Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti as part of the initiatives taken towards the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, participated in the Rath Yatra at Jagannath Puri in Odisha from July 4-14, 2019 during which they initiated a special sanitation campaign during the Rath Yatra by cleaning the entire area by volunteers and staff of the GSDS. Regular shramdan by the GSDS members for the Rath Yatra in the periphery of the Jagannath Temple, the beach have been organized.
The Samiti also set up exhibitions. 12 panels on Gandhi and Education; 16 panels on Gandhi in Utkal; 200 placards on Swachhata (Satyagraha se Swachhagraha) were set up. Stall at the mela by the GSDS was also set up on the occasion.
On the occasion, the GSDS officials also conducted orientation of the local swachhagrahiscampaigning in the area for cleanliness drive. The orientation was based on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of sanitation and cleanliness, his vision on peaceful interaction with people.
Swachhata Abhiyan initiated by GSDS at Jagannath Puri
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti as part of the initiatives taken towards the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, participated in the Rath Yatra at Jagannath Puri in Odisha from July 4-14, 2019 during which they initiated a special sanitation campaign during the Rath Yatra by cleaning the entire area by volunteers and staff of the GSDS. Regular shramdan by the GSDS members for the Rath Yatra in the periphery of the Jagannath Temple, the beach have been organized.
Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: 100 Years –Tributes
The ghastly massacre sent a terrific wave of shock, horror, consternation and sorrow throughout the length and breadth of the country. The Jallianwala tragedy changed the course of history and the complexion of the struggle of India to overthrow the yoke of British rule. It served as the biggest source of warmth and inspiration to freedom fighters devoted to the cause of Indian independence for the next 28 years, when ultimately India attained freedom from foreign rule.
A 100 years later the world and humanity is still hungering for peace. While conflicts and struggles continue unabated around different parts of the world, the global challenge today remains how a peaceful society coexists. The world community and the entire humanity are of the firm belief that violence can never produce peace. In his discourse on the essence of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi had time and again reiterated that “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind”. Fortunately there are growing numbers of voices of sanity and nonviolence across the globe.
This year on April 13, 2019, as part of the centenary commemoration of the Jallianwala Bagh incident, several institutions in Delhi and NCR including institutions from different states such as Assam, Chattisgarh, Shillong, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Sonepat and Panipat as part of the GSDS initiative took part in the commemorative programme by involving the children to take part in various creative activities to raise awareness about the significance of the tragedy that unfolded 100 years ago.
The institutions that took part in the commemorative programme included: Axom Vidya Mandir, Noonmati, Guwahati; Geet Vitan Kala Kendra of Performing Arts, Chattisgarh; B S F Senior Secondary, School, Umpling, Shillong, Meghalaya; Kasturba Mahila Vidyapeeth Intermediate College, Sewapuri, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh; Delhi Public School, Sonepat; Delhi Public School, Panipat City; Summerfields School Gurugram; Blue Bells School, Gurugram; Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya Ishwar Nagar Delhi; Jaspal Kaur Public School, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, Sulabh Public School Little Flowers Public School, Shahadra, New Delhi and Delhi Public School, Mathura Road.
Almost 3000 children from 11 schools took part in the programme wherein they not only spoke about the event that shook humanity 100 years ago, but also gave their ideas of peace and how the world should adopt this for saving humanity. They also engaged themselves in creative pursuits, putting their thoughts into paper through art, poetry, music and prayer.
The principal of all the participating institutions also spoke on the occasion and led the children and staff into a silent tribute as a respect to the martyrs.
From Auto Drivers to Goodwill Ambassadors: A story of amazing transformation. 100 years ago, Gandhi Ji went from Delhi to Champaran and India got Satyagraha, the first powerful tool to achieve national freedom. After freedom, thousands of migrants from Champaran came to Delhi in search of livelihood.
Therefore, in a unique attempt to pay "karyanjali" to 100th year celebration of Champaran Satyagraha, The Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, decided to take up capacity building measures to bring a holistic change in the lives of Champaran auto drivers plying in Delhi NCR, which in turn, would also result in a safer and more pleasant travel experience to the commuters in the national capital.
Interestingly, a majority of auto drivers in Delhi NCR, belong to Champaran, so GSDS conducted a pre-mobilization survey on occupational and livelihood condition of Champaran Auto Drivers in Delhi NCR and based on the outcome, GSDS started Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program as sanctioned by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under PradhanMantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt of India.
Moreover, the Skill Development Team of GSDS led by Bishwajit Singh and aptly and variously supported by Vishwas Gautam, Puja Singh, Chandan Gupta, Ashish Mishra and Maushmi Kumari, also designed and imparted Life skill training, which became the highlight of the RPL program as the life skill training has helped the auto drivers in managing not only the occupational duties but also managing Finance, Credit, Family, Health and Safety for a better future.
Moreover, the decision of Ministry of Transport to abolish the difference between Private & Commercial license for LMV, has also come as a big relief to auto drivers as ever since pre-mobilization, they continuously raised the issue and GSDS further put efforts to escalate it.
Nearly 1000 Champaran auto drivers have been trained and certified in phase 1 of the RPL program.
Notable contributions to the program have been made by Mr. Prashant Shrivastav, Dr. Manju Agrawal, Mr. L N Kothari and Mr. Varun Nautiyal for Life skill training and Mr. Pawan Kumar and Mr. Lalan Ram for domain training as well as by the Admin and Program Unit of GSDS.
Under the August Chairmanship of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Esteemed guidance of Honourable Minister of Culture, Shri Mahesh Sharma and able leadership of Director Shri Dipankar Sri Gyan, the RPL program is a befitting contribution By GSDS to the Skill India Mission as envisioned by Prime Minister Modi.
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi and President of South Korea, H.E. Mr. Moon Jae In visits Gandhi Smriti
The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi showed his hospitality to the South Korean President, H. E. Mr. Moon Jae In who was on a state visit to India by taking him to Gandhi Smriti, the site of the Martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi on July 9, 2018, where they offered floral tributes to the Mahatma.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and the Samiti’s Vice-Chairman welcomed Shri Narendra Modi Ji and Mr. Moon Jae In. A charkha and books from the GSDS was also presented to them by Dr. Mahesh Sharma.
During the visit, Shri Narendra Modi gave a personal guided tour to Mr. Moon Jae In by explaining him the history of the Gandhi Smriti Museum, the erstwhile Birla House where Mahatma Gandhi lived for the last 144 days of his life and where he was assassinated on January 30, 2018.
The President of South Korea and the Indian Prime Minister also beat the World Peace Gong whose peaceful sound reverberated in the Gandhi Smriti campus sounding a call of peace and harmony for the whole world.
The two leaders also signed the visitor’s book in the Gandhi Smriti gallery leaving their impression of world peace for humanity.
The tour in the Gandhi Smriti Museum photographic gallery included various sections such as how world leaders paid their tribute to Mahatma Gandhi; Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s address to the Nation after Gandhi’s death; the walk through the gallery showcasing the photographs of the final journey of Mahatma Gandhi before proceeding to Bapuji’s room, where the two leaders stood silently for a moment.
Secretary Ministry of Culture, Shri Raghvendra Singh explained the significance of the Gandhi Smriti Museum and the photography exhibitions.
