The Samiti in association with the Embassy of Uzbekistan organised an interactive session on “In the Path of Mahatma – India-Uzbekistan Towards Peace and Non-Violence” in Gandhi Smriti on February 14, 2020. HE, Mr. Azamjon I Mansurov, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan was the guest of honour on the occasion. In his address to participating students from Andhra Education Sr. Sec. School, ITO and other members, Mr. Azamjon spoke about the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.
Speaking on the occasion, he said, “Relations between Uzbekistan and India have their roots deep in history. There are frequent references to Kamboja, which is stated to include parts of present day Uzbekistan, in Sanskrit and Pali literature. Sakas participated in Mahabharata on the side of Kauravas. Ancient trade route ‘uttarpath’ passed through Uzbekistan. In later years, Fergana, Samarkand, Bukhara in Uzbekistan emerged as major towns on the trade routes linking India with Europe and China.” He further added, “India had close interaction with the Uzbek SSR during the Soviet times. Indian leaders often visited Tashkent and other places”.
He also added that three Uzbek educational institutions, nationwide, promote studies of Hindi language, from primary to post-graduate level and said that Uzbek TV channels regularly show Indian films and serials.
He also mentioned about the artistes from Uzbekistan who paid a musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Smriti... Read More
Cultural exchange programme with the Embassy of Uzbekistan organised
The Samiti in association with the Embassy of Uzbekistan organised an interactive session on “In the Path of Mahatma – India-Uzbekistan Towards Peace and Non-Violence” in Gandhi Smriti on February 14, 2020. HE, Mr. Azamjon I Mansurov, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan was the guest of honour on the occasion. In his address to participating students from Andhra Education Sr. Sec. School, ITO and other members, Mr. Azamjon spoke about the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.
In the Path of Mahatma – India Armenia towards Peace and Non-Violence
As part of the initiative of the GSDS towards reaching out to different embassies in India to take the message of Mahatma Gandhi in the international realm, the Samiti in association with the Embassy of Armenia in India organized a cultural-exchange programme in Gandhi Smriti on February 10, 2020. The programme was organized as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. H.E. Mr. Armen Martirosyan, the Ambassador of Armenia to India was the chief guest on the occasion. Students from Ashray Adhikar Abhyaan and Summer Fields School, Gurugram took part in the programme.
He introduced to us the key events going on (e.g. Jai Jagat), associated with Mahatma Gandhi to promote peace and how the people around the globe are being part of it. He also told about the Armenian Velvet Revolution of 2018 which is another example of a peaceful protest. He urged the audience to continue their faith in idealism.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Martirosyan said, “It’s rightly said that Gandhi belongs not just to India but to the entire world, and therefore, his thoughts still have a special resonance in all the corners. A leader, statesman, politician, writer, journalist, barrister, philosopher and social activist, he wore several hats in his lifetime and touched upon the lives of billions around the world. Indeed, I would say that there is hardly any country in the world where Gandhiji’s passion for non–violence and his genuine humanism have not inspired people,... Read More
• His Excellency Mr. Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda in India visited Gandhi Smriti on January 7, 2020.
• Hon’ble Mr. Tomas Petricek Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic visited Gandhi Smriti on January 14, 2020 and offered tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the Martyrs Column.
• Hon’ble Han Seung Soo, former Prime Minister of the Republic of South Korea visited Gandhi Smriti on January 16, 2020 and offered tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
Wardha Maharashtra Seminar on Mahatma Gandhi and Indian Languages
The Samiti in association with the Department of Gandhian Studies and Peace Research of Mahatma Gandhi Antarashtriya Vishwa Vidyalaya (MGAVV) Wardha Maharashtra organized a two-day seminar on “Mahatma Gandhi and Indian Languages” on January 23-24, 2020 in the MGAVV campus. Prof. Kusumlata Kedia, Vice Chancellor of the MGAVV inaugurated the seminar as the chief guest. Dr. Nriprendra Prasad Modi, Convenor of the seminar welcomed the gathering and also highlighted about the importance of the seminar in the present context.
Professor Kedia said that in order to know the reasons behind the language problem in India, we need to know the 19th century Europe. In 19th century Europe there was the spread of nationalism with which the phase of disunion started. “There has never been a language problem in India, but of late it has started.” He said that once upon a time when Sanskrit was the language of the whole of Central Asia, which can be called as unified India in a unified manner, hence the languages derived from Sanskrit bind India.
Contributors to the seminar analysed social movements and philosophical discourses, raising fundamental questions about the nature and process of the unfolding process of Gandhi’s concept of language as a medium of communication in reaching out to thousands in the remotest corner of the country and seeking their participation in the freedom struggle. The speakers also analysed the power and depth of communication that Gandhi used to... Read More
Raipur Chattisgarh Workshop on Enhancing the capacities of the Women in Panchayati Raj Systems
Almost 335 women from Raipur District from five Gram Panchayats took part in a day-long workshop on “Enhancing the Capacities of the Women in Panchayati Raj Systems” in Raipur Chattisgarh on January 20, 2020 organised by the Naveen Ankur Mahila Mandal in association with the GSDS. The chief guest on the occasion was Shri Sanjay Srivastava. The other guests included MS. Savita Parate, Sarpanch Dhamat Gaikwad from Mandir Hasood, Advocate Mrs. Tuli Majo Madar and CO Nagar Nigam Raipur, Ms. Usha Rai. Smt Meena Gautam of Naveen Ankur Mahila Mandal was also present on the occasion.
The discussion focused on these key factors:
1. Education for girls
2. Build capacities of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) for effective functioning and setting of women’s agenda.
3. Institutionalize mechanisms to strengthen capacity building of EWRs to better understand and perform their functions.
4. Mobilize community and strengthen processes of constituency building to enable women to articulate their voices and participate in the electoral process.
