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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Gandhi Journal Article-III ( JUNE 2017 ) - THAMBI NAIDU - 'Lion Like' Satyagrahi in South Africa

Gandhi Journal Article-III ( JUNE 2017 )

THAMBI NAIDU - 'Lion Like' Satyagrahi in South Africa

By E S Reddy


One of the first satyagrahis in the movement of 1906-14 in South Africa and a most loyal and courageous colleague of Gandhiji was Govindasamy Krishnasamy Thambi Naidoo.1 Apart from defying the law and going to jail many times, he made a crucial contribution in mobilising the Tamils in the Transvaal to participate in the satyagraha and the workers in Natal to strike for the abolition of an unjust tax which caused enormous suffering.

Thambi Naidoo was born in 1875 in Mauritius where his parents had migrated from Madras Presidency.2 According to his daughter, Thayanayagie (known as Thailema), his father was a prosperous fertilisers and cartage contractor in Mauritius. Thambi was his youngest son. One day, his father said to him, “You are my youngest son. You must think of the people before you think of yourself”. Thailema continued:

“My father was very impressed by his father’s seriousness when he said these words and he took them to heart and afterwards built his life on them and taught them to us his children”.3


Gandhi Journal Article-II ( JUNE 2017 ) - Gandhi, Ambedkar, and the Eradication of Untouchability

Gandhi Journal Article-II ( JUNE 2017 )

Gandhi, Ambedkar, and the Eradication of Untouchability

By Sudarshan Kapur

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) and Bhimjirao Ambedkar (1891-1956) are among the major makers of modern India. Their public careers began early Gandhi's in South Africa in the mid-1890s and Ambedkar's in western India in the early 1920s. They built on the work of nineteenth century and early twentieth century religious and social reformers such as Ram Mohun Roy (1772-1833), Mahadev Govind Ranade (1842-1901), Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866-1915), Swami Dayananda (1824-1883), and Jotiba Phule (1827-1890). Each fought with rare persistence and exceptional vigor to rid India of oppression from within and without. Once they entered the public arena, there was no turning back for either of them. They maintained the momentum in their struggles for justice and equality until the very end of their lives. Gandhi and Ambedkar offered specific goals for and pathways to the creation of a just social order in India. They differed over objectives as well as the methods for achieving their ends. In their long public careers, both of them addressed a number of crucial social and political issues. How best to remove untouchability was a major issue over which the two had fundamental differences from late 1920s onward. 


Thought For The Day ( SATYAGRAHA )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Satyagraha

Monday, June 5, 2017

Newsletter: Reclaiming Gandhi: An Artist's Vision

Reclaiming Gandhi: An Artist's Vision

Goan artist Subodh Kerkar is trying to highlight Gandhi's contemporary relevance through art, including an app that can create a 3D image of Gandhi on your phone.
Reclaiming Gandhi through Art

Artist Subodh Kerkar’s association with Mahatma Gandhi began early in life. His father, an artist, was commissioned to make a painting of Gandhi for the Goa assembly. Before the painting was taken to the assembly, Kerkar’s father called all the children in the neighbourhood, who prayed to portrait. “Would that happen today?,” Kerkar asks.

To mark the 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s first experiment of satyagraha, which he began in Champaran on April 10, 1917, Kerkar created a ‘Carpet of Joy – an artistic protest against littering in his home state.

Thought For The Day ( NON-VIOLENCE )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Non-violence

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Gandhi Journal Article-I (June 2017) - The Mahatma as a Management Guru in the new millennium

Gandhi Journal Article-I ( JUNE 2017 )

The Mahatma as a Management Guru in the new millennium

By CA Dr. Varsha Ainapure 
Business leaders across the globe have discovered a new Management icon-Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Indian Nation. While leading the nation in the struggle for independence, Gandhi held a beacon to some management strategies which are critical in present day corporate world. (Pramar, 2008) The Mahatma is now being rediscovered as more than just a political leader who gained independence for the country. He is being looked upon as a master strategists and an exemplary leader whose ideas and strategies have great meaning for the corporate world, particularly in India.

Mahatma Gandhi was an ideal management guru. Truth and Non Violence were the two key components of his creed. (Devrajan, 2010) The Mahatma inspired the common man, an average Indian to follow his principles and led the masses to win the fight for independent India. Innovation and creativity, founded on moral authority flowing from his "inner voice" (his term for 'conscience'), constituted the bedrock of whatever campaign he embarked upon. No wonder, Albert Einstein exclaimed: "Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon the earth."

Gandhi's concept of Non-violence and his high moral standards are what today's leaders must emulate in order for organisations to have the advantage in the global market. His concept of a self- ruled society can be compared to a project-orientated organisation, where individual teams are self-governed and highly efficient.


Thought For The Day ( TRUST )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Trust