Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gandhi's letters to 'Dear Friend' Hitler inspire film

Two letters written by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to German dictator Adolf Hitler addressing him as 'Dear Friend' during the latter's ambitious eastern Europe push is subject of a film that hits the theatres this weekend.
The film 'Gandhi to Hitler' stars Raghuveer Yadav as the diminutive German dictator, Neha Dhupia as his love interest Eva Braun and Avijit Dutt as Mahatma Gandhi.
The film takes a parallel look at two socio-political set ups - the last days of Hitler when only his trusted comrades Eva and Joseph Goebbels stood by him through the upheavals in Germany and India's desperate bid for freedom and the individual choices of a young couple.
Although the enemy was common, the diametrically opposite ideologies adopted by both the leaders prompted Gandhi to write to Hitler to dissuade him from a bloody campaign against humanity.
The first letter was written on July 23, 1939 before the invasion of Poland and the start of World War II, while the second was written on Christmas eve in 1940.
Addressing him as 'Dear Friend', Gandhi wrote ...Read More

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Unique centre of Learning Gandhi thought with his lifestyle

In what is probably the only kind of its effort in the world, a Wardha-based institute has been imparting training not only in Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and ideals but also in his lifestyle to people from across the globe for the last 25 years. 
Launched in 1986, the silver jubilee batch of eight-month 'Diploma Course in Gandhian Thought', run by the Institute of Gandhian Thought, will start next month, said Bharat Mahoday, who heads the institute. Read More...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

NGO hosts quiz competition on Gandhiji for students

Nandini Voice for The Deprived, a Chennai-based NGO, is organizing a quiz competition for students in Tamil Nadu on ‘Life and Mission of Mahatma Gandhi’ for the forthcoming Gandhi Jayanthi on October 2, 2011.

The objective of the quiz competition is to encourage the school children in the formative age group to understand the life and mission of Mahatma Gandhi, which was one of compassion, truth and non violence.

The quiz competition will take place in the month of September and students studying in 10th, 11th and 12th Standards all over Tamil Nadu are eligible to participate.

Principals and headmasters of the schools in Tamil Nadu are invited to forward the names of the students who will be interested in taking part in the quiz. The competition will take place within the premises of each of the individual schools.

Three prizes will be awarded for the best performing students in each school. The last date for registration August 20, 2011.For more information, call 24916037.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gandhi's 'Harijan' to be collector's item

Mahatma Gandhi's newspaper 'Harijan' will be printed again. This time as collector's edition. This ambitious project has been taken up by Navjivan Trust to reprint the newspaper exactly as it was originally printed. 

The new collector's edition will have 20 volumes, 19 volumes of Newspaper plus one with detailed index. "The work of printing these volumes is in progress. We are using the special parchment paper and silk," says Vivek Desai, managing trustee of Navjivan. Read More...

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Monday, July 18, 2011

One Day National Seminar on Relevance of Gandhian Values in Management

The Gandhi Studies Centre and Dept. of Commerce of
Maniben Nanavati Women's college 

are organizing a One day National Seminar

on ‘Relevance of Gandhian Values in Management’

on 29th July 2011 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

This seminar is open to staff members of different faculties of any discipline.

Management experts acknowledge that values are relatively permanent desires that are good in themselves. Such permanent and good desires must be universal principles applicable to human mind irrespective of geographic, social, cultural and economic contexts. Value – based management and value – based personal living, are two sides of the same coin. One cannot be a good manager or a professional or a business person unless one is a good human being first. This seminar focuses these values. Read More...

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Mahatma Gandhi and his autobiography treasured by a Harvard University professor of Cognition and Education

The One, Indispensable Book
Harvard authors suggest their favorites for graduates heading into the world

"The autobiography is neither artfully worded nor elegantly composed, but it describes in remarkably informative detail the ways in which Gandhi developed his own persona, learned from his mistakes, and inspired others."   - Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education and author of “Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed”

Harvard University is currently recommending "The Story of My Experiments with Truth" as an "essential, must-read book for today's graduates", and that the professor who contributed this recommendation considers Gandhi to be "the most important human being of the last millennium". Read more…

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Gandhiji’s Dandi march among World’s top 10 most influential protests

The Mahatma Gandhi-led 'Salt Satyagraha’ during India's independence struggle was named among the ‘Top ten most influential protests’ in the world by Time magazine. This non-violent march had shaken the roots of the British Empire in India.
In March 1930, Gandhi embarked on a 24-day trek from Sabarmati Ashram near Ahmedabad to Dandi, a small seaside town, to produce salt and not pay tax on it, in protest against the British salt monopoly in colonial India.
On the eve of the Dandi march, Gandhi delivered a speech to around 10,000 people saying, "I shall confine myself to what you should do after my companions and I are arrested. The programme of the march to Jalalpur must be fulfilled as originally settled. The enlistment of the volunteers for this purpose should be confined to Gujarat only. From what I have been and heard during the last fortnight, I am inclined to believe that the stream of civil resistance will flow unbroken."
His words inspired the whole country as a wider Civil Disobedience Movement against British rule ensued soon after the march completed at Dandi’s sea shore. Known as the salt ‘Satyagraha’ - a Sanskrit term meaning truth-force - it carried the emotional and moral weight to break the British Empire, Time magazine said.
The magazine further said that Britain’s centuries-long rule over India was, in many ways, first and foremost a regime of monopolies over commodities like tea, textiles and even salt. Under colonial law, Indians were forbidden to extract and sell their own salt and were instead forced to pay the far costlier price of salt manufactured and imported from the UK.
To quote Time magazine, “that act for which more than 80,000 Indians would get arrested in the coming months sparked years of mass civil disobedience that came to define both Indian independence struggle as well as Gandhi himself.”
Talking about the Salt March, Amrut Modi, secretary of Sabarmati Ashram Preservation and Memorial Trust said, “The main idea of the march was to unite people for the freedom movement. The march was aimed at preparing a ground for the movement, which could lead to the freedom of the country.”
Gandhiji followed the path which was taken by various saints of the country as he decided to walk and meet people, talking to them, changing their heart for the freedom movement.
This march was converted into a nationwide public movement which influenced people, the political situation in the country and the British Empire as well.