Friday, January 30, 2015

The Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, 1948

The Assassination of Gandhi, 1948

Just an old man in a loincloth in distant India: Yet when he died, humanity wept." This was the observation of a newspaper correspondent at the death of Mahatma Gandhi. The tragedy occurred in New Delhi as the gaunt old man walked to a prayer-meeting and was engulfed by one of history's great ironies - a life-long pacifist and promoter of non-violence struck down by an assassin's bullet.

Gandhi's violent death came just months after the realization of his long sought-after goal - the independence of India from Great Britain. It was a bitter-sweet victory for Gandhi because along with India's independence came the partitioning of the sub-continent into two separate states - Muslim-based Pakistan and Hindu-based India - an action he thoroughly opposed. Gandhi did not take part in the celebration of India's independence.


Mahatma Gandhi Quote on Death

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

'Navjivan' to Open Cafe, Portal to Spread Gandhian Ideology in Ahmedabad

'Navjivan' to Open Cafe, Portal to Spread Gandhian Ideology in Ahmedabad

With a view to present Gandhian ideology in a modern way, Mahatma Gandhi-founded publication house Navjivan Trust will open an art gallery, cafeteria and a centre for sustainable development in Ahmedabad.

Gujarat Chief Minster Anandi Patel will inaugurate the art gallery, cafe and the sustainable development centre on January 29 at the Navjivan building, aimed to create a milieu, specially for the youth to connect with Gandhian ideology.

"People, especially the youths, are hesitant to get associated with Gandhian ideology. There is a need to create such an atmosphere by creating new activities where people can easily connect with his thoughts," Managing Trustee of the trust, Vivek Desai, told reporters.

Thought For The Day ( CONFESSION )

Mahatma Gandhi Quote on Confession

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gandhiji's autobiography to sell for a mere Rs. 30 during his death anniversary week

Gandhiji's autobiography to sell for a mere Rs. 30 during his death anniversary week

Bella Jaisinghani, The Times of India

As the 67th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom comes up January 30, a special sale next week will offer untold discounts on books based upon him. Bapu's autobiography 'The Story of My Experiments with Truth' will be available for as little as Rs 30, and his selected works of 2,500 pages come for Rs 75.
Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal, which specialises in the sale of books on Gandhi, is organising the sale from January 27 to February 2 from 10.00am to 7.00pm. "We are setting up a counter near Flora Fountain and will also sell the books from our centre at Nana Chowk," said spokesman of Mandal. "Around 250 titles written by Bapu or about him as well as Vinoba Bhave will be available for a 50% discount."
'Selected Works of Mahatma Gandhi', comprising 2,500 pages, is priced at Rs 75. Babulnath Mandir Charities is shouldering part of the subsidy.

Thought For The Day ( DEVOTION )

Mahatma Gandhi Quote on Devotion

Monday, January 19, 2015

Gandhi Journal Article-III : The Gandhian concept of 'Swaraj' in Education

The Gandhian Concept of 'Swaraj' in Education

By CA. Reena Desai

The second half of 20th century has witnessed three major explosions of the human world, the population explosion, explosion of knowledge and explosion of our hopes and aspirations. People have realized more and more the need of knowledge to improve their standard of living. Extensive use of science and modern Information Technology has also provided a wider scope of educating the millions of people to serve their growing needs of education.
Under these circumstances, formal school and college education has proved to be inadequate to undertake the gigantic task of educating the increasing number of the world population. Mere theoretical education is not sufficient in today's competitive world. In this scenario of problems with global magnitude, the reformation of the education sector is needed to be rethought. Gandhiji visioned a very different education system. The entire world accepts the clarity of his perception and his assessment of the shape of future trends so much so that with the passage of time the relevance of his thoughts and ideas is gaining greater significance globally. When Gandhi denied the prevailing system of education, he had radical ideas to restructure it. What was so radical about his views and ideas on education? His concepts and ideas about education were dynamic and futuristic. Autonomy and Privatisation, the most controversial issues in the field of higher education today were dreamt and advocated firmly by Gandhiji years ago in the form of ‘Swaraj’ in education.
The present paper discusses the relevance of Gandian model of ‘Swaraj ’in education in the new millennium. The concept of ‘Swaraj’ is developed in this study by correlating it with three aspects viz. Autonomy, Self supporting system and Privatisation. Mahatma Gandhi wanted education reconstructed to help India move towards a different form of development which is more suited to its needs and more viable for the world as a whole. Swaraj in education as interpreted by Gandhiji was all about Higher education in private hands, Autonomy in the educational institutes with least interference of the Government and Self supporting system of education which is simple, practical and less expensive.

