GSDS Programmes

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 the hologram of Mahatma Gandhi, Gregoire Borst, Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe and Anantha Duraiappah.
The discussion started with the panel presenting their perspectives on the meaning of education in the world today. It focused on raising awareness on the future of education and SDG 4 (to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all).
Mahatma Gandhi's hologram exchanged views with Gregoire Borst, Professor of Developmental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience of Education, CNRS and Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe, Member of Advisory board of UNESCO MGIEP's TECH 2019.
The holographic avatar of Mahatma Gandhi was created using photo-mapped images from 1930-1940 and advanced contouring software and 3D printing to create a life size wire-frame of the Mahatma. Digital sculpting tools were used to add colour and texture to produce a real life image of Gandhi. Through Holography, a standing hologram of Mahatma Gandhi can speak for a total of 15 minutes with 2 to 3 minutes which set the tone for discussion. The talk was extracted with due reference of his writings on Satyagraha, Ahinsa, Kindness, critical inquiry and education.
One of the quotes from the hologram of Mahatma Gandhi emphasizes, "The essence of all education is kindness -- kindness to all, friends, foes, men and beasts. The chief objective of education is the building of character. Imparting knowledge should aim at character building. Knowledge is the means and character building is the end".

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 actively.
An exhibition by GSDS on “Mahatma Gandhi in Champaran” was set up at Charkha Park as part of the ‘Gandhi Mela’ organized to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

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.

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 Session III, Technical Session IV and Technical Session V were on 23rd October 2019, followed by Valedictory Session for the seminar.
Some of the major themes that the seminar covered included:
1. Gandhi and the power of non-violence
2. The concept of the truth: How the Ideal could be achieved?
3. The Feminine and the Masculine: Gandhi’s Views on the Status of Women
4. The Problem of Religious Intolerance: Gandhi’s Approach to Religion
5. The Care for One’s Body and the Earth: A Gandhian Approach
6. A Gandhian Critique of the Modern Civilisation
7. A Path of a Satyagrahi: How to Make a Fair Demand?
8. The Gandhian Way of Ending a War: From Power to Peace
9. Gandhi and His Contemporaries: How to differ from others without being disrespectful?
There were total of 15 speakers who presented papers and covered 15 different aspects of Gandhian view from Ahimsa, The Art of Persuasion, Sufism, Faithbased Humanism, Deep Ecology, Air pollution and Climate Change to the contemporary struggle of Farmers in Champaran, decolonisation and human rights.
The seminar concluded with Valedictory session on the evening of 23rd October 2019 with Prof. R. C. Sinha, Chairman, ICPR as the chief guest and chair of the session Prof. Ramesh Bharadwaj, Gandhi Bhawan, DU. Valedictory address was delivered by the eminent Gandhian Scholar Prof Bindu Puri on ‘The Continuities that Make for a Good Human Life: Aapbhog and the great tapasvi’, followed by special address by Mr. Qamar Agha, Senior Journalist & President, Indialogue Foundation, and vote of Thanks by Dr. Aditya Kumar Gupta, DU.

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. Prof Alok Bhalla, Prof (retd.) English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad and Jamia Millia Islamia chaired the session. Prof Harish Trivedi, Former Head, Department of English, University of Delhi, delivered the key note address.
Over the course of the two days of the seminar, around 40 delegates from across the length and breadth of our country presented papers on Gandhi in thematically varied academic sessions. The papers presented investigated the Gandhian myth, sensibility and political philosophy in fictional representations and varied cultural representations offering wide ranging insights into the various debates of nation-state, women’s role and agency, the contours of history, reconfiguring tribal movements, transforming Dalit consciousness, violence and praxis.
The different sessions included:
1. Women’s participation and assimilation within the Gandhian movement;
2. Varied literary articulations of Gandhi;
3. Gandhian philosophy and its resonance within the nation-state and the discourses of shining developing India;
4. Gandhi’s multiple trajectories in fictional imagination traversing secular and religious domains;
5. Gandhi’s significance in terms of the nation-state and the Partition discourse
6. Interrogating the ecological crisis, Tribal and Peasant resistances through the exploration of Gandhi’s philosophy;
7. Adapting Gandhi for popular consumption and fashioning self;
8. Cinematic representations of Gandhi
9. Gandhi’s configuration within pedagogical practices, Dalit discourses and world literatures
10. Gandhi’s political and cultural significance in the contemporary world as resonating from an attitude of fearlessness and an unwavering quest to explore truth in all its naked tenacity

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 Basant, former Advisor of GSDS were also present on the occasion.

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 the aegis of GSDS were: Rajkiya Buniyadi Vidyalaya, Brindaban Champaran; Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya Bithiharwa; Rajkiya Buniyadi Vidyalaya, Sirasia Adda; Kasturba Gandhi Intermediate College, Sewapuri, Varanasi; Government J P B Girls Higher Secondary School, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh; Saraswati Shishu Mandir High School, Chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh; Noble Public School, Sagar, M. P. ; Kendriya Vidyalaya, Damoh, M.P.; Rajkiya Utkristh Higher Secondary School, Damoh, M.P; Shashkiya Naveen Hr. Sec School, Hata, M.P.; Shashkiya Model High School, Damoh, M.P.; Shri Jageshwar Nath Higher Sec. School, Damoh; Government Excellence Boys Hr. Sec. School, Damoh, M.P.; Saraswati Shishu Kanya Hr. Sec School, M.P; Navjagriti Hr. Sec School, M.P; Shaskiya Model Hr. Sec School, Madhya Pradesh; Axom Vidya Mandir Hr Sec School, Guwahati, Assam; Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Assam and Parijit Academy, Guwahati.

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 occasion.

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 Context of North-East
• SESSION II: Towards a Science of Human Strengths and Virtues
• SESSION III: Education for Cultivating Peace, Harmony and self-improvement
DAY TWO:
• SESSION IV: Understanding the Chemistry of a Social Emotion
• SESSION V: Building an Emotion through Skills for Peace and Harmony
• SESSION VI: Conflict Resolution - Tools and Strategies-I
• SESSION VII: Conflict Resolution - Tools and Strategies-II
• SESSION VIII: Tools and Skill Practice Preparation of Presentation for ‘Appreciating Diversity’
Valedictory Session
The valedictory session of the North East Youth Conclave began on the afternoon of the third day of the conclave, that is, August 8th, 2019. The session was hosted by Abhilash Bapanasha and Sangita Kalita, students of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Tezpur University.
A drama presentation that was prepared under the guidance of the resource persons from banglanatakdotcom, Ms. Suravi Sarkar and Mr. Santu Guchait. It involved a video telecast of the previous day’s (Session VI and VII) exercises. The theme of the performance was surrounded around Racism (racial conflict faced by people belonging to the Mongoloid race in India), Social evils and superstitions, and Cyber bullying. It dealt with different kinds of conflicts, how one deals with them in real life and how one can resolve differences by means of peace and justice. It showed that addressing small issues and working towards resolving the underlying factors of conflict, one can restore peace and harmony in the world. The message that the act sent across was that “we are one, we are human, we come with nothing and we will go back with nothing, so don’t discriminate”.
Later, the certificates were distributed to all the visiting participants by the Pro Vice Chancellor and the Head of the Department, Mass Communication and Journalism. The vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Joy Chakraborty, a student of the third semester, M.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism.

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 the spot and according to eyewitnesses he stayed there for a long time. Many of us would consider it courtesy. But the foundation of nearly 20 years of direct and indirect relations between Gandhi and Ambedkar had a wonderful affinity and mutual sympathy that is rarely discussed. Some people may wonder that for a long time Mahatma Gandhi did not know that Ambedkar himself was an alleged untouchable. He considered him a social reformer upper caste leader of his own kind. Considering the scholarly, unconcerned and confident manner in which Ambedkar spoke, this misunderstanding was not very big in the society at that time.
Quiz sessions were also held among the dignitaries of the area including the students of the school colleges of the area. The participants posed several questions to the visitors about Mahatma Gandhi and B R Ambedkar in order to clear the doubts in their minds. The speakers were felicitated on the occasion with bags, etc from GSDS.

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 union minister Shri Braja Kishore Tripathy said the Bhoodan Movement was historic, even the impact of this movement was more in Odisha than other state. He felt anguish over the growing wideness among rich and poor in our society, is against the philosophy of Gandhi and Vinoba.
Former State Women Commission Member Ms. Namrata Chadha had stressed upon cohesiveness between man and nature to avoid any natural or manmade disaster or climate change impact as suggested by Mahatma Gandhi.
The meeting was chaired by the general secretary of Vinoba Seva Pratisthan Shri Manoj Jena. On this occasion “MAA RASOI” a socio-economic empower project of vinoba seva pratisthan for unprivileged women was launched by the guest. Nearly 400 people including eminent Freedom Fighters, Gandhian Leaders, Sarvoday Workers, Civil Society leaders, Bhoodan Workers, Writers, Academicians, Social Activists, Women leaders, Youth & Students etc were participated the programme.

