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On Gandhi Jayanti: Godse Zindabad Twitter Strom

On Gandhi Jayanti: Godse Zindabad Twitter Strom

This October 2nd (2021) the Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday; the twitter was flooded with tweets, ‘Nathuram Godse Amar Rahen’ (Long live Nathuram Godse), Nathuram Godse Zindabad (Hail Godse). It was the top twitter trend for the day. It did come as a shock to many. Even to those who have been observing resurgence in praise of Godse, the murderer of Gandhi,[Read More…]

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Gandhi vs. Ambedkar Debates and Search for Real Swaraj

Gandhi vs. Ambedkar Debates and Search for Real Swaraj

 To celebrate 152 Jayanti of Mahatma Gandhi, most of the political parties from the Left to Right (barring a section of Ambedkarites) including secular parties are busy in celebrating Gandhi’s Jayanti with much compassion and commitment. In this respect, civil society and public intellectuals have written several articles in the newspapers and posted messages on social media to express their[Read More…]

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Gandhi’s Legacy Can Still Bring Hope and Healing to A Violent World

Gandhi’s Legacy Can Still Bring Hope and Healing to A Violent World

73 years after his death, Mahatma Gandhi and his messages continue to be remembered in the context of many possible solutions for problems of a deeply troubled world. His birthday October 2 is a time for  events in his memory in many parts of world, a time also for re-emphasizing his key precept of non-violence as a way of life.[Read More…]

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An India of our Dreams – Reflections on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti 2021 

An India of our Dreams – Reflections on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti 2021 

On the occasion of 152nd Gandhi Jayanti, 2nd October 2021, in tandem with Azadi ka Amrut Maha Utsav launched on the 75th Independence Day what thoughts flood our hearts as we survey happenings and events in the country and the plight of humanity.   On the one hand is the “India of My Dreams” that Mahatma Gandhi had expressed and[Read More…]

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Heed Gandhi’s Voice to Minimize Discontents of Globalization

Heed Gandhi’s Voice to Minimize Discontents of Globalization

Economic ideas of Mahatma Gandhi are most remembered for his emphasis on village self-reliance, a far cry from   globalization. Despite this, as his birth anniversary is observed on October 2, a world troubled by many discontents of globalization may find it useful to consult Gandhian ideas for reducing them and getting some clues to important reforms as well. Mahatma Gandhi[Read More…]

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Mahatma Gandhi and Congress on Bhagat Singh’s Martyrdom

Mahatma Gandhi and Congress on Bhagat Singh’s Martyrdom

Sangh Parivar and leaders and spokesmen of its affiliates never miss any opportunity to malign Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. The latest in their malicious campaign is an article written by Rakesh Sinha, BJP member of Rajya Sabha. In his article published in Indian Express (August `14) Sinha claims that “Despite the unbounded reverence for Mahatma Gandhi the masses rejected[Read More…]

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Re-making of the Mahatma

Re-making of the Mahatma

Noted Assamese poet Nabakanta Barua wrote a famous poem decades ago, with the title that translates into English as ‘There was a river here’. It describes in pretty ominous and disturbing words how the desert creeps in with slow invincibility.I used to nurse a feeling of dislike and disdain for it as it seemed to bracket out human agency. But[Read More…]

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Does Gandhi Ashram need a Corporate Makeover?

Does Gandhi Ashram need a Corporate Makeover?

Lawyers, former diplomats, journalists, scholars and host of eminent Gandhians have written an open letter appealing that the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati not be disturbed. The government has proposed to make it a “world class” tourist destination, taking over the 54 acres near the Sabarmati River, where Gandhi lived between 1917 and 1930. Among the proposals is a VIP lounge,[Read More…]

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The Limits of Gandhian Non-Violence

The Limits of Gandhian Non-Violence

Written by Prem Kumar Vijayan & Karen Gabriel It is widely acknowledged that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and more specifically, his political method of non-violent struggle, was one of the major reasons that the British were forced to leave India. However, it is also evident that these Gandhian methods have failed on many, many occasions, and are likely to continue to[Read More…]

by 11/04/2021 5 comments Life/Philosophy
Essential Message of Mahatma Gandhi Has More Significance in An Increasingly Troubled World

Essential Message of Mahatma Gandhi Has More Significance in An Increasingly Troubled World

