Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gandhi Journal Article-III : Importance of Gandhian thoughts about cleanliness

Importance of Gandhian thoughts about Cleanliness

By Dr. Shubhangi Rathi

On 2nd October, 2014, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, launched a nation-wide cleanliness campaign on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary. The concept of Swachh Bharat is to provide sanitation facilities to every family, including toilets, solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village cleanliness, and safe and adequate drinking water supply. We have to achieve this by 2019 as a befitting tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, on his 150th birth anniversary. 
Modi said that the Swachh Bharat mission is beyond politics, inspired by patriotism and not politics. He also asked people to pledge 'na main gandagi karoonga, na main gandagi karne doonga' (I shall not litter and won't allow anyone to do so). He further flagged off a walkathon as part of the Swachh Bharat Campaign, which is not just a slogan, but our responsibility. This turned the people's thoughts to Gandhi's idea of cleanliness. What is the need of it? How did Gandhiji influence and communicate this idea to the nation? To answer these questions it is necessary to know Mahatma Gandhi's views about cleanliness.
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Thought For The Day ( NON-VIOLENCE )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Non-violence

Monday, November 10, 2014

Gandhi Journal Article-II : The Satyagrahi in South Africa

The Satyagrahi in South Africa

By Nechama Brodle

Hundred years is a long time, particularly in a town only a little older than a century itself. 
The road to Tolstoy Farm, Mahatma Gandhi's penultimate residence in South Africa, is no longer marked, if indeed it ever was. To get there I have to head south along Lenasia Drive and then follow a set of rather cryptic directions provided by an urban geographer and a sociologist. 
The farm was founded in 1910, the same year Count Leo Tolstoy would die. Gandhi was a great fan of the Russian writer and the two had exchanged several rather beautiful letters, rich with ideas and encouragement. 

Thought For The Day ( BROTHERHOOD )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Brotherhood

Friday, November 7, 2014

Gandhi Journal Article-I : Gandhi and Novel Peace Prize

Mahatma Gandhi may not have received the Nobel Peace Prize, but he has certainly given us over a dozen Peace Prize winners!

By Ramesh Oza 

Malala Yousafzai-Gandhi-Aung San Suu Kyi

Amongst all the Nobel Peace Prize winners, the two most deserving persons to receive it are women and both are from Asia, something we can be proud of. The first one is Malala Yousafzai, and the second is Aung San Suu Kyi of erstwhile Burma now Myanmar.
While India and Pakistan are exchanging fire at the border, each flexing its muscles threatening each other with destruction, comes the announcement of two persons, unknown to each other, being recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Whether this is just a coincidence or a planned thought-out decision on the part of the Nobel Committee we will never know, but this event is certainly one that should put leaders of both the countries to shame.

Thought For The Day ( GENTLENESS )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Gentleness

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Gandhi's Non-violent Approach

Gandhi's nonviolent approach offers lessons for peace movements, Stanford scholar says

Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi's organizational innovations were instrumental to the success of India's independence movement, Stanford scholar Saumitra Jha says.

The organizational innovations behind Mohandas Gandhi's nonviolent movement in India offer lessons for contemporary peace movements, a Stanford scholar argues.
In a new paper that reinterprets Gandhi's legacy, Stanford's Saumitra Jha, an associate professor of political economy, examines the potential and pitfalls of non-violent disobedience. His co-author is Rikhil Bhavnani, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Too often, nonviolent civil disobedience fails, they wrote. "The key lesson of India's successful movement is sometimes reduced to the simple but rather unhelpful admonition, 'Find another Gandhi,' who can lead through individual charisma," Jha said in an interview.


Thought For The Day ( NON-VIOLENCE )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Non-violence