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 took classes on ‘Naturopathy and Reflaxalogy’ and Ms. Madumita took theatre classes. Shri Guitar Rao, a Civil Engineer by profession, now into promoting music to children and youth took music classes on the occasion.
The inaugural programme saw the children sharing their expectations during the camp. Cultural performances by children left the distinguished gathering mesmerised. Words of inspiration from the distinguished gathering acted as a morale boost to the participating children who were also introduced to the Gandhian philosophy.
Shri Jagdish, Shri Vivek, Ms. Shobha, Ms. Sunita Joshi, Ms. Asha, Shri Umesh coordinated the day-to-day affairs of the camp.
The participating children, their coordinators and GSDS coordinators along with Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan had a rendezvous with renowned singer Padma Shri Shri Kailesh Kher at the residence of the hon’ble Minister of Culture and Vice Chairman GSDS Shri Prahalad Singh Patel on October 1, 2019, when the hon’ble Shri Prahalad Singh Patel ji hosted a small discussion for the children. Children also performed some traditional dances and songs on the occasion.
The children also visited various historical places on the occasion such as National Gallery of Modern Art, Lotus Temple, not to miss Gandhi Smriti Museum and the Gandhi Samadhi at Rajghat.
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

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.
Jail Superintendent Ms. Neeta Neegi later took feedback from the participating prisoners. The programme concluded by distributing certificates to the participants.

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 Chairperson of GSDS. Smt. Tara Gandhi shared her personal experiences with Gandhiji, which added a very special feature to the proceedings and outcomes of the conference.
The four technical sessions deliberated on the relevant themes with greater depth: They were:
1. Mahatma Gandhi and India Diaspora – I, was chaired by Mrs. S.N Gayan, Director General, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius. The other speakers at this session included: Mr. Dharam Yashdeo Dhuny, Chairperson, Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund, Mauritius; Dr. Annapurna Pandey, Department of Anthroplogy, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA; Dr. Sheetal Sharma, Assistant Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Mr. Anil Joshi, Former Second Secretary, Indian High Commission to Fiji; Prof. T.P Singh, Professor, Department of Political Science, & Coordinator, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP), Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Dr. Rajni Sarin Medical Doctor & ARSP Member and Dr. Rajiv Ranjan Rai, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Migration & Diaspora studies, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalya, Wardha.
2. Mahatma Gandhi and India Diaspora – II, was chaired by former Ambassador Shri Virendra Gupta. The speakers in this session included: Prof. Triloki Nath Pandey, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz; Dr. Amba Pande, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Dr. Mrs. Sarita Bodhoo, Chairperson, Bhojpuri Speaking Union Mauritius; Prof. Chandra Shekhar Bhatt, Former Professor of Eminence, Tezpur University & Professor of Sociology & Director, Centre for the Study of Indian Diaspora, University of Hyderabad; Dr. Vidhan Pathak, Assistant Professor, Centre for African Studies, University of Delhi; Mr. Chandraprakash Ramkalawon, President, Gandhi Bhawan Laventure, Mauritius; Dr. Munnalal Gupta, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Migration & Diaspora studies, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalya, Wardha and Mr. Rakesh Pandey, Editor, Pravasi Sansar.
3. Gandhi and Inclusive Development was chaired by former Ambassador Shri Anup Mudgal. Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee was the special guest on the occasion. The other speakers included: Mr. Anil Dutta Mishra, Eminent Gandhian Scholar and Writer Editor, Sulabh India; Ms. Ruchika Sinha, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Noida International University, Greater Noida; Prof. Vimlesh Kant Verma, Former Professor of Linguistics, University of Delhi and Mr. Amit Gupta, Joint Secretary, ARSP.
4. Core Values of peace and non-violence in contemporary times was chaired by Shri Shyam Parande, Secretary General ARSP. The speakers in this session included: Prof. Gita Dharampal, Dean of Research, Gandhi Research Foundation, Maharashtra; Dr. Narinder Mohkamsing, Associate Professor, Anton de kom University, Suriname; Dr. Neerja A Gupta, Principal, Bhavan's Arts and Commerce College, Khanpur, Ahmedabad, Director cum Coordinator, Study Abroad Program and Diaspora Studies, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad; Prof. Subhash Chandra, Associate Professor.(Hon.); Intercultural Open University (IOU), Netherlands; President GHA & Chairman Board – Global Harmony Association, India GHA and Amb. Manju Seth Retd. Foreign Diplomat.
A round-table discussion organised as part of the conference was chaired and moderated by Shri Narayan Kumar.
The conference generated serious interest not only amongst the academicians and scholars but equally among the political/diplomatic community and media, as such a wide ranging and contemporary themes were seen in full sync with the recognition of Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution towards the Diaspora. The participants explained in detail as to how Mahatma Gandhi touched upon every important aspect of human society- political, social, economic, gender, cultural, international relations, sustainability, technology and faith. They also made out a convincing case that Gandhiji’s philosophy was not limited only to the realm of philosophy or history but was equally relevant in contemporary times if the humanity was genuinely interested in creating a society based on the principles of peace, non violence, justice and equity. Indeed, the idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The Whole World is One Family) is not possible without the Gandhian values of peace, non violence and open mindedness.
The conference culminated with an equally impressive valedictory which was presided over by Shri Shyam Parande, Secretary General of ARSP. President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Dr. Vinay Sahsrabuddhe was the chief guest of the occasion. Shri Ram Bahadur Rai, President of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) was the guest of honour.
The participants reiterated that today, the Indian society and Diaspora are valued as much for their skills as for their commitment to peace and tolerance. In the same manner, Gandhiji’s own personality, thoughts and tools were directly influenced by the hardships faced by the Indiana diaspora in South Africa and Mauritius. It may be recalled that all these tools of Gandhian philosophy were first experimented with and within Diaspora. This has been an important two-way stream, the diaspora influencing Gandhiji’s initial political thoughts, which in turn shaped their larger character and image. Any efforts to study Indian Diaspora would seem impossible without getting intertwined with the life and message of Mahatma Gandhi.

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 prizes were arranged for the competitions as encouragement.
Outdoor activities consisted of field visit to Handloom and Textile Industry, under the Govt of A.P, located at Doimukh and visit to private textile industry Aka’s Creation, Nyorch.
The event concluded with a beautiful valedictory program-cum-prize distribution. Prizes were distributed by Director, NIT-AP (Competition prizes) and Dr. R.P Sharma, Associate Professor, BAS, NIT-AP (Participation certificates). It was successfully completed with full enthusiasm, sincerity and joy with a very good feedback from the participants and a conclusion vote of thanks from Director, NIT-AP. The Director, NIT-AP delivered a vote of thanks followed by lunch and departure.

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 communication. In which he shared famous Gandhian activist and follower of Gandhi’s philosophy Late Sh. Natwar Thakkar’s idea of Nonviolent Communication Literacy, where he talked about the ability and capacity to communicate not only with ourselves but with the society.

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 and 8 thematic cultural presentations by children and youth were not only the popular segment of the programme but also showcased the artistic talents from across the city. 6 dance performances and 2 mime presentation were based on peace and interreligious perspectives.

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 and felt that the book will be a guiding force for the young generation.
Dr Y P Anand stressed upon the Gandhian ethics to improve human culture and called upon the need to initiate dialogue to resolve differences. He stressed on the Gandhian idea of compromise.
Earlier Director GSDS while talking about the book said that this book will be included as the reference book in the to-be-launched certificate program for the IAS officers. He hoped that the message of the book must reach the society for long term solutions and called upon the youth of the colleges to be the ambassadors of peace.
Speaking about the book before its release, Dr. Anoop Swarup spoke on engineering and said that it is the value for life. Terming the history of war which is very short, Shri Swarup said that non-killing engineering has to be imbibed in the society.
Later a delegation comprising Shri Sankar Kumar Sanyal, Prof. N Radhakrishnan, Dr. Anoop Swarup, Dr. A K Merchant met the former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee at his residence and released the book there by presenting a copy to Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

