Saturday, January 29, 2011

On the eve of 63rd Mahatma Gandhi Martyrs' Day, 1200 students marched for peace & communal harmony

Following the Mahatma's lead, 1,200 students marched for Peace & Harmony & took the pledge to work for Peace & Integration

1200 students from 45 colleges marched for Peace & Communal Harmony Rally to commemorate 63rd Gandhi's Martyr Day from Azad Maidan to Hutatma Chowk which was jointly organised by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi & NSS Units of Mumbai & SNDT University.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Communal Harmony Peace Rally on 29th January to commemorate 63rd Death Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

About 1500 NSS volunteers, Gandhian activists, social workers and peace loving citizens will march for the Peace and Communal Harmony Rally on Saturday, 29th January, 2011. Peace March is jointly organised by Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal, NSS units of Mumbai & SNDT University to commemorate 63rd death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Today, hatred, disharmony, violence and intolerance are spreading in an alarming   rate and moral values are on a decline. So in such atmosphere, Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence, truth, communal harmony, peace and brotherhood is more relevant than ever. Thus to inculcate the same spirit in the minds of people, especially in youth; we are taking out a peace and communal harmony rally from Azad Maidan to Hutatma Chowk, on Saturday, 29th January, on the occasion of Martyrs' day.


Date              :         Saturday, 29th January, 2011

Time              :         4.30 p.m. sharp

Venue            :         Peace Rally from Azad Maidan to Hutatma Chowk

Programme    :         All Religious Prayer and Oath
                               There will be an all religious prayer at Hutatma Chowk at 5.00 p.m. and an oath will be taken by the 1,500 participants to work for communal harmony and peace at 5.17 p.m.  (the time when Gandhi was assassinated)

Exhibition-cum-Sale of Gandhi Books at 50% discount on the occasion of 63rd Gandhi Death Anniversary

To commemorate Gandhi's 63rd Death Anniversary, 300 books on & by Gandhi, Vinoba & Sarvodaya will be displayed & sale at 50% discount by Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal & Gandhi Book Centre with the financial assistance of ‘Babulnath Mandir Charities’ from at specially erected Mandap at Hutatma Chowk 24th to 29th January, 2011 between          10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and at Gandhi Book Centre, Nana Chowk from 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. everyday.

Top-selling books, 'An Autobiography' of Mahatma Gandhi and a set of five important books, 'Selected Works of Mahatma Gandhi' will be available at Rs.30/- & Rs. 75/- respectively at the exhibition. Last year, Gandhi books of worth Rs. 3,10,000/- were sold within just 5 days.

In the present context of increasing violence, terrorism & crime, Autobiography and other books of Mahatma Gandhi are inspiring many people all over the world. Gandhiji has left indelible footprints on the sand of time. Even after 62 years of his departure from the world, his thoughts and deeds have not waned.

More than 2.5 Lakh copies of 'An Autobiography' of Mahatma Gandhi in twelve Indian languages are being sold every year. After reading Gandhi books, many people have decided to follow the path of Truth and Non-Violence and are striving to sustain morality by practicing peaceful conflict resolution which is the need of the hour.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Supreme Court: Do not drag case for yrs, follow Mahatma Gandhi and go for mediation or arbitration

Name those who stashed black cash: SC

‘Issue Beyond That Of Dodging I-T’

Dhananjay Mahapatra TNN 

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday demanded the identity of 18 Indians who had allegedly parked Rs 43.83 crore illegally in a German bank and criticized the government’s reluctance do so, saying the seriousness in tackling the black money issue went beyond income tax demands slapped on defaulters. 
    Solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam’s stand—government is not ready to divulge the names—forced a bench of Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar to counter: “Can you (government) claim privilege? What is the difficulty in disclosing the information.” 
    Faced with the court’s readiness to debate the validity of the government’s stand, Subramaniam sought time to consult the government on the issue. But he said the government was willing to show the status of the probe against individuals under the 
black money scanner. The solicitor general’s attempt to brand the illegal deposits as a mere tax issue evoked a sharp response. It said: “Issues involved in the case are serious and of larger dimension. It’s not only about tax avoidance.” 
    Petitioner and former law minister Ram Jethmalani had requested the highest court to direct the government recover an estimated Rs 70 lakh crore stashed illegally by Indians in foreign banks, especially in tax havens. Jethmalani’s counsel, senior advocate Anil Divan, accused the government of doing 
little on the alleged illegal transfer of huge sums from UBS Bank by Pune-based Hasan Ali Khan and his associate Kashinath Tapuria. 
    The Enforcement Directorate and the I-T department are investigating an alleged transaction of $8 billion in the name of Rheema Khan, wife of Hasan Ali Khan. The court asked Subramaniam to take instruction on Hasan and other individuals accused of dealing in black money being joined as parties to the pending parties.

Supreme Court: Do not drag case for yrs, go for mediation or arbitration New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked advocates to follow Mahatma Gandhi and persuade their clients not to go in for litigation and instead resolve the disputes through arbitration and mediation. A few passages of Mahatma Gandhi’s book, ‘My Experiments With Truth’, on the futility of litigation impressed the bench. 
    A bench of Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra said court cases drag on for years ruining both parties. “Lawyers should advise their clients to try for mediation for resolving disputes, especially where family and business relationships are involved,” it said. The bench asked two brothers, B S Krishna Murthy and B S Nagaraj, to appear before the Bangalore mediation centre for settlement.

‘Mahatma Gandhi is still relevant for understanding commons’

Daily News & Analysis   Thursday, January 13, 2011
‘Mahatma Gandhi is still relevant for understanding commons’
Nobel Laureate and proponent of the polycentric approach to management of common pool resources Dr Elinor Ostrom on Wednesday said Mahatma Gandhi was “important and relevant” in understanding of commons. “
If we go into historical contexts and philosophy,” she said, “Gandhi is still important.”
The market economy of consumption for consumption’s sake is a key part of problem in the way we manage our commons, 77-year-old professor in ecological economics said in an interaction with media persons here on the sidelines of the 13th biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons.
“We need to develop mechanism of communities and learn from the successful institutions that manage their commons,” she said.
“Officials got to learn from the hard work of the people all over,” she said, rejecting the theory that either the state or private players were best institutions to manage commons. There are communities, she elucidated, that have enhanced the commons - such as forests - they live in, so Gandhi still remains very important (in developing an understanding of our commons). Global climate change commons is extremely important, she said.
The risks are huge.