Friday, July 21, 2017

Generations will remember Bhilare Guruji for saving Mahatma Gandhi in 1944 - The facts behind

Generations will remember Bhilare Guruji for saving Mahatma Gandhi in 1944

(The facts behind)


Generations will remember Bhilare Guruji for saving Mahatma Gandhi in Panchgani in 1944. Mahatma Gandhi and several other leaders were arrested after All India Congress Committee passed the Quit India resolution post mid-night of August 8, 1942. Gandhiji was released from the Aga Khan Palace Prison on May 6, 1944. He had contracted malaria and went to Panchgani for rest on the advice of his physician. His wife Kasturba and secretary Mahadev Desai died in the Aga Khan Palace. It was in July 1944 that Nathuram Godse tried to attack Mahatma with a dagger. At that time there was no Pakistan and so no question of giving Rs 55 crore to Pakistan.

Bhilare Guruji passed away on July 19, 2017 at the age of 98 in his village Bhilar in Satara district. He was a young boy when Gandhiji was resting in Dilkhush Bungalow in Panchgani. Bhilare Guruji and other youths were looking after Gandhiji. One day a group of 18 to 20 people came from Poona (now Pune) in a bus and held a day-long demonstration against Gandhiji. When Gandhiji came to know about the protest he invited the leader of the group Nathuram Godse for a discussion. Godse refused to meet him.

Thought For The Day ( TOLERANCE )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Tolerance

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Gandhi Journal Article-III ( JULY 2017 ) - Relevance of Gandhi in modern times

Gandhi Journal Article-III ( JULY 2017 )

Relevance of Gandhi in modern times

By Rajen Baura 

Looking at the present state of affairs in India, the birthplace of Gandhi, one would probably surmise that Gandhism, whatever the term may mean, cannot have any relevance in this twenty-first century. Gandhi is rightly called the Father of the Nation because he single handedly stood up against the mighty British Empire, without any arms, and brought her independence. However, today, Gandhi is mostly forgotten and his relevance questioned even by his ardent devotees. Today Gandhi is remembered in India mostly on his birthday which is celebrated as a national holiday rather as a ritual.

As a matter of fact, India is not following any of Gandhi's teachings which are mostly confined to text books. In fact, since independence, the country has witnessed many violent communal riots in this multi communal country. Gandhi's message of ‘swabalambi’, self-sufficiency with home spun ‘khadi’ cloth is not used now a days even as a social slogan. Statistics show that the country is definitely not following ‘sarvodaya’, a broad Gandhian term meaning 'universal upliftment' or ‘progress of all’ reaching the masses and the downtrodden. On the contrary, India today has the unique distinction of being the only country in the world which has the richest man in the world while at the same time more than 30 per cent of its population lives in dire poverty.

The above shows that today, Gandhism is a very confused ‘ism’ in India. Today many politicians in India use the term merely as a slogan and the common man make Gandhi almost out of reach of the younger groups by making Gandhi an unwilling ‘avatara’. That may be one reason why the only photo we see of Gandhi in India is always that of an old man which brings the image of a very simple and pious man who was meek and mild like Jesus Christ. While Gandhi was not a simple man to say the least, the above does not gives the right image of Gandhi and does not bring any inspiration to the younger group, the group most relevant for Gandhi.

Thought For The Day ( NON-VIOLENCE )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Non-violence

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gandhi Journal Article-I ( JULY 2017 ) - Mohan to Mahatma journey through Champaran

Gandhi Journal Article-I ( JULY 2017 )

Mohan to Mahatma  journey through Champaran

By Ansuman Tripathy 

He had arrived in India two years before and following the advice of guru Gokhale had travelled the length and breadth of the country to see, feel and comprehend the miseries of his people before plunging into public service. He was deeply moved by the poverty, hunger, disease, superstitions, evil caste system and all other financial, moral and social maladies that had encased his countrymen and encompassed his country. He had taken a secret vow to eradicate the maladies as best as he could, of course, under the rule of the union jack. Freedom of his country was not at the wildest of his dreams then.

