Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mahatma Gandhi, South Africa and Satyagraha

Mahatma Gandhi, South Africa and Satyagraha

By E. S. Reddy

A century ago, on 10 January 1908, M. K. Gandhi, an attorney with a lucrative practice in Johannesburg, appeared before the magistrate’s court for defying an anti-Asiatic law and disobeying an order to leave the Transvaal within 48 hours. He asked for the heaviest penalty – six months’ imprisonment with hard labour – for organising defiance of this “Black Act” by the Indian community. The magistrate, however, sentenced him to two months simple imprisonment.
Gandhi gladly went to prison to  enjoy “free hospitality” at “His Majesty’s hotel”, as did 150 other resisters.
That was the first of many imprisonments of Gandhi and the first non-violent challenge to racist rule in South Africa. READ MORE…

Thought For The Day ( EDUCATION )

Monday, February 13, 2012

Peace Approach : From Gandhi to Galtung and beyond

Peace Approach : From Gandhi to Galtung and beyond
By Dr. Anupama Kaushik
Associate Professor in Political Science, Banasthali University, Rajasthan, India.

Peace can be defined as a two sided concept. On the one hand it implies absence of violence and on the other the presence of positive, harmonious, cooperative relationships. These two aspects are referred to as negative and positive peace. Johan Galtung clarifies that peace research is based on the assumption that peace is as consensual a value as health…..
……The people who established peace studies in the west- Johan Galtung and Kenneth Boulding were admirers of Gandhi.13 However in west peace studies have taken a very different path to that of Gandhi. Probably the reason was that Gandhian peace demands a great deal of sacrifice from the practitioner. He calls it satyagraha i.e. ‘adherence to truth’ and truth and non violence are the main planks of satyagraha. A person who resolves to adhere to truth cannot remain silent at the sight of violence which is negative of truth. Truth functions in form of non violence or love. While the lover of truth ought to oppose violence such an opposition would mean ‘fight the evil’ while ‘love the evil doer’. It is a dynamic soul force based on the concept of self- suffering. As there are many forms of injustices there are many forms of satyagaha too such as- non cooperation, civil disobedience, fasting, hijrat, hartal, picketing, boycott, and renunciation of titles, honours and positions.

Thought For The Day ( WORLD )

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Non-violence : A Force for Radical Change

Non-violence : A Force for Radical Change
By Narayan Desai
Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad, India (the University founded by Mahatma Gandhi)

The days that have been chosen for this international Congress on Peace and Non-violence are more significant than probably what we think about it. 30th January is the death anniversary of Gandhi. But I consider 29th January also to be important. It was on this day, Gandhi mentioned about his own death. It seems that he foresaw his death. During the year 1947 he repeated the vision thrice. He said to his grand-niece one day before his death. ‘If I die of any common disease, please announce to the world that Gandhi was not a Mahatma. But if I would be going for my prayers, and somebody comes and shoots at me, and I receive the bullets on my open chest, and have the name of God on my lips without having any ill will or hatred in my heart, then tell the world that I was an humble servant of God’. He was also foreseeing and describing which was going happen the next day. READ MORE

Thought For The Day ( ANGER )

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


15,440 Gandhi Books worth Rs. 3.86 lakhs sold within six days
On the occasion of 64th Gandhi Death Anniversary

There was a tremendous response to Gandhi Books Exhibition-cum-Sale. About 15,440 Gandhi books of worth Rs.3,86,000/- were sold within six days from 30th January to 4th February. 'An Autobiography' of Mahatma Gandhi, and a set of five important books, 'Selected Works of Mahatma Gandhi' were the top-selling books at the exhibition. About 3,652 copies of 'Gandhi's Autobiography' and 145 sets of 'Selected Works of Mahatma Gandhi' were sold. ...Read More

Thought For The Day ( POLITICS )

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Long Live Gandhiji!

EDITORIAL by Faiz Ahmed Faiz published in the Pakistan Times, dt. Feb. 2, 1948

The British tradition of announcing the death of a king is “The king is dead, long live the king!”Nearly 25 years ago, Mahatma Gandhi writing a moving editorial on the late C.R Das in his exquisite English captioned it as “Deshbandhu is dead, long live Deshbandhu!” If we have chosen such a title for our humble tribute to Gandhiji, it is because we are convinced, more than ever before that very few indeed have lived in this degenerate century who could lay greater claim to immortality than this true servant of humanity and champion of downtrodden. An agonizing 48 hours at the time of writing this article, have passed since Mahatma Gandhi left this mortal coil. ...Read More

Record-breaking sale of 6,300 Gandhi Books worth Rs. 1.52 lakhs just within three days

Record-breaking sale of 6,300 Gandhi Books worth Rs. 1.52 lakhs just within three days
On  the occasion  of  64th  Gandhi  Death  Anniversary
Gandhi books exhibition-cum sale at 50% discount till 4th February

Rush at Gandhi Book Exhibition at Fountain, Mumbai
There is an overwhelming response to Gandhi Books Exhibition-cum-Sale at Hutatma Chowk and Gandhi Book Centre at Nana Chowk. About 6,300 Gandhi books of worth Rs. 1,52,000/- were sold within just three days.  READ MORE...

Thought For The Day ( DUTY )