5. Mobilizing people to participate in gram sabha meetings
6. Strengthening women’s collectives and building networks
The speakers felt that experience sharing of EWRs needs to be actively encouraged, wider publicity to success stories and greater exposure for women’s groups though visits and sammelans is required. Documentation and record keeping are additional areas that require attention. Another... Read More
Exhibition of charcoal sketches on M K Gandhi by artist Sanjiv Anand inaugurated
Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, former VC GSDS and present Chairperson of National Gandhi Museum inaugurated a fourteen-panel exhibition of free-hand charcoal sketches on prominent historical incidents from Mahatma Gandhi’s life in Kirti Mandap, Gandhi Smriti on January 30, 2020. The sketches have been drawn by Shri Sanvij Anand, an Indian, living in Florida presently. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Programme Officer, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Dr Manju Aggarwal and a host of other dignitaries along with the artist Shri Sanjiv Anand were present at the inauguration.
Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj leads Bhakti Sangeet on Martyrdom Day
91-year-old Pandit Jasraj’s mellifluous rendition of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajans reverberated in Gandhi Smriti as the nonagenarian paid tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of the Father of the Nation’s 72nd death anniversary on January 30, 2020. Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu and hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi hummed Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram as over 2000 people from different streams of society joined the evening prayer meet. Former Vice President, Dr. Mohd Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Minister of Culture and VC GSDS Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, former VC GSDS Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, officials from the Ministry of Culture also joined the commemorative programme.
Almost 500 Children from 23 schools of Delhi, NCR, which included children from eight schools recommended by the District Administration of Madhepura, Bihar; Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan Hyderabad Telengana and Kasturba Mahila Vidyapeeth Sewapuri Varanasi offered a musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi that was coordinated by Shri Sudhanshu Bahuguna of Swar Trishna. Young Krishna Prasanna assisted Sudhanshu ji in the flute.
Children from Bapa Ashram Residential Primary School, Harijan Sevak Sangh and Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya Ishwar Nagar along with their coordinators spun on the charkha throughout the programme, as religious leaders from different faith read hymns from the... Read More
Dialogue with ‘Holographic’ Gandhi on “Future of Education”
As part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and in celebration to mark the ‘United Nations International Day of Education’ almost 400 participants including teachers, educators, students, academicians and policymakers took part in a discussion on “Future of Education” in Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi on January 27, 2020 organised by UNESCO MGIEP in association with GSDS. Through the ‘Holographic Gandhi’ the discussion commenced with an interactive session with the young enthusiastic participants. Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr. Karan Singh, eminent author and poet and former member of the Rajya Sabha; Ms. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, former Minister of Education, France;, Mr. Jagmohan Singh Rajput, India’s Representative to UNESCO Governing Board Chair UNESCO MGIEP and SD; Shri Anantha Duraiappah, Director UNESCO MGIEP along with Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS took part in the discussion. Shri Anantha Duraiappah, Director UNESCO MGIEP moderated the discussion.
The panel discussion commenced with a standing hologram of Gandhi, who spoke for 7 minutes about the ideologies of Gandhi. The talk, developed by the technical team of Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum, was based on excerpts from Gandhi’s writings on Education, Satyagraha (the truth), Ahinsa (non-violence), Kindness and Critical Inquiry. While most people may only know Gandhi for his political views and writings,... Read More
Lecture by Austrian Historian Dr. Margit Franz
As part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi GSDS in association with the Austrian High Commission in India organized a lecture by well-known historian Dr. Margit Franz on January 27, 2020. This was in continuation of the programmes the Samiti initiated with different Embassies and High Commissions to propagate the relevance of the Gandhian Philosophies of Peace and Non-violence in the international realm. H.E. Mrs. Brigitte Oeppinger-Walchshofer, the High Commissioner of the Austrian Embassy to India was present on the occasion. Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, former VC GSDS was the guest of honour. The Ambassador of Ireland and various delegates from Israel, the United Kingdom, Austria, and MEA (India) also took part in the programme.
The lecture, organized on the eve of ‘International Holocaust Remembrance Day’ was delivered by Dr. Margit Franz on “Gandhi’s India: A safe haven for Exiled Jews”.
The presentation by the historian was based on the age of the Second World War, when the Jews were persecuted within their nation and Gandhi’s India welcomed them with arms wide open, despite the fact that India then under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi had launched the “Quit India Movement”.
Dr. Franz focused on the theory of equality in religion taught by Mahatma which attracted the exiled Jews to settle in the sub-continent. She said, “In the middle of their struggle for independence, India managed to accommodate the highly skilled refugees in... Read More
Ten-day Value Creation Camp organised
Almost 46 children with teachers and coordinators from Kasturba Mahila Vidyapeeth Sewapuri, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh; eight schools recommended by the District Administration of Madhepura Bihar; and Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Hyderbad Telengana took part in the ten-day Value Creation Camp organized by GSDS from January 23 to February 2, 2020 in Gandhi Darshan. The camp was inaugurated on January 23, on the occasion of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s 123rd birth anniversary by Mrs. Paramjeet Kaur, senior Advocate Supreme Court of India and Founder Director Ashray Adhikar Abhyaan and Superintendent of Mandoli Prison Ms. Neeta Negi. Artist Mr. Sanjeev Anand also spoke on the occasion.
Children during the ten-day camp took part in the musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on January 30 in Gandhi Smriti. Besides regular sharamdaan, yoga and charkha classes, classes on non-violent communication techniques, classes on personality development through gratitude, compassion, kindness, etc., emotional intelligence were also conducted for the participating children.
