As part of the celebration to mark the 6th International Yoga Day on June 21, 2020, GSDS in association with Global Rainbow Foundation Mauritius organised a webinar on “Towards Mental and Physical Wellness”. The key speakers in this webinar included Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director, GSDS; Shri Armoogum Parsuramen, Founder President Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF); Dr. Manju Rani Aggarwal, Naturopath; and Ms. Ruma Chakravarty, Indian music therapist and founder-president ‘Factorize’. 55 participants took part in the webinar.
The webinar began with the introductory remarks by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan who, while pointing to the fact that yoga enables the holistic development of an individual, said “Yoga is a culture and tradition in India, a tradition that is more than 5000 years old which technically means to unite and live healthy”. He also spoke of yoga as a discipline and how it imbibes the spirit of oneness. Referring to the ‘Adi Yogi’ Mahadev in the Indian religion, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan stated that different yogic postures remind us of a disciplined state of mind and the process of attaining this discipline in order to remain healthy.
Recalling his visit to Gandhi Smriti where he draws his inspiration for his mission and service to humanity, Shri Armoogum Parsuramen spoke about the work of GRF to serve the most vulnerable section of the society, and how he chose to work for the welfare of persons with disabilities. “Yoga is all about creating a balance... Read More
Webinar on Towards Mental and Physical Wellness
As part of the celebration to mark the 6th International Yoga Day on June 21, 2020, GSDS in association with Global Rainbow Foundation Mauritius organised a webinar on “Towards Mental and Physical Wellness”. The key speakers in this webinar included Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director, GSDS; Shri Armoogum Parsuramen, Founder President Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF); Dr. Manju Rani Aggarwal, Naturopath; and Ms. Ruma Chakravarty, Indian music therapist and founder-president ‘Factorize’. 55 participants took part in the webinar.
Conference on Why Human Interdependence Matters today to fight Global Environment Crises
The GSDS’ in association with Noble International University (USA) organised an international E-conference on “Why Human Interdependence Matters today to fight Global Environmental Crises” on June 20, 2020 with the following key speakers – Padma Shri Shri Ashok Bhagat, Founder Secretary Vikas Bharati Bishunpur, Jharkhand; Prof. Dr Roger Hansell, President Noble International University (USA); Prof. Dr. Biswajit (Bob) Ganguly, Chancellor & CEO Noble International University (NIU) (USA), President & CEO Noble Institution for Environment Peace (Canada) and Prof. Dr. Marijo Readey, Dean of Studies, NIU, USA. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan inaugurated the E-conference. 50 participants from in and around the world took part in the discussion. Prof. Tanima Bhattacharjee from Noble University along with Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu Programme Officer GSDS moderated the session.
Giving his welcome address, Shri Dipanker Shri Gya, Director GSDS said that the pandemic has, what he called, “Given us opportunity to connect to the world, understand their culture and traditions and evolve our knowledge base”. He also looked at the positive side that the pandemic has brought back to the environment, which he said has started rejuvenating. He further called for protection of the environment which is now a greater challenge before humankind. Saying that mankind has destroyed environment for their greed, he cautioned, “If the environment gives back in its severity, it will be difficult for... Read More
International Dialogue on Increasing visibility of women in conflict resolution, negotiations and mediation
Women are the reservoir of moral force, love and compassion – Vidya Jain
An International e-dialogue was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on June 13, 2020 on “Increasing visibility of women in conflict resolution, negotiations and mediation”. Dr. Vidya Jain, former SG APPRA & Convener, Nonviolence Commission, IPRA (International Peace Research Association); Dr. Bernedette Muthien, Facilitator, Researcher and Poet in South Africa founder of African Peace Research Association; Prof. Matt Meyer, Co-Secretary General, IPRA; Prof. Janet Gerson, (Peace Educator) Education Director, International Institute on Peace Education and Ms. Dinah Lakehal, Programme Officer, Global Network of Women Peace-builders were the key speakers. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS moderated the session. The e-dialogue underlined that voice of women and their rights are equally important. 105 participants from different countries, which included academics, writers, social activists, pioneer of women movement in the USA, youth from different universities and others.
Beginning the session with his welcome address, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan spoke on the patriarchy society and domestic issue in a day to day life of women, focussing on the need to increase the visibility of women in this era. While speaking about society that has recognized male as mediators, he said that even in the most conflict zones, it is women who have come to the forefront for restoration of... Read More
Webinar on Non-Violent Communication in our Daily Life organised
GSDS in association with the Auro University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Surat, Gujarat organised a webinar on “Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in our Daily Life” on June 11, 2020. 52 participants took part in the Webinar. The speakers included Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS and Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS. Prof. Shyam Parekh, Dean, Dept of Mass Communication, Auro University was also present on the occasion. Prof. Sayantani Roy Assistant Professor, Dept of Mass Communication of Auro University moderated the session.
The webinar began with an introduction to the Gandhian approach to NVC by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS. While referring to different dimensions of the Gandhian framework of NVC, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also emphasised that the style of communication has changed over the years and more so in the present day context when too much pressure – from different streams – have gripped humanity. He referred to the importance of handling pressure with a calm and quiet frame of mind. Saying that Mahatma Gandhi never used harsh words for his opponents, and thereby acquired mutual admiration, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan spoke of the ancient Indian culture and tradition which he said paved a way for empathetic understanding of issues and mitigating towards solving problems peacefully through dialogues.
Further referring to both verbal and non-verbal communication, he asserted that the art of positive and fair... Read More
Workshop on Sustainable Lifestyle and NonViolent Communication
About 55 participants from State Bal Bhawan, Assam took part in a two-day e-workshop on “Sustainable Lifestyle and Non-Violent Communication” organised by GSDS on June 8-9, 2020 to understand the concept of mutual coexistence between nature, human and wildlife and sustainable lifestyle was discussed. The process of how non-violent communication is used in daily life was also discussed. Shri Gulshan Gupta, North East Coordinator of GSDS coordinated the programme along with Ms. Prerna Jindal, Project Coordinator Srijan Kendras GSDS. Ms. Binjumoni Das, President State Bal Bhawan, Assam, Ms. Kavita Bhattacharjee and others were present on the occasion.
