* Online Gandhi Quiz Prize distribution organised
December 2, 2021
Former Union Minister and Vice Chairman Shri Vijay Goel GSDS gave away the prizes for the on-line Gandhi Quiz organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Police Families Welfare Society (PFWS) in Gandhi Smriti on December 2, 2021. Smt. Anshu Asthana, President PFWS and Smt. Rachana Golcha, Head Education Committee PFWS and Smt. Shikha S Malhotra, Member Education Committee, PFWS were present at the distribution ceremony. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan was also present on the occasion.
As part of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, 2021 and 75 Years of India’s Independence, the quiz was organised. Almost 460 students took part in the quiz competition in two different categories – below twenty years of age and above twenty years of age.
Ms. Anushka, Ms. Pinki and Ms. Kashish won the first, second and third prizes respectively in category below twenty years. Ms. Meenu, Mr. Rakshant and Ms.Seveya won the first, second and third prizes respectively in above twenty years category. Cash prizes were also awarded to the winners.
Police Families Welfare Society President, Smt. Anshu Asthana also honoured Shri Vijay Goel, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu on the occasion. They also presented planters to Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Shri Pankaj Sharma, Shri Gulshan Gupta and Shri Manish Singh Technical Expert who developed the Bapu Quiz App.
* Gandhi Tum Zinda Ho play staged
December 5, 2021
As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Thespian Society staged the play “Gandhi Tum Zinda Ho” in Gandhi Smriti on December 5, 2021.
The play’s vision is to imbibe in the youth the spirit of nationalism that drove the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters to the larger cause of serving the country. The play showcased the relevance of Gandhi in the post-independence era in different hues and is apt for the occasion as it creates a bridge between the youth today and the Mahatma’s ideals. This work, with focus on the ideal of peace, exemplified the relevance of Gandhian philosophy in the 21st century which can bind Indians across the globe.
Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha Dr Sonal Mansingh, police commissioner of Delhi Shri Rakesh Asthana, Shri G P Singh Secretary Special Cell Delhi Government and former Union Minister and Vice Chairman Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Shri Vijay Goel along with Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan inaugurated the play “Gandhi Tum Zinda Ho” directed by Raj Upadhyaya of Thespian Society in Gandhi Smriti on December 5, 2021. Over 500 people attended the programme.
* Workshop on Types and Manifestations of Violent Communications and its impact on our Social and Personal Well-being
December 5, 2021
GSDS in association with Galgotia University, NOIDA organised a workshop on “Types and Manifestations of Violent Communications and its impact on our Social and Personal Well-being” on December 5, 2021. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Mansi Sharma, a professor with Punjab University.
* Workshop on Volunteerism and Professional Development
December 8, 2021
GSDS in association with Bhagat Phool Singh Women University, Sonepat, Haryana organised a workshop on “Volunteerism and Professional Development” on December 8, 2021 at their college in Haryana. Shri Gulshan Gupta, North East Coordinator conducted the workshop during which the following sessions were conducted:
1. Introducing Volunteerism - Impact and Benefits
2. Student’s Perspective on Volunteerism - What Volunteerism Means to Me?
3. Areas of Volunteerism - Identifying different relevant areas and scope of volunteerism
4. Best Practices of Volunteerism - Campaign, Movements, and Practices of Volunteerism across the Globe
5. How to be a Effective Volunteer –
- Time Management
- Communication Skills
- Literacy Skills
- Expectations
- Limit of Volunteering
6. Volunteerism and Professional Development
- Learn and Develop New Skills
- Social Work in Practical
- Community Building
- Self-Satisfaction
- Professional Career
The main target participants were students of MSW and students enrolled under NSS in the university. There were approximately 60 participants who participated actively in the workshop. The workshop concluded with question-and-answer round.
* Session on Gandhian Model of Nonviolent Communication
December 10, 2021
The Samiti organised a session on “Gandhian Model of Nonviolent Communication” with Galgotia University on December 10, 2021. Discussion on nonviolent speech and action; maintenance of relationships and enrichment of personhood and openness; and flexibility were discussed during the session.
* Tribute to CDS General Bipin Rawat
December 10, 2021
Director Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan led the GSDS Staff in paying rich tributes to the first Chief of Defence Staff of India Gen. Shri Bipin Rawat, his wife and and 11 other officers who died after the Mi-17V5 helicopter crashed in Coonoor in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on December 8, 2021 at a condolence meeting organised by GSDS on December 10, 2021.