The two leaders then took a walk following the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi to the Prayer ground where the Mahatma was assassinated. Here they offered their tributes at the Martyrs Column.
Eminent exponent of classical music, Dr. Vidya Shah made the evening more somber through her renditions of favorite bhajans/hymns from saints such as Kabir, Nanak, Tulsidas and with Gandhiji’s favorite Ram Dhun.
The visiting dignitaries also joined the evening prayer at the lawns where Gandhiji regularly conducted inter-faith prayers.
Free Eye Check-Up Camp Organised at Tihar, Central Jail-2
A free eye check-up camp was held in Jail No 2, Tihar Prisons on April 27, 2018. Organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti with the coordination and help of doctors from the R P Centre of AIIMS, the camp saw the participation of almost 204 inmates who took the free treatment. Dr. Manju Aggarwal, Shri Sushil Kumar Shukla represented the GSDS at the camp. Mr. Amresh Thakur from Shri R.K. Aggarwal Foundation represented his organization.
Shri R K Memorial Foundation gave free medicines to all the participating inmates. DIG Prisons, Shri S.K. Parihar from Prison Headquarters visited the camp was expressed his enthusiasm over more such camps.
Master Tarachand from Eye Bank delivered the lecture on eye care and eye donation. 46 inmates took part and also pledged for eye donation.
The doctors prescribed spectacles for 174 patients; five patients were advised for cataract surgery and one patient was detected with Glaucoma. 24 patients had normal vision. For cataract and glaucoma surgery, Jail authorities will coordinate with the AIIMS RP Centre, who will do the surgery for free.
RPL Training programme for Champaran Auto Drivers Conducted for Batch 20-25
As part of the initiative of the Pradhanmantri Skill Development Mission, the Samiti’s Skill Development Centre organised the RPL training programme for the auto drivers of Champaran in Bihar in Gandhi Darshan on June 1, 8, 12, 21, 29, and 29, 2018 respectively for 20 to 25 batches with the objective to recognise prior competencies of the assessed candidates and provide certificate and monetary reward on successful completion of the assessments.
- On June 1, 40 participants took part – 20th Batch
- On June 8, 45 persons received the training – 21st Batch
- On June 12, 46, participants took part – 22nd Batch
- On June 21, 36 participants took part – 23rd Batch
- On June 29, 45 participants took part – 24th Batch
- On June 29, 03 participants took part – 25th Batch
RPL Training Programme for Champaran Auto Drivers Conducted for Batch 18-19
As part of the initiative of the Pradhanmantri Skill Development Mission, the Samiti’s Skill Development Centre organised the RPL training programme for the auto drivers of Champaran in Bihar in Gandhi Darshan on May 14 and 22, 2018 respectively for 18th and 19th batches with the objective to recognise prior competencies of the assessed candidates and provide certificate and monetary reward on successful completion of the assessments.
On May 14, the guests who addressed the auto drivers included: Dr. Manju Rani Aggarwal, Shri Pawan Kumar and Shri Vishwas Gautam. 33 participants took part in the 12-hour training session from 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM.
On May 22, the trainers who conducted the session, included Shri Prashant Srivastava, Dr. Manju Aggarwal, Shri Pawan Kumar and Shri Vishwas Gautam, Social Activist. 45 participants took part in the programme.
Srijan – Entrepreneurial Centre RPL Training Programme for Champaran Auto Drivers Conducted for Batch 14-17
As part of the initiative of the Pradhanmantri Skill Development Mission, the Samiti’s Skill Development Centre organised the RPL training programme for the auto drivers of Champaran in Bihar in Gandhi Darshan on April 2, 4, 16, 25, 2018 respectively for 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th and batches respectively with the objective to recognise prior competencies of the assessed candidates and provide certificate and monetary reward on successful completion of the assessments.
The following were the resource persons who addressed the RPL trainees: Shri Prashant Srivastava, Dr. Manju Aggawrwal, Shri Prawan Kumar, Shri Lalan Ram, Shri Viswas Gautam.
Nelson Mandela’s Eternal Concept of ‘Truth’ and ‘Love’ Reiterated
To mark the 100th birth anniversary of Shri Nelson Mandela, a lecture on “Nelson Mandela in the Footsteps of Gandhi: Centenary Tributes” was jointly organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) and Zakir Husain Delhi College within the premises of later on July 27, 2018.
Prof. N. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Council of Gandhian Studies including two other eminent speakers namely Dr. Uma Shankar, Dean Political Science Department and Dr. Ramesh Mishra (Faculty Member, Shyamlal college).The session was coordinated by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar (Faculty Member, Zakir Husain Delhi College) and Ms. Tripta (Faculty Member, Zakir Husain Delhi College) whilst attended by almost 70 students.
The session began with the students presenting an insight to the life of Shri Nelson Mandela. Ms. Tanya Arora gave a presentation on “A Brief Introduction on the life of Madiba”. Whereas, Ms. Alia and Ms. Deepshikha recited poems titled: “A Confession” and “A Positive Power” penned down by Ms. Syeda Rumana Mehdi.
Mr. Harshit threw light on the moral dimension behind the journey of Mahatma and Madiba and Ms. Madiha Akhter talked about the constraints of Peace and Ms. Khushboo described that how Nelson Mandela become the first black man in white man’s coat.
Dr.Vedabhyas Kundu (Programme Officer, GSDS) outlined the essence of Madiba’s life and asked the participating to self-introspect while walking through the footsteps of Shri Nelson Mandela. He also stressed that whatever students would learn from the lecture they should carry those teachings in such a way that they can practice in their own lives.
The keynote address was delivered by Prof. N. Radhakrishnan appreciated the efforts of the students in braving the inclement weather to participate in this discussion. Calling Nelson Mandela as the greatest revolutionary of the 21st Century, he began with an instance of Nelson Mandela’s homecoming from prison after 27 years. He said that the crowd was following him and was urging to take steps for a big change. There Nelson asked all: “What do you want me to do? Young people in the crowd shouted ‘Revenge’. He further asked will’ Revenge’ solve the problem? Where would it take us? Then he asked what was the opposite of ‘Revenge’” and answered it as ‘Love’ ‘Understanding’ and asked the people to cultivate it.
Prof. Radhakrishnan said that it demonstrated the upliftment of self-consciousness in Madiba while living in struggling conditions of Prison. He further gave reference to the Autobiography of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru i.e. Discovery of India where he had written that Wonder of Life lies in the wonder of being together.
While remembering Nelson Mandela’s visit to Gandhi Smriti after his release from imprisonment, Prof. Radhakrishnan informed that July 18 is being declared as the Nelson Mandela Day by the United Nations and congratulated all that we are the first to commemorate the anniversary.
An insight to the TRC concept which is Truth and Reconciliation Commission was also provided by him, which was a court-like restorative justice body assembled in South Africa after the end of apartheid and added that as per their method of ‘justice’ three thoughts should be taken into consideration before pronouncing the verdict. These are Wrong to be punished; with awareness to be God’s Child; Power to Forgive. So,
Dr. Uma Shankar, who has done research on conflicts in Afghanistan stressed that we need to find out a Global Universal Message based on how to look at conflict and how we should strive to frame an understanding to resolve it. He focused on some crucial issues such as domination of capitalist class and sedition of power, centralization and militarization, methods of non-violence, need to empower human beings internally, requirements to enrich internal capability of compassion, tolerance and truth.