Children also visited different historical sites including the Metro Museum. They also offered tribute to Gandhi in Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi at Rajghat as part of his 72nd death anniversary. To learn about the ‘digital Gandhi’, the children accompanied by the Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also visited the museum of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Further a visit to the ‘Bharat Parv’ organised by... Read More
Rehearsals for 72nd Martyrdom Day
Almost 450+ children took part in the musical rehearsals organised by the Samiti as a tribute to the 72nd death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Darshan and Gandhi Smriti on January 17, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28 and 29, 2020 respectively. Children from over 20 schools of Delhi and NCR took part in the rehearsals conducted by Shri Sudhanshu Bahuguna. Later from January 22 children participating in the ten-day Value Creation Camp (January 23-February 2, 2020) from Madhepura, Bihar, Hyderabad Telengana and Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh joined. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also addressed the students during the rehearsals on January 29 in Gandhi Smriti and extended his wishes for their performance on January 30. Talking to the children he shared his belief that the children will perform to the best of their abilities under the guidance of Shri Bahuguna. Earlier a meeting with the representatives of various schools was conducted on January 15, 2020 in Gandhi Darshan in which Programme Executive Shri Rajdeep Pathak briefed the teachers about the modalities of the programme and the manner in which children has to be oriented.
Quiz competition on ‘Know Your Constitution’ organized
As part of the 70 years of the Constitution of India, the Samiti, in collaboration with Doordarshan organized a quiz titled “Know Your Constitution” on January 10, 2020 in the studios of Doordarshan.
The first prize went to Shri Rishabh Gupta and Ms. Soumya Singhal from Maharaja Agrasen Public School, Ashok Vihar. The second prize went to Shri Arsh Mishra and Shri Suyash Chitre, class XI students from Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar. The third prize winners were Shri Rahul Pandey and Shri Pradyuman Arora of class X from Modern School, Barakhambha Road. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan gave away the prizes to the winners.
In the Path of Mahatma Gandhi – India-Rawanda towards Peace and Non-Violence
In continuation of the series of programmes initiated with different Embassies and High Commissions to propagate the relevance of the Gandhian Philosophies of Peace and Non-violence in the international realm the GSDS in association with the High Commission of Rwanda in India organised a interactive session on January 7, 2020. His Excellency Mr. Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner of Rwanda in India delivered the lecture on the history of Rwanda and how the country evolved itself as a peaceful state after the Rwandan genocide of 1994 on the principles of reconciliation and dialogue.
Addressing a gathering of 125+ participants including students from Raman Munjal Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Haryana and Manthan School Ghaziabad, Father Agnel School, academicians and representatives from other Embassies and High Commissions in India, Mr. Ernest began by mentioning the influence he had had since his early days from Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. He said, “I grew up a Gandhian, long before I came to India. Mahatma Gandhi Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela had huge effect on me. They taught me the way of non-violence for attaining global peace”. He added, “Their ideas should be taken to the younger generation”.
In his emotional outburst of the tragic history of Rwanda that killed between
500,000–1,074,017 people during the mass murder or genocide of 1994, Mr. Ernest said that there was none to blame but ourselves. “It... Read More
GSDS participates in Book Exhibition in Delhi Public Library
As part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 550th Prakash Parv, Delhi Public Library (DPL) organised a 15-day festival from January 1-15, 2020 at Delhi Public Library, during which various programmes were organised. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Ram Sharan Gaur Chairman of DPL Book exhibitions formed an integral part of the programme in which the GSDS took active part. Shri Mohan and Shri Manish of GSDS represented the Samiti at the exhibition by displaying books on and by Mahatma Gandhi including few exhibition panels on Gandhiji’s life and philosophy.
Seminar on Gandhian Perspective to Skill Development
Mahatma Gandhi, all through his long public life invariably insisted on use of better and higher skills for working in whichever task or field he happened to be concerned with at any time. He believed in a constant and continuous learning process including experimentation, keeping the ideal as the goal but also knowing that human beings must always keep improving and rising in their skills but can never attain absolute perfection. To discuss the Gandhian perspective to skill development, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organized a one- day seminar on December 13, 2019 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The programme was organized in association with Vikas Bharti Bishunpur. The seminar was presided over by Padmashree Shri Ashok Bhagat who stressed on the Gandhian approach to skill development. Those who spoke on the occasion included Prof Nand Kumar Yadav, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Jharkhand; Prof Kamini Kumar, Pro Vice Chancellor, Ranchi University and Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director, GSDS.
Later during the sessions, Dr Manju Aggarwal conducted an extensive session on naturopathy and healthy living for the about 100 participants who took part in the programme.
Workshop on Nonviolent Communication in the Judicial System
A one-day workshop was organized by the Samiti on Nonviolent Communication in the Judicial System at the National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi on December 11, 2019. Students of several law colleges took part in this workshop. The workshop was conducted by the Director, Dipanker Shri Gyan and Progrsamme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu. This was part of the Samiti’s initiative to promote nonviolent communication in the judicial system. The aim is to promote meaningful interaction between the bar and the bench, lawyers and clients and witnesses and prosecutors.
Ranchi, Jharkhand Seminar on Gandhian Principles and the Judiciary
The Samiti in association with the National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi organized a one-day seminar on Gandhian Principles and the Judiciary on December 10, 2019 in Ranchi. As part of this seminar different dimensions of Gandhian Principles were discussed which are important for the Judicial System. The GSDS Director, Mr Dipanker Shri Gyan discussed the practical applications of Gandhian ethics and how to promote ethical legal practices. He discussed several case studies during his presentation.
The GSDS Programme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu made a presentation on Gandhian Approach to a Nonviolent Jurisprudence. A salient feature of the seminar was insightful presentations by students of several law colleges on Gandhian Principles and the Judiciary. Perspectives such as judicial empathy, restorative justice, Gandhi as a lawyer, issues related professional ethics etc were discussed.