Nearly 73 years after he left us, victim of an assassin’s bullets, many people grappling with the  most serious problems and issues in our troubled world are increasingly realizing the great value of several essential messages Mahatma  Gandhi left behind after a very eventful and even more thoughtful life. One of these relates to understanding and appreciating the great importance[Read More…]

by 29/03/2021 1 comment Life/Philosophy
Gandhian antecedents of the anti-`love-jihad’ campaign – and Gandhi’s later act of  atonement

Gandhian antecedents of the anti-`love-jihad’ campaign – and Gandhi’s later act of  atonement

   The  term  `love- jihad’  is  being  used  by  the  activists  of  the  Sangh  Parivar  to  target  inter-religious  marriages  between Muslim  men  and  Hindu  women.  They  accuse  the  Muslims  of  seducing   Hindu  women  and  converting  them  to  Islam.  But  then,  how  would  they  justify  the  marriages  between  the  BJP’s  Muslim  leaders  and  their  Hindu  wives  –    with  Mukhtar  Abbas  Naqvi [Read More…]

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A Tale of Two Monuments: Sabarmati Ashram and Narendra Modi stadium

A Tale of Two Monuments: Sabarmati Ashram and Narendra Modi stadium

Written by Harshvardhan Purandare and Sandeep Pandey Ahmedabad hosts a Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram, the iconic monument where values and foundation of Indian democracy evolved through decades of Freedom movement. Now the city also hosts five star Narendra Modi stadium at Motera ground, a new monument named after our seven star prime minister. One can say, Indian democracy which grew at[Read More…]

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Was Mahatma Gandhi a true crusader for liberation?-Tribute on 73rd anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination 

Was Mahatma Gandhi a true crusader for liberation?-Tribute on 73rd anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination 

Exactly 73years ago  Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu Communal fanatic who made an impact on humanity at large as few individuals ever did in the history of mankind. Whether for good or evil. few men ever on the face of this earth could mobilise or influence people to the extent or manner Gandhi did .Arguably there is no[Read More…]

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Martyr’s Day: Recalling Gandhi’s Vision of Freedom and Liberty as Creating an Inclusive, Plural, Tolerant India with a Sense of Humour!

Martyr’s Day: Recalling Gandhi’s Vision of Freedom and Liberty as Creating an Inclusive, Plural, Tolerant India with a Sense of Humour!

On 30th January, 2021, we mark the 73rd anniversary of the very date when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by someone who did not share his vision of an inclusive and plural India. The PUCL would like to mark this important date by remembering the values which Gandhiji stood for which are under threat today. We want to remember a Gandhiji[Read More…]

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Enduring Message of Non-Violence

Mahatma Gandhi’s Enduring Message of Non-Violence

         In a world increasingly troubled by violence and strife Mahatma Gandhi’s message remains highly relevant today, 73  years after the assassination of this man of peace. Gandhi’s work and writings covered a very wide range of activities, but perhaps what present-day  world needs to learn most from Gandhi is his overwhelming emphasis on non-violence to resolve any conflict or[Read More…]

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Contribution of Gandhian Ideas in Responding to the Survival Crisis

Contribution of Gandhian Ideas in Responding to the Survival Crisis

          The concept of survival crisis refers to the emergence of life-threatening conditions on our planet due to factors like accumulation of weapons of mass destruction and a range of very serious environmental problems led by but not confined to climate change. This is the most serious problem on earth today, but the recognition of this by more and more[Read More…]

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The Identity Of The Assassins Of Gandhiji As Disclosed By Sardar Patel

The Identity Of The Assassins Of Gandhiji As Disclosed By Sardar Patel

The world is mourning the 73rd anniversary of MK Gandhi’s assassination by the Hindutva terrorists on January 30, 1948. RSS, the most prominent flag-bearer of the Hindutva politics and cadres of which rule India today reacts angrily whenever the truth is spoken or written that the criminals who assassinated Gandhiji were not only part of the ideological world-view of Hindu[Read More…]

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Why Albert Einstein Went to Meet Mahatma Gandhi in Heaven?

Why Albert Einstein Went to Meet Mahatma Gandhi in Heaven?