Further Dr. Ramesh (Faculty member, Shyamlal College) began his lecture by comparing the two legends i.e. Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela with the motive to gain best out of their direction. He said that Gandhi never received/accepted any award, but Mandela did. Further, he asked to build Mandela Chairs in the footsteps of current Gandhian Chairs.
Interactive sessions were organized. Ms. Alia, Mr. Shadab, Mr. Kalam and others took part.
The lecture concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Ms. Tripta, faculty member, Zakir Husain Delhi College.
Nelson Mandela: An Icon of Peace and Courage for the Entire Humanity – Prof. N. Radhakrishnan
The Samiti paid rich tributes to the icon of peace and non-violence Shri Nelson Mandela on his 100th birth anniversary on July 18, 2018, in Gandhi Darshan. Prof. N Radhakrishnan, eminent Gandhian and former Director GSDS was the key speaker on the occasion. About 70 people took part in the programme.
Remembering Madiba as Nelson Mandela (1918-2018), Prof. Radhakrishnan said that the year 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of this messiah of peace. He said that 2018-19 provides a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times and promote his legacy.
Speaking about the legacy of Nelson Mandela, Prof. Radhakrishnan said that Madiba was an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi, but not initially. Calling him an “Exceptional peaceful revolutionary”, who was not deterred by the 25 years of life under imprisonment, Prof. Radhakrishnan said that Madiba’s life created an impact both locally and globally, for he belongs to the whole world. “We are saluting one of the most outstanding revolutionaries and patriots of the world today”.
Shri S A Jamal, Administrative Officer and Smt. Geeta Shukla, Research Officer, GSDS recollected their moments when they spent time with Nelson Mandela when he came to India and then Gandhi Smriti after his release from prison.
Sharing her sentiments, Smt. Geeta Shukla said, “Madiba first visited India in 1990 when he was released from jail after more than 25 years for leading the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. India was his first destination abroad after spending those years in jail. Mandela was conferred the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor, in this year”.
Shri S A Jamal said that he visited Gandhi Smriti thrice and spent a few moments all alone in Mahatma Gandhi’s room.
Earlier Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu welcomed the gathering and updated them about the life and philosophy of Nelson Mandela and how Mahatma Gandhi’s life’s philosophy inspired him.
Ms. Tania Arora presently an intern at Gandhi Smriti and studying at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Jamia Milia Islamia briefed the gathering about her academic course and also reflected on the address of the former President of United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama while delivering the 2018 “Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture”.
Known and loved around the world for his commitment to peace, negotiation and reconciliation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was South Africa’s first democratically elected president (1994 to 1999). An anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader and a philanthropist with an abiding love for children Nelson Mandela was born into the Xhosa royal family on 18 July 1918 and died on 5 December 2013.
Tributes to Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs as Part of Centenary Celebrations
A special programme, as a tribute to mark the beginning of the centenary year of Jallianwala Bagh was organized at Gandhi Darshan on April 13, 2018. Eminent Gandhian and former Director National Gandhi Museum, Dr. Y.P. Anand was the guest speaker on the occasion. Dr. K D Prasad, Regional Director of IGNOU RC 2 also addressed the gathering.
Dr. Anand provided a historical insight into this cataclysmic event which shaped the course of India’s freedom movement. It was this barbaric chapter of our history which made Gurudev return his Knighthood as a protest against the vicious act against innocent people. Jallianwala Bagh will always remain a beacon of inspiration in our eventful freedom struggle.
Dr. Prasad of IGNOU stressed the need for the present generation to learn about the details of this momentous event and imbibe the feeling of patriotism within.
Shri Laxmi Dass, Vice-President Harijan Sevak Sangh and a Gandhian thinker, Shri Basantji former Advisor GSDS and Gandhian thinker also shared their perspectives on the occasion. Among others were present Smt. Shashwati Jhalani, former Librarian GSDS and staff members of GSDS.
100 Years of the Commemoration the First Imprisonment of M.K. Gandhi on Indian Soil
Shri Basant ji, former advisor GSDS along with Prof. Manoj from Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Vishwa Vidyalaya Wardha; Shri Kawal Singh Chauhan, Dr. Chandrasen Sharma, Shri Ashok Singh Chauhan, Shri Lokendra Kumar Sharma and Shri Viswas Gautam took part in a special programme to mark the 100 years of the commemoration of the first imprisonment of M K Gandhi on Indian soil. It was on April 10, 1919 Gandhiji was arrested at Palwal on his way to Amritsar and was taken back to Bombay where he was released on April 11, 1919.
Station Master Shri Lokendra Kumar Sharma who was present on the occasion along with other delegates offered their tributes.
Technology is Like Parasite, Threat to Humanity: Murli Manohar Joshi
“Technology has entered society like a parasite and is a threat to humanity in several ways,” said senior BJP leader Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi at the Prabhash Prasang in Gandhi Darshan on July 15, 2018. Speaking on the 81st birth anniversary celebration of late journalist Shri Prabhash Joshi, Dr. Joshi said that with advancement in technology, humans are getting trapped in computers.
“Technology has entered our lives so much that we cannot get rid of it no matter how much we try. Technology is very magical. We are going into space, finding life on other planets, progressing in medicine, artificial intelligence etc.
"Question arises that on one hand we are going towards these things but we humans are also getting closed in a computer. Technology is like the parasite," he said.
While addressing a large gathering of over 400 people that included journalists, academicians, writers, authors, poets, scholars, people from the media fraternity, Dr. Joshi’s while speaking about “Technology and Democracy” threw light on the misuse of information and companies making money out of this data.
He also referred to Aadhaar being the newest form of data collection.
"It is a world of data. A company pays billions to get data about people. In elections earlier, people used to visit households and talk. Now everything is on mobile. Experts are consulted before speaking in a particular area as they have the data of the people there.
“Aadhaar is the new technology which takes all your information. Human identity has now become a number. Earlier it was the name and address of a person which he identified with. Now your identity is your bank account number, Aadhaar number, phone number etc.," he said.
He further said technology was being misused and dependency on it was increasing and harming society. "People rely on everything 'Google' says. Judges also give judgment using 'Google'. Teachers use it. It is an era of techno-savvy education. There is a lot of reliability and dependability," he said, adding, “This is a global crisis. You cannot evade or run away from it”.
“We need to find a new way ahead to interlink ‘technology’ and ‘democracy’ and use it with the right frame of mind. Let it not be a garage of manufacturing unit but something that is used for the benefit of humankind”, Dr. Joshi remarked with a caution that if the technology is used to spread intolerance, violent competition, then there’s a need to relook at this progressive mechanism”.
He concluded with a caution: “Should democracy be a dehumanized system or should it retain the humanity variables, needs to be looked into seriously”.