Describing this as a great loss to the county, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan called that his service to the nation will be remembered by generations. He recited a poem "Pushp Ki Abhilasha" written by poet Makhanlal Chaturvedi on the occasion. Shri Piyush Haldar also recited his poem as a tribute to General Bipin Rawat.
* Workshop on Types and Manifestations of Violent Communications and its impact on our Social and Personal Well-being
December 11, 2021
GSDS in association with Bharatiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu organised a workshop on “Types and Manifestations of Violent Communications and its impact on our Social and Personal Well-being” on December 5, 2021. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Mansi Sharma, a professor with Punjab University.
*Workshop on Managing Emotions through Nonviolent Communication
December 12, 2021
GSDS organised a day-long workshop on “Managing Emotions through Nonviolent Communication” on December 12, 2021 in association with Galgotia University. It was discussed that as a nonviolent communicator, one would be able to handle and manage one’s negative and disruptive emotions constructively which will help them to harness positive energy. It was discussed that as one practices nonviolent communication, one will get attuned and understand the situations and conditions which were the cause of the negative emotions.
* COVID Health Awareness Camp organised
December 15, 2021
As part of the health awareness camp, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with the team of doctors from UPHC Daryaganj conducted the RTPCR Tests for the students of the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat. 78 students and trainers got their tests done on December 15, 2021.
* Lecture on Jurisprudence of Nonviolence
December 16, 2021
The best lawyer is one who knows the society: Dipanker Shri Gyan
Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan took an hour-long session on the morals and ethics of jurisprudence, the pillars of jurisprudence and the Gandhian jurisprudence of nonviolence for 115 students of the Asia Law College, NOIDA in Gandhi Darshan on December 16, 2021 where he focused on the definition of ‘Law’ its codification and social framework. He further went on to focus on the moral and ethical significance of law or justice and discussed on the different between ‘justice’ versus ‘judgement’.
Saying that “Mahatma Gandhi is the only epitome of jurisprudence in the world with his practice of truth and nonviolence”, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan spoke on what he called the ‘validity of argument’ and said, “The perquisite of a law is that it must come under the custom of society”.
He further underlined the pillars of jurisprudence – Natural Law, Legal Positivism and Modern School of thought that discusses law and economics. He said, “The best lawyer is one who knows the society. Lawyers must have a clear understanding of the need of the society”.
Saying that “Mahatma Gandhi is not just a person, he is a thought process”, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan spoke on the Gandhian idea of equality, accountability and said that Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolence is based on his self courage, compassion, truth, trust, respect fearlessness, forgiveness, service or selflessness and self-restraint.
Earlier, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS welcomed the gathering. The teachers from Asian Law College were also felicitated on the occasion.
* Tolstoy-Gandhi Memorial Lecture
December 17, 2021
Gandhi and Tolstoy were guided by God within them: Shrikrishna Kulkarni
Former Union Minister and Vice Chairman Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Shri Vijay Goel said, “It is world known fact that the friendship between India and Russia is historical, which Gandhi and Tolstoy gave a new dimension and it continues till today. It is very Interesting, that both India and Russia have a history of facing aggression, from the outside world and defeating those forces, through peace and love for humanity. Both India and Russia have been at the forefront, to teach the world about, peace, nonviolence, compassion, and harmony of mankind. This makes India and Russia natural allies.”
“The excellent camaraderie between Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin is taking India to new heights”, said Shri Vijay Goel.
Shri Vijay Goel was speaking at the Tolstoy-Gandhi Memorial Lecture organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on December 17, 2021 in Gandhi Smriti, as part of the Centennial Celebration of “Yasnaya Polyana” Leo Tolstoy National Museum-Estate, Tula, Russia with the support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in New Delhi.
Shri Vjay Goel further said, “I vividly remember when I was in school, how a chapter about Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi described the relationship between Gandhi and Tolstoy and how Gandhi was inspired by Tolstoy’s, Idea of Peace and Nonviolence, which not only changed Gandhiji’s life, but later changed the world”. “It is interesting to know how these two of the greatest minds in human history, India’s Mahatma Gandhi and Russia’s Leo Tolstoy who never got to meet in person”.
Addressing a gathering of diplomats, people from the field of art and literature, Shri Vijay Goel, while recollecting the correspondence between Leo Tolstoy, said that on the one hand if it was the Bhagavad Gita that deepened the impression, it was also Tolstoy’s “The Kingdom of God is Within You” that gave Mahatma Gandhi a permanent form”, adding, “We at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti preaches the same principles, love of mankind and Ahimsa, (Nonviolence) formulated by Tolstoy and preached by Gandhiji”.