Earlier the Vice Chancellor, Prof Kesava Rao Vurrakula in his introductory address underlined that for young lawyers there was much to learn from Gandhi the lawyer.
Bihar Gandhi Exchange programme organised
The Samiti organised a three-day Gandhi Exchange Programme by sending the children of the two Buniyadi Vidyalayas of Brindavan, Kumarbagh and Sirasia Adda to the School of Creative Learning in Patna. 30 children and coordinator teachers took part in the programme from December 24-26, 2019. During the exchange programme, the participating children from the three schools exchanged ideas of creativity and innovation. Shri Vijay Prakash founder Director of the School of Creative Learning and Principal, Mrs. Mridula Prakash facilitated the programme. Shri Atul Priyadarshi coordinated the programme on the behalf of GSDS.
A creative fair with the theme “Inno Fest” was also organised as part of this programme in which participants from other schools of Patna also took part. A competition on innovative techniques was organised in which a child from Buniyadi Vidyalaya Sirasia Adda won the first prize.
Tributes to former Member of Parliament Shri A. V. Swamy
Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan led the staff in paying tributes to former Member of Parliament from Odisha, Shri Alajangi Viswanath Swamy on December 31, 2019. He was 91. The former parliamentarian breathed his last at his residence in Khariar Road of Nuapada district. Born on July 18, 2019 in Nabarangpur district, Shri Swamy was elected to Upper House of Parliament, Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate from 2012 to 2018.
The Samiti members also paid a silent tribute to one of its housekeeping staff’s mother who passed away on December 31, 2019.
Annual Review Meeting organised
Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan took an Annual Review Meeting in Gandhi Darshan on December 30, 2019 for the entire staff. Different units made their presentations at the review meeting which discussed the future programmes the Samiti could organise as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The day-long meeting addressed various issues of different units and provided a solution to the problems.
Sadbhavna Preeti Bhoj Prasad
To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, GSDS hosted a “Sadbhavna Preeti Bhoj Prasad” on December 26, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan. Rajiv Gandhi Kalyan Sansthan organised this programme by offering gifts to the poor children, especially the girl child. About 255+ people took part in the programme that saw a gathering of speakers like Shri Laxmi Dass, Vice President Harijan Sevak Sangh and EC Member GSDS, Dr. A K Merchant, Trustee Bahai House of Worship, Maj General (Retd) Shri Ranjit Singh AVSM VSM and former Vice Chancellor Central University & CRS University Jind, Smt. Jasbeer Kaur, Shri Mahendra Kumar Khattar Industrialist and Shri Om Prakash Batra Chairman and Trustee of Rajiv Gandhi Kalyan Sansthan.
Gandhi Katha as part of Gandhi: 150 organised
Gandhi Katha by Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna was organized in Gandhi Darshan by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Culture and GSDS on December 24, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan. With a view to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Gandhi Katha was organized that saw the participation of almost 270+ youth from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.
The Katha is in a narrative style of telling episodes from the life of Mahatma Gandhi with music accompanying the narrative. Songs written by Narayan Bhai Desai (son of Mahadev Desai, the personal secretary to Gandhiji) make the katha more poignant. Each Gandhi Katha is contextual and is based on the historical connection and influence of Mahatma Gandhi in that place.
Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna emphasised her narrative on what she said, “The strength of soul, love and peace” which according to her Gandhiji advocated and practiced all through his life. She began the ‘katha’ with these words: “We are all born of truth, so long as the fear infused by the society doesn’t grips us in”, adding, “Gandhiji overcame that fear with truth and steadfastness”.
The artists who accompanied Dr. Shobhana in the Gandhi Katha included: Mr. Deepak Kalra and Ms. Swati Bhagat in the vocals, Shri Gurbej Singh on the Tabla, Shri Chetan Singh on the Harmonium and Shri Ganesh Singh on the Flute. During the narrative, Shri Rakesh spun on the charkha.
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Live painting demonstration as part of Gandhi-150
Media Family in association with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised a live painting demonstration on December 23, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan. Artists Mr. Harpal Singh Chauhan, Mr. Gulrez Alo, Ms. Anamika S, along with Ms. Mahi Yashodhar, Mr. Vikas Mishra did a live painting on Mahatma Gandhi as a tribute to the Father of the Nation as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Sr. Journalist and General Secretary of Delhi Journalist Association, Shri Amlesh Raju was also present on the occasion.
Third Anupam Mishra Memorial Lecture organised
Eminent journalist and former editor of Hindi daily “Jansatta”, Shri Banwari ji delivered the third “Anupam Mishra Memorial Lecture” in Gandhi Darshan on December 22, 2019. Almost 95 participants that included representatives from different Gandhian organisations; youth and students, journalists and family members of late Anupam Mishra attended the programme. The theme of the lecture was “Swaraj and Gandhiji”.
Gandhi and Buddha can light us in our enlightenment: Shantum Seth
GSDS in association with ‘Ahimsa Trust’ organised a dialogue with almost 55 international participants from different parts of the world on a pilgrimage in the path of Mahatma Gandhi and Gautam Buddha. The delegation was led by Dharmacharya Shantum Seth of Ahimsa Trust. The members offered their tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the Martyr’s Column in Gandhi Smriti on December 22, 2019.
Later in a dialogue with the participants, Dh. Shantum Seth said, “We are meandering through life and Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha guide us in our path of righteousness. Buddha’s ideas and Gandhiji’s use of these ideas in practical life is an example of sacrifice for humanity, which we all must follow”, adding, “Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha can light us in our enlightenment”.