The programme organized jointly by Prabhash Prasang and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Smriti was also attended by former Comptroller and Auditor General Shri TN Chaturvedi, who presided over the function. Others who spoke included Shri Ram Bahadur Rai, Chairperson IGNCA, historian, author Shri Pushpesh Pant and Shri Ravindra Kishore Sinha, MP, Rajya Sabha.
The programme began with a short film on his life and works elaborating on his contribution to the field of journalism as the founder editor of Jansatta.
A trust has also been established in the name of Shri Prabhash Joshi. The occasion also saw the selection of two Fellows: Shri Shashank Kumar Singh who will work on Traditional Healers of the Marm and Zarrah Traditions and Shri Devesh Tripathi, who will work on the utensil making Thathera Community of Sant Kabir Nagar, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi released the copy of Prabhash Joshi Memorial Lecture in 2017 delivered by Shri P Sainath.
Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan presented the Angavastram, Charkha and books from the Samiti to Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi and other guests on the occasion.
Kabir bhajans by Padmashri Pandit Madhup Mudgal was another special highlight of the programme.
Seminar on Different Social Issues Organised
The Samiti in association with Indraprastha Yogakshem Sewa Nyas, Delhi organized a six-day seminar on different social issues such as - “Untouchability, Social Harmony”, “Women Empowerment”, “Youth Volunteerism” and “Environment” in Gandhi Darshan from June 21-26, 2018. Almost 400 delegates took part in the programme.
The participants deliberated on the Gandhian concept of development of the society and highlighted the issues that Mahatma Gandhi raised and worked throughout his lifetime. They said that Gandhiji fought for the eradication of social evils and empowering the last person in the society.
Discussions on the call given by Gandhiji to the youth to serve the society by going to the villages to work for the upliftment of the poor was mooted and the youth were inspired to work voluntarily for the society.
Give Non-Violence a Chance – A Dialogue
A day-long seminar on “Give Nonviolence a Chance” was organized by Gandhi Peace Mission, Kerala in association with GSDS and Mygov.in on May 3, 2018 at Gandhi Darshan Rajghat. Many eminent Gandhians, academicians, professors, scholars and intellectuals took part in this seminar.
Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, in his keynote address, specified the need of this discussion. He mentioned that there is a basic difference between animals and human beings. He said that conflict is a nature of ‘jungle’. But in today’s society crime and conflict is increasing day by day among and between human beings. Perhaps it is happening because jungle or forests are decreasing every day and we are converting and developing forest land into the residence, that’s why jungle nature is emerging in human society and animals are becoming pet animals.
“Developed nations have initiated towards nonviolent conflict resolution and the change is seen when heads of two Korean nations cross the border together. The same tradition should be followed in each and every street and corner of the society so that we could move towards a nonviolent society and peaceful life”, he said.
Kumar Shekhar Chancellor of Shobhit University who also moderated the discussion, emphasized to not to make Gandhi a God. ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ as Mahatma Gandhi had said. Nonviolence must start from us. Making strict laws is not a way to nonviolence. “Nonviolence doesn’t only mean being non-violent towards human, but also love and care for animals, nature, culture and understanding conscious and subconscious psychology of others in a positive way is real nonviolence”.
Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, Former Director GSDS and Chairperson of Gandhi Peace Mission, Kerala said that the last adventure of Mahatma Gandhi was in Noakahli where he stressed on the message –‘Do not kill’. It was the most powerful message of nonviolence.
“Today we are here to think that what we have learned from Gandhi and what he has given us in his whole life. The magic of bringing people together is the strength of Mahatma Gandhi. We all should decide our mission towards promoting nonviolence. Today we do not have time for conversation and communication with our children, spouse and family members and this is aggravating the problem”, said Dr. Radhakrishnan.
He further emphasized: “Make ‘Give a chance to nonviolence and not killing’ a mission. Violence to nonviolence to not killing should be mission”.
Dr. Radhakrishnan said that the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi should be much more than celebrating programmes and establishing new buildings and bhavans in the name of Gandhi. “We must prepare an action plan for the nation. Rope a hope of happiness, harmony, prosperity, love and nonviolence.
He further suggested the following three measures as core values of nonviolence:
- Respect and
Prof. K. G. Suresh, Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communication raised a point that “Give non-violence a chance should be a civilian initiative”. Gandhi is now limited to printing on Indian currency.
Promoting the culture of ‘acceptance’ is much more effective than ‘tolerance’. Except for the unity of the nation and celebrate the diverse taste of the culture of the oneness in the country.
Dr. K.G Suresh also declared if peace teams could help in preparing a module or syllabus, IIMC would include this subject ‘Non-violence’ in the curriculum. He also suggested organizing a one or two day-long workshop at IIMC.
Dr. Y.P Anand former Director, National Gandhi Museum said that ‘Killing is limit to the newspapers. Gandhi used to give the example of family. In the family, we never try to kill each other. There is a sense of oneness and belongingness. The whole world is one family and we belong to this family only. No one is our enemy, everyone is everyone’s friend”.
Prof. T.K. Thomas, Chairman Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation in his address stressed that nonviolence is not a one day affair; it is a long-term affair and for that we should think across and talk with children and youth, define the concept of non-violent communication to them and include their voice in the curriculum as Dr. K.G Suresh had proposed earlier. We should think that what tangible things we are going to do in this whole mission”.
Shri Basant ji said that there is a district in Bihar named Munger which was famous as a centre for Yoga. But unfortunately, today it has become popular for making bomb and pistols. The reason behind this emerging violent practice in the form of making the bomb destroyed the prevalent art (yoga) of the area. No one wants to learn and practice their paternal skills and handicrafts. The new generation doesn’t want to run their family business of inheritance. The local art is dying everywhere. We are losing our local karigars (artisans) also. He further reiterated what Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam said that ‘art and culture is the only way to fight against violence and terrorism’.
The discussion concluded with the decision to make ‘‘Give a chance to nonviolence and not-killing’, a mission.
Widen Your Mind and Heart: Rajnath Singh Calls on Young People to Serve the Old
“People have to be emotionally attached to work for the elderly. They are our resources and we have to cherish and respect them, said Hon'ble Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. Shri Rajnath Singh was speaking at the inauguration of the Cancer and Pneumonia awareness programme in Gandhi Smriti on April 25, 2018 at a joint programme organized by the Samiti in association with Healthy Aging India as part of the initiative of the Department of Geriatric Medicine AIIMS. About 500 enthusiastic elderly individuals from various old-age homes and people from remote areas of Delhi NCR took part in the programme.
Shri Rajnath Singh further said, “The ancient sages and saints have devoted their life for the service of humankind and have laid down certain principles for the society for us to follow them”, adding, “If we follow them, we will surely not deviate from the path of righteousness”.
He further encouraged the younger generation to make the life of older adults and not so privileged school students better. He said, “We have come to a stage where we need to introspect as to why we are not able to keep our parents with us and serve them”, adding, “We must remember that parents are not satisfied with any form of service to them other than which their children give them when they are old”.
He applauded the efforts of Healthy Aging India in generating the will force and expertise of the senior citizens to aide and educate the poor school going, children. He said, “They (senior citizens) have retired from government service, but not retired or tired from their life”.
“A place where work on moral education is provided to the children, employment to the youth, medicine and service to the older generation that is an ideal society”, he concluded.