Thought For The Day ( HUMILITY )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Humility

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

After Kashmiri, Gandhi autobiography to be published in Bodo language

After Kashmiri, Gandhi autobiography to be published in Bodo language

The life story of an apostle of peace and non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi, is all set to go to another conflict zone in India - Bodoland in the state of Assam.

After publishing Gandhi's autobiography 'The Story of My Experiments with Truth' in Dongri language for Kashmir, the Gandhi-founded publication house Navajivan Trust has decided to cater to another conflict zone. Unmitigated with the difficulties in supplying and selling copies of the book in Jammu & Kashmir region due to various reasons after publishing in local language, the publication house has firmly embarked upon an opportunity to send Gandhi's message to the violence-ridden area in the North-Eastern region of India.

Navjivan's managing trustee, Vivek Desai said that the publication house eagerly waits for such an opportunity that it can spread the message of peace and non-violence in an area that is mired with violence. "When we got an offer from a group of local scholars from Bodoland, we happily agreed to the proposal. We are aware of the difficulties in getting correct and good translation of Bapu's main work in a language that is not widely spoken, but when we got an opportunity, we did not want to lost it," he told TOI.

Gandhi's autobiography has remained the essence of his teaching of non-violence as it talks about his formative years as well as early stage of political career in South Africa, where he had found an innovative technique of non-violent protest against the power of the state. Over decades, this book remains the bestselling title by the publication house.

Navjivan has published Gandhi's autobiography in all major languages of India. The title is also available in 30 foreign languages across the world. A couple of years ago, the autobiography was translated and printed in Punjabi and Kashmiri languages. Navjivan did not get a good response from Kashmir because it faced difficulties in distribution of the copies, Desai said.

However, Navjivan plans to come up with limited copies of the autobiography in Bodo language edition. "We may print the book on Print on Order basis and we aim to publish it in a year's time," Desai said and added that nearly 75% of the book has already been translated and the publication house is working on the script, and the process of verification of translation would be over soon. The Bodo language edition of the book will be in Devnagari script.

Thought For The Day ( KHADI )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Khadi

Friday, June 23, 2017

Admissions Open for PG Diploma in Gandhian Social Work - 2017

Admissions Open for PG Diploma in Gandhian Social Work - 2017

Admissions Open
Course commence from July 15, 2017.

Gandhi Research Foundation (G.R.F.) invites application for the fourth batch of the one-year residential Development Training Programme (2017) from socially driven young candidates.

This programme offers to students an opportunity for ‘Learning by Doing’ through regular field intervention.  Students are exposed to real life situations in selected villages and facilitated to assess the field situation, conceptualize a response, design pertinent projects and execute it with pro-people development objective. Scholarship is awarded to deserving candidates. On successful completion, candidates would be awarded “Post Graduate Diploma in Gandhian Social Work”.

Placement is offered to eligible candidates in the extension wings of G.R.F. We seek your support in identifying deserving candidates for the course commencing on July 15, 2017.
Key features:
  • One Year Course
  • Active Field Work
  • Learning By Doing
  • Full Scholarship
  • Stipend During Internship
  • Assured Placement
  • Fifteen Candidates in a Session
  • Bilingual - Hindi and English - Medium


Thought For The Day ( BUDDHA )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Buddha

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sabarmati Ashram completes 100 years

Sabarmati Ashram completes 100 years

Sabarmati Ashram completes 100 years

A GRAND celebration was held on Saturday, June 17, 1917, on the centenary of Sabarmati Ashram founded by Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who attended the celebration, said at a time when the country is divided on the lines of religion and caste, Gandhi’s ideas have a special significance.

Two new permanent exhibition galleries on Gandhi’s life - My Life is My Message Gallery and Charkha Gallery - were opened at the Ashram on this occasion. Also, there was a tree plantation programme. Gandhi established the Ashram on June 17, 1917. As he became the leader of the freedom struggle, the Ashram virtually became the movement’s headquarters. It was also from here on 12 March 1930 that Gandhi launched the famous Dandi march and vowed not to return to the Ashram till India gets freedom.

Thought For The Day ( SERVICE )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Service