Speaking about the concept of ‘ahimsa’ or nonviolence, Dh. Shantum Seth said, “In every Indian, there’s a string of Gandhi and these strings can build civilisations on the lines of ‘ahimsa’.
Speaking about spinning, he further said that “Spinning was Mahatma Gandhi’s constructive meditation, for Gandhi always wanted his country folks to be self sufficient and thereby have their own economy of permanence”.
Earlier Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu spoke on the initiatives of the GSDS and said that compassion, sympathy, empathy and understanding of the concepts of non-violence communication can usher in dialogue and peace.
On this occasion, Shri Dharamraj spun on the charkha which some of the delegations also... Read More
Three-day Youth Leadership Development programme organised
GSDS in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Central Delhi organised a three-day “Youth Leadership Development Programme” in Gandhi Darshan from December 19-21, 2019. 55 participants took part in the programme The guests at the inaugural programme included Shri Nand Kumar Singh State Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan Delhi who was the chief guest, Shri Surender Kumar Babbar Assistant Director, Shri Rajdeep Pathak Programme Executive GSDS, Major Satish Sharma NCC and Shri Rajesh Kumar Jadon District Youth Coordinator. Shri Jagdish Prasad, coordinated the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Nand Kumar Singh said that the objective of Nehru Yuva Kendra is to develop leadership capacity among the youth so that youth can become partners in their community and nation building and put their energy into the progress of the country.
Different sessions were conducted for the youth on ‘Career Counseling’, ‘Training in Community Development’, ‘Communications’, ‘Value Education and Role of Youth’, etc. The training programme concluded with certificate distribution.
Sensitize and mobilise people towards the idea of non-killing: Prof. N Radhakrishnan
The Samiti organised a dialogue on “Launch of Non Killing India & One Crore Non Violent Family” in Gandhi Darshan on December 18, 2019. The discussion was chaired by Prof. N Radhakrishnan, Member Gandhi: 150 Committee, Government of India. The other participants at the discussion included Dr. Anoop Swarup, Shri Govindnathan Nair, Dr. Y P Anand, Du. Gurudutt, Prof. Sanjeev, Prof. Ramesh Kumar, Shri Yatish MIshra, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, students and youth.
Mooting the discussing, Prof. Radhakrishnan said, “We must give revive Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of young soldiers of peace, whom Gandhiji called the ‘Shanti Sainiks’ as a gift to Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary. Saying that “Violence travels fast and non-violence travels at a snail’s pace”, Prof Radhakrishnan called for taking this concept to the families, where the approach should be based on individual acceptance, and thereby we could reach to one crore families”.
Dr. Y P Anand while quoting how Mahatma Gandhi defined ‘Ahimsa’ referred to the indirect or structural violence in the society that needs to be addressed, to begin what he called as the basic right of a child to be educated. He said that one needs to have a clear definition of ‘non-killing’ and that it must also address structural killing or structural disparities, where there’s killing slowly by degrees. He stressed that the bottom lines in terms of Education, health and sanitation be clearly drawn to take this initiative further”.
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Book “Unsung Builders of Modern India” presented to Shri Lal Krishna Advani
Shri Pankaj Chaubey along with author of the book “Unsung Builders of Modern India” Shri Pramod Kumar presented the copy of the book published by GSDS as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to Shri Lal Krishna Advani at his residence on December 13, 2019.
Prabudh Samvad urges people to preserve the cultural and traditional heritage of India
A dialogue on ‘Nationalism and Cultural Heritage’ was organised in Gandhi Darshan on December 10, 2019. The distinguished guests who addressed the gathering of over 400 participants spoke on the need to take pride in the cultural heritage of India. The guests who spoke on the occasion were, Shri Lal Krishna Advani, Dr. Murli Mahohar Joshi, Sadhvi Rithambara, Shri Trilokinath Pandey, Shri Vinay Katiyani, Shri C S Vaidyanathan and others.
Speakers like Shri L K Advani and Dr. M.M. Joshi while speaking about Lord Ram, said that Ram stood for the oppressed classes, he embraced the kewat (boatman) and even performed the last rites of the bird Jatayu. This was what Gandhiji had learnt from Ram’s teachings and applied it through patience and seriousness. They said that once the goal is achieved, one should remember that the work has just begun to make the country more strong. One should try to evolve to a level where conflict ends from within.
Sadhvi Rithambara spoke about how women in this country still feel insecure even before birth and how the rate of female foeticide is increasing. She appealed that our heritage is our women and we must evolve into a nation where a woman’s dignity is not tarnished and where every child feels secure.
Japanese Delegation from Shizenkan University visits Gandhi Smriti
Shizenkan University comprises Graduate School of Leadership and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan. This University in collaboration with School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL), Gurugram, India visited Gandhi Smriti on December 10, 2019.
As a part of their curriculum, the students of the university chose India for the second time to visit and acquire the best of the Gandhian and Indian philosophies on Leadership. With their 3-days tour packed with exploring the wonders of India, they visited the national memorial of Mahatma Gandhi to explore the journey of India filled with history and culture. The main agenda of the whole visit was to get the ideas more deeply on the struggles of Mahatma Gandhi. Shri Rajdeep Pathak gave a tour to the delegation along with Dr. Sailaja Gullapalli. Ms. Mansi coordinated the programme. Mr. Ramanathan Hariharan, President Consulting and Executive Education SOIL, was present on the occasion along with Mr. Patrick Newell, Japan Program Director ‘SingularityUJapan’.
Discourse on “A Gandhian Path for a Global Non-Violent Planet” organised
GSDS organised a day-long discussion on “A Gandhian Path for a Global Non-Violent Planet: Strategies of Action for a Culture of Peace” in Gandhi Darshan on December 9, 2019. In this discussion, eminent Gandhians and other enlightened people of the country discussed on the procedure to establish peace in the world and the importance of non-violence in world peace. The chief speaker was Venerable Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche. Shri Laxmidas, Vice President of Harijan Seva Sangh moderated the discussion.