The two-day workshop saw several interactive sessions with the participants wherein they were briefed about different concepts of Non-Violent Communication (NVC); the importance of mutual coexistence and its necessity in the present day and time when the entire world is gripped by the COVID -19 pandemic.
Speaking to the children Shri Gulshan Gupta shared the Gandhian principles of NVC and how these principles could be applied in the environment to reduce what he called ‘violence in environment’. Through various examples of mutual coexistence for sustainable life style, Shri Gulshan Gupta reiterated the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi who said that Earth provides for man’s need but not greed.
While sharing her ideas on the whole subject, Ms. Kavita Bhattacharjee said that children and adults need to avoid small... Read More
Webinar on Mahatma Gandhi: Vision of Gram Swaraj
We have to change the definition of Self-Rule: Ram Bahadur Rai
“Mahatma Gandhi did not talk anything new when he spoke about the concept of ‘gram swaraj’ while presenting a solution for the village of his dreams. What he presented before humanity was the ancient Indian tradition of making India self-reliance once again which the Vedas and the Upanishads had given us”, said Shri Ram Bahadur Rai, Chairman Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) while delivering the key-note address at a webinar on “Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of Gram Swaraj” organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi in association with Gandhi Gyan Mandir, Madhepura, Bihar on June 7, 2020.
Addressing about 55 participants from Bihar, Delhi, Jharkhand, Kanpur, Punjab which included senior journalists, social thinkers, students, research scholars, Shri Ram Bahadur Rai said that it is the inherent strength of the Indian villages and their model of self-reliance, Gram Panchayats, etc that India has withstood several currents and waves over centuries”.
“Gandhiji’s thoughts were inspired by the ancient Indian thoughts on development and human welfare, which were enshrined in the ancient scriptures of India and partly spelt out in the masterly treatise on economics and statecraft, called Kautilya Arthashastra of sixth century BC”, he said.
He also spoke about the ‘Last will and Testament’ of Mahatma Gandhi which he drafted on January 29, 1948 a day before his death and... Read More
GSDS undertakes plantation of trees as part of Sankalp Parva
In line of the vision of the Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modhi, to plant more and more trees for the purpose of keeping the Environment clean and healthy, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India decided to organise "Sankalp Parva" to motivate and urge people to plant trees in their surroundings. In view of this, Director Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan led the staff residing in the quarters of Gandhi Darshan complex Rajghat in plantation of trees in Gandhi Darshan on June 28, 2020 as part of the celebration of ‘Sankalp Parva’. Shri Rakesh, Shri Raman, Shri Umesh, Shri Dharamraj, Shri Mohan joined the plantation drive on the occasion by planting various trees and saplings.
The staff of the Samiti also took part in the plantation drive by planting trees, sapling of plants in their respective home on June 29, 2020. Director GSDS called for ‘owning of a tree’ by individuals. A pledge was also prepared and administered by the Samiti on the occasion.
Webinar on Empowered Village : Empowered Nation
Ethics, Economy and Ecology are necessary for Sustainable Development: Shri Ram Lal
“We have to thank our villages, our villagers for their culture, their self-sustained methodologies and their belief in their traditional systems that has proved a boon during this pandemic”, said Shri Ram Lalji, All India Chief Coordinator of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh while addressing the webinar on “Empowered Village – Empowered Nation” organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in the light of Covid -19 and the present scenario on June 26, 2020.
Applauding the efforts of the villages in handling the pandemic despite the influx of migrants from the cities to their respective homes in the villages, Shri Ram Lal said, “We have to pay respect to the dignity of labour”, adding, “Despite their hardships and sufferings, the people who left cities for their villages never showed any sign of revolt in their journey back home”.
Reiterating what Shri Sita Ram Gupta, CEO of Lupin Human Welfare Organisation (LHWO) and Shri Narendra Meherotra of Mission Samriddhi had said, Shri Ram Lal further stated that the pandemic has made this new generation and the youth of today realise the essence of service. “This generation has started living together with their family; they have been more aware of ‘swadeshi’ (local made) products and ‘swavlambhan’ (self-reliant)”, adding, “They have now become alert about the three E’s – Ethics Ecology and Economy which are necessary for... Read More
Covid-19 Safety Kit flagged off from Gandhi Darshan
GSDS and Lupin Human Welfare Organisation jointly sent COVID-19 Safety Kit to Begusarai and Bettiah on June 26, 2020 from Gandhi Darshan. The kit containing 250 PPE KIT; 50 IR Thermometer; 1000 Face Shield; 200 N-95 Mask; 6000 (three layer cotton mask) and 4000 hand gloves for each of the districts in Bihar was flagged off from Gandhi Darshan by Shri Sita Ram Gupta, CEO of Lupin Human Welfare Organization (LHWO) and Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS.
Earlier too in its efforts towards providing relief to the poor and needy GSDS and LHWO had sent similar kit to Jharkhand on May 29, 2020 that was flagged off by Shri N N Sinha, IAS, Secretary, Rural Development, Government of India from Krishi Bhawan.
Secretary Ministry offers tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Martyrs Column
Secretary Ministry of Culture, Government of India Shri Anand Kumar, IAS offered tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the Martyrs Column in Gandhi Smriti during his visit to the memorial on June 22, 2020. Shri Anand Kumar also visited the Gandhi Smriti Museum and the digital exhibition. Ms. Nirupama Kotru, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture was also present on the occasion. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan who welcomed the gathering briefed them about the functioning of the Samiti and the museum. Members from the DST (Department of Science and Technology) were also present on the occasion.
Surya Namaskar virtual campaign initiative undertaken
GSDS in association with Health Fitness Trust under the aegis of the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), an autonomous body under Ministry of Ayush organised a virtual campaign of inviting participants from different states to join in a virtual ‘Surya Namaskar Virtual Training Series’ as part of the celebrations to mark the 6th International Yoga Day on June 21. The campaign began from June 1 to June 21, 2020 and saw an overwhelming response from participants not just from Indian states, but also from Germany, Doha, Qatar, London (UK) and Philadelphia (US). Asian Marathon Champion, Dr. Sunita Godara initiated the campaign through which a great number of videos and photographs of participants performing the ‘Surya Namaskar’ was shared. The tag line of this years’ campaign was 21 ko 21 baar Surya Namaskar @home (on June 21, 21 times Surya Namaskar @home).