This is the third in a series of heaven-based stories, written as fantasy but very relevant to our times. The first story titled Mahatma Gandhi Returns to Earth was published in Countercurrents.org on December 11 2020 while the second story titled Mahatma Gandhi Meets Shahid Bhagat Singh was published in Countercurrents.org on January 16 2021. It was a nice relaxed[Read More…]

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Mahatma Gandhi Meets Shahid Bhagat Singh in Heaven 

Mahatma Gandhi Meets Shahid Bhagat Singh in Heaven 

This is one of a series of heaven-based stories, written as  fantasy yet very relevant to our times. The first part of the series appeared in  Countercurrents.org dated December 11, 2020 under the title ‘ Mahatma Gandhi Returns to Earth’. Gandhi had managed to get the clearance from heaven authorities for his one-day visit to Earth ,but after returning from[Read More…]

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Two Tales of Farmers’ Agitation: Gandhi’s Against the British & Farmers’ Against Modi

Two Tales of Farmers’ Agitation: Gandhi’s Against the British & Farmers’ Against Modi

It was in 1917 that Gandhiji visited Bihar for the first time. He was pursued and persuaded by one Raj Kumar Shukla, a peasant from Champaran, to come to the rescue of the peasants against their exploitation by the British planters under the ‘Teen Kathiya system’. The peasants in Champaran were forced to cultivate indigo in three kathas out of[Read More…]

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Mahatma Gandhi Returns to Earth

Mahatma Gandhi Returns to Earth

Introduction–While this story is written more as a fantasy on what happens when Mahatma Gandhi decides to come back to earth, it is at the same time related to serious contemporary problems and issues. Among the many distinguished residents of heaven, Mahatma Gandhi was regarded as among the most peaceful and patient ones. Yet even he had of late shown[Read More…]

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Gandhi – an enduring universal vision – and those spectacles

Gandhi – an enduring universal vision – and those spectacles

He’s regarded as ‘The Father of the Nation’ and the man who brought down the mightiest global empire without firing a single bullet, yet Gandhi’s ideals and vision go beyond India’s borders and the last century to offer us inspiration and hope. Keith Lyons applauds the Mahatma from New Zealand. I’ve seen Gandhi everywhere. Not just on my recent trips to India,[Read More…]

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Without Protest : On the meaning of Searching for Truth

Without Protest : On the meaning of Searching for Truth

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the root of the verb protest is “to make a solemn declaration” or as a noun it refers to a pledge. Throughout The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Mohandas Gandhi notes the oaths he carried with him at various lengths. In Part One: Chapter VIII, he resolves to never steal again after he began[Read More…]

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‘If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable’

‘If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable’

Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je Peed paraayi jaane re Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye Man abhimaan na aane re (Vaishnava) One who is a Vaishnav (Devotee of Vishnu) Knows the pain of others Does good to others without letting pride enter his mind. — Vaishnava-janatho-(With-English-Translation) It is a 600 years old devotional poem by Gujrati poet-saint Narsinh Mehta and we know[Read More…]

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Time  for  a  new  Civil  Disobedience  Movement

Time  for  a  new  Civil  Disobedience  Movement

Politicians  of  all  hues,  are  celebrating  the  birth  anniversary  of  Gandhi  this  month.  A  leader  of  one  political  party  has  recalled  his  legacy,  by  rightly  emphasizing  the  `Gandhian  agenda’  of   “more  openness,  freedom  and  a  life  of  dignity  and  respect.”   (Ram  Madhav:  `Gandhi’s  True  Legacy.’  Indian  Express,  October  2,  2020).  Ironically,  it  is  his  own  party  that  is  in  power [Read More…]

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Gandhi-Godse: Contrasting Concepts of Nationalism

Gandhi-Godse: Contrasting Concepts of Nationalism

This Gandhi Anniversary (October 2020) one saw a twitter storm ‘Nathram Godse Zindabad’, (Long live Nathura, Godse). This overshadowed the tributes to Gandhi on the same platform. This year the tweets on Godse exceeded over a lakh, while last year 2019, they were close to twenty thousand. This year many of the tweets notably came from bot accounts that on other days[Read More…]

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Gandhi and Relevance of Writers and Activists

Gandhi and Relevance of Writers and Activists

As we celebrate another birth anniversary of the father of the nation, it is worth recognising that the thinkers, writers, and activists are valuable for a society. Gandhi represented all of these, leaving a mark on the humanity that even his enemies find hard to deny. Some argue that it was the matter of time and Independence would have come[Read More…]

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Searching for Mahatma 

Searching for Mahatma 

                                                        The world has witnessed an incredible amount of progress in the last five decades that has transformed lives and made people richer and many nations prosperous. The pace of the change has[Read More…]

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If Gandhi can feature on UK money, when will non-Brahmin radicals on ours?   