Inaugurating the discussion, Prof. Rinpoche said that if we expect change, then we have to change ourselves first. Only by changing ourselves, we can ask others for change. To end peace, we must first understand what is the root cause of Ashanti? Violence is the root cause of Ashanti (disturbance). The root cause of violence is malice, ignorance is the cause. So first we have to end ignorance to end the malice. The end of malice will end the violence, and the end of the violence automatically establishes peace. The Buddha said that the end of malice will not be with malice, but through malaise and compassion, hatred can be eliminated. Therefore, it is very necessary to end the animosity to try peace.
The others who took part in the discussion included: Shri Sri Krishna Kulkarni, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and member of the Gandhi-150 Committee, Dr. Ashok Pradhan, Director Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Vice Chancellor of Shobhit Vishwavidyalaya Shri Kunwar Vijendra... Read More
First Gandhi Smriti Peace and Nonviolence Lecture
As part of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi the first “Gandhi Smriti Peace and Nonviolence Lecture was organized and this lecture was delivered by His Eminence Ven. Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche on December 8, 2019. Prof. (Dr) Kesava Rao Vurrakula, Vice Chancellor, National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi, presided over the function. Shri Laxmi Dass, Vice President Harijan Sevak Sangh and EC Member GSDS,Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, former VC GSDS, Dr. Y P Anand, former Director National Gandhi Museum, Shri Ram Chandra Rahi, President Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, senior Gandhians Shri Satyapal, Shri Ramesh Sharma, academicians from colleges, people from the Korean Embassy and others joined on the occasion.
Children of Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan’s Mehta Vidyalaya presented an inter-faith prayer as an invocatory performance.
Ven. Prof. Rinpoche based his lecture on the philosophy of the Buddha and Gandhi and emphasised on their integral philosophies of spiritual and practical approach to non-violence. He also referred to Mahatma Gandhi’s seminal work ‘Hind Swaraj’ as the key to solve many of the mounting problems which he termed as ‘civilisational crisis.
“Gandhian concept of Non-Violence is extremely apt for us because this concept of Non-Violence is accepted and practiced by His Holiness, our leader and he says that the Gandhian interpretation of Non-Violence is correct or the real one. And therefore we must study it; we must try to understand... Read More
Book “Unsung Builders of Modern India” presented to Shri Pranab Mukherjee
Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Asst Editor GSDS, Shri Pankaj Chaubey and author of the book “Unsung Builders of Modern India” Shri Pramod Kumar presented the copy of the GSDS publication to former President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a small function in Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s residence on December 6, 2019. Director GSDS also present a token memento to the former President.
“In the Path of Mahatma Gandhi, India-Zambia towards Peace and Non-violence”
In continuation of the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi, GSDS tried to reach out to different Embassies/High Commissions in New Delhi to have a joint cultural programme with an aim to propagate the relevance of the Gandhian Philosophies of Peace and Non-violence in the international realm.
On December 6, 2019 a programme with the High Commission of Zambia in New Delhi was organised in Gandhi Smriti. The High Commissioner of Zambia to India, H.E. Mrs. Judith K.K. Kan’goma-Kapijimpanga was the chief guest in the function. The Deputy High Commissioner of Zambia to India, Minister Plenipotentiary H.E. Ms. Natihaika Francis Msuya from the Tanzanian High Commission in India, Deputy High Commissioner of Malawi, Mr. Patrick Mphepo and a host of other dignitaries from various embassies took part in the programme.
Students from Cambridge School, Indirapuram and Rashtra Shakti Vidyalaya, Uttam Nagar gave their musical performances on the occasion. During the interaction with HE Mrs Judith, the children felt worth coming and knowing about the history of the country apart from western nations. To their surprise, Mahatma Gandhi had a great impact on the peace marchers and freedom fighters of the African nation to get their independence from the same colonizer.
The High Commissioner gave the audience an inspiring presentation on the First President of Zambia, Kenneth David Kaunda who also received Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and... Read More
Women from the community raise their voice on community development
Around 30 women from different areas of SEWA which included Mustafabad, Sundernagri, Harkeshnagar, Rajeevnagar, Raghubirnagar, New Ashoknagar, Uttamnagar, Jahangirpuri along with representatives from Punjab and Bihar took part in a training of trainers “Agewan Vikas Initiative Program” in Gandhi Darshan on December 4-5, 2019.
Discussion on the differences between the formal and the informal sector to get an idea of what the Aagewaans understand about the formal and informal sector and what are the benefits that the informal sector cannot access due to its nature was conducted. Group presentations formed a major part of the programme.
Swedish King, Queen pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Smriti
Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf Folke Hubertus and Queen Silvia Renate Sommerlath on Monday paid tributes to Mahatama Gandhi at Gandhi Smriti on December 2, 2019. The visiting delegation offered their tributes at the Martyrs Column.
The royal couple was received by the hon’ble Minister of Culture and VC GSDS Shri Prahlad Singh Patel. A tour of Gandhi Smriti museum was also given on the occasion by Dr. Sailaja Gullapalli, Research Associate. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan was also present on the occasion.
Manipur Programme on ‘Inculcating Gandhian Values’
An orientation programme on how to ‘Inculcate Gandhian Values’ was organized for students of Delta Advance School, Imphal, Manipur on November 28, 2019. Different dimensions of Gandhian philosophy were discussed and how these can assimilated in daily lives by the children.
Dr Oinam Sareeta Devi, senior Gandhian and Dr Vedabhyas Kundu conducted the programe which saw interesting experience sharing by the children on how inculcating good values helps them.