Thirty seconds video of ‘Surya Namaskar’ by children of four years to septuagenarian Smt. Manju Aggawal, retired yoga promoter and instructor from Delhi Government to first timer Mr. Anand Singh, Chemical Engineer in KHD Humboldt Wedag India Pvt Ltd I Kandharpur, Kihandour Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, the participants enthusiastically joined in the campaign was shared keeping with the theme “Build Immunity and Stay Healthy”. Participants from New Delhi, Jaipur (Rajasthan), Vadodara (Gujarat), Chandigarh (Punjab), Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Mumbai and Tamil Nadu participated.... Read More
Immunity Enhancement through Yoga and Meditation
The Samiti in association with the Yoga Club & IQAC of PGDAV College (Evening), University of Delhi jointly celebrated the 6th International Day of Yoga (IDY) through an on-line lecture-cum-demonstration by Dr. Navodita Pande on Acu Yoga and Ms. Anuradha Mehra on Breathology.
The lecture began with the welcome address by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS where he outlined the importance of yoga in creating a self discipline amongst individuals. He also spoke about the gift of yoga which the world is acknowledging today in this time of stress. This was followed by the address by Dr. R K Gupta, Principal, PGDAV College, Evening. The others who addressed the gathering included Dr. Shruti Vip, Convener, Yoga Club, PGDAV College, Evening. Shri Gulshan Gupta, North East Coordinator GSDS moderated the session along with Dr. Shruti.
In his address, Dr. R K Gupta while reiterating the theme of the 6th IDY stated that yoga is not merely a physical exercise. It is a concept that elevates the body and mind at a spiritual level. He also spoke about the activities of the ‘Yoga Club’. He also said that in this pandemic, yoga is being taken as a catalyst to boost the immunity of the body.
The session saw a demonstrative lecture by Dr. Navodita Pande, who besides explaining the concepts of ‘Acu Yoga’ and also based her lecture on how pressure points assists in helping reduce physical ailments. She also spoke on ‘yoga for immunity through five asanas. She... Read More
E-workshop on Strategies of Conflict Resolution in Classrooms: An Exploration
GSDS organised its second e-workshop on “Strategies of Conflict Resolution in Classrooms” on June 16-17, 2020 with Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS; Dr Shazia Mansoori, Assistant Professor, Aligarh Muslim University and Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu as the key speakers. 45 participants took part in the two-day e-workshop.
Giving his introductory remarks Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan spoke on the genesis of conflict which is in mind. He called for healthy competition amongst peer groups, teachers and students, students and students and called for understanding and empathetic approach. He reiterated the concept of panch parameshwara in settling conflicting situations in the community and said that conflict management isn’t a Western concept, rather it has its origin in the ancient Vedas. He further highlighted that conflict management according to the Gandhian principles is a win-win situation, where no one wins and no one loses. He reiterated that in conflict it is not just that we go on arguing, we also must patiently listen. Calling classrooms as real nursery, he called teachers as the real trainers of life.
Through her demonstrative lecture and online polls, Dr. Shazia made an engaging connect with the participants through her presentation on different dimensions of conflict management. Discussing various theories and their practical approach in mitigation of conflicting ideas Dr. Shazia also analysed various situations teachers face in classrooms ranging from... Read More
Meeting on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY)
Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan convened an on-line meeting on the functioning of a project sanctioned by the Government of Uttar Pradesh under the aegis of the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India to Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. The virtual meeting on June 13, 2020 was attended by Shri Basant Singh (Karigar Panchayat); Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS; Shri S A Jamal, former Administrative Officer, GSDS; Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Programme Executive, GSDS; Shri Bishwajit Singh, Project Lead/Head of the sanctioned project with his team of Ms. Pooja Singh, Mr. Chandan Gupta, Mr. Mukund Milind, Ms. Ruby Mishra; Ms. Kanak Kaushik, GSDS and Ms. Prerna Jindal, GSDS.
The meeting began with a presentation by Shri Bishwajit who elaborated on the success story of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushalya Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) that was initiated by the GSDS and almost 2000 auto drivers from Champaran Bihar plying their autos in Delhi were trained along with another 2000 auto drivers who were trained in the second phase in 2018-19. He mentioned that it was not just a training that catered to their certification and assessment (as per the RPL program), an overall development in terms of their education, health and finance management was also taken care. He mentioned that for the first time the auto drivers felt empowered with their certification and when their children were enrolled with the IGNOU... Read More
From Retribution to Restorative Practices :Handling Classroom conflicts using Nonviolent Communication
With pleasing words you can get connected: Anju Tandon
The Samiti in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan’s Mehta Vidyalaya (BVBMV) New Delhi organised a webinar on “From Retribution to Restorative Practices – Handling Classroom conflicts using Nonviolent Communication on June 12, 2020. The key speakers at the webinar included Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS; Dr. (Mrs) Anju Tandon, Principal, BVBMV and Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Director GSDS. Over 100 participants from Delhi NCR, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan’s NSCB Vidyaniketan Haldia, Bangalore, Hyderabad, teachers from the Holy Child Sr. Sec. School Tagore Garden joined the webinar.
Giving his introductory remarks and initiating the dialogue, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan highlighted the traditional Indian system of mitigation of conflicts amongst parties and also spoke on the concept of ‘panch parameshwar’ which governed the society and handled all the disputes, which was finally sorted out or decided by the head of that system. He said, ‘Establishing peace is the ultimate aim humankind wants to attain”. While speaking about the competition amongst peer groups, society, in education, jobs and so on, he said that if healthy competitions develop then the process of establishing communication between groups becomes easier. He also laid stress on the challenges teachers face in their day-to-day life and appreciated their patience in handling students with different behaviour, attitude and mannerisms and felt that a... Read More
Strategies of conflict resolution in classroom, an exploration discussed in e-workshop
A two-day e-workshop on “Strategies of Conflict Resolution in Classroom” was organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on June 9-10, 2020 for students and teachers of different colleges and universities across the country. Dr. Sazia Mansoori, Assistant Professor Aligarh Muslim University was one of the key speakers along with Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS who gave an introductory address to the webinar; and Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS. The Webinar underlined the necessity for an effective measure to be taken in the classrooms and establish a cultural of peace & making connection with students for a healthy environment. 45 participants took part in the two-day e-workshop.