If Gandhi can feature on UK money, when will non-Brahmin radicals on ours?   

Early on Monday morning Telegraph brought us a story that Mahatma Gandhi is all set to become the first non-white to feature on the UK money. The Royal Mint Advisory Committee has taken this decision following a campaign in the UK. The campaign advocates giving space to black, Asian, and ethnic minorities (BAME) on the British money in recognition of their “profound[Read More…]

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Remember Gandhi

Remember Gandhi

Remember Gandhi.  Practice nonviolence.  Adhere to nonviolence.   Refrain from attacking people as the means to achieve an interpersonal goal.  You seek to change policies and systems that make policies, and attitudes and behaviors implementing policies of injustice and oppression. In opposing pernicious systems and the policies of pernicious systems you bring about change through clarified strategy, organized, and often[Read More…]

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Mahatma Gandhi, Race and Caste

Mahatma Gandhi, Race and Caste

  During the course of agitation ‘Black lives matter’ some protestors defaced the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in US. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Indian Nation, has the unique distinction of leading the biggest ever mass movement in the World and leading the strong anti colonial movement. In this direction he contributed two major tools as the basis of the[Read More…]

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Reading Gandhi on the occasion of the World Environment Day 

Reading Gandhi on the occasion of the World Environment Day 

The World Environment Day (henceforth WED) was initially started by the UN General Assembly in 1972, on the first day of the Stockholm Conference. The objective of this conference was primarily based on, to connect the human with nature and promote the interactions, so that harmony between environment and human could be realized. The WED is being celebrated on 5th[Read More…]

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No Need to Glorify Gandhi But Evaluate His Failures Too

No Need to Glorify Gandhi But Evaluate His Failures Too

Mohan Das Karmchand Gandhi would have turned 150 yesterday. The entire nation is celebrating his birthday. There was an edit page article by Narendra Damodar Das Modi on Gandhi in the New York Times whose cover page ironically showed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. His home minister who was in West Bengal warned that all the ‘infiltrators’ i.e. Muslims[Read More…]

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Gandhi’s Views on Environment And Modern Concept of Development

Gandhi’s Views on Environment And Modern Concept of Development

In Mahatma Gandhi’s lifetime climate change or threat to environment was not yet a perceived problem. Therefore it is no surprise that there is no explicit mention of it in Gandhi’s concerns. Yet his entire worldview was environment friendly. Protection of environment or non-destruction of nature was in-built in his philosophy. He expected his most ardent followers, especially the ones[Read More…]

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Today’s Imperative: Gandhian Values

Today’s Imperative: Gandhian Values

Third Shambhu Dutta Memorial Lecture, Organized by Transparency International India at IIC, September 9, 2019. Preface to the Lecture I am grateful to Transparency International India for asking me to deliver the Third Shambhu Dutta Memorial Lecture. It is held in the memory of Shri Shambhu Dutta (1918-2016), the founding father of Transparency International India. He was a well-known Gandhian[Read More…]

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Saving Gandhi On Gandhi Jayanti

Saving Gandhi On Gandhi Jayanti

Today is Gandhi Jayanti. If he were alive he would have been 149 year. Official celebrations are there. Narendra Modi is on an overdrive to ‘prove’ that he ‘inherit’ the legacy of Gandhi. His ‘swachchbharat’ campaign is nothing but an attempt to deviate from the real issues of the nation. Gandhi has devotees and detractors both. Many people love his[Read More…]

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Bapu Kuti: A Reminder of Gandhi’s Forgotten Ideals

Bapu Kuti: A Reminder of Gandhi’s Forgotten Ideals

Eighty kilometres to the east of Nagpur in central India lies Bapu Kuti, a historic site in Sewagram, the ‘village of service’, which is nestled in the serene rustic surroundings of the Wardha district. This dwelling was the residential abode of Mahatma Gandhi from 1936 to 1948 and was the epicentre of the Indian freedom movement. During the 12 years[Read More…]