Shri Vijay Goel further suggested that Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti take up new research of the interaction of Mahatma Gandhi with Leo Tolstoy and bring up a research publication, which should be an analytical approach where the present generation learn more about the philosophies of Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi and their role in influencing generations.
H.E. Mr. Vladimir I. Tolstoy, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation on Culture and great grandson of Leo Tolstoy; Ms. Ekaterina A. Tolstaya, Director, Yasnaya Polyana: "Centennial Anniversary of the Leo Tolstoy National Museum-Estate at Yasnaya Polyana; Mr. Shrikrishna Kulkarni, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi; Dr. Galina V. Alekseeva, Academic Director, Yasnaya Polyana; Dr. Girish Munjal, Assistant Professor of Russian, University of Delhi; Mr. Alexei Illuviev, Second Secretary, Embassy of Russia in India were present on the occasion. Students from twelve universities outside India and eight within India joined the programme through the digital mode.
Mr. Vladimir I Tolstoy in his address mentioned that the whole world today needs to understand the philosophies of Leo Tosltoy and Mahatma Gandhi for achieving peace in the world, for “Tolstoy inspired Mahatma Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi inspired the whole world to struggle and rise for their rights not with brutal force, but with love”.
Ms. Ekaterina Tolstaya while sharing her views about the Tolstoy Museum and Yasnaya Polyana said that the museum is a lively place living by the principles of Leo Tolstoy and taking his message to the present generations through various academic research, ecological activities, educational and digital projects.
Calling Tolstoy for Gandhi a ‘guru’ or teacher, Mr. Shrikrishna Kulkarni said, “Mahatma Gandhi was a perfect student whose life’s actions could be seen being guided by the guru, Tolstoy”, adding, “Both Gandhi and Tolstoy were guided by God within them. These two great personalities were brought together by forces of destiny, as both of them were inherently spiritual”.
Dr. Girish Munjal presented a detailed analysis of Tolstoy’s book “The Kingdom of God is Within and its influences on Mahatma Gandhi”.
Dr. Galina Alekseeva spoke on “Nonviolence and Civil Disobedience in Thoreau’s, Tolstoy’s and Gandhi’s Perception”.
Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan in his address spoke about of the joint initiatives that GSDS proposes to organise with Yasnaya Polyana in academic research and educational activities.
Earlier, the delegation was led by Shri Vijay Goel to the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s martyrdom place, where they offered tribute at the Martyrs Column.
* Seminar on ‘The Gandhian Vision of Tribal Development’
December 18, 2021
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and Shabdbeej Newspaper jointly organised a seminar December 18, 2021 at Gandhi Darshan Rajghat on “Gandhian Vision of Tribal Development”. Vice President of Sahitya Akademi and senior poet Shri Madhav Kaushik was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr. Indivar Pandey, the chief editor of Shabdbeej magazine and an eminent author presided over the programme.
Delivering the keynote address, Shri Madhav Kaushik said that Gandhiji was a great seer. The situations that we are facing today, Gandhiji had considered them years ago. Through Hind Swaraj, he had drawn the blueprint of the problems of today's society and its solution. “Bapu was a symbol of simplicity and we should take inspiration from his life and work on the rule of 'Simple living high thinking'”, he said.
Dr. Indiwar Pandey, in his presidential address, discussed the welfare principles of Gandhiji like trusteeship. He said that Gandhi's philosophy is God's philosophy. Gandhi's teachings, his personality are in our psyche. We can never forget them.
Director, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan said that Gandhiji always talked about the interests of the last people. Tribals participated in all the struggles and movements of Gandhiji. Taking inspiration from his life, tribal communities like Tana Bhagat, Jatra Bhagat are living Gandhian life.
Prof Sabiha Hussain Director, Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia University remembered the untold tribal women freedom fighters. She said that Janu Phulo, Champi, Gora Devi, Tulsi Munda, Daymani, etc. are such tribal women leaders, who actively participated in the freedom movement. But they did not find a logical place in history. Welcoming the initiative to celebrate Adivasi Janjatiya Divas on November 15, she said that it is a true tribute to the tribal fighters.
In his presentation, Dr. Rajiv Ranjan Dwivedi, Associate Professor of English, Delhi Technological University spoke of the culture, art, music of the tribal people and how they are rooted to their culture and environment. He also shared inputs on the whole idea of mutual coexistence between nature, human and wild life which the tribals in different parts of the world teach humanity.
Shri Nityanand Tiwari, Managing Editor, Shabdbeej coordinated the programme.