Delivering the webinar’s keynote lecture Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS explained the different dimensions of conflict resolution in classrooms via using non violent communication techniques. He talked on how conflict management helps in reducing stress and friction and referred to the Gandhian approach of non-violent communication skills. He further said that Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest volunteers. He talked on gandhian approach of volunteering.
Dr. Kundu further observed that in today’s scenario one can only calm a confronting situation by controlling one’s thoughts and actions by avoiding stereotypes, evaluating language and be more empathetic towards others. Dr. Kundu integrated the nonviolent communication techniques with media... Read More
Tribute to former employee of GSDS Shri Khyali Ram
Shri Khyali Ram former employee of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti passed away in his hometown in Haldwani, Uttarakhand on June 5, 2020. He joined the GSDS in the year 1969 and retired as a senior attendant (Peon) in 1998. The staff of the Samiti led by Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan paid tributes to Late Shri Khyali Ram at an on-line condolence meeting organised as a mark of respect to the departed soul. Smt. Geeta Shukla, Research Officer GSDS and Smt. Shashwati Jhalani, Ex Librarian of GSDS shared their memories of knowing Shri Khyali Ram.
Speaking on the occasion daughter of Shri Khyali Ram, Smt. Sunita Joshi, Assistant Librarian GSDS very emotionally expressed her despair of not being with her father at this point of time. The meeting concluded with a shanti mantra (peace prayer) in memory of the departed soul.
Webinar on Promoting Community Volunteers: Serving the Society in Covid19
We have to convert fear into opportunity: Dipanker Shri Gyan
On the occasion of 'World Environment Day' Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised a Webinar on Promoting Community Volunteers: Serving the Society in Covid-19 on June 5, 2020. Almost 46 participants from Uttarakhand, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Indore, West Bengal, Bihar and New Delhi took part in the programme and shared the initiatives they took in their respective areas during COVID-19 as ‘Covid Warriors’. The technical support was provided by Ms. Prerna during the discussion.
Sharing his experiences, Mr. Shakeel Khan of GSDS informed how he and his team helped children from Bihar below fifteen years reach their home by making arrangement of bus and taking care of their food expenses during their journey back home.
Shri C P Joshi from Dastak Samajik Sansthan in Dwarahat Uttarakhand informed that their organization reached almost twenty districts and helped 127 families by distribution of food and ration settled in the remote areas of their state. He further informed that they had distributed about 750 masks and also helped the specially-abled people. Shri Joshi said that Covid-19 has taught humanity a lesson not to respect nature.
Shri Gulshal Gupta, Coordinator North East Programmes of GSDS who moderated the session spoke of Shri Rajendra Negi of the same organization who have been regularly taking yoga sessions with patients in the quarantine centres at... Read More
Handling Classroom Conflicts Using NonViolent Communication A National Webinar
The Samiti in association with the Department of Education, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi organised a national webinar of June 1, 2020 on “Handling Classroom Conflicts Using Non-Violent Communication”. The chief speakers in the webinar were Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan and Programme Officer GSDS Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu. The organising committee members of the webinar included Dr. Renu Malaviya; Ms. Rashi Dubey Mishra; Dr. Vinod Kumar Kalra; Dr. Suraj Kumar and Dr. Stuti Srivastava. 155 participants took part in the webinar.
Giving his introductory remarks, Director GSDS spoke of communication management and role of future teachers in shaping the lives of the future citizens of the country. He addressed the issue of conflict management in the classrooms and said that teachers handling a large number of students together find it difficult to engage with one and all, but they are the best mentors to bridge the communication gap by involving the students in positive communication. He also underlined the Gandhian concept of conflict resolution, which he said is applicable to all forms of conflict resolution.
Giving the key note address on the subject of handling classrooms using non-violent communication (NVC), Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu explained the elements of NVC with specific reference to the Gandhian principles of NVC. While speaking about the disruptive behaviour of students in classroom, he underlined that breakdown of communication could lead to... Read More
Inauguration of 360o video-immersive experience in circular dome at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat
Hon'ble Minister of Culture and Vice- Chairperson GSDS Shri Prahlad Singh Patel along with Hon'ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare , Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harshvardhan inaugurated the 360° Video-Immersive Experience in Circular Dome and Digital Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Darshan on Friday, November 6, 2020. Secretary DST and Secretary MOC and JS MOC along with other dignitaries graced the occasion. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan welcomed the dignitaries in the premises.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR & AR) are very powerful technology tools that could get the message of Gandhiji to the youth of India. To commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Department of Science & Technology used these tools and developed a 360o video-immersive experience in a circular dome at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat, in association with Ministry of Culture. Ministry of Culture provided the required space of 15m x 15m at Gandhi Darshan for the purpose.
The project was aimed to create a digital and virtual reality (VR) experience based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi. In order to provide the video-immersive experience, four films on the life of Mahatma Gandhi (both Hindi & English versions) each of 10 minute duration with the following titles have been produced:-
• Mohan to Mahatma
• The Last Phase
• Freedom from Fear
• Gandhi Forever and a combined film of all... Read More
Promoting Volunteerism through Nonviolent Communication
An important strategy to promote volunteerism and altruism in the society is the use of nonviolent communication. In a webinar organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with P S G College of Arts and Sciences, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on May 30, 2020 it was underlined that as effective volunteerism necessitated relationship development and making connections, healthy communication practices was the key. About 100 students and teachers took part in the Webinar on “Promoting Volunteerism using Nonviolent Communication: Let’s all volunteer for a better world”.
Delivering the Webinar Key Note Lecture, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS, explained the different dimensions of nonviolent communication and how each one of them was important in volunteering efforts. He talked about volunteerism in Indian tradition and how Mahatma Gandhi was the greatest volunteer of India. He talked in details of the Gandhian approach to volunteerism.
