyantiji, Secretary Gandhi Smarak Nidhi; Shri Kumar Prashant, Chairperson GPF, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS, Smt Geeta Shukla, Research Officer, GSDS and others took part in the programme.

    While addressing the participants, Shri Annamallai embarked on a discussion while pointing that Self has the pivotal role in the full-fledged development of the whole nation. He pointed that “If your mind is full then first empty it, then only it will be possible to enter new ideas within you and then only you will be able to think about the new ideas, the society and the country”.

    Further, Shri Ramchandra Rahi spoke on the vicious role of Market, Monarchy and Development in playing a crucial role and changing the mindsets and beliefs and actions of the people. According to Shri Rahi, “The independence movement was a sacred thread of love and trust, but after independence there came a period in which we went into hatred, violence and untouchability, leaving us caught between these two differences”. He... Read More

    Gender Training for Adolescent Girls

    The Samiti in association with the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), organized a two-day training programme on “Gender Training for Adolescent Girls under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” was organized from June 27-28, 2018 in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat. The participants included adolescent girls of age group from 14-20 years of age from slum communities and resettlement colonies of Kalyanpuri and Trilokpuri areas.

    The training programme was the part of an action based research project namely "Creating an enabling environment for realizing aspirations of adolescent girls in an urban slum". The objective of this project was to explore and understand the resources and opportunities that adolescent girls belonging to underprivileged families need to support their aspirations for life skills, education and careers. It focuses on enhancing the personal, family and community resources and capacities to support adolescent girls in meeting their aspirations. It includes free of cost support in education including Life skill training and counseling.

    During the training, girls were made aware of gender-based discriminations in the society and trained to how to deal effectively with such issues. Also, the attempt was to make girls rethink their learned practices and socialization and make responsible decisions.

    The girls were motivated to come forward together to form a better society and support each other. With the belief that such training enhances the self-... Read More

    Seminar on Gram Shilpi: Empowerment of Rural Women

    As part of the Gandhi Exchange Programme (GEP), the Samiti organized a seminar on “Gram Shilpi: Empowerment of Rural Women” in Gandhi Darshan on June 11, 2018. The objective was to give an insight to different facets of the life of Mahatma Gandhi. 30 Participants from Vijapur Taluka of Gujarat state, from the Gujarat Vidyapeeth, took part. The visit was also the part of ‘Gram Shilpi Programme’ of Gujarat University. Shri Jaydeep was the coordinator in behalf of the concerned University.

    The seminar began with the orientation given by Ms. Geeta Shukla (Research Officer, GSDS), on the background and the activities of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. She began her session by enthralling the interest of visitors with her utmost understanding of the journey of “Mohandas to Mahatma” while keeping the context of Sarvodaya (the universal Uplift or progress of all). She expounded the way the Father of the Nation attained his wisdom and set his gospel about the truth. Ms Shukla further apprised on the stories such as how the act of Raja Harish Chandra inspired Gandhiji to walk his life through the truth, what made him to pledge for living his whole life as Vegetarian, etc.

    Ms. Smita Vats founder Director of ITIHAAS gave a consolidated understanding of life of Mahatma. She explained how the presence of two ladies namely Smt Putlibai Gandhi and Smt. Kasturba Gandhi changed and disciplined the way Gandhiji explored the way of life. Like, from his mother, he learned the... Read More

    Improving Livelihood Opportunities of Tribal Women for Economic Prosperity

    The Samiti organized a seminar on “Empowerment of Tribal Women by improved livelihood options through value-addition of Mahuwa Flower” jointly with the Hodopathy Ethno (Medicine Doctor’s Association of India, Ranchi, Jharkhand) and Torang Trust at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat on April 27, 2018. Almost 40 participants took part in the seminar.

    The seminar was attended by Dr.Vedabhyas Kundu (Programme Officer, GSDS); Ms Geeta Shukla (Research Officer, GSDS), Dr. Vasavi Kiro (Ex-member, Jharkhand State Commission for Women), Dr. P. P.Hembrom (American Awardee, best ethnobotanists on indigenous system of medicine), Dr. Anil K. Goel (former Scientist) and the Adivasis, especially the collectors of Mahua flowers who are using Mahua for different purposes. Activists proactively working for awareness related to Mahua and even teachers from different schools of Jharkhand who are working on deepening the roots of cultural values of Mahua amongst students with the focus on teaching the student about the malpractices of Mahua took part.

    The aim of the seminar was to discuss the ongoing malpractices related to Mahua and ways to evolve understanding about the advantages of using Mahua as medicine and other products such as sweets, pickles, jelly, etc, which in turn, will empower the tribal communities.

    Smt. Geeta Shukla speaking at the inauguration of the seminar introduced GSDS to the participants. While speaking in the seminar, she said that we have been living... Read More

    Summer School on 'India of My Dreams' Organised

    Gandhi Bhawan, the University of Delhi in collaboration with the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, July 19 2018, successfully concluded the Summer School on 'India of My Dreams' – a book by M. K. Gandhi. The summer school began on July 9, 2018.

    In the inaugural session on July 9, 2018, Prof. Ramesh C. Bharadwaj, Director (Hony.), Gandhi Bhawan, University of Delhi, at the onset, delivered the welcome speech and honoured the Chief Guest, Dr. Bajrang Gupta, an eminent Gandhian thinker and Prof. H. C. Pokhriyal, Executive Director, School of Open Learning, University of Delhi who chaired the session before giving the details of the Summer School.

    Throughout the duration, resource persons from vast fields were invited to deliver lectures/ discussions/ talks in the context of ‘India of My Dreams’ – with selected topics such as:

    1. Economic Thoughts, Education and Culture,
    2. Swadeshi, Gramswaraj, Women
    3. Regeneration Youth & Society,
    4. Nationalism and Socialism,
    5. Swachagraha and Social Justice.

    Among others, Dr. Atul Kothari, Educationist; Dr. Pramod Kumar, Journalist; Dr. Ashwini Mahajan, Shri Ram Chandra Rahi, President, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Rajghat, New Delhi; Dr. Mohan Chand, Journalist; Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder, Sulabh International Social Service Organisation; Shri Kumar Prashant, President, Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi; Dr. Ravinder Agarwal, Journalist and Dr. Pawan Sinha, Moti... Read More

    Dhanak Rang Tarang Summer Workshop Enhances Children’s Creativity

    Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) and Jamghat (a group of street Children) jointly organized a Dhanak Rang Tarang Summer Workshop for street children was organized from June 11-30, 2018 in Gandhi Darshan. 21 street children from different areas of the capital city participated in the Workshop. Ms. Neha Garg, Ms. Himanshi, Ms. Sunita Bhatt, Ms. Shipra Rai and Mr. Anita Mahato were the facilitators.

    The aim of the workshop was to develop values of democracy, peace, compassion, non-violence, Inclusive development, team building and nature education amongst participants.

    The workshop included group activities such as ice breaking sessions to grab each child's attention and to encounter children’s hidden talent ; using a prop to hone Imaginative skills; played games as to connect them with real-life problems and persuaded to give the suggestions; tasks to channelize their anger in a positive direction without destruction or harm to others.

    Discussions on Gandhian Values such as Truth, Violence, Ahimsa, Cooperation, Unity and Self Rule linking took place during the workshop. Further, nature walk around the nearby areas was organized and their learners were asked to observe and identify the different artifacts displayed and by using their senses (touch, sight, hearing) they were asked to analyze the elements of nature.

    Further, the participants visited Gandhi Samadhi Rajghat, Gandhi Darshan museum and Gandhi Smriti, to familiarize children... Read More

    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... Read More