*Refresher Course for the Buniyadi Teachers of Champaran Vidyalayas organised
December 21-24, 2021
46 teachers from Buniyadi Vidyalaya Brindavan Ashram, Buniyadi Vidyalaya, Sirasia Adda and Kasturba Balika Sr. Secondary School, Bithiharwa, West Champaran, Bihar took part in a four-day residential refresher course organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti from December 21-24, 2021 in Gandhi Darsahn, Rajghat.
The different sessions that were organised during this refresher course were:
1. Nonviolence Communication
2. Peer Mediation
3. Understanding Self and
4. Comparative Research.
*Exposure visit to CCRT was also organised as part of the programme. Former Union Minister and VC GSDS Shri Vijay Goel and EC Member and founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation Padma Shri Bindeshwar Pathak graced the valedictory function and gave away the certificates to the participants on December 24, 2021.
*Tenth Nanaji Deshmukh Memorial Lecture in Gandhi Darshan
December 21, 2021
Shri Suresh Bhaiya Joshi ji is delivered the tenth Nanaji Deshmukh Memorial Lecture on “Dynamics of Growth, Progress and Development” in Gandhi Darshan, organised jointly by Deen Dayal Research Institute and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. Shri Vijay Goel, Vice Chairman GSDS welcomed the dignitaries and felicitated Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi.
Director GSDS felicitated Shri Harivansh ji, Deputy Chairman. Rajya Sabha on the occasion. Dr Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS felicitated Shri Virendrajit Singh, President DRI and Shri Ajay Kr Jha, Administrative Officer GSDS felicitated Shri Atul Jain of DRI. Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha, Shri Harivansh Narayan Singh is seen delivering the presidential address.
*Fifth Anupam Mishra Memorial Lecture
December 22, 2021
Gandhi's creative program is necessary for sustainable development: Mahesh Sharma
Eminent Gandhian thinker and environmentalist Padma Shri Mahesh Sharma said that at the center of Gandhi's thinking was the concern of the oppressed. He used to say that whenever we do any work, think that what will be the benefit to the last person of the society by this step of ours. Today we too have to work with this thinking for the development of the country. Shri Sharma was delivering the fifth Anumpam Mishra Memorial lecture on December 22, 2021 on “The impact of Gandhian constructive program in social and ecological development”. This programme was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti through virtual medium on the birthday of eminent Gandhian thinker late Anupam Mishra.
Shri Mahesh Sharma said that today we are running in the blind race for development, but we should remember that without including Gandhiji's creative programs and his concepts, we cannot achieve the goal of sustainable development.
Sharing the memories of Anupam Mishra, he said that Mr. Mishra was the image of Gandhiji. “We did many works under his inspiration”. Referring to his work done in the field of environmental protection, he said that he started the Samvardhan Se Samridhi Abhiyan to connect all the villages together. Under this, he started working for the charity of forest, water, land, animals and people. To work in the direction of water conservation, he first created a village engineer class. In this, the techniques of conserving water were told to the villagers. First they were given training, after that they were employed in digging the river and well pond in the village. Villagers also used to recharge wells and hand pumps. They used to construct drains so that the level of groundwater would increase. More than 70 ponds and more than one lakh drains have been built in the village. Due to which four hundred crore liters of water has been saved”, he said.
Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS said that conservation of water is the need of the hour. “We should save water for a better future. The work he did in the field of environment and on the issue of water conservation is incomparable. We should carry forward the works of Anupam Mishra”.
GSDS Administrative Officer, Shri Ajay Kumar Jha thanked Mr. Mahesh Sharma and other guests. Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Programme Executive coordinated the programme. Many dignitaries including former Director of National Gandhi Museum, Dr. Y P Anand Khadi and member of Village Industries Commission Mr. Basant were present on this occasion.
*Madhuvani Literature Festival displays an extravaganza of art, culture, literary traditions
December 12-15, 2021
Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University saw a grand inauguration on December 12, 2021 starting from Aripan (the traditional floor painting of Mithila), the tune of Rasanchowki and Sankh initiated the celebration of a culture. The grand opening had chief guest Milinda Moragoda, Former Cabinet Minister and High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India and Jennifer Moragoda, Author & Co-founder and CEO of Sri Lanka's first International textile testing laboratory. Padmashree Usha Kiran Khan, Prof. Ramanand Jha Raman, famous linguist Prof. Ram Avtar Yadav, Additional Director of Central Institute of Indian Languages, Prof. Narayan Choudhary, MLA Sanjay Saraogi, Vice Chancellor of Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University Prof. Shashinath Jha, Prof. Ramanath Jha from JNU, and other key people from the world of art, literature, cinema, dance were present. The event was spread over four days centered around Sita. The exhibition "Vaidehi: Sita Beyond the Body" was inaugurated by Jennifer Moragoda, and winners of the exhibition were felicitated. Dhrupad by Amta Gharana was performed by Pandit Ram Mallick, Sahitya & Sangeet Mallick.