Dr Kundu observed that for effective volunteering, a volunteer needed to avoid stereotypes, moralistic judgements and evaluative language. He felt altruistic love; empathy and compassion were important attributes of an efficient volunteer.
Earlier, Mr Dipanker Shri Gyan inaugurated the Webinar. He talked about how NSS volunteers across the country were following the tradition of volunteering laid down by Mahatma Gandhi.
Dr R Kavitha of the Department of Social Work moderated the session and underlined... Read More
Non-violent communication to be part of course in Central University South Bihar Media Dept
The Samiti, in association with the Department of Mass Communication and Media of the Central University of South Bihar organsied a Webinar on “Non-Violent Communication” on May 28, 2020. The speakers included Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS; Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS and Prof. Atish Parashar, Dean & HOD DMCM CUSB. Almost 70 participants took part in the webinar. The University has decided to include non-violent communication in the curriculum as a new subject in the Mass Communication Department. Prof. Atish Parashar chaired the session.
Head of the media department Prof. Parashar said that this course would see unexpected changes in the lives of students. He said that after assimilating this subject, students will be able to understand disciplinary and fundamental knowledge in their life closely, with which they would be able to build a better society. Describing this course as the need of the hour, he said that this theme of non-violent communication based on the principle of Mahatma Gandhi from Mahatma Buddha's taphbhoomi (Bihar) will introduce India's spirituality and philosophy in a new way on the global stage. History is witness that India has not given war to the world, but the teachings of Buddha through Buddha.
Sharing his idea, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan said that non-violent communication is the need of the hour today. He said that youth today is engaged in the most aggressive dialogue, due to which it is... Read More
Webinar as part of 32nd World No Tobacco Day
Addiction is a form of escapism: Prashun Chatterjee
“Addiction is a form of escapism and there’s no link of chewing tobacco with any such symptoms as constipation, depression, anxiety or mental tension”, said Dr. Prashun Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi. Dr. Chatterjee was addressing a webinar organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti as part of the 32nd World No Tobacco Day.
Citing several health hazards that has its long term effect not just on the person suffering, but their entire family, Dr. Chatterjee said that tobacco industries use radioactive chemicals that has its long term detrimental implications in the form of cancer, stroke and other form of serious infections. Sharing his personal experiences, Dr. Chatterjee said that the worst sufferers are the middle class, where patients who are passive smokers are also affected. He also said that women are the largest consumers of tobacco and this has an adverse impact on pregnant women too.
Shri Rajnish Kumar in his address said that there is a need to generate awareness which needs to be multiplied. He also spoke about the role of AIPC in taking up the Gandhian way of reaching out to people with addiction of different kinds and helping them in de-addiction. Citing early historical reference to the arrival of tobacco in India in Akbar’s court for the first time in India, Shri Rajnish said that Mahatma Gandhi had... Read More
Secretary Rural Development, Government of India Shri N N Sinha flags off kits for COVID -19 to Jharkhand Administration
In its fight against COVID -19, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti New Delhi and Lupin Human Welfare Association, Rajasthan on May 29, 2020 sent 200 PPE Kits, 50 Thermometer, 10,000 PCS NITRILE GLOVES, 11000 masks and 500 FACE Shields to tribal district Khunti, Jharkhand free of cost for use by the District Administration. This consignment was flagged off by Shri N N Sinha, IAS, Secretary, Rural Development, Government of India, at Krishi Bhawan. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS and Shri Sita Ram Gupta, CEO Lupin Human Welfare, Organisation were also present at the flagging off ceremony.
Together, the GSDS and Lupin, since the breakdown of the pandemic COVID-19 has been regularly supplying masks and above noted materials free of cost to different organisations, government departments and to poor and needy people.
Joint Secretary MoC visits GSDS Museums
Joint Secretary Ministry of Culture Government of India Smt. Nirupama Kotru visited Gandhi Smriti museum on May 27, 2020. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan briefed the JS about the digital installations in the Gandhi Smriti.
Further on May 29, 2020, Smt. Niupama Kotru visited the Gandhi Darshan exhibition “My Life is My Message” as well as the Digital Dome set up by the Samiti as part of Gandhi: 150 in association with the DST. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan explained her about the digital installations and also about the photographic exhibition which attracted Smt Kotru a lot. Officials of the DST including GSDS staff were present during the visit.
Need to shift from problem based to solution based journalism: K G Suresh
Senor journalist, columnist, academician and former Director General of Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, Prof. K G Suresh stressed the urgent need to shift from problem-based journalism to solution-based journalism. He even proposed to draw the framework of such courses in media education. Prof. Suresh was speaking at a Webinar on “Non-Violent Communication” (NVC) organised by the largest journalists’ organisation of the National Capital, Delhi Journalists Association (DJA) in association with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on May 27, 2020. Delhi Journalists Association (India) proposed to take the discussion on NVC to all over the country.
The prominent speakers who joined the discussion included Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme officer GSDS; Shri Manoj Mishra, President, National Union of Journalist (India); Shri Umesh Chaturvedi, journalist, author and researcher; Dr. Pramod Kumar, author and social thinker, Shri Manohar Singh, Chairman Delhi Journalist Association and Shri Amlesh Raju, General Secretary, Delhi Journalist Association. Around 30 participants mostly academics, journalists, social workers, educationists from Chandigarh, Bihar, Delhi, Indore and Rajasthan took part in the webinar. The discussion was moderated by Shri Manohar Singh.
