Friday, June 28, 2013

Mandela's Transformation: A Lesson for Us All

Mandela's Transformation: A Lesson for Us All

Today, Nelson Mandela is in the hearts of many.
Renowned around the globe as a symbol of equality, freedom, and moral fortitude, Mandela is one of the most revered leaders and public figures of our time. His face is associated with peace and persistence and his name consistently comes up next to the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr. Mandela's international legacy is build upon his lifelong campaign against South Africa's segregationist apartheid system and the incredible story of how he survived 27 years in prison to be elected the first black president in the country's first-ever fully representative election. He is widely considered the founding father of South Africa's democracy, and is often referred to as tata -- the Xhosa word for "father" -- by South Africans.

Thought For The Day ( MACHINERY )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Machinery

Monday, June 24, 2013

Broadcasting Non-violence



All India Radio preserves MK Gandhi’s first and only appearance on the radio and remembers the day of his assassination.

On June 25, 1934, the first of several attempts were made on his life in Pune

It was November 12, 1947, when Mahatma Gandhi was coming to All India Radio studios for the first time. He was to make an address live over radio to more than two lakh refugees from Pakistan gathered at a camp in Kurukeshtra, 177 kms Northwest of Delhi. A special address for Gandhi was organised by AIR from its studios where an ambience of a prayer meeting was created. A report on this event published in the issue of' 'The Indian Listener' of February 22, 1948, after Gandhi's death, reads, “A special studio was fitted with the 'takhposh' (low wooden settee) which was daily used by him for his prayer meeting addresses at Birla House.” Appropriately, the prayer meeting atmosphere was created in the studio. MK Gandhi arrived at 3.30 pm in the Broadcasting House accompanied by Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. On reaching the studios Gandhi said about radio, “It is a wondrous thing. In it I see Shakti; the miraculous power of God.”

Thought For The Day ( TRUTH )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Truth

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The The village that was his kingdom

The The village that was his kingdom

'I am trying to become a villager," he (Gandhi) wrote on 6 July 1936 to Henry Polak, his friend and associate of South African days. "The place where I am writing this (letter) has a population of 600 - no roads, no post-office, no shop."

The move to Sevagram was the culmination of a chain of events which even Gandhi's closest colleagues had not anticipated; it also contained a message which is no less relevant today than it was in Gandhi's lifetime. 

Thought For The Day ( STRENGTH )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Strength

Friday, June 14, 2013

‘100 Tributes’, first coffee table book on Gandhi to be released on June 15

‘100 Tributes’, first coffee table book on Gandhi to be released on June 15

'100 Tributes', the first coffee table book on the 'Mahatma' by Navajivan Trust, aiming to revive Gandhian values amongst youngsters, will be launched on June 15 in Ahmedabad.

The book, an unique collection of pencil portraits of Mahatma Gandhi rendered by Ramesh Thaakar, contains 100 tributes to Gandhiji on his portraits by his 100 contemporaries and associates in their handwritings.

The book will be formally released on June 15, a date in annals of history when United Nations General Assembly announced that it has adopted a resolution to declare October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Thought For The Day ( FAST )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Fast

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography to be translated into Kashmiri

Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography to be translated into Kashmiri

Mahatma Gandhi
'The Story of My Experiments with Truth' - life story of Mahatma Gandhi, the man who waged wars with non-violence - will soon be available in Jammu and Kashmir.
After growing demand from Kashmiris to print Gandhi's autobiography in their regional language, the book is being translated by three scholars. The best translation, which retains the heart of Gandhi's teachings, will be selected and printed.
Managing trustee of Navjivan Trust Vivek Desai says that the Kashmiri translation of Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography aims to take the message of peace and non-violence to a state which has reeled under active terrorism for the past many years now. 

Gandhi Journal Article - II

Gandhi, Christ and Christianity

By Pascal Alan Nazareth

Gandhi's fundamental contribution in the field of religion was to give primacy to Truth and rationality rather than conformity to traditional practices. In fact he made Truth the basis of all morality by declaring: "I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality".1

Though a deeply devout Hindu, Gandhi's basic approach to all religions was 'sarvadharma samabhav' (equal respect for all religions). For him all religions had equal status and were different paths to the same goal of achieving union with the Divine. His religion was that "which transcends Hinduism, which changes one's very nature, binds one indissolubly to the truth within and ever purifies. It is the permanent element in human nature which leaves the soul restless until it has found itself, known its maker and appreciated the true correspondence between the maker and itself."2

He affirmed "For me different religions are beautiful flowers from the same garden or branches of the same majestic tree."3 He often said he was as much a Moslem, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Parsee as he was Hindu and added "The hands that serve are holier than the lips that pray."4 At his prayer meetings there were readings from all the holy books. His favourite hymn began with the line "He alone is a true devotee of God who understands the pains and sufferings of others."5 His religiosity is therefore best described as a spiritualized humanism.

Thought For The Day ( DIGNITY )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Dignity

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Gandhi Journal Article - I

Swadeshi, Globalization and Agricultural Women Workers

By Gurpinder Kumar*

Swadeshi term is used for that where a country produce all the goods it needs from its own resources. It’s included that inside the country every village/region that produce all it needs by using own local resources. Gandhi used to say that Swadeshi Dharma demands that India should boycott all foreign goods, even if they might be beneficial to it. Swadeshi means also that the things in our country are available in the village should enjoy the same things together whether it's agriculture, small industry, etc. Handy-crafted items as needed according to the access should be use. Sacrifice of Swadeshi relatives also had to pay so it should serve the household. Human beings are not able to do everything themselves. But they are able to serve their neighbours. To nurture the spirit of Swadeshi one could keep on dealing with his neighbour and he can do business also. Things we can produce in the country should not be imported from abroad. In word Swadeshi is neighbourly Feeling of affinity. But at presently country importing all kind goods from abroad. Its effect the economy of country as well as living condition & economic structure of country’s people.


Thought For The Day ( LOVE )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Love