GSDS Programmes

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

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

Five Day Workshop on “Techno-Gandhian Philosophy” organised

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

Workshop on Solar Power: A Source of Sustainable Energy

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

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

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

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

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

Mahatma Gandhi Interpretation Centre inaugurated in Gumla

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

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

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

R P L Training program for auto drivers inaugurated

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

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

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

Seminar on “Gandhian Economic Principles for Equitable Growth”

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

Screening of movie on Kasturba Gandhi organized

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

Seminar on Mahatma Gandhi’s influence in our Literature Tradition

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

President of India inaugurates the World Youth Conference for Kindness

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

Pension Adaalat organised

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

One Student-One Tree – Tree Plantation organised

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

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

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

73rd Independence Day celebrated

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

Launch of Gandhi Talks in Gandhi Darshan

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

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

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

Signature for Khadi as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gram Swaraj Yatra as part of Gandhi 150

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swachhata Abhiyan initiated by GSDS at Jagannath Puri

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

Workshop on “Gender Sensitization and Menstrual Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas reflected at Prabhash Prasang

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

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

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

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

Two-day Media Workshop organised

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

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

Swachhata Abhiyan initiated by GSDS at Jagannath Puri

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

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: 100 Years –Tributes

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

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

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

Skill India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tributes to Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs as Part of Centenary Celebrations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Aadhaar is the... Read More

Seminar on Different Social Issues Organised

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

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

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

Give Non-Violence a Chance – A Dialogue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gyanotsav 2075 delves on Contemporary Education System

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

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

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

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