Initiating the discussion, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu spoke of the elements of Non Violent Communication (NVC) in context of Indian culture and also stated the Buddhist principles of coexistence and... Read More
District Administration Dholpur receives 70000 masks from GSDS Lupin Srijan centre
District Administration Dholpur received 70000 masks from the GSDS-Lupin Srijan training-cum-production centre as part of the initiative of the Samiti to produce masks in this time of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The masks were handed over to the DM during May 2020 for free distribution to the poor and needy. This work has been done under the supervision of Shri Sita Ram Gupta, Executive Director Lupin Human Welfare Foundation. The centre since the outbreak of the Pandemic and lockdown has been producing masks and distributing it to the needy in the nearby localities, township, anganvadis, schools, etc. Srijan Garment Production Stitching and Training Centre was established by GSDS in association with Lupin Human Welfare Foundation in Bharatpur, Dholpur in Rajasthan as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Strengthening Immunity during Pandemic
Good Immunity is the most essential key measure that one must take care to fight with any form of viruses in our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic has focused on the role of the immune system more than ever before. The significance of good immune system and how to develop a good and strong immune system was discussed in an online Webinar on the theme “Boosting Immunity and Maintaining Health with Alternate Medicine”, organized by Gandhi Samiti and Darshan Samiti on May 23, 2020. The webinar included 80 members including health experts, students, trainees, academics yogacharyas and GSDS staff members. Rajdeep Pathak, Programme Executive GSDS moderated the session. Shri Pankaj Sharma, Technical Associate GSDS provided technical support by hosting this session.
Initiating the discussion, Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan spoke about the growing concern of health amongst children and adults and people in general in this time of coronavirus that has engulfed humanity. He also highlighted the benefits of nature cure treatment and said how Mahatma Gandhi strongly believed in this whole form of cure which he applied to himself, his wife and also his children whenever they required.
Delivering the online interactive lecture Dr. Manju Rani Aggarwal, from the NITRD (National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases) shared valuable inputs about different types of “pranayama” (Yoga) to stay safe and healthy and boost immunity. She reflected on several asanas... Read More
Relationship Management during lockdown using Nonviolent Communication
Nonviolent Communication offers individuals strategies to fight the challenges emerging out of relationship and stress management issues accentuated by the Covid-19 crisis. At a time when large number of individuals finds themselves in lockdown due to the Coronavirus, many people are experiencing increasing friction and strain in relationship with those who are staying around them continuously. The significance of nonviolent communication in such situations was discussed at a webinar organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and Delhi Metropolitan Education on May 22, 2020. 163 participants took part in this webinar.
Delivering the Webinar lecture, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) discussed the different elements of nonviolent communication and how these could be used in relationship management during these times of lockdown. The Dean of Delhi Metropolitan Education, Dr Ambrish Saxena moderated the session.
The session talked about the stress on relationship management and friction in families due to lockdown. It stated Gandhian Pillars of nonviolence- mutual respect, understanding, acceptance, appreciation and compassion.
The webinar included 255 participants including Counselors, Spiritual healers, Life- coaches, Students, Relationship experts giving their advice to people in psychological distress due to pandemic in different ways.
Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, conversed about importance of non violent... Read More
Webinar on Nonviolent Communication
The Samiti as part of the ‘Webinar Series: Covid -19 Outbreak” organized a webinar on “Non-Violent Communication” on May 16, 2020. The webinar was organized in association with Blue Bells group of Schools, Gurugram. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu Programme Officer was the key speaker at the workshop. The webinar was moderated by Ms. Mansi of GSDS. 78 participants took part in this webinar.
The webinar began with the address of Mrs. Alka Singh, Principal Blue Bells Modern School who spoke about the necessity of one-to-one communication and how communication influences our and others’ behaviour.
Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS in his welcome address necessitated the need of establishing peaceful communication at all level and stressed on reducing misunderstanding amongst peer groups. Expressing his lament that violence has crept in the society, he said most of the time the reactions are quite impulsive and this impulsiveness creates repulsive reactions. He said that what should be done is to realize that ‘heat’ doesn’t emerge during communications with one another and relationships should be established.
Conducting the workshop on Non Violent Communication (NVC), Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu spoke of different theories and their practical applications. Speaking about the five key elements of communication, he spoke on the context of the Indian Culture and pointed to the five pillars of NVC – ‘Respect’, ‘Understanding’, ‘Acceptance’, ‘Appreciation’ and ‘Compassion’.... Read More
Webinar on Non Violent Communication Elements and Applications
GSDS in association with Mangalayatan University (MU), Aligarh organized a webinar on “Non Violent Communication – Elements and Applications” on May 15, 2020. The key speakers in this webinar included: Prof. Shivaji Sarkar, Dean and Director Mangalayatan University; Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS; Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS and Dr. Dhiraj Kumar Garg, Joint Director M.U. Almost 100 participant attended the webinar.
Meeting on Post Lockdown initiatives by GSDS
Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan convened an on-line meeting on May 13, 2020 to discuss initiatives the Samiti could take up post lockdown. He began by reiterating what the hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi had mentioned in his address to the Nation on May 12, 2020 on his vision of launching a Self-Reliant India Movement” (Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhyan) and shared the Gandhian concept of the revitalization of the economy. While referring to J C Kumarappa’s Economy of Permanence, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan said that answers towards self reliance could be found in this book which could well be modified in today’s context. He further said that post lockdown GSDS as an organization has to parallel cater to the existing heritage and the economy.
The other points that evolved during the discussion were:
1. It was informed of the webinars that has been started should be continued in the wake of Covid 19 and that other similar programmes must be initiated. A mention of the course on Non-Violent Communication was also done and it was informed of the overwhelming response received.
2. It was also pointed that a committee will be formed for selecting the entries of the “Talent Search” initiative for selecting poetry/posters/videos/peace messages/story telling etc and then these could be uploaded in the GSDS You Tube Channel through Shri Pankaj Sharma, Technical Associate. Also the selected posters and poetry will be published from time to time in... Read More
Tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore
The Samiti paid rich tributes to Nobel Laureate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his 159th birth anniversary by organizing an on-line lecture by eminent Gandhian thinker and an academic Shri Bhagwan Singh on May 7, 2020.
Further, an on-line musical tribute to Gurudev was also paid by GSDS through a presentation of a song written by Narain Bhai Desai “Ma Bharti Ke Snehabhav Bhige….” on the mutual respect and admiration of the poet and the karmayogi Mahatma Gandhi. This song was earlier sung by almost 500 children during the Inter-faith prayer in Gandhi Smriti. Both the audio-video of the lecture and the song were uploaded in the You-tube channel of GSDS.