Shri Ram Bahadur Rai while appreciating the efforts of HAI said that one should learn how to use one’s life for the good of others. He further narrated
The other speakers on the occasion included Chairperson of IGNCA, Director General of AIIMS, Dr. Randeep Guleria, Prof. G K Rath, HOD Oncology AIIMS; Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS and Dr. Prashun Chatterjee, HOD Dept of Geriatrics, AIIMS.
On this occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh released a publication of the HAI showcasing their activities and work. A book on “Champaran Ki Dastaan” authored by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan and Shri Pankaj Chaubey was released and dedicated on the occasion to the centenary celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha.
Earlier, during the day, about 400+ elderly people from old-age homes and remote areas of Delhi and NCR were given vaccination against pneumonia and cancer screening was also conducted. It was a one-of-a-kind programme which was an attempt on the part of HAI and GSDS to reach the significant number of elderly people.
School children from Purva Madhyamik Vidyalaya Sector 12 were awarded for their outstanding result in the Intergenerational Learning Centre (IGLC) that was launched by the HAI and GSDS together in July 2017.
The elderly educators were also felicitated for their contribution and encouraging the positive change for the socio-economically disadvantageous children, resulting in outstanding performance. Helpage India representatives were also felicitated on the occasion. IGLC educator Shri Chander Shekhar and Smt. Archana Prabhakar was also felicitated on the occasion.
Gyanotsav 2075 delves on Contemporary Education System
A three-day educational Utsav “GYANOTSAV 2075”, was organized in Gandhi Darshan by Shiksha Sanskriti Uthan Nyas from April 6-8, 2018. The chief guest of this congregation was Shri Mohan Bhagwatji, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Other dignitaries such as Hon’ble Dinanath Batra, Convenor, Hon’ble Atul Kothari, Co-Convenor, “Shiksha Sanskriti Uthan Nyas”, Sh. Iswar Dayal Kansal, Coordinator Gyanotsav 2075, Sh. Arun Bhardwaj, Convenor, Bhartiye Bhasha Abhiyan, Sh. Prasarita Varma, Convenor, Orrisa & Bengal and others were present on the occasion. 60 schools and universities from 12 states of the country took part in the three-day programme.
In the first session, the heads of the respective School or University came together and took part in a thoughtful session. In this session, discussions were based on the contemporary educational practices in India along with the concern for respect to moral values, environment and character building in education was taken up.
Apart from this, an exhibition was organized which was inaugurated by the Shri Mohan Bhagwat Ji, in which educational institutions from all over the country have demonstrated innovations and innovative experiments in education.
In this session, Mr. Mahesh Sharma ji (Minister of State Independent Charge) Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in his address said: “I have full faith that the gap between education and culture would be reduced through this event and the goal of national construction will also be fulfilled. For this, we have to prepare young people who are devoted to the culture of the country”.
In his address, Shri Mohan Bhagwat, praised 60 educational institutions from all the 12 states, saying that people's mind in society is the only foundation for reform and that innovation in education would only streamline the reform. For this, we all have to work together and humans should not be selfish and have to understand the pain of others”.
Explaining the importance of education, he said that education can only serve humanity in the society and through it, man can attain God-realization.
The second day of the programme was organized in association with Bhartiya Bhasha Abhiyan, where the topic of discussion was “Janta ko Janta ki bhasha me Nyay”; the objective of the discussion was that the people should get justice in local languages; that is, other than English, there should be translators available in the Supreme Court for the local languages, for which the posts of translators, should also be increased said, Justice Hariharan Nayyar.
It has been proposed that translation of judgments should be done in all 22 languages & placed on the website of the Supreme Court and there should also be a legal dictionary of all 22 Indian languages. As part of this initiative, there should be required amendments in article 348 of the Constitution of India. It was also proposed that Bhartiya Bhasha Abhiyaan should transform it into a big movement of the masses.
Retd Justice Shiv Narayan Dhingra said that draft of legal applications should be made available in local languages. Retd. Justice Mool Chand Garg proposed that there should be steno training centres in Indian languages. Additional Solicitor General Shashi Prakash has also supported the viewpoint of discussion.
Sh. Atul Kothari, the Secretary of Shiksha Sanskriti Uthan Nyas, had appreciated the spirit of Bhartiya Bhasha Abhiyan and suggested that a delegation of judges should submit a proposal to the Hon'ble President and the hon’ble Prime Minister of India in this respect.
The member of Bar Council of India, Shri Ram Chander Rao said that legal education should be imparted in local languages. The representatives from the states of Delhi, Maharashtra, M.P., Odisha, West Bengal, Telangana, Kerala agreed to organize similar conferences in their states soon.
Giving his concluding remarks, Shri Mohan Rao Bhagwat ji stated that the expression of self is the expression of freedom.
Sankalp Se Siddhi, Shillong, Meghalaya
- Number of School Participation: 95
- Number of Students participation: 30,000+
- Number of Students Participation in competition: 9500+
Apart from Shri Ravindra Sathe and Mr. Priyank Kanoongo, Dr. H K Sharma, Director, NIT Tripura took part in the discussion.
- Orientation workshop for School Principals at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya
- Schools were invited to participate with support of Meghalaya Commission for protection of Child Rights, State Education Department, Government of Meghalaya and North Eastern Hill University.
- 95 participating school principals came for orientation workshop.
- The workshop was aimed to encourage the principals to participate in the initiative, form cultural clubs in their schools and then engage students through these cultural clubs.
- At the end of the workshop, all principals and dignitaries took a pledge towards a New India.
- Post the workshop, each school is getting their students to take pledge & fill booklets.
- Booklets are being submitted to State Education Department for evaluation.
- The Competition closes on 5th August
RMP aims to encourage 5 lakh students across 5000 schools from eight states of North East to contribute towards this cause."
Sankalp Se Siddhi, Agartala, Tripura
- Number of School Participation: 170
- Number of Students participation: 68,000+
- Number of Students Participation in competition: 17000+
- Orientation workshop for School Principals at National Institute of Technology, Agartala
- Schools were invited to participate with the support of Directorate of Secondary Education, Government of Tripura and National Institute of Technology, Agartala.
- 170 participating school principals came for orientation workshop.
- The workshop was aimed to encourage the principals to participate in the initiative, form cultural clubs in their schools and then engage students through these cultural clubs.
Dignitaries included Shri Ravindra Sathe, Director General RMP; Mr. Priyank Kanoongo, Member RTE & Education NCPCR; Dr. Sunita Changkakati, Chairperson, Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR).
Sankalp Se Siddhi, Guwahati, Assam
- Number of School Participation: 306
- Number of Students participation: 1,20,000+
- Number of Students Participation in competition: 30000+
- Orientation workshop for School Principals at Shilpgram, Guwahati, Assam.
- Schools were invited to participate with support of Assam State Commission for protection of Child Rights & Department of Secondary education, Government of Assam
- 306 participating school principals came for orientation workshop.
Dignitaries included Shri Ravindra Sathe, Director General RMP; Mr. Priyank Kanoongo, Member RTE & Education NCPCR; Dr. Sunita Changkakati, Chairperson, Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR).