Thought For The Day ( CONVERSION )

Mahatma Gandhi Quote on Conversion

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Looking for Mahatma

Looking for Mahatma
Gandhi's face has returned to mass media. We now need space for Gandhi's mind and heart.

The return of a Mahatma to our newspapers in January 2015 should be considered almost as a welcome as the return of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to his motherland on January 9, 1915.

The year 1915 marked a seminal moment in history, for Gandhi’s intervention in India’s freedom movement ended the era of European colonisation, a process that progressed without setback for three centuries, and never seemed stronger than it did in the first decade of the 20th century. It was said, famously, that the sun did not set on the British Empire. After Gandhi, the sun never rose on any empire.

Thought For The Day ( FAST )

Mahatma Gandhi Quote on Fast

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Gandhi Journal Article-II : Swachh Bharat of Mahatma Gandhi

Swachh Bharat of Mahatma Gandhi

By S. C. Jaini


Many voices were heard after the Prime Minister of India in his extempore speech on the 15th August 2014 on Independence Day spoke of 'Swachh Bharat'. Independence Day speech of the Prime Minister of India carries a message not only for the countrymen but is also a statement to the international community too, being widely reported across the world. The message in the speech was loud and clear. On Mahatma Gandhi's birthday i.e. 2nd October 2014, the campaign was launched with much fanfare. Mahatma Gandhi whom the nation had relegated to archives, came alive on his birthday this year.

Thought For The Day ( PURE )

Mahatma Gandhi Quote on Pure

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A grand welcome of 'Gandhi'

A grand welcome of 'Gandhi'
Centenary of Gandhi's arrival to India from South Africa.

"I appreciate your words replete with love and goodwill as your blessings for me...," barrister Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had said exactly one hundred years ago after his historic homecoming after spending 22 years in South Africa.

Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal along with other Gandhian institutions in Mumai and University of Mumbai organised a special programme to commemorate the Centenary of Gandhi's return to India on Friday, 9th January 2015.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Gandhi Journal Article-I: Gandhian Perspective of Development

Gandhi Journal Article-I: Gandhian Perspective of Development

By Dr. Usha Thakker

The UN Millennium Declaration of September 2000 indicates eight millennium development goals: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, and develop a global partnership for development. When we think of Gandhi in this context, we realize that his ideas are of crucial importance. His life remained 'experiments with Truth' and his concerns embraced the whole of human race and not just India, South Africa and England. His principles, evolved during his life span 1869 to 1948, cover not just the last part of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, but rather transcend any time-frame.

The world has changed dramatically since he lived and worked. There have been enormous changes in political, economic and social scenes. However, trials, tribulations, and challenges faced by Mahatma in his eventful life remain important. The moral issues he raised are still relevant; and the questions he posed for social, economic, and political justice still remain of crucial importance. 

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Thought For The Day ( DUTY )

Mahatma Gandhi Quote on DUTY

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bapu's first Swaraj text now in French too

Bapu's first Swaraj text now in French too

One of the most important scholarly works by Mahatma Gandhi, the Hind Swaraj or 'Indian Home Rule', first published in 1910 has now been translated into French language. This feat has been achieved by a team of scholars from The Nantes Institute for Advanced Study in France. It is in the Hind Swaraj that Bapu first expressed his views on Swaraj, modern civilization and mechanization.

The translated work called 'Hind Swaraj: L'emancipation a I'indienne' carries a preface by renowned a linguist and anthropologist Charles Malamoud, who is a specialist of religions in India. The French version of Hind Swaraj relies on the Gujarati version that Bapu originally wrote as well as 'Hind Swaraj- A critical edition' by Suresh Sharma and Tridip Suhrud. The translation work was led by Annie Montaut in the institute.

Thought For The Day ( SATYAGRAHA )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Satyagraha