Mask Making begins at Five places in Delhi
The Samiti in association with Healthy Aging India (HAI) run by doctors of AIIMS and CRPF have started mask making at five different places in Delhi for free distribution. In view of this, led by Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, few of the staff members handed over khadi and cotton cloth rolls to members of HAI on May 6, 2020 in Gandhi Darshan.
Gratitude to Covid Warriors
The Samiti paid its gratitude to Covid Warriors through its Tweeter handle as well as in the GSDS You-tube channel during May 2020. In this endeavour the Samiti also showcased the work done by the GSDS members in making masks, distributing food to people in need to feeding street animals. Khadi cloth masks made by Ms. Madhu – who left her home voluntarily to stay in Gandhi Darshan – and Ms. Simran of Srijan that have been distributed to GSDS staffs and others who were in need were showcased through the video. Initiatives taken by Ms. Prerna Jindal of GSDS in providing food to the needy and feeding street animals; home-made masks made by Ms. Smita Bhan for distribution to the needy was also showcased.
Further as part of the GSDS initiative, about 500 masks were made by the teachers and volunteers of Himalayan Buddhist School in Dharamshala Himachal Pradesh, led by the Principal of the school Ms. Palki Thakur, which was later handed over to the SDM of Manali for distribution to the needy.
Cleanliness Drive in Gandhi Smriti and Gandhi Darshan
Despite lockdown in both Gandhi Smriti and Gandhi Darshan, the staff members residing in the quarters at both the places in Tees January Lane and Gandhi Darshan complex respectively initiated a massive cleanliness drive on May 4-5, 2020 by cleaning the entire campus. In Gandhi Smriti led by Shri Narendra, the members joined in cleaning the entire campus. In Gandhi Darsahn, this initiative was led by Shri Mohit Mohan. Sanitizing and disinfecting public places and vehicles were also done by the members in Gandhi Darshan.
Webinar on Need for Effective Dialogue for a Culture of Peace
The Samiti as part of the series of on-line lecture series organized a webinar on “Need for Effective Dialogue for a Culture of Peace” on May 2, 2020. Eminent Gandhian scholar and thinker Prof. N Radhakrishnan and Prof. Priyankar Upadhyaya, UNESCO Chair for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University and an eminent academic were the key speakers on the occasion. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS along with other GSDS staff took part in the discussion that was moderated by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer. The technical support was provided by ‘Digital India’. Almost 137 participants took part in the webinar. The webinar discussed the application of peace methodologies in day-to-day life for establishing a culture of dialogue which the ‘vedas’, and ‘upanishads’ talked about and how leading practitioners of peace and non-violence from HH the Dalai Lama to Swami Vivekananda, to Mahatma Gandhi, Daisaku Ikeda and others advocated throughout their life’s teachings and mission.
Giving an introduction to the dialogue, Dr. Vedabhyas said how dialogue create space in which participants learn, which in turn generates cooperation. He said that ‘Dialogue is a communication that honours relationship’.
Welcoming the participants, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan threw some insights into the essence and neutrality of dialogue and why dialogue is necessary for establishing peace in the society. Expressing his anguish that human beings are themselves the destroyer of peace... Read More
Online Lecture on Solidarity, Nonviolent Communication and Coronavirus
Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS delivered an on-line lecture on “Solidarity, Non-Violent Communication and Coronavirus” for the students of the National Law University Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh on April 20, 2020. This is part of the online ‘lecture series’ initiated by the GSDS during the period of lockdown in view of COVID-19.
Speaking about the programmes of the GSDS, Dr. Kundu highlighted the initiatives the GSDS had taken with the Judiciary.
Distribution of food to construction labourers
The Samiti distributed packets of biscuits and snacks to the construction labourers working in the GSDS campus on April 28, 2020. Shri Vivek, Shri Rakesh, Shri Pankaj Chaubey, Shri Dharamraj along distributed these packets, which was provided by the Central Prisons Tihar.
On-line lecture on Champaran Satyagraha
Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan addressed an interactive live online lecture on the history of Champaran Satyagraha on April 27, 2020. The online lecture was organized by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Shri Priyank Kanoongo moderated the discussion.
Speaking about the first satyagraha of Mahatma Gandhi in Indian soil, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan spoke of the essential features of the Champaran Satyagraha, its historical background. He stressed on the fact that this event had again taught humanity a lesson that establishing communication with the people in order to know their grievances and issues is vital for undertaking any social work. He further enumerated upon the role entrusted by Mahatma Gandhi to his wife Kasturba Gandhi who started developing connectivity with the women and educated them in cleanliness, sanitation and health and hygiene.
Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also said that through his experiments with truth, Mahatma Gandhi in Champaran began to understand the plight of the people and placed their issues in the right forum. “This wasn’t a fight for revolution but for development for political change for the first time”, said Shri Gyan.
On line lecture as part of Earth Day by Shri Laxmi Dass
Saving the Earth is responsibility of 700 crore people: Laxmi Dass
On the occasion of Earth Day on April 22, 2020 GSDS as part of the on-line lecture series invited Shri Laxmi Dass, Vice President of Harijan Sevak Sangh and EC Member GSDS to deliver a lecture on the theme: Epidemic, Earth and Mahatma Gandhi.
Shri Laxmi Dass began by appealing to humankind to abide by the rules laid by the Government in tackling the pandemic COVID -19. He also appealed to the scientists to join together in doing a research to find a solution to kill the virus for this virus has affected the economy and large number of people’s livelihood.
He also spoke on Mother Earth how we worship her in different forms and that the size and speed of the earth cannot be reduced or increased. He said, “Humans may or may not think of Mother Earth, but Mother Earth does always think of all the living beings and this Earth Day is a reminder of how we must save and nurture the Mother Earth”, adding, “Time and again in several seminars and dialogues on saving the earth, it has been reiterated that over population has over burdened the earth, but I have a different opinion. Earth has a capacity to provide for all beings for their need not for their greed. We have two hands and one mouth. The question is how do we give work to our hands to feed this single mouth?”
Shri Laxmi Dass further said that this idea of need versus greed has been strongly advocated by Mahatma Gandhi also and... Read More
Champaran revisited through online lecture and stories on Champaran Satyagraha
In a unique way to re-live the historic Champaran Satyagraha of 1917, the Samiti started an online web series of story-telling through different episodes that unfolded in Champaran, where a poor peasant Raj Kumar Shukla provided Lawyer Gandhi a platform to test the power of Satyagraha on the Indian soil.