Training of Trainers Introducing Peace and Nonviolence in Schools of Manipur
The Samiti organized a two day training of teachers on how to introduce peace and nonviolence in schools on November 29-30, 2019 in Imphal, Manipur. The programme was organized in association with the State Council of Education Research and Training, Manipur. About 100 participants took part in the training programme.
The different sessions that were organized included understanding of peace, nonviolence and conflicts; nature and types of conflicts; nonviolent resolution of conflicts in schools and classrooms; use of arts and other creative expressions to promote peace-building by children; nonviolent communication; how children can inculcate values like forgiveness, gratitude, compassion etc. It was felt that the ideas of peace and nonviolence should be reflected in school text-books too.
Assam National Seminar on Gandhi's Way to Peace: 21st Century Perspectives
A national seminar on “Gandhi’s Way to Peace: 21st Century Perspectives” was organised by GSDS in association with Assam University, Silchar was organised on November 14-15, 2019 in the University campus. 200 participants attended the seminar.
The seminar was inaugurated by His Excellency Sri Tathagata Roy, Honourable Governor of Meghalaya and emphasised that in order to draw proper lessons from a man’s life one must restrain from categorising his in the category of sainthood.
The participants and resource persons joined for a vibrant interaction on both the days of the seminar for a meaningful dialogue on Gandhian principles and ideology. Resource persons came all the way from the state of Jammu & Kashmir, West Bengal and Delhi.
The keynote speakers were Prof. Nandana Dutta of Gauhati University and Prof. A. Natraju of Assam University. Other noted resource persons were from EFLU, Shillong and NIT, Silchar. As many as 42 papers were presented by academicians and research scholars.
Arunachal Pradesh Joy of Reading Festival organized
The “Joy of Reading Festival”, Roing, Arunachal Pradesh organized from November 4-8, 2019 by the Lower Dibang Valley District Administration of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and the ICDS Department as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi saw a huge response from the participants, both young and old. It was inaugurated on November 4, 2019 by eminent educationist and ‘grandmother of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) in India', Prof Vimala Ramachandran.
The weeklong festival which highlighted the themes ‘Joy of Reading’ and ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ included lectures and interactions by Prof Vimala Ramachandran and eminent Gandhian scholar from Assam, Dr Alaka Sarma as well as a range of book activities, contests and book exhibitions. On special display was the Mahatma Gandhi’s biography in five Arunachal languages Adi, Apatani, Mishmi, Nyishi and Nocte by Tulika Books.
The weeklong festival concluded on November 8, 2019, leaving behind warm and rich memories for book lovers of all age groups.
Speaking at INV Roing, Prof Vimala Ramachandran shared her vast experiences of educational innovations arross India and South East Asia, and elaborated on the little known GOI document on “Positive Discipline’, which is today adopted by many reputed schools. At KGBV Dambuk, she outlined the origin of KGBV schools in India.
Describing the sterling contribution of the Mahila Shiksha Kendras in... Read More
Uthaan Foundation, Kolkata Seminar on Gandhiji’s Trusteeship and D.B. Thengadiji’s Labourisation in four Provinces - Nagda (M.P), Sikkar (Rajasthan), Barrackpore (W.B) and Banaras ( U.P)
1. September 14-16, 2019 at Nagda Madhya Pradesh
2. September 20-22, 2019 Pragoti Shikshan Sansthan, Dhodh Road, Sikkar (Rajasthan)
3. November 15–17, 2019 at Barrackpore Sadar Bazar, (Kolkata)
4. Sri B. N. Rai ji gave a keynote Address on the Subject on Trusteeship of Mahatma Gandhi and Labourisation of Lt. D. B. Thengadiji
A series of seminars were organized by Uthaan Foundation, Barrackpore Kolkata in association with GSDS with the following objectives:
1. To make aware the participants about the life and working of Mahatma Gandhi and Sri D.B.Thengadiji.
2. To make aware about Trusteeship and Labourisation
3. To publicise their 2 concepts in the public.
4. Industrialist and Mazdoor must know about their Real Role in developing Industry in the Country.
5. To minimize the Enemity and differences in Industrialist and Labour.
September 14 –16, 2019 at NAGDA ( Madhya Pradesh)
The first in the series was organized on September 14-16, 2019 at Nagda, Madhya Pradesh. 172 participants took part in the programme. The programme was inaugurated by Sri Dilip Singh Gurzar (M. L. A) Khachroud , Nagda. On September 14, Discussion on Gandhiji life and his concepts – ‘Trusteeship’ was organized. This was followed by the discussion on Sri Thengadiji’s life and his concept ‘Labourisation’ on September 15 Sri Anil Sirodia, hon’ble Member of Parliament was the chief guest. On September 16, group presentations and evaluations of the seminar was organized. Sri Sultan Singh Shekhawat addressed the gathering.
September 20–22, 2019 at Pragoti Shikshan Sansthan, Dhodh Road, Sikkar (Rajasthan)
153 participants consisting of social workers, politicians, trade union leaders and students took part in the seminar organized by Uthaan Foundation at Rajasthan from September 20-22, 2019. Nagarpalika Chairman Smt. Aparna Roln inaugurated the seminar. Sri Ratan Jaldhar (Ex. M.L.A.) Sri Gobardhan Verma (Ex. M.L.A.) Sri Baij Nath Rai, Managing Trustee of Uthaan Foundation and Sri Sultan Singh Shekhawat, Ex. President, Madhya Pradesh, Asangathit Board and Sri Pratap Singh Shekhawat, Secretary of Uthaan Foundation Rajasthan Unit were present on the occasion.
November 15–17, 2019 at Barrackpore Sadar Bazar, (Kolkata)
165 persons took part in the programme. In this Programme a public meeting was organized on November 15, 2019 at Mochi Mahal Morh, Barrackpore Sadar Bazar, Barrackpore. Sri Gupteshwar Barnwal, a retired senior teacher presided over the meeting. Sri Sunil Munshi, Gandhian Leader and Ex. Director of Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Barrackpore; Maharaj Nitya Rupananda Swami, Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission; Sri Baij Nath Rai, Managing Trustee, Uthaan Foundation; Sri Manoj Saha, Secretary, Barrackpore Trader Association; Sri Narendra Bhagat, a renowned social worker and Dr. Pranab Chandra Chand, Well known Doctor took part in the programme discussing the vision of both Shri D B Thengadi and Mahatma Gandhi. The second day programme was presided over by Sri Hari Das Bhagat and Oldest and Renowned Social Worker of the Locality. Question and answer session was also organized on the occasion.
November 22–24, 2019 at Micro Tek College of Management & Technology, Maldahiya, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
181 persons took part in the programme. Sri Mangla Prasad Ex Principal ITI College, Sri Mithilesh Kumar Rai (Social Worker), Sri Awadhesh Kumar Mishra (President of Uthaan Foundation), Sri Baij Nath Rai, Managing Trustee of Uthaan Foundation attended the seminar. Shri Awadhesh Kumar Mishra, All India President of Uthaan Foundation presided over the 3 days seminars. Sri B. N. Rai gave the keynote Address on the Subject on Trusteeship of Mahatma Gandhi and Labourisation of Lt. D. B. Thengadiji. Discussions on the principles wealth, labour, trusteeship, Gandhian economics and social development took place during the seminar through the resource persons.
Patna Discussion on new invocations for making Basic Schools as Schools of Excellence organised
A three-day brainstorming session on “Nai Talim and Basic Education” of Mahatma Gandhi was organized from November 21-23, 2019 in Vrindavan basic school The programme was organised in association with the Center for Innovation in Public Systems (CIPS), Patna.
The program was inaugurated by Chief Guest Prof. Upendra Reddy from the Center for Innovation in Public System; former DEO, Shri Lal Babu Mishra, Shri Dipankar Shri Gyan, Director, GSDS and other guests.
In this program, a detailed discussion on Mahatma Gandhi's ‘Nai Talim and Basic Education’ system was held for two days in which about 100 participants took part in which, including former and current headmen, principals of basic schools, District Education Officers, senior educationists of the area were present. Teachers working in the basic schools were also present.
Discussions on how to convert basic schools into model schools so that the children could be connected with the basic education of Gandhiji along with the current pattern of education were held. All present gave their suggestions on this subject.
Further, a meeting was held on November 23 at Bihar Vidyapeeth, Sadaqat Ashram, Patna to consider and implement these suggestions. Representative of both GSDS and CIPS were present. Director GSDS was also present on the occasion.
Programme on Gandhian Approach to Rural Development and Management
The Samiti in association with the Department of Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, Patna University organized a one-day seminar on “Gandhian Approach to Rural Development and Management” on November 23, 2019. The speakers at the seminar were: Mr Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director, GSDS; Prof Avinash Kumar Singh, NIUPA, New Delhi; Prof Upendra Reddy, Advisor, CIPS, Hyderabad; and Dr Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS.
Different dimensions of Gandhian approach to rural development were discussed in the seminar and the students came up with their own reflections on how Gandhian philosophy was critical for village self-development.
Training in Nonviolent Communication
A half-day training session on nonviolent communication was organized for students of Arcade Business School, Patna, Bihar by the Samiti. The Samiti’s Programme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu conducted the programme.
Another a half-day training session on ‘nonviolent communication’ was organized for students of Indian School of Business, Patna, Bihar by the Samiti. The Samiti’s Programme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu conducted the programme.
Farewell to Shri Moonga Lal
Shri Moongalal was given a befitting farewell by Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan on November 30, 2019. Shri S A Jamal, Administrative Officer GSDS was also present on the occasion. Shri Moongalal served the GSDS for 36 years since 1983, first as a daily wager and then as a permanent employee as a security guard. Shri Moongalal hence retirement, has volunteered to continue to serve GSDS. Old colleagues of Shri Moongalal remembered him as a caring person, always with a smile and punctual.
Prize Distribution Ceremony of Hindi Pakhwara organised
The Samiti organised the prize distribution ceremony of the Hindi Pakhwara on November 27, 2019 in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat. Shri Ved Prakash Gaur, Director, Rajbhasha, Ministry of Culture who was the chief guest on the occasion distributed the prizes to the winners of the Hindi Pakhwara that was organised by the GSDS in September 2019.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ved Prakash Gaur expressed his happiness that the GSDS is taking initiatives towards promotion and use of Hindi language in daily functioning in the office. He said that information about such efforts should be sent to the Ministry of Culture and also due publicity should be made so that information is generated. Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan was also present on the occasion.
Participants who received their prizes also narrated poems on the occasion. Prizes were awarded in different categories which are as under:
1. Essay Writing – Group A
a. Ram Singh Chauhan – First Prize
b. Vijay Kumar – Second Prize
c. Dharamraj Kumar – Third Prize
d. Ms. Sashiprabha, Ms. Shakuntala and Ms. Renu – Consolation Prizes
2. Essay Writing – Group B
a. Shri Rakesh Sharma – First Prize
b. Shri Sunil Kumar – Second Prize
c. Shri Manish – Third Prize
d. Ms. Ruby Tiwari, Shri Rohit Kumar, Ms Suman Narang – Consolation Prizes
3. Poetry Writing – Group A
a. Shri Dharamraj Kumar – First Prize
b. Shri Vijay Kumar – Second Prize
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