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 representatives, Ms. Suhani Jalota, Founder, Myna Mahila Foundation, and Ms. Sorina Petrescu, Founder, TMoves.
In his inaugural address as Chief Guest, the Honourable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind said, “Education needs to go beyond mere literacy. We need to educate young people such that they can defy and transcend boundaries of class and race.” The President emphasized that “Following Gandhiji’s footsteps, we must let ourselves and our children interact and engage with those whom we tend to define as ‘them’. Greater interaction is the best way to develop a sensitive understanding, which can help us overcome our prejudices.”
Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishant’, Honourable Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development on the occasion observed ”Gandhi, synonymous with Kindness, had said that to show kindness to one person was more praiseworthy than the bowing of a thousand heads in prayer.” Shri R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development continued by expressing that “Mahatma Gandhi’s call to people in India and the world was to understand that character is most important” and that “human qualities such as kindness can be inculcated each in one of us.”
The Chair, Governing Board, UNESCO MGIEP, Prof. J S Rajput spoke of the relevance of Gandhian principles such as non-violence for the youth in the world today, which is facing turmoil. He went on to state “The very basis for the premise of the establishment of the Institute based on designing education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship harmonises fully with the principles of Mahatma Gandhi.”
Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP, during his address said the motivation for this conference was the general observation that “people have increasingly started to think that being kind is a sign of weakness whereas aggressiveness is respected.” He explained that humans are neurologically wired at birth to be kind but the process of socialisation tears that away. He further said, “If real societal change is to be achieved, Gandhi’s learnings, which he meticulously imbibed through his experiments, need to be built into our education systems and exemplified in our daily lives. The World Youth Conference for Kindness is a step towards our goal of creating a movement of inspired and empowered youth through kindness to transform”.
As part of the Opening Ceremony, Grammy Award winner & UNESCO MGIEP’s global ambassador for Kindness, Ricky Kej, launched the Kindness Anthem: “Shine Your Light”, featuring musicians from four continents, including Grammy Award-winning flute virtuoso, Wouter Kellerman, Grammy Award winning singer, Laura Dickinson, the Mzanzi Youth Choir and Grammy nominee and co-author of the song, Lonnie.
Following the Opening Ceremony, numerous plenary discussions were held bringing together experts from diverse areas such as philosophy, the neurosciences, filmmaking, literature, acting, education, meditation, activism and social work. Panel 1 focused on the “Art and Science of Peace”.
The post lunch session opened with a high-level Talking Across Generations on Education (TAGe) on the theme ‘Kindness and Prevention of Violent Extremism: From a platitude to a force’. The session,s moderated by Chaker Khazaal, author and public speaker, brought together six dynamic youth participants and three policy makers in an engaging dialogue. The debate deep dived into how youth are at the frontlines of extremism and violence, and how education supplemented by social and emotional learning can be used as a tool to prevent violent actions by youth.
The Conference culminated with the adoption and release of the ‘New Delhi Declaration on Kindness for the SDGs’. The New Delhi Declaration is a synthesis of 1,200+ youth voices from 117 countries; meticulously substantiated and summarised by the 60 youth participants from 27 countries. During the closing ceremony, the two youth participants who represented the 1200+ youth voices presented the Declaration, which was unanimously adopted by the audience gathered at the Conference.
In concluding remarks at the closing ceremony of the Conference, Nobel Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, shared his strong views of youth empowerment and how his organization is working with youth on building qualities such as empathy, compassion, towards a sustainable future.
Following the Conference, the first-ever UNESCO MGIEP Kindness Concert was held at the IIT Delhi on August 23 The power-packed performances were led by Grammy-Award Winning Musician and UNESCO MGIEP’s Global Kindness Ambassador Ricky Kej with fellow-Grammy Winner Laura Dickinson and an ensemble of artistes including IP Singh (Band Faridkot), Fateh and Murad Ali, Manoj George and Manjunath. The concert, attended by nearly 1,000 people, also marked the official global release of the full #KindnessAnthem, a collaboration of 3 Grammy-winners (including Flautist Woulter Kellerman) and the Mazansi Youth Choir from South Africa. Additionally, World-Renown Speed Painter Vilas Nayak made magic with the music by painting a beautiful piece of art on ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ for the night!
The Conference was preceded by a 3 days intense capacity-building workshop at O.P. Jindal University, Sonipat, Haryana, from August 20 – 22, 2019, during which 60 young people from 27 countries were trained in social and emotional learning and on prevention of violent extremism through education.
The Conference was organised as part of the #KindnessMatters for the SDGs campaign, launched on the International Day of Non-Violence or the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, October 2, 2018. The goal of this campaign is to mobilize the world’s youth to achieve the 17 SDGs through transformative acts of kindness. Thus far, through the campaign, close to 5,000 transformative acts of kindness have been generated from over 50 countries. The Campaign aims to be the foundational step towards the ultimate request (backed by 250, 000 transformative stories of kindness by global youth) for the Member States of the United Nations to declare a Decade of Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals – 2020 to 2030.

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 Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Nagaland to empower and commemorate the 'Sashaktikaran' of Bunkars (weavers) gave colossal platform to the Bunkars for explicitly presenting their handwork, leaving an enduring imprint on the mind of people. The Bunkar Fashion Show also accommodated one renowned personality from each state as a show stopper.
Sankalp for Khadi also introduced 'Gandhi Smriti Chinh Awards 2019' to acknowledge efforts of young enthusiasts who have upheld the Gandhian principles of Equality, Women Empowerment, Education, Swachh Bharat, Khadi and Non Violence.

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 music for peace.
Further, Mayank, Navya-Muskesh, Neha and The Mantash Band gave their performance on songs of Kabir Das. Joining them was septuagenarian, Ms. Prem Iyer, wife of an army officer, who has dedicated her life towards war widows.
The other highlight of the programme was Shri Arjun Kheriyal HCGD, Into Tibetan Border Police posted at China Border who shared his views on patriotism and also sang Matti from the film Kesari. Another attraction of the evening was a session on interlinking rivers, states, food and culture through music and an impromptu composition called Unche Himalaya Tak by famous guitarist Mr. Deepak Castellino of Char Yaar. This song was dedicated towards making the world inclusive (a one big family).
Manzil Mystics concluded the evening by singing Aao Hum (a song on peace, unity and Gandhi’s view of world as one family), Halke Gadi Hako (a Kabir Bhajan on good karma) and Ram Dhun.

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 centres would be set up at seven places, including Delhi, Madurai, Ahmedabad, Gandhigram, Sodepur and Manjeswaram, to train the youth in "non-violent conflict management, non-killing initiatives, non-violent communication strategies" among others.
The training will seek to correct the "moral and spiritual value" depletion in India's youth with a focus on social justice and harmony, Prof. N. Radhakrishnan, Chairman of the Gandhi Peace Mission, told IANS. It will also focus on inculcating positive attitudes on water conservation and hygiene and sanitation.

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 Gandhi, the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the Hon’ble Members of Parliament to go on a "Padayatra" in their constituencies and to connect Mahatma Gandhi's vision on rural economy by connecting with eminent citizens from each booth.
On August 16, the hon’ble Minister of Culture and VC GSDS Shri Prahalad Singh began the yatra from Anantpura to Chandpur; Chandpur to Chirari, Chirari to Bagaspura; Bagaspura to Gopalpura, Gopalpura to Guna; Guna to Baleh (Rahli Vidhan Sabha) covering a distance of 22 kilometres approximately.
On August 17, the Yatra began from Baleh to Piparia Ghat and proceeded to Gunjora. From Gujnora to Udaipura; Udaipura to Mothad Piparia; Mothad to Garahakota; Garahakota to Datpura Tiraha; Dantpura to Khejra Tiraha; Khejra Tiraha to Ghogra; Ghogra to Bansakala covering a distance of approximately 32 kilometres.
On August 18, the Yatra moved from Pathriya Vidhan Sabha to Khojakhedi Pathriya Vidhansabha covering a distance of approximately 23 kilometres. The following places covered were: Bansakala to Pathriya; Pathriya to Bailkhedi; Bailkhedi to Noru Tiraha; Noru Tiraha to Mara Tiraha; Mara Tiraha to Chapri; Chapri to Sadguan Tiraha; Sadguan to Semra; Semra to Jortala; Jortala to Khojakhedi Pathriya Vidhansabha.
On August 19, Shri Prahalad Singh Patel started for the culmination of his yatra from Khojakhedi Vidhan Sabha to Damoh Vidhan Sabha and the following places were covered: Khojakhedi to Parsoriya; Parsoriya to Pipariya Tiraha; Pipariya Tiraha to Tidoni Tiraha; Tidoni Tiraha to Imlai Chauraha; Imlai Chauraha to Gurdwara in Damoh. It was here in the slums of Damoh, Madhya Pradesh, Gandhiji laid the foundation of the Gurudwara. Mahatma Gandhi came to Damoh from Anantapur via Gadhakota. Meera Ben was with them. He was brought to Damoh in the car by Pandit Jagannath Prasad Pateria Chevrolet, the region's leading freedom fighter.
Shri Prahalad Singh Patel in his address to the huge gathering that followed him during the Yatra said that this is where he decided to culminate the yatra as this where Mahatma Gandhi had laid the foundation stone of the Gurdwara and this was a befitting tribute that could be paid to the Mahatma.

'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 of postcards in several post offices, many of these educational institutions re-scheduled their CHANGE150 workshops to a later date and many even created postcards on their own using chart papers.

Even as the timelines were very pressing, GSDS and LetterFarms worked hard to invite over 1500 educational institutions spread across the country, through emails and personal letters, thereby engaging them to be part of the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi and transform his timeless change mantra into action points. Even as change ideas continue to pour in, collaborations such as this successfully adds a phenomenal gush of energy to the 150th birth anniversary celebration of the Mahatma by engaging the youth in different parts of the country simultaneously. Their effectiveness can rise manifold with more resources and meticulous follow-ups.

CHANGE150 project, by Kochi based non-profit organization LetterFarms, began on 2nd October 2018 and has been on a people-powered mission to mobilize handwritten change ideas on postcards by ordinary citizens from 150 cities across states of India, identify 150 compelling civic change innovations from the tens of thousands received thus transforming Mahatma’s change mantra into action-points, and engaging young India to think for the greater good of our society and the nation.

Partnering with prestigious organizations such as India Post, National Gandhi Museum Delhi, National Rail Museum Delhi and the Kochi Muziris Biennale, CHANGE150 Postcard Display has been inspiring thousands of ordinary citizens to pick up a simple postcard and take their first steps to being a social changemaker inspired by the change mantra of Bapu.