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Lessons for the environmental movement from Gandhi

Lessons for the environmental movement from Gandhi

Gandhi is not well-known for his views on the environment. Indeed, in his vast output, there is little explicit mention of the environment. Yet, in Gandhi’s views, one finds a lot that is relevant to environmentalism. Like most great thinkers, Gandhi’s views are flawed; however we learn a lot by studying his views critically. Let us begin by examining Gandhi’s[Read More…]

Gandhi’s Truth: Ending Human Violence One Commitment At A Time

Gandhi’s Truth: Ending Human Violence One Commitment At A Time

  Gandhi Jayanti – 2 October, the date of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s birth in 1869 and the International Day of Nonviolence – offers an opportunity to reflect on human violence and to ponder ways to end it. There may be a fast way to end human violence but, if there is, Gandhi did not know it. Nor do I. Nor[Read More…]

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Gandhiji Said, No Law Can Be Made To Ban Cow-Slaughter

Gandhiji Said, No Law Can Be Made To Ban Cow-Slaughter

This is an excerpt from Gandhi’s prayer discourse of July 25, 1947, from the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Volume 88, as published online by the Gandhi Heritage Portal. Rajendra Babu tells me that he has received some 50,000 postcards, between 25,000 and 30,000 letters and many thousands of telegrams demanding a ban on cow-slaughter. I spoke to you about[Read More…]

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Mahatma Gandhi, We Need Your Voice Today!

Mahatma Gandhi, We Need Your Voice Today!

If humans are ever to achieve a stable global society in the future, they will have to become much more modest in their economic behavior and much more peaceful in their politics. For both modesty and peace, Gandhi is a useful source of ideas. The problems with which he struggled during his lifetime are extremely relevant to us in the[Read More…]

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Marx, Gandhi, And The U.S. After The 2016 Elections

Marx, Gandhi, And The U.S. After The 2016 Elections

Both Karl Marx (1818-1883) and Mohan Karamchand (“Mahatma”) Gandhi (1869-1948) would be very alarmed by the U.S. elections of 2016 and what we are now facing with President Donald Trump and the Trump Administration. They would be alarmed by the campaigns and elections, the language used, the power relations, the role of money, the role of the media, and the[Read More…]

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Demonetisation And Gandhi

Demonetisation And Gandhi

The entire demonetisation story has been parsed, discussed, analyzed and commented upon in detail, by its supporters and non-supporters alike. There is not pretty much left that can be contributed to the debate, however, I wish to attempt a Gandhian analysis of the move in the following paragraphs. Why did I feel the need to take up such an analysis?[Read More…]

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Modi Is Cheered, As The Mahatma Is Reduced To A Pathetic Figure In Gandhinagar

Modi Is Cheered, As The Mahatma Is Reduced To A Pathetic Figure In Gandhinagar

  Gandhinagar, 13 November, 2016: This turned out to be quite a travesty of Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings in the land of his birth. This was in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat . The occasion was the inauguration of an official government of India conference on urban transport on November 8 but the inauguration proved to be a well-planned[Read More…]

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Is Gandhi Still Relevant?

Is Gandhi Still Relevant?

Mention Gandhi in certain circles and the response might be one of cynicism: his ideas are outdated and irrelevant in today’s world. Such a response could not be further from the truth. Gandhi could see the future impact of large-scale industrialization in terms of the devastation of the environment, the destruction of ecology and the unsustainable plunder of natural resources.[Read More…]

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Rethinking Gandhi

Rethinking Gandhi

                          October 2,  like all public holidays, is cherished as a token appreciation for the reason behind the holiday. Can we try and make a modest effort to move beyond this ennui of arrogance for understanding Gandhi, the phenomenon? What does Gandhi mean for us in the 21st[Read More…]

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Gandhi And The Message Of Nonviolence

Gandhi And The Message Of Nonviolence

As most of the world ignores or hypocritically celebrates the 147th birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on the International Day of Nonviolence on 2 October, some of us will quietly acknowledge his life by continuing to build the world that he envisioned. When asked for his message for the world, Gandhi responded with the now famous line ‘My life is[Read More…]

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