All these took place at the Madhuvani Literature Festival, organised jointly by Centre for Studies of Tradition and Systems and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. A list of intellectually stimulating academic sessions on history, entrepreneurship, culturally extinct kokti cotton of Mithila and weaving industry, Gandhi, women Literature, Maithili cinema, Sita connected through India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, water, Maithili Literature etc was organised from December 12-15, 2021.
One major focus of the festival was the ‘आत्ममथंन शिविर’ organized in Gandhi Sadan, Lalit Narayan Mithila University. People from all across the country visited the place and observed 5 minutes of silence. The idea was to bring forth Bapu and the relevance of his ideas in contemporary chaos through something very minimal and i.e silence. Every day an introspection camp was organized where people went and kept a 2 minutes silence, remembering the ideals and ideas of Gandhi.
The academic session on आश्रम: The Gandhian Idea had speakers like Prof. Shreesh Choudhary, Prof. Manindranath Thakur, Prof. Pradeep Kant Choudhary, and Bhogi Mahato who discussed the role of Gandhi, his idea of Ashram. His model of non-violence and role in shaping the small scale industries, and uplifting the rural population was discussed at length. The quote of Gandhi "My life is my message" was specially emphasized upon. The focus was also laid on women and how they were brought into the mainstream at the time of the Independence movement.
Madhubani Literature Festival aimed at assimilating the local weavers communities. Women engaged in Mithila painting and weaving were of special focus, the stalls displaying sikki work, handspun Khadi, the art of 'chhapa', etc. were points of major attraction. The event on the ‘many tales of the weavers and women wearers in Mithila’ specially emphasized on Khadi, the models wore khadi fabric and represented the idea of 'Back to Basics'.
*Workshop on Non-Violent Communication in Classroom Management
December 21, 2021
On December 21, 2021 an online workshop was organised on ‘Non-Violent Communication in Classroom Management’ on MS Teams. The workshop was conducted by the Amity Institute of Education, Amity University, NOIDA in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. The guest speaker for the session was Dr Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS.
The session began with Ms. Sneha S. George welcoming the guest speaker and invited the head of the Amity Institute of Education Prof. Dr Alka Muddgal to address the gathering. The anchor proceeded to introduce the guest speaker for the session.
Dr Vedabhyas Kundu stated that communication is a key for peaceful schools and we should integrate the idea of nonviolent communication in teacher education both as a theoretical and practical aspect. Integration of non-violent communication will result in enhancing our learning processes, he said.
Towards the end of the workshop, Dr Kundu invited feedback, ideas and perspectives from the participants on nonviolent communication. A question-answer session was also conducted where students and faculty members raised questions to which Dr Kundu responded and opinions on the same were also shared by students as well as the faculty members.
* Workshop on Peace Linguistics
December 5, 2021
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Gandhi Community Korea organised a workshop on “Peace Linguistics” where Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS discussed on prioritizing the humanizing nature of language use and how Peace linguists and appliers of Peace Linguistics can benefit from Principles and Practices for Conflict Resolution such as presented by peace psychologist. The following points were also discussed:
1. Language should have peace-building, peace-supporting, peace-sustaining function in human life
2. Languages should be taught/learned/used for human-improving, dignifying purposes
3. Language users/learners should learn how to interact and be interacted with in constructive, character-elevating ways
4. Language teachers should be educated to know how to help their students communicate in peaceful ways, with a focus on communicative peace as a deeper dimension of everyday communicative competence.
*E-Dialogue on Media and Information Literacy to Promote Culture of Peace and Nonviolence
December 12, 2021
The Department of Advertising and Public Relations and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti jointly organized an E Dialogue on "Media Information & Literacy to promote Culture of Peace & Non-Violence" December 12, 2021. Prof. Art SilverBlatt, Mr. W. Frank Baker, Prof. Anubhuti Yadav and Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu spoke to the students on the various dimensions of Media Literacy.
1. Air Chief Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan, Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force visited Gandhi Smriti and was given a guided tour of the Gandhi Smriti museum by Dr. Sailaja Gullapalli, Research Associate on December 23, 2021.
2. H.E. Dr. Ralf Heckner, Ambassador of Switzerland, visited Gandhi Smriti on December 30, 2021. Dr. Sailaja Gullapalli, Research Associate GSDS gave a guided tour to the distinguished visitor.