The recording of episodes began with the Dean of Gandhi Chair of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Vishwa Vidyalaya Prof. Manoj Kumar speaking on the Champaran Satyagraha. Ms. Mansi from GSDS also narrated the story of the Champaran Satyagraha in the form of a story-telling through six episodes.
On line meeting to discuss on programmes GSDS could initiate during lockdown
GSDS Director, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan conducted an online meeting on April 14, 2020 to discuss on the possibility of organsing programmes through online in view of the lockdown due to the pandemic COVID-19. Discussions featured on engaging senior resource persons through webinars on issues such as Champaran Satyagraha, Mediation, etc. Also it was suggested to upload audio/video files on different themes for reaching a wider audience.
Tribute to Dr. B R Ambedkar on his 129th Birth Anniversary
Rich tributes were paid to the architect of the Indian Constitution Dr. B R Ambedkar on his 129th birth anniversary on April 14, 2020. Participants mostly from the GSDS shared their thoughts on Dr. Ambedkar through video and audio messages. The theme was drawn from one of Baba Saheb’s own words: “If you believe in living a respectable life, you believe in self-help which is the best help”. This was intended towards promising ourselves to make self help our life goal.
Earlier in the day, Hon’ble Minister of Culture and Vice-Chairperson GSDS Shri Prahlad Singh Patel paid tributes to Dr. B R Ambedkar at his New Delhi residence by garlanding his portrait and offering flowers Baba Saheb. In a tweet, Shri Prahlad Patel called Dr. Ambedkar as a person who gave individuals the right to live with dignity and equality through the provisions enshrined in the Indian Constitution.
Tribute to the Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs
GSDS paid tributes to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh on April 13, 2020 as part of the commemoration of the 101 years of the massacre on April 13, 1919 by General Dyer. A collage of the Jallianwala Bagh memorial with photographs commemorating the event was tweeted by GSDS.
On this occasion, Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also reminded about the first imprisonment of Mahatma Gandhi on Indian soil in Palwal Haryana on April 10 1919 when Gandhiji was on his way to Punjab to protest against the Rowlatt Act.
Tribute to Kasturba Gandhi on her 151st Birth Anniversary
Hon’ble Minister of Culture and Vice-Chairperson of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel paid rich tributes to Kasturba Gandhi in the social media by tweeting the following: मातृशक्ति की मिसाल, जिन्होंनेदेश के लिए अपना सर्वस्व न्योछावर किया और जो साधना एवं त्याग की प्रतिमूर्ति हैं, ऐसी महाम स्वतंत्रता सेनानी श्रीमती कस्तूरबा गाँधी जी की जयंती पर उन्हें कोटि कोटि नमन (My tribute to Srimati Kasturba Gandhi who is an example of Matri Shakti, one who dedicated her entire life towards the service of the country). GSDS also joined in paying rich tributes to Ba on her 151st birth anniversary on April 11, 2020.
Initiation of on-line free certification program on Non-Violence Communication
The Samiti initiated an on-line free certification programme on Non-Violence Communication on April 2, 2020 for teachers, students of different schools and colleges and people in different services. The course intended towards providing an understanding of the principles of Non-Violence Communication (NVC) highlights the key Gandhian principles of NVC and the applications it emphasises towards adopting a non-violent approach in communication in day-to-day life. The course designed in three modules provided a critical understanding in both theory and practice the process of achieving NVC. Participants of the course are expected to respond by writing their understanding in question-answer format. Till date almost 180 participants from different parts of India have registered for the course.
Awareness Workshop on COVID 19
50 participants from GSDS took part in an awareness workshop in the light of COVID 19 that has been declared a ‘Pandemic’ by the World Health Organisation. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Manju Aggarwal on March 17, 2020 in Gandhi Smriti where protective masks were distributed to the participants. A handout of ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ was also handed over to the participants.
A similar awareness programme was conducted by Dr. Manju Aggarwal in Gandhi Darshan Rajghat on March 17 that was attended by almost 100 participants. The workshop culminated with practical demonstration of various techniques of hand washing and other health and hygiene guidelines. Detailed demonstration of hand-washing techniques was shown on the occasion by Dr. Aggarwal. Interaction with the participants on Covid 19 was also organised. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan and Programme Officer Dr Vedabhyas Kundu took part in the programme. Safety re-usable cloth masks prepared by the Srijan Unit of GSDS was also distributed to the participants.
BRICS delegation visit Gandhi Smriti
On March 12, 2020, a delegation of eight Russians as representatives of BRICS Forum paid their tribute to Gandhi Smriti on the 90th anniversary of Dandi March. It was not the first time for Ms. Ludmila Sekacheva, the President of the Public Regional Organisation to visit Gandhi Smriti as she has been keenly working on the "Great Teachers of BRICS". Ms. Ludmila with Dr. Guzel Strelkova, Associate Professor of Institute of Asian and African countries, Moscow, presented us the flags and leaflets which had a message of healthy and lifelong association between the countries of BRICS. Another special guest was Guru Prem Prayojan who was born in England but now mastering Vedas in Vrindavan.
Peace prayer on the eve of International Women s Day
Guild of Services, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti joined together on the eve of the International Women’s Day in Gandhi Smriti on March 7, 2020 by organising an inter-faith peace prayer meet. Religious leaders from different faiths, singers and members from the civil society took part in the programme. Chairperson of Guild of Services, Dr. V. Mohini Giri was present on the occasion.
Songs of Kabir, Tulsidas, Guru Nanak rang in the atmosphere of Gandhi Smriti, the site of the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite songs Vaishnavajana Tau and Ram Dhun made the occasion more sombre.
Earlier, Dr. Mohini Giri along with members of the civil society joined together in appealing to the world for peace and non-violence. Expressing their deep concern for the climate of violence in the world many organisations called for peace and amity and ceasing hostilities. They said that “There is no way to peace, but peace”. Dr. Mohini Giri in her address appealed for peace and harmony amongst all beings.