Cultural Clubs in Schools Started as Part of Sankalp Se Siddhi Initiative Launched
Inspired by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi’s appeal to the nation to commit themselves to the eradication of dirt, poverty, communalism, casteism, corruption and terrorism, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) in collaboration with GSDS organised Sankalp Se Siddhi initiative across the North East India with an aim to encourage schools staff and their students towards this nation-building initiative.
To ensure proper participation of schools and their students, RMP brought on board the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Various state education departments and respective state SCPCR.
As part of the campaign:
- Schools were encouraged to form cultural clubs.
- Through cultural clubs, Sankalp Se Siddhi competition were organized.
- Students were given a competition booklet, through which they were asked to think and share how they could contribute to this mission.
- School students took a pledge towards New India in their school assembly.
To have a deeper connection with the schools on the initiative, orientation workshops for school principals were organized across state capitals:
Two-days Training Programme of Teaching in Non-violent Communication Resolution in Teaching Practices
Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti in association with Mamta Shiksha Samiti organized a two-day seminar on ‘Nonviolent Communication and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution In Teaching Practices Seminar’ held on July 7-8, 2018 at Morar Gwalior Madhya Pradesh. This seminar carried forward the vision of Mahatma Gandhi.
The seminar saw participation by many eminent personalities including social activist, senior lawyers and local personalities. The seminar was also attended by educationalist achievers from different sections of the society. Smt. Shanti Sharma, Secretary Mamta Shisha Samiti and Shri Umesh Chandra Gaur, Chairman CCBOS attended the programme.
Welcoming the participants and distinguished guests, Shri Umesh Chandra Gaur, Chairman CCBOS laid stress on many issues regarding non-violent teaching. Shri Gaur also exhorted the participants to take the oath to follow the non-violent teaching for the students.
Inaugurating the first day of the seminar Smt. Shanti Sharma spoke on the non-violent way of teaching and non-violent conflict resolution and said that these are important factors in today’s world.
Also speaking on various education-related issues were eminent personalities like Shri Devendra Bhargava, Chairman Mamta Shiksha Samiti, Smt. Seema Bhargava (BAC) M.P. Gov., Smt. Mamta Chaturvedi, Member Vigilance and Monitoring, M.P. Gov.
The second day of the seminar was presided over by Shri Umesh Chandra Gaur. He raised many vital issues concerning education with non-violence. Some of the important personalities who attended the second day of the seminar included Ms. Rekha Sharma and Ms. Nisha Bhargava. Issues such as violence in teaching practices, students engaged in bullying, pressure on education, etc.
At the end of the seminar, awards were also given to exceptional educationalist including Ms. Seema Bhargava (BAC) M.P. Gov.; Smt. Mamta Chaturvedi.
Workshop on Stress Management and Inter-Personal Conflict Resolution
An interactive workshop on “Stress Management and Inter-personal Conflict Resolution” was organized for the GSDS staff on July 30, 2018, at Gandhi Darshan. Almost 120 persons took part. The workshop was conducted by Shri Atul Priyadarshi an expert trainer from Patna.
During the workshop, Shri Atul Priyadarshi focussed on different aspects of stress management such as ‘individual stress’, ‘emotional stress’, ‘physical stress’, ‘behavioural stress’ and how that affects the psyche of a person both at the workplace as well as at home.
Basing his training on different concepts, he further suggested various stress management techniques such as:
- Prioritise Your Health
- Get a Good Nights Sleep
- Practice Deep Breathing
- Stay Hydrated
- Eat for Wellbeing
- Get Moving to Combat Stress
- Adopt a Positive Mind Set
- Master Your Time
- Don’t be a Slave to Tech
- Learn to Say No
Analysing stress and the need to resolve it, Shri Priyadarshi spoke of integrity, character, ethics and values that are needed to self-motivate a person.
The second session that was conducted by Shri Atul Priyadarshi was on managing “Interpersonal Conflict”, where through games and meditation the concept of ‘unity’ was reiterated. Concepts such as “Learn how to use parts of the conflict resolution process to recognize and prevent conflict before it escalates”; “Develop communication tools such as agreement frames and open questions” and “Learn practical anger and stress management techniques” were taken up during the workshop.
Through a game, he stressed on the concept of “Win-Win” situation at the workplace which is also applicable to team building.
Earlier Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS welcomed the gathering and briefed about the training programme which he felt was much needed in today’s world. Later at the concluding session of the day-long workshop, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan stated that “Stress is directly proportional to performance” and that management of the stress is the key factor for good performance.
Spearheading the Peace Crusade Through Non-Violent Communication Techniques
Peace cannot be built on the foundations of fear. On the same lines, a two-day interactive workshop on “Non-violent Communication and Conflict Resolution” was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) for Delhi Home Guards on July 19-20, 2018 at Directorate General of Home Guards, Raja Garden, New Delhi.
The workshop was conducted by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu (Programme Officer, GSDS) along with three eminent resource persons such as Shri Kumar Amitabh (senior journalist and filmmaker), Ms. Shweta Rashmi (journalist), and Ms. Anupama Jha (expert on stress management). They contributed to achieve the overarching goal of enhancement of ‘police-public partnership’ and to integrate Gandhian techniques in carrying out duties by the Homeguards. The session was attended by 300 home guards spread across Delhi.
The programme started by outlining the aim and objectives of the orientation programme and ice-breaking exercises by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu and Ms. Kanak Kaushik. The two-day long workshop had parallel sessions in two different rooms underlying the themes of peace and non-violence.
The themes addressed during the session included:
- Understanding of different perspectives on ‘Peace’, ‘Nonviolence’ and ‘Conflict’;
- Critical understanding of everyday conflicts and resolution techniques and Conflict Mapping;
- An introduction to Non-violent Conflict Resolution approaches, Negotiation, Mediation and Non-violent Communication;
- Integrating nonviolent communication and dialogues in community policing and enhancing Police Image.
- T=TRUST and
On the second day of the workshop, an elaborative session on “Stress Management and Work-Life Balance” was conducted that also introduced the participants to techniques of meditation and other stress relieving techniques. Key tips were given on how to stay motivated during their work. The sessions were concluded by group presentations given by the participants on the case studies presented to them through the course of the workshop.
While speaking on the benefits of programme Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu said, “Home Guards play an important role of a mediator to solve conflicts between the two groups or individual. This programme could help them deal with the situation without using coercive methods and violence. Thus making their job easier and safer and also help them to develop friendly linkage with /between the citizens.”
He also shared experiences of similar programme organized by the Samiti amongst Home Guards and Police Forces in different parts of the country. He added that this programme will help to integrate Gandhian techniques of nonviolent conflict resolution and nonviolent communication in actual policing duties and draw attention towards the soul of programme i.e. to empower communities to actively engage with the police and to initiate joint police-community interventions using nonviolent techniques for crime prevention and safe neighborhood.
Further HEALTH formula for effective policing and good police-public relations was elaborated which speaks about:
Group exercises were carried on with the participants to analyze the case studies taken in different context.
Orientation Programme on “Nonviolence Communication and Nonviolence Conflict Resolution”
An orientation Programme on “Nonviolence Communication and Nonviolence Conflict Resolution” was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti for officials of Special Unit for women and children of Delhi Police from June 19-20, 2018 in Police Training School, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi. The aim of the program was to build a framework of mediation in solving the conflicts without using coercive methods and violence and also help police officials to develop the friendly linkages with/between the citizens. About 50 Police Officers took part in the training programme.