“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 been displayed in 24 panels. His association with local leaders, freedom fighters and others has been discussed through photographs and text. Gandhiji's relationship with Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has been prominently shown. Sodepur Ashram, Noakhali tour, his efforts to maintain communal harmony in 1946-47 are also elaborately displayed.
The ‘Digital Kiosk’ installed at the Gandhi Gallery to bring before the masses the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi through the use of technology. It further includes quiz, films on the Mahatma and other information, for drawing the younger generation closer to understanding the ideals and philosophy of Gandhi ji.
Mahatma Gandhi’s association with Kolkata, particularly Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore is known to all. It was on his return from Phoenix Ashram that Mahatma Gandhi along with his family and others chose Shantiniketan as their temporary sojourn. For here, the Poet, ‘who was the singing voice and embraced freedom in a thousand bonds of delight’; and the Mathama, ‘who exemplified stark renunciation’, met; and their love of India and mankind united them. Gurudev conferred on Gandhi the title of “Mahatma”, ‘The Great Soul’.
It was also Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who for the first time in 1944 addressed Bapuji as “The Father of the Nation”.
It may be mentioned that the Ministry of Culture, Government of India has entrusted GSDS to set up “Gandhi Gallery” at 50 designated Airports throughout India in phase wise manner of which this is the second installation of the phase. The first, being the ‘Gandhi Gallery’ at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi that was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh, H.E. Shri Ram Naik along with Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath on January 2019.

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 ‘Bad touch’. She told the young girls about the difference between good touch and bad touch. “Good touch feels pleasant, and not uncomfortable. It is a way to show care, love and help – like your parents gives you a goodnight kiss or your grandparents hold you in their arms and you hold your friends hands while playing, is not considered as a bad touch. Whereas, bad touch is that makes you uncomfortable and you feel unpleasant. If someone touches your private parts without your approval or if someone touches you and tells you not to tell anyone or if someone touches you in a way that you do not like, say No to them. It’s your body and no one can touch in a way that you do not like”, asserted Dr. Aggarwal.
Further she demonstrated how to wash hands properly by showing them through different steps and she has also demonstrated how adolescent girls & women should maintain the menstrual health & hygiene of their body. Many girls and women face challenges with managing their periods safely. She told about personal hygiene during menstruation. She encouraged the adolescent girls and women to use sanitary napkins.
Division of Group and Group Exercise was done by Ms. Asha and Shobha. 65 participants were divided into 5 groups (13 person in each group). We gave different topics to group which was raised by participants as following such as: “Personal Problem”; “Gender Equality”; “Health and Hygiene”; “Menstrual Hygiene” and “Health”
The five groups made presentation during the interactive session on these subjects. Many Participants have written their problems which they are facing through drawings or by writing slogans. During the interaction the participants raised various issues on security/ safety /eve-teasing and prejudice/discrimination between boys and girls. They said that their parents prevent them from talking to boys or even playing with them. Some of the participants felt that since they have to go out for their studies their parents showed allow them to bit more flexibility.

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 were Shri Vineet Tiwari of Amar Ujaala, Shri Ramesh Chand Sharma, Shri A R Patil, Shri Yatish Mishra, Shri Manoj Kumar, Shri Nityanand Tiwari, Shri A. Annamalai, Dr. Y P Anand, Shri Ajay Kumar Chaubey and others.

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 three ‘technical’ sessions. Eminent personalities like Shri Ram Chander Rahi, President, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Rajghat, Shri Anadroy Ramdew, Attorney Conveyancer Braamfontein Johannesburg, South Africa and others spoke on the occasion. The valedictory session was graced by Shri Prafulla Ketkar, Editor Organiser Weekly.

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 of the trust.

On this occasion, former Union Minister and presently Member of Bihar Legislative Council Prof. Sanjay Paswan, former Lok Sabha MP Dr. Arun Kumar, former Bihar Minister for Cabinet Renu Kushwaha, Vijay Singh Kushwaha, former Legislative Councilor Ajay Kumar Almast, Senior Journalist and Editor of Jansatta Achyutanand Mishra, former editor Rahul Dev, former editor of Hindustan Vichar Arvind Mohan and many other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who was the chief guest on the occasion, while remembering the journalism of Prabhash Joshi, reminded the journalists present that he always emphasized on the fairness of the news. Prabhashji did not mix news and thoughts. “The passion of Gandhi and Vinoba influenced by (Prabhash) Joshi's simple, and intensely opposite situation is an inspiration for us. Such journalism is needed today”, Shri Nishank said. He further added that Prabhash Joshi was opposed to Macaulay's education policy. The draft which has been prepared by the Central Government today has included the views of thinkers and editors like Prabhash Joshi, which are sought from common people.

Senior journalist Shri Banwari said that at the age of 27-28 years, Gandhiji had seen and understood India and the world. Mahatma Gandhi associated education with morality and emphasized that the scripture that does not lead to a special superpower is not right education. In Prabhash Joshi's journalism, the idea of Gandhi and Vinoba was harmonized.

Shri Khushal Sharma, a disciple of classical singer Madhup Mudgal, recited Kabir Bhajan.

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 national interests should always be taken care of in journalism. Issues related to the unity, sovereignty and security of the country should be reported very thoughtfully.
The other speakers included Praveen Tiwari, Shri K G Suresh Director IIMC, who spoke on ‘anchoring’ and ‘reporting’ respectively.
On Day II, senior journalist of Zee Media, Adarsh Pande ji, talked about TV production as per the theme of the session. He told how a story has to go through the whole process, where graphics plays a vital role.
Others who shared their inputs on Day II included Shri Pankaj Shukla; Shri Mayank Jain and Shri Atul Gangwar.

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 awareness about the significance of the tragedy that unfolded 100 years ago.

The institutions that took part in the commemorative programme included: Axom Vidya Mandir, Noonmati, Guwahati; Geet Vitan Kala Kendra of Performing Arts, Chattisgarh; B S F Senior Secondary, School, Umpling, Shillong, Meghalaya; Kasturba Mahila Vidyapeeth Intermediate College, Sewapuri, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh; Delhi Public School, Sonepat; Delhi Public School, Panipat City; Summerfields School Gurugram; Blue Bells School, Gurugram; Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya Ishwar Nagar Delhi; Jaspal Kaur Public School, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, Sulabh Public School Little Flowers Public School, Shahadra, New Delhi and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road.

Almost 3000 children from 11 schools took part in the programme wherein they not only spoke about the event that shook humanity 100 years ago, but also gave their ideas of peace and how the world should adopt this for saving humanity. They also engaged themselves in creative pursuits, putting their thoughts into paper through art, poetry, music and prayer.

The principal of all the participating institutions also spoke on the occasion and led the children and staff into a silent tribute as a respect to the martyrs.

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 RPL program as the life skill training has helped the auto drivers in managing not only the occupational duties but also managing Finance, Credit, Family, Health and Safety for a better future.

Moreover, the decision of Ministry of Transport to abolish the difference between Private & Commercial license for LMV, has also come as a big relief to auto drivers as ever since pre-mobilization, they continuously raised the issue and GSDS further put efforts to escalate it.

Nearly 1000 Champaran auto drivers have been trained and certified in phase 1 of the RPL program.

Notable contributions to the program have been made by Mr. Prashant Shrivastav, Dr. Manju Agrawal, Mr. L N Kothari and Mr. Varun Nautiyal for Life skill training and Mr. Pawan Kumar and Mr. Lalan Ram for domain training as well as by the Admin and Program Unit of GSDS.

Under the August Chairmanship of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Esteemed guidance of Honourable Minister of Culture, Shri Mahesh Sharma and able leadership of Director Shri Dipankar Sri Gyan, the RPL program is a befitting contribution By GSDS to the Skill India Mission as envisioned by Prime Minister Modi.

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 before proceeding to Bapuji’s room, where the two leaders stood silently for a moment.
Secretary Ministry of Culture, Shri Raghvendra Singh explained the significance of the Gandhi Smriti Museum and the photography exhibitions.

The two leaders then took a walk following the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi to the Prayer ground where the Mahatma was assassinated. Here they offered their tributes at the Martyrs Column.

Eminent exponent of classical music, Dr. Vidya Shah made the evening more somber through her renditions of favorite bhajans/hymns from saints such as Kabir, Nanak, Tulsidas and with Gandhiji’s favorite Ram Dhun.

The visiting dignitaries also joined the evening prayer at the lawns where Gandhiji regularly conducted inter-faith prayers.

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 whatever students would learn from the lecture they should carry those teachings in such a way that they can practice in their own lives.

The keynote address was delivered by Prof. N. Radhakrishnan appreciated the efforts of the students in braving the inclement weather to participate in this discussion. Calling Nelson Mandela as the greatest revolutionary of the 21st Century, he began with an instance of Nelson Mandela’s homecoming from prison after 27 years. He said that the crowd was following him and was urging to take steps for a big change. There Nelson asked all: “What do you want me to do? Young people in the crowd shouted ‘Revenge’. He further asked will’ Revenge’ solve the problem? Where would it take us? Then he asked what was the opposite of ‘Revenge’” and answered it as ‘Love’ ‘Understanding’ and asked the people to cultivate it.

Prof. Radhakrishnan said that it demonstrated the upliftment of self-consciousness in Madiba while living in struggling conditions of Prison. He further gave reference to the Autobiography of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru i.e. Discovery of India where he had written that Wonder of Life lies in the wonder of being together.

While remembering Nelson Mandela’s visit to Gandhi Smriti after his release from imprisonment, Prof. Radhakrishnan informed that July 18 is being declared as the Nelson Mandela Day by the United Nations and congratulated all that we are the first to commemorate the anniversary.

An insight to the TRC concept which is Truth and Reconciliation Commission was also provided by him, which was a court-like restorative justice body assembled in South Africa after the end of apartheid and added that as per their method of ‘justice’ three thoughts should be taken into consideration before pronouncing the verdict. These are Wrong to be punished; with awareness to be God’s Child; Power to Forgive. So,

Dr. Uma Shankar, who has done research on conflicts in Afghanistan stressed that we need to find out a Global Universal Message based on how to look at conflict and how we should strive to frame an understanding to resolve it. He focused on some crucial issues such as domination of capitalist class and sedition of power, centralization and militarization, methods of non-violence, need to empower human beings internally, requirements to enrich internal capability of compassion, tolerance and truth.

Further Dr. Ramesh (Faculty member, Shyamlal College) began his lecture by comparing the two legends i.e. Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela with the motive to gain best out of their direction. He said that Gandhi never received/accepted any award, but Mandela did. Further, he asked to build Mandela Chairs in the footsteps of current Gandhian Chairs.

Interactive sessions were organized. Ms. Alia, Mr. Shadab, Mr. Kalam and others took part.

The lecture concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Ms. Tripta, faculty member, Zakir Husain Delhi College.

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-apartheid movement in South Africa. India was his first destination abroad after spending those years in jail. Mandela was conferred the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor, in this year”.

Shri S A Jamal said that he visited Gandhi Smriti thrice and spent a few moments all alone in Mahatma Gandhi’s room.

Earlier Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu welcomed the gathering and updated them about the life and philosophy of Nelson Mandela and how Mahatma Gandhi’s life’s philosophy inspired him.
Ms. Tania Arora presently an intern at Gandhi Smriti and studying at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Jamia Milia Islamia briefed the gathering about her academic course and also reflected on the address of the former President of United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama while delivering the 2018 “Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture”.

Known and loved around the world for his commitment to peace, negotiation and reconciliation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was South Africa’s first democratically elected president (1994 to 1999). An anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader and a philanthropist with an abiding love for children Nelson Mandela was born into the Xhosa royal family on 18 July 1918 and died on 5 December 2013.

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 new technology which takes all your information. Human identity has now become a number. Earlier it was the name and address of a person which he identified with. Now your identity is your bank account number, Aadhaar number, phone number etc.," he said.

He further said technology was being misused and dependency on it was increasing and harming society. "People rely on everything 'Google' says. Judges also give judgment using 'Google'. Teachers use it. It is an era of techno-savvy education. There is a lot of reliability and dependability," he said, adding, “This is a global crisis. You cannot evade or run away from it”.

“We need to find a new way ahead to interlink ‘technology’ and ‘democracy’ and use it with the right frame of mind. Let it not be a garage of manufacturing unit but something that is used for the benefit of humankind”, Dr. Joshi remarked with a caution that if the technology is used to spread intolerance, violent competition, then there’s a need to relook at this progressive mechanism”.

He concluded with a caution: “Should democracy be a dehumanized system or should it retain the humanity variables, needs to be looked into seriously”.

The programme organized jointly by Prabhash Prasang and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Smriti was also attended by former Comptroller and Auditor General Shri TN Chaturvedi, who presided over the function. Others who spoke included Shri Ram Bahadur Rai, Chairperson IGNCA, historian, author Shri Pushpesh Pant and Shri Ravindra Kishore Sinha, MP, Rajya Sabha.

The programme began with a short film on his life and works elaborating on his contribution to the field of journalism as the founder editor of Jansatta.

A trust has also been established in the name of Shri Prabhash Joshi. The occasion also saw the selection of two Fellows: Shri Shashank Kumar Singh who will work on Traditional Healers of the Marm and Zarrah Traditions and Shri Devesh Tripathi, who will work on the utensil making Thathera Community of Sant Kabir Nagar, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi released the copy of Prabhash Joshi Memorial Lecture in 2017 delivered by Shri P Sainath.

Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan presented the Angavastram, Charkha and books from the Samiti to Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi and other guests on the occasion.

Kabir bhajans by Padmashri Pandit Madhup Mudgal was another special highlight of the programme.

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 mean being non-violent towards human, but also love and care for animals, nature, culture and understanding conscious and subconscious psychology of others in a positive way is real nonviolence”.

Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, Former Director GSDS and Chairperson of Gandhi Peace Mission, Kerala said that the last adventure of Mahatma Gandhi was in Noakahli where he stressed on the message –‘Do not kill’. It was the most powerful message of nonviolence.

“Today we are here to think that what we have learned from Gandhi and what he has given us in his whole life. The magic of bringing people together is the strength of Mahatma Gandhi. We all should decide our mission towards promoting nonviolence. Today we do not have time for conversation and communication with our children, spouse and family members and this is aggravating the problem”, said Dr. Radhakrishnan.

He further emphasized: “Make ‘Give a chance to nonviolence and not killing’ a mission. Violence to nonviolence to not killing should be mission”.

Dr. Radhakrishnan said that the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi should be much more than celebrating programmes and establishing new buildings and bhavans in the name of Gandhi. “We must prepare an action plan for the nation. Rope a hope of happiness, harmony, prosperity, love and nonviolence.

He further suggested the following three measures as core values of nonviolence:

  • Tolerance
  • Respect and
  • Compassion

Prof. K. G. Suresh, Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communication raised a point that “Give non-violence a chance should be a civilian initiative”. Gandhi is now limited to printing on Indian currency.

Promoting the culture of ‘acceptance’ is much more effective than ‘tolerance’. Except for the unity of the nation and celebrate the diverse taste of the culture of the oneness in the country.
Dr. K.G Suresh also declared if peace teams could help in preparing a module or syllabus, IIMC would include this subject ‘Non-violence’ in the curriculum. He also suggested organizing a one or two day-long workshop at IIMC.

Dr. Y.P Anand former Director, National Gandhi Museum said that ‘Killing is limit to the newspapers. Gandhi used to give the example of family. In the family, we never try to kill each other. There is a sense of oneness and belongingness. The whole world is one family and we belong to this family only. No one is our enemy, everyone is everyone’s friend”.

Prof. T.K. Thomas, Chairman Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation in his address stressed that nonviolence is not a one day affair; it is a long-term affair and for that we should think across and talk with children and youth, define the concept of non-violent communication to them and include their voice in the curriculum as Dr. K.G Suresh had proposed earlier. We should think that what tangible things we are going to do in this whole mission”.

Shri Basant ji said that there is a district in Bihar named Munger which was famous as a centre for Yoga. But unfortunately, today it has become popular for making bomb and pistols. The reason behind this emerging violent practice in the form of making the bomb destroyed the prevalent art (yoga) of the area. No one wants to learn and practice their paternal skills and handicrafts. The new generation doesn’t want to run their family business of inheritance. The local art is dying everywhere. We are losing our local karigars (artisans) also. He further reiterated what Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam said that ‘art and culture is the only way to fight against violence and terrorism’.

The discussion concluded with the decision to make ‘‘Give a chance to nonviolence and not-killing’, a mission.

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. He said, “They (senior citizens) have retired from government service, but not retired or tired from their life”.

“A place where work on moral education is provided to the children, employment to the youth, medicine and service to the older generation that is an ideal society”, he concluded.

Shri Ram Bahadur Rai while appreciating the efforts of HAI said that one should learn how to use one’s life for the good of others. He further narrated

The other speakers on the occasion included Chairperson of IGNCA, Director General of AIIMS, Dr. Randeep Guleria, Prof. G K Rath, HOD Oncology AIIMS; Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS and Dr. Prashun Chatterjee, HOD Dept of Geriatrics, AIIMS.

On this occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh released a publication of the HAI showcasing their activities and work. A book on “Champaran Ki Dastaan” authored by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan and Shri Pankaj Chaubey was released and dedicated on the occasion to the centenary celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha.
Earlier, during the day, about 400+ elderly people from old-age homes and remote areas of Delhi and NCR were given vaccination against pneumonia and cancer screening was also conducted. It was a one-of-a-kind programme which was an attempt on the part of HAI and GSDS to reach the significant number of elderly people.

School children from Purva Madhyamik Vidyalaya Sector 12 were awarded for their outstanding result in the Intergenerational Learning Centre (IGLC) that was launched by the HAI and GSDS together in July 2017.

The elderly educators were also felicitated for their contribution and encouraging the positive change for the socio-economically disadvantageous children, resulting in outstanding performance. Helpage India representatives were also felicitated on the occasion. IGLC educator Shri Chander Shekhar and Smt. Archana Prabhakar was also felicitated on the occasion.

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 national construction will also be fulfilled. For this, we have to prepare young people who are devoted to the culture of the country”.

In his address, Shri Mohan Bhagwat, praised 60 educational institutions from all the 12 states, saying that people's mind in society is the only foundation for reform and that innovation in education would only streamline the reform. For this, we all have to work together and humans should not be selfish and have to understand the pain of others”.

Explaining the importance of education, he said that education can only serve humanity in the society and through it, man can attain God-realization.

The second day of the programme was organized in association with Bhartiya Bhasha Abhiyan, where the topic of discussion was “Janta ko Janta ki bhasha me Nyay”; the objective of the discussion was that the people should get justice in local languages; that is, other than English, there should be translators available in the Supreme Court for the local languages, for which the posts of translators, should also be increased said, Justice Hariharan Nayyar.

It has been proposed that translation of judgments should be done in all 22 languages & placed on the website of the Supreme Court and there should also be a legal dictionary of all 22 Indian languages. As part of this initiative, there should be required amendments in article 348 of the Constitution of India. It was also proposed that Bhartiya Bhasha Abhiyaan should transform it into a big movement of the masses.

Retd Justice Shiv Narayan Dhingra said that draft of legal applications should be made available in local languages. Retd. Justice Mool Chand Garg proposed that there should be steno training centres in Indian languages. Additional Solicitor General Shashi Prakash has also supported the viewpoint of discussion.

Sh. Atul Kothari, the Secretary of Shiksha Sanskriti Uthan Nyas, had appreciated the spirit of Bhartiya Bhasha Abhiyan and suggested that a delegation of judges should submit a proposal to the Hon'ble President and the hon’ble Prime Minister of India in this respect.

The member of Bar Council of India, Shri Ram Chander Rao said that legal education should be imparted in local languages. The representatives from the states of Delhi, Maharashtra, M.P., Odisha, West Bengal, Telangana, Kerala agreed to organize similar conferences in their states soon.

Giving his concluding remarks, Shri Mohan Rao Bhagwat ji stated that the expression of self is the expression of freedom.

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 initiative a success.
  • Video with messages by Dr. Mahesh Sharma (Minister for Culture, GOI), Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe (President, ICCR ), Sh. Dipanker Shri Gyan (Director GSDS ), Sh Ravindra Sathe ( DG, RMP ) and Sh. Priyank Kanoongo (Member, NCPCR) was played.
  • Principals were explained the initiative and competition booklets for students were distributed to them.
  • Everybody took a pledge towards a NEW INDIA.
  • The principals further engaged 2 lakh plus school students towards various activations of Sankalp Se Siddhi initiative.
  • 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 concerning education with non-violence. Some of the important personalities who attended the second day of the seminar included Ms. Rekha Sharma and Ms. Nisha Bhargava. Issues such as violence in teaching practices, students engaged in bullying, pressure on education, etc.

    At the end of the seminar, awards were also given to exceptional educationalist including Ms. Seema Bhargava (BAC) M.P. Gov.; Smt. Mamta Chaturvedi.

    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 agreement frames and open questions” and “Learn practical anger and stress management techniques” were taken up during the workshop.

    Through a game, he stressed on the concept of “Win-Win” situation at the workplace which is also applicable to team building.

    Earlier Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS welcomed the gathering and briefed about the training programme which he felt was much needed in today’s world. Later at the concluding session of the day-long workshop, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan stated that “Stress is directly proportional to performance” and that management of the stress is the key factor for good performance.

    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;
    • Integrating nonviolent communication and dialogues in community policing and enhancing Police Image.
      • On the second day of the workshop, an elaborative session on “Stress Management and Work-Life Balance” was conducted that also introduced the participants to techniques of meditation and other stress relieving techniques. Key tips were given on how to stay motivated during their work. The sessions were concluded by group presentations given by the participants on the case studies presented to them through the course of the workshop.

        While speaking on the benefits of programme Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu said, “Home Guards play an important role of a mediator to solve conflicts between the two groups or individual. This programme could help them deal with the situation without using coercive methods and violence. Thus making their job easier and safer and also help them to develop friendly linkage with /between the citizens.”

        He also shared experiences of similar programme organized by the Samiti amongst Home Guards and Police Forces in different parts of the country. He added that this programme will help to integrate Gandhian techniques of nonviolent conflict resolution and nonviolent communication in actual policing duties and draw attention towards the soul of programme i.e. to empower communities to actively engage with the police and to initiate joint police-community interventions using nonviolent techniques for crime prevention and safe neighborhood.

        Further HEALTH formula for effective policing and good police-public relations was elaborated which speaks about:

        • H=Honesty,
        • E=Empathy,
        • A=Acceptance
        • L=LISTENING,
        • T=TRUST and
        • H=HEART.

        Group exercises were carried on with the participants to analyze the case studies taken in different context.

    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 programme organized by GSDS amongst Home Guards and Police Forces in different parts of the country. He added that this programme will help to integrate Gandhian techniques of nonviolent conflict resolution and nonviolent communication in actual policing duties and draw attention towards the soul of programme i.e. to empower communities to actively engage with the police and to initiate joint police-community interventions using nonviolent techniques for crime prevention and safe neighborhood.

    Sessions which were jointly taken by resource persons included:

    1. Understanding of different perspectives on Peace, Nonviolence and Conflict; Critical understanding of everyday conflicts and resolution techniques and conflict Mapping;
    2. An introduction to Nonviolent Conflict Resolution approaches, Negotiation, Mediation, and Nonviolent Communication;
    3. Integrating nonviolent communication and dialogues in community policing and enhancing Police Image.

    Further HEALTH formula for effective policing and good police-public relations was elaborated which speaks about H=Honesty, E=Empathy, A=Acceptance, L=LISTENING, T=TRUST and H=HEART.

    Group exercises were carried on with participants to analyze the cases studies taken in different context.

    With the understanding that if we just act in each moment, with composure and mindfulness, each minute of our life is a work of art and it is just that we have to be aware of the motivation behind our action, the intention behind our words and the needs and experiences of other people, the programme ended with the promise note of making life more beautiful for others.

    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 for their children. He also asked them to help the customers and serve them with a smile.

    Smt. Geeta Shukla who was present on the occasion referred to Ms. Melba Pria, Mexican Ambassador to India who has made auto as her official vehicle. She congratulated Viswas for his efforts in bringing people from Champaran to Gandhi Darshan and for introducing them to Gandhiji's message and philosophy. “Please do not say ‘No’ to passengers when they come to you. You never know what urgency they might have”, she appealed.

    Shri Vishwas in his reflections said that because of this programme, they have been able to help the family members of the auto drivers in getting admission for their children. Even some of the auto drivers have voluntarily donated blood to patients in different hospitals.

    He also informed that on four special days of the year – August 15, October 2, January 26 and January 30, every year, the auto drivers from Champaran have resolved to render free service during the day for a particular period of time. He also informed that each of the auto drivers has further pledged to undertake cleanliness drive (swachhatta abhiyaan) every week in their respective (auto) stands.

    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 conditions, there is not even a single case of violence that had been noticed in his behavior or actions.

    Quoting Gautam Buddha, who said: “Words has the power to both destroy and create”, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu started his session while asking every participant to keep a notice of what you say. They were then apprised with the concept of violence, struggle and peace. Further, Health model based on non-violent communication was discussed as describing Honesty, Empathy, Acceptance, Listening and Trust as the basic constraint for peaceful communication. Then while discussing about the tools to adapt Nonviolent communication in life he asked everyone to promote capabilities, such as a power of self-introspection, careful selection of words, understand people and situation, relationship development, bridging human to human or soul to soul connection, development of emotional vocabulary,etc.

    In her session, Ms.Anupama Jha took a reality check while describing the problems and their solution. She said that there is a free will to choose who/what is more important – the more you resist the problem, the more it will tend to come out – if you are blaming circumstances that mean you are resisting and actually you are not accepting them. She then described a complete demarcation between spiritualism and religion. She said that spirituality is all about that hundred percent concentration is on you that means you are completely delving within yourself. By finding yourself you are prone to love yourself which eventually leads to happiness and there starts a journey when you will be all set to do good to/for others.

    Then she explained the function of heart and mind in decision making. She explained that when it is about logics or judgments, we use our mind rather than the heart. But working with mind every time we make ego as our friend which is actually a false image of self at play. If our ego is at work then our desires never end. It is true that our brain cannot understand the difference between imagination and reality. Its all about what we reap depends on what we sow.

    She further conducted a “Meet Yourself Program” through Prayanam followed by meditation leading everyone present there in the silence but relaxed.

    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?

    He further, defined conflict as a situation where there is a clash of ideas, interests, principles, values, culture and civilization. Also, discussed the types of conflicts which are faced by an administrator namely conflict faced while working with politicians and political representatives; conflict faced with institutions (Judiciary, Human Rights Commission ) Economic Conflicts (liberalization, taxation, demonetization), social conflicts (caste, creed, gender, faith), cultural conflict; conflict arising due to emergence of new technology, internal conflict and conflict with Family, etc. Alongside, he gave an insight that how he dealt with all such conflict while working as an administrator.

    Further, Prof T K Thomas began his session on Nonviolent communication with a positive note that Our personality is like many splendid diamonds….the more corners it has…more facets it has…it becomes brighter and powerful. Then he captured the attention of participants towards the powers an individual have, namely, the power of perception, optimism, decision, persistence, belief, choice, focus, giving, learning and the highest power i.e. love. He urged all to remember their innate powers to have a constructive outcome even in harshest conditions. Then he described HEALTH Formulae (Health, Empathy, Acceptance, Listen, Trust and heart) for effective decision making and adaptability in undesirable conditions. He said generally we are reacting from life but not responding and we can respond only when our heart is at work to make a decision. So, he asked participants to practice to listen to your high self i.e your inner voice, for a better and stress-free life.

    Later, Ms. Anupama Jha took a session on Stress Management. She described the Human body as a sophisticated system and our duty is to manage it. Also discussed Some inputs for a stress-free life like- Try to stop the chatter of the mind, pay attention to self, stop scared of being sitting with yourself, give at least 15 minutes in a day for meeting yourself. Then she took a “Meet yourself” session having Pranayama and meditation as its part.

    An interactive session with the participants was organized during the two-day orientation programme.

    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 Chandra Gaur (CCBOS of India) and Melinda IRTL FOLDING (Goras Pariwar, Hungary). The Inaugural session concluded with a cultural program of Sh. S.V. Rao and his team members.

    The three major events of Y.A.G.Y.A. conference – “Somayag Workshop” and “G.O.W. Sansad” were organized in Gandhi Darshan.

    The Y.A.G.Y.A. conference was organized from July 15-17, during which presentations on Yog-Ayurved-Govidya-Yagya-Anusandhan and their applications in various sectors (for S.D.Gs) were made by Er. Subodh Kumar, Dr. ISH Narang, Dr. Mamta Saxena (Advisor, Horticulture Dept, Ministry of Agriculture, Farmer welfare, G.O.I.), Akash Chourasiya (Unnat Krishi Abhiyan Parisad), Prof. M.M. Bajaj, Dr. Jagveer Rawat (Lala Lajpat Rai Veterinary Univ, Hisar) etc.

    The Somayag Workshop was organized during July 18-22 July covering multiple themes of “Gurukul Education”, “Traditional health care systems”, “Waste management techniques for sustainable development of rural clusters”. A daily routine based on the principles of Yog and Ayurved was followed by all the delegates during the five-day workshop that included the practice of “Asanas & Yog, Sandhya-Agnihotra, Meditation Practice”, etc.

    “G.O.W. Sansad” was organized during July 23-24, 2018 that covered various aspects of cow based integrated rural development towards achieving the global goals of sustainable development (SDGs-2030). The main discussions took place on “Goras-Clusters” under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’s green economy programme (for NCR-Delhi) and upon the two resolutions passed in earlier “Gow-Sansad” held in Bhopal (M.P.) during July4-5, 2018 which are as under:

    1. Formation of “Rashtriya Gochar Vikas Board” to coordinate the constitution & proper functioning of Goseva Ayog/Board in all states and union territories and to facilitate pasture-land development besides waste-land reclamation.
    2. Promotion of Govidya-Research and Lok-Shikshan through the state Goseva Ayog/Board in selected villages to develop them into model Green-Economy Clusters.
    3. The expo was attended by over 150 delegates from 15 states during the ten-day programme, besides two delegates from abroad.

    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. Today every corner of the globe is celebrating Yoga Day as yoga has become a part of our life," he told reporters in Kolkata.

      "Yoga, which has mental and physical healing effect and is a stress-reliever, causes holistic improvement and has become a part of modern life," he said.

    2. In Department of Home Guards, almost 200 participants practiced yoga in the presence of Yogacharya Shri Arun Tiwari. Also, a talk on “Naturopathy and Healthy Life” was delivered by Dr. Manju Aggarwal who discussed the benefits and impact of Naturopathy in our daily life. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu was present on the occasion.
    3. In NOIDA Entrepreneurs Association, Sec-21, Noida Union Finance Minister Shri Piyush Goyal and Bharatiya Janata Party MLA, Shri Pankaj Singh performed Yoga along with the participants. Shri Sushil Kumar Shukla from GSDS took part in the programme.
    4. Further, Jal Vihar Community Centre (JVCC), NOIDA organized a Yoga session as part of the International Day of Yoga under the banner of “Global Yoga Mission (India)”. Yog professionals conducted the yoga session. General V K Singh was present on the occasion. Members of ‘Laughter Club’ and other Nodia residents joined the programme.

    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, Shri Radha Mohan Singhji reiterated the vision of Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan in developing a model Vidyalaya (Buniyadi Vidyalaya) on Gandhiji’s concept of Basic Education and suggested that the Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya be developed into a model Buniyadi Vidyalaya.

    Earlier, Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan along with Smt. Geeta Shukla, Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Shri Pankaj Chaubey and Shri Yatender Singh visited the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Peeprakothi to see the functioning of the ‘sanitary napkin vending machine and incinerator’ that was installed on April 7, 2018. He also had an interaction with the Principal of the Vidyalaya Shri Anjum Arshi and discussed the possibilities of organizing programmes for children with the school.

    The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks.

    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 against injustice which Gandhiji attained in Champaran.

    The grand high-quality steel, corrosion resistant and non-magnetic Charkha has been provided by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and manufactured at Prayog Samiti at Ahmedabad.

    In his inaugural address, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that "it is a matter of pride for this erstwhile land of Satyagraha from where Mohandas Karamchand Gandhiji started his journey to be our loving Bapu that it is now symbolizing our Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' Mission."

    He further dedicated the ‘Charkha Park’ at Belbanwa Chowk opposite to the Gandhi Museum in town to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi's visit to Champaran and pleaded that people should not play with the ideals and philosophy of great thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

    He praised the efforts of the GSDS and KVIC in initiating the projects of placing the giant Insignias and the Charkha.

    Earlier Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan felicitated the distinguished gathering including Shri Radha Mohan Singh Ji with the angavastram and a memento.

    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 to fight for the farmers’ rights.

    Further, the Hon'ble minister also visited the “Mobile Exhibition” developed by the GSDS on ‘Swachhatta’ containing twenty (20) photographic panels with text underlying the essence of cleanliness and the dream of the Hon'ble Prime Minister for a ‘Clean India’.

    The day also saw the inauguration of the “Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine and Incinerator” by Shri Radha Mohan Singh at the female toilet of the Bapu Dham Railway Station. The vending machine will cater to the needs of the female passengers at the railway station.

    Shri Lal Babu Rai, the DRM Bapu Dham Railway Station, Shri Arun Jain, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS, and others were present at the inaugural function. The keys to operate the machine has been handed over to the office of the Station Master.

    Shri Radha Mohan Singh ji also launched the electric railway route from Motihari to Muzaffarpur as part of the concluding ceremony of the Champaran Satyagraha centenary celebrations.

    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 from the Zila School to Bapu Dham Motihari Railway Station.

    Veteran freedom fighters and family members of the freedom fighters who had passed away were felicitated on the occasion.

    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-related diseases”, he emphasized.

    Shri Roopak Roy Choudhury further said that sensitization of adolescent girls and women of the area is a necessity and therefore there is a need to run advocacy programmes for the adolescent girls in the schools too.

    From April 10-14, 2018, the Samiti engaged itself in its preparation for the work at the Zila School, Motihari Railway Station, Charkha Park, Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya, Peeprakothi, Rajkiya Madhya Vidyalaya, Chandrhaiya for developing its interpretation centres, coordination and engaging with the media for awareness generation.

    • Inauguration of Interpretation Centres, Plaques and Charkha Chowk by Hon’ble Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister

    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, and parents were viewed as an integral part of making this whole campaign successful. The groups that presented their viewpoints included:

    1. Gandhi Swachchatta Team
    2. Swachhangan
    3. Swatantra Bharat Swachchatta Party, Swachh Vidyalaya Samaj Party.
    4. It was further decided to initiate the door-to-door campaign, encourage young students to recycle waste and to place dustbins in schools.

      The organizers – GSDS and Sulabh International – felt that one could develop “Gandhi Mitras” and “Sulabh Mitras” to generate maximum awareness and take the project at a large scale. The workshop at Zila School concluded with Shri Rajdeep Pathak giving an introduction of the GSDS and its activities and interaction with the teachers.

      Earlier during the day, Dr. Manju Aggarwal demonstrated the use of the Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine and Destroyer to the female students and teachers of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Peeprakothi where the Vending machine and Incinerator was set up.

      Sharing his observations about the whole idea of sanitation clubs and workshops and health and hygiene, Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, while speaking to media persons in Motihari said: “Developing good hygiene habits should start as early as when a child can independently hold a hairbrush and start brushing her/his teeth. It is important to teach a child the importance of good health through routine hygiene such as washing one’s hands before each meal, washing one’s hands following use of the bathroom, brushing one’s teeth at least twice a day, washing one’s face every morning and taking bath every day. All these lead to the development of healthy habits.”

      He further added, Promotion of personal hygiene and environmental sanitation in schools helps children to adopt good habits during their formative childhood. Mostly whatever children learn in school they can and often do pass on in their families and communities”.

    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 Arvind Yadav, Shri Manish Kumar, Shri Deepak Kumar Pandey.

    The broad initiatives that were taken in Champaran are as under:

    • Initiation of Sanitation Clubs in Schools in Champaran
    • In pursuance of the Swachh Bharat Initiative, the Samiti in collaboration with Sulabh Social Service Organisation established Sanitation Clubs in various schools in Champaran. A series of workshops were conducted on health and sanitation in these schools.

      One major initiative was the setting up of the Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine and Incinerators (destroyer), in schools and railway station, Motihari to begin with. This was a tribute to the spirit of Ba (Kasturba Gandhi) who had always worked on feminine health issues side by side with Gandhiji who time and again expressed his concern about the health of the mothers and raised issues on sanitation in his different campaigns.

      This effort by the Samiti was also in view of the clarion call given by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on April 10, 2017 when he launched “Swachhagraha”. The Prime Minister also underlined the importance of ‘karyanjali’ or action.

      The Samiti, therefore, undertook several activities towards sensitization campaigns for the young and adolescent girls, and women in maintaining their menstrual hygiene.

      Speaking about this initiative of the Samiti, Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan says: “The ‘School Sanitation Programme’ will be aimed at promoting life skills-based hygiene education which can help to create effective education and hygienic schools by giving children not only knowledge but also attitudes and skills for coping with life”.

      As part of the programme, several initiatives were taken such as workshops, setting up of sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators, etc.

    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 Corporation, Shri Chandrabhushan Singh from Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya and Prof. Urmila Sharma from Maharani Shri Jaya Mahavidyalaya.

    With the support of Rajasthan Skill Building and Employment Development corporation certificates were also distributed to the home guard trainees and five young start-ups.

    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.

    BHARATPUR, RAJASTHAN

    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 further claimed the reason for being trapped in these differences is that “We have been woven by changing scenarios in market, monarchy and the development”, which he further elaborated as:

    • MARKET: Today the market is enticing us; it works as “Sell what they have”. The market buys our physical ability, talents and qualities and at last, we sit down by emptying our own pockets. It is unfortunate that today's market is learning how to meet artificial needs which actually leads to temporary upliftment only.
    • MONARCHY: The purpose of Swaraj has been misused. At the time of Independence, the intention was not just about the development of the Congress but about overall development which has been changed gradually. Earlier, elections were the stepping stone for public services particularly for the people who had dedicated their lives to the society. But, nowadays elections are being fought on the strength of the capital, the force of the party, the force of the corporate, on the strength of the power of religion and the bureaucracy.
    • DEVELOPMENT: According to Hind Swaraj, "This development is a mad blind race, it is taking us towards destruction and we all should leave this path and work for development with the help of nature and society.
      • In his deliberations, Shri Kumar Prashant undertook the concept of searching and finding ourselves amidst the exterior environment. He said that we never think about ourselves but just keep thinking about others and also from the day we will start thinking about our individual self, we will definitely start searching for it. He added that the place where you stand in the crowd determines your search for yourself. He also apprised participants about the National Youth Organization, its purpose, values, methodology, symbols, Satyagraha and membership.

        Shri Dipankar Shri Gyan shared the experiences of his life and work succinctly, eventually leading towards the way that today a person can go forward only if S/he wants to give something to the society.

        In addition to these aforementioned sessions and open sessions, the camp worked successfully to inculcate activities such as shramdaan, yoga and cultural activities, and other such creative activities.

    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-confidence and critical thinking amongst girls, some vital issues of their lives were also discussed such as consent, self-respect and control over one’s own body.

    The training was in the form of group participatory activity rather than just a classroom lecture format. The girls participated actively in the training and were reflective at the same time. Ms. Ankita working on issues of gender sensitization conducted the workshop.

    Shri Rajdeep Pathak (Programme Executive, GSDS) on June 27, spoke on team-building as a necessary tool for active community participation. He conducted a practical session with the children and spoke on the art of listening that enables one to decide between right and wrong. Stating that Mahatma Gandhi always stressed the ability of the hands to work constructively for the welfare of the society, he called on the participants to develop their skills and upgrade their capacities.

    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 benefit of Physical Labour, Determination, Discipline and Time Management, etc.

    While briefing about the presence of Ba in decisions of Gandhiji, she pointed out that when Ba and Bapu got married they were almost of same age and as a child Kasturba ji always fought for equality which turned Mahatma to understand the equality men-women should have which he carried on her every activity.

    She further focused over the peculiarities of using charkha as a symbol of Swaraj by Gandhiji. She said that Charkha was the only single door where rich-poor-male-female could meet, a symbol of Unity. She also explained the scientific significance behind using Charkha, as when we are spinning then our mind, hands and eyes are working in tandem thus as to enhance the motor abilities while keeping a person engaged in meditation. Here the spinner could see the change S/he is creating with every effort thus maintaining optimism in actions leading to self-confidence which was a small step but a basic need for a nation to be built on the belief of Swaraj.

    A tour of the GSDS museum and Gandhi Samadhi Rajghat was also undertaken during the programme.

    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 here in cities where we have forgotten the facilities nature has provided to us even at free of cost. She expressed her happiness that through the experience of experts and participants present here, the sessions will enable to enrich the knowledge related to herbs and others.

    Further, Dr. Vasavi Kedo, welcomed all and outlined the aim and objectives of the seminar. She focused her discussion on the on-going problem related to the use of Mahua, where, presently the villagers, who collect the Mahuwa, sell the Mahuwa flowers to the traders and thus they produce alcohol from it, eventually causing domestic violence. She informed that there-there is also a huge rise in the number of death cases.

    She further informed that Hodopathy and ethnomedicine and other benefits of each part of Mahua must reach the people. While referring to the Parliamentary Committee Report of 2016, she stressed over the increasing number of cases of severe acute malnutrition, anemia and Malaria in children belonging to the tribal community. Issue related to early mortality rates was also discussed by her.

    Dr. P.P Hembrom shared his experiences that how he has spent his whole life while working with indigenous species. He apprised that Hodopathy, the unique traditional medicinal system belonging to Jharkhand’s Tribal community, can cure many diseases. He said that more importantly, natural herbs and their extracts, does not have any side-effect on the patient.

    Dr. Anil K. Goel, who has been working as the mentor to the natives of Jharkhand regarding the use of Mahua said that we all know tribal communities possess a vast wealth of indigenous knowledge system. Indigenous people have functional knowledge which they have developed, preserved and maintained over many generations through continuous interactions, observations and experimentations with their surrounding environment. He termed this as ‘Natural Capitalism’ or ‘Green Economy’.

    He further described about the significance of ethnomedicinal knowledge, as it serves as a powerful tool for bioprospecting of plant wealth and also for converting into value-added products ensuring health security to masses in a most sustainable manner. He said indigenous communities are responsible for the discovery of the wide range of health-giving herbal formulations, medicinal plants which can generate considerable economic value and affordable health.

    The seminar concluded with a presentation, interactive session and experience sharing by Hodopathy practitioners such as Punia Xalxo, Samble Singh Munda, Clamensia Kjur, Elizabeth Jahanaara and Mansingh Munda.

    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 Lal Nehru College, University of Delhi were the invited speakers.

    In the Valedictory programme, on July 19, 2018, Prof. D. K. Singh, Dean, Recruitment and Promotions, University of Delhi, grace the occasion by his presence and chaired the session.

    Prof. Singh emphasized on the urgent need to rope in Gandhian philosophy and action in our day-to-day life and congratulated the Director, Gandhi Bhawan for such a meaningful programme.

    Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS was also present on this occasion. A total number of 50 participants from undergraduate level to Ph.D. scholars and the faculty of Delhi University Colleges were selected for this School.

    On the same day a campaign against the use of plastic in our daily life, was taken up by organizing a rally on 'Plastic-free Campus'. It was started at 10:00 a.m. from Gandhi Bhawan and took a round of University campus in order to propagate the basic idea – Avoid the use of plastic. It has culminated at Gandhi Bhawan which was well attended by students, teachers and staff of University of Delhi.

    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 to the belongings of Gandhi.

    Group songs, reflections from learners, stone paintings, sketching, clay modeling, etc were also conducted during the workshop. Shramdaan formed part of a major activity in the workshop and the children cleaned up the entire garden area during their visit to the Gandhi Darshan exhibition My Life is my Message.

    The focus has also been to enable our children to imbibe the Gandhian ethics in their lives and apply those whenever required, for e.g. when they got into an argument or fight, sharing their belongings with others, eliminating personal comments and shaming, resolving the conflicts between their friends or if they have with anyone, respect for every individual, accepting others' viewpoint, etc.

    “We worked upon helping children incorporate the values of Truth, peace, non-violence, unity, Cooperation and simplicity in their lives and hope that with the passage of time that it will definitely bring positive change in their behavior”, said Shipra Rai from Jamghat.

    In the valedictory session, participants expressed their experiences and shared the token of appreciation. The students showcased their creativity through theatre, experience sharing session. An exhibition of their products made during the workshop was also showcased on the occasion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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