Along with Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu (Program Officer, GSDS) two eminent resource persons viz. Shri Kumar Amitabh (Senior Journalist and Filmmaker) and Ms. Shweta Rashmi (Journalist, Working for Women and Children) contributed to achieve the overarching goal of enhancement of Police-Public partnerships and to integrate Gandhian techniques in policing.
The programme started by outlining the aims and objectives of the orientation programme by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu (Program Officer, GSDS). While speaking on the benefits of the programme, he added that as police play a role of mediator to solve the conflicts between the two groups or individual, this program could help them to deal with the situation without using coercive methods and violence.
Thus making their job easier and safer and thereby help them to develop friendly linkage with /between the citizens. He also shared experiences of similar programme organized by GSDS amongst Home Guards and Police Forces in different parts of the country. He added that this programme will help to integrate Gandhian techniques of nonviolent conflict resolution and nonviolent communication in actual policing duties and draw attention towards the soul of programme i.e. to empower communities to actively engage with the police and to initiate joint police-community interventions using nonviolent techniques for crime prevention and safe neighborhood.
Sessions which were jointly taken by resource persons included:
- Understanding of different perspectives on Peace, Nonviolence and Conflict; Critical understanding of everyday conflicts and resolution techniques and conflict Mapping;
- An introduction to Nonviolent Conflict Resolution approaches, Negotiation, Mediation, and Nonviolent Communication;
- Integrating nonviolent communication and dialogues in community policing and enhancing Police Image.
Further HEALTH formula for effective policing and good police-public relations was elaborated which speaks about H=Honesty, E=Empathy, A=Acceptance, L=LISTENING, T=TRUST and H=HEART.
Group exercises were carried on with participants to analyze the cases studies taken in different context.
With the understanding that if we just act in each moment, with composure and mindfulness, each minute of our life is a work of art and it is just that we have to be aware of the motivation behind our action, the intention behind our words and the needs and experiences of other people, the programme ended with the promise note of making life more beautiful for others.
Drivers need to be more sensitive towards passengers: K D Prasad
“I congratulate the auto drivers for their successful training programme. You are indeed doing a service to the society which often the society fails to recognize”, said Dr. K D Prasad, Regional Director (RC 2) of Indira Gandhi National Open University at the certificate distribution programme for the Champaran auto drivers as part of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program of the Pradhanmantri Skill Development Mission for 9th to 15th Batch. Certificates were distributed by Dr. B Mishra, Dr. K D Prasad, Shri S A Jamal, Smt. Geeta Shukla, Shri Prasun Latant, Shri Atul Prabhakar and Shri Harpal.
Speaking to about 100 auto drivers who had undertaken the training, Dr. Prasad stressed on the concept of “Driver Friend” and urged that drivers need to be sensitive towards passengers. Calling their service as ‘dignity of work’, he asked them to reform themselves and help build an atmosphere of trust.
On being informed by Shri Viswash Gautam, Life Skill Trainer about the pledge taken by the auto drivers that they have resolved to give 2% rebate of actual fare to passengers who are unwell and those who are differently abled, Dr. Prasad stressed that such information must be sent to other departments such as transport, licensing, Ministry of Culture and documentation of such activities must be done on priority.
Sharing his perspective, Shri S A Jamal hoped that the training will help them in getting loans, etc and also help in making a better future for their children. He also asked them to help the customers and serve them with a smile.
Smt. Geeta Shukla who was present on the occasion referred to Ms. Melba Pria, Mexican Ambassador to India who has made auto as her official vehicle. She congratulated Viswas for his efforts in bringing people from Champaran to Gandhi Darshan and for introducing them to Gandhiji's message and philosophy. “Please do not say ‘No’ to passengers when they come to you. You never know what urgency they might have”, she appealed.
Shri Vishwas in his reflections said that because of this programme, they have been able to help the family members of the auto drivers in getting admission for their children. Even some of the auto drivers have voluntarily donated blood to patients in different hospitals.
He also informed that on four special days of the year – August 15, October 2, January 26 and January 30, every year, the auto drivers from Champaran have resolved to render free service during the day for a particular period of time. He also informed that each of the auto drivers has further pledged to undertake cleanliness drive (swachhatta abhiyaan) every week in their respective (auto) stands.
Orientation Programme with Sub-Registrars Give Space to Silence as it Will Lead ‘You’ Towards….YOU!
We are running every day with utmost pace but we are still on the same page. This friction in our steps whilst in the lifelong journey embarking an entrenchment swaying conflicts.
With the aforesaid reality checks and to reach up to the required solutions, an orientation programme on “Nonviolence Conflict Resolution and Nonviolent Communication” for Sub-Registrars (Revenue Department, Govt. of NCT of Delhi) was organized on April 28, 2018 by the Samiti at Gandhi Darshan.
After a brief introduction of the GSDS, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu (Program Officer, GSDS) outlined the aim and objectives of the training programme. While speaking on the benefits of the programme, he added that the program could help participants to deal with the situation without using coercive methods and violence in dealings with day to day lives.
The First session was conducted by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan (Director, GSDS), who began his session by sharing his experiences while working in the Revenue Department. Through the course of introspection and discussion with the participants, he cited the inevitable reasons behind the stressful life of Sub Registrars when dealing with the public (suffer from interference or overindulgence).
While taking a reference from the life of Mahatma Gandhi, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan pointed that during his whole life, the Mahatma faced an innumerable crisis from various corners related to conflicts, disparities. But even after facing such stringent conditions, there is not even a single case of violence that had been noticed in his behavior or actions.
Quoting Gautam Buddha, who said: “Words has the power to both destroy and create”, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu started his session while asking every participant to keep a notice of what you say. They were then apprised with the concept of violence, struggle and peace. Further, Health model based on non-violent communication was discussed as describing Honesty, Empathy, Acceptance, Listening and Trust as the basic constraint for peaceful communication. Then while discussing about the tools to adapt Nonviolent communication in life he asked everyone to promote capabilities, such as a power of self-introspection, careful selection of words, understand people and situation, relationship development, bridging human to human or soul to soul connection, development of emotional vocabulary,etc.
In her session, Ms.Anupama Jha took a reality check while describing the problems and their solution. She said that there is a free will to choose who/what is more important – the more you resist the problem, the more it will tend to come out – if you are blaming circumstances that mean you are resisting and actually you are not accepting them. She then described a complete demarcation between spiritualism and religion. She said that spirituality is all about that hundred percent concentration is on you that means you are completely delving within yourself. By finding yourself you are prone to love yourself which eventually leads to happiness and there starts a journey when you will be all set to do good to/for others.
Then she explained the function of heart and mind in decision making. She explained that when it is about logics or judgments, we use our mind rather than the heart. But working with mind every time we make ego as our friend which is actually a false image of self at play. If our ego is at work then our desires never end. It is true that our brain cannot understand the difference between imagination and reality. Its all about what we reap depends on what we sow.
She further conducted a “Meet Yourself Program” through Prayanam followed by meditation leading everyone present there in the silence but relaxed.
An Attempt to Shape Pillars of Administration with Gandhian Principles
A two-day orientation programme for officers of Delhi Government on “Nonviolent Communication and Conflict Resolution” was organized from April 24-25, 2018, in Gandhi Darshan.
The Programme was attended by Ms. Manisha Saxena (Secretary, Revenue Department, Govt. Of NCT of Delhi) and other distinguished District Magistrate and Sub-divisional Magistrate from Revenue Department. Whereas, the resource persons were Shri Prashant Kumar Mishra (Former Chief Secretary, UP & Former Member, UPSC), Prof T K Thomas(Academician and Ex-broadcaster), Ms. Anupama Jha (Expert on Stress management).
Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS outlined the aim and objectives of the orientation programme. While speaking on the benefits of the programme, he added that the program could help participants to deal with the situation without using coercive methods and violence and through the process participants will be able to use tools of nonviolent communication while negotiating with the stakeholders.
The First session was conducted by Shri Prashant Kumar Mishra on: ‘What are conflicts faced by an Administrator and the ways for their Peaceful Resolution’. He started with the discussion of the concept of Life that people understand and reached a conclusion that life is an experience between birth and death; its a way of living; It has never been a straight line as it has own Ups and Downs. He then focussed his session towards the question –What is a conflict?
He further, defined conflict as a situation where there is a clash of ideas, interests, principles, values, culture and civilization. Also, discussed the types of conflicts which are faced by an administrator namely conflict faced while working with politicians and political representatives; conflict faced with institutions (Judiciary, Human Rights Commission ) Economic Conflicts (liberalization, taxation, demonetization), social conflicts (caste, creed, gender, faith), cultural conflict; conflict arising due to emergence of new technology, internal conflict and conflict with Family, etc. Alongside, he gave an insight that how he dealt with all such conflict while working as an administrator.
Further, Prof T K Thomas began his session on Nonviolent communication with a positive note that Our personality is like many splendid diamonds….the more corners it has…more facets it has…it becomes brighter and powerful. Then he captured the attention of participants towards the powers an individual have, namely, the power of perception, optimism, decision, persistence, belief, choice, focus, giving, learning and the highest power i.e. love. He urged all to remember their innate powers to have a constructive outcome even in harshest conditions. Then he described HEALTH Formulae (Health, Empathy, Acceptance, Listen, Trust and heart) for effective decision making and adaptability in undesirable conditions. He said generally we are reacting from life but not responding and we can respond only when our heart is at work to make a decision. So, he asked participants to practice to listen to your high self i.e your inner voice, for a better and stress-free life.
Later, Ms. Anupama Jha took a session on Stress Management. She described the Human body as a sophisticated system and our duty is to manage it. Also discussed Some inputs for a stress-free life like- Try to stop the chatter of the mind, pay attention to self, stop scared of being sitting with yourself, give at least 15 minutes in a day for meeting yourself. Then she took a “Meet yourself” session having Pranayama and meditation as its part.
An interactive session with the participants was organized during the two-day orientation programme.
Yagya Expo- 2075 Discusses Traditional Aspects of Vedic Arts and Sciences
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, in association with Arsa Bharati Trust, Gouras Pariwar, Telangana G.O.U. Federation (Goras Organizations United Federation, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) and Multiple Voluntary Institutions, have jointly organized “Y.A.G.Y.A. Expo – 2075” from July 14 – 24 July, 2018 at Gandhi Darshan.
The main objective of the expo was to showcase the traditional aspects of applied Vedic arts & Sciences of Yog, Ayurveda, Govidya, Yagya, etc. with a prime focus on their potential applications in present day’s agriculture, Health Care, Education, Culture, Environment Protection (Reversal of Climate Change), Livelihood Generation and Community bonding, thereby achieving the global goals of sustainable development S.D.Gs – 2030 which states: (No poverty, Zero hunger, Clean Water & Sanitation, Good Health and well-being, reduced inequalities, responsible consumption and production, sustainable cities and communities, climate action, Quality education, etc.)
The expo was inaugurated by Shri Manhar Zala (Chairman, National Safai karamchari Commission) at the I.G.N.C.A. auditorium on July 14, 2018. Shri Subhash Jindal (Patron of Bharat Sevak Samaj) presided over the inaugural session that was attended by over 60 delegates from various parts of the country.
Other dignitaries who occupied the Dias included Dr. ISH Narang (Delhi Arya Pratinidhi Sabha), Er. Subodh Kumar (Working President of G.O.U. Federation), Umesh Chandra Gaur (CCBOS of India) and Melinda IRTL FOLDING (Goras Pariwar, Hungary). The Inaugural session concluded with a cultural program of Sh. S.V. Rao and his team members.
The three major events of Y.A.G.Y.A. conference – “Somayag Workshop” and “G.O.W. Sansad” were organized in Gandhi Darshan.
The Y.A.G.Y.A. conference was organized from July 15-17, during which presentations on Yog-Ayurved-Govidya-Yagya-Anusandhan and their applications in various sectors (for S.D.Gs) were made by Er. Subodh Kumar, Dr. ISH Narang, Dr. Mamta Saxena (Advisor, Horticulture Dept, Ministry of Agriculture, Farmer welfare, G.O.I.), Akash Chourasiya (Unnat Krishi Abhiyan Parisad), Prof. M.M. Bajaj, Dr. Jagveer Rawat (Lala Lajpat Rai Veterinary Univ, Hisar) etc.
The Somayag Workshop was organized during July 18-22 July covering multiple themes of “Gurukul Education”, “Traditional health care systems”, “Waste management techniques for sustainable development of rural clusters”. A daily routine based on the principles of Yog and Ayurved was followed by all the delegates during the five-day workshop that included the practice of “Asanas & Yog, Sandhya-Agnihotra, Meditation Practice”, etc.
“G.O.W. Sansad” was organized during July 23-24, 2018 that covered various aspects of cow based integrated rural development towards achieving the global goals of sustainable development (SDGs-2030). The main discussions took place on “Goras-Clusters” under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’s green economy programme (for NCR-Delhi) and upon the two resolutions passed in earlier “Gow-Sansad” held in Bhopal (M.P.) during July4-5, 2018 which are as under:
- Formation of “Rashtriya Gochar Vikas Board” to coordinate the constitution & proper functioning of Goseva Ayog/Board in all states and union territories and to facilitate pasture-land development besides waste-land reclamation.
- Promotion of Govidya-Research and Lok-Shikshan through the state Goseva Ayog/Board in selected villages to develop them into model Green-Economy Clusters.
The expo was attended by over 150 delegates from 15 states during the ten-day programme, besides two delegates from abroad.
Yoga - A Way to Connect With Divinity Leading to a Path of Being in Essence
As we all know that Yoga is more than 10,000 years old practice which sages of Ancient India gave as the heritage to the world and thus embedded seeds of balance into our existence and lifestyle. On December 11, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on this occasion as part of the 4th International Yoga Day organized various practical sessions of ‘Yoga’ in different places such as the “Department of Home Guards, Raja Garden, New Delhi; NOIDA Entrepreneurs Association and Jal Vayu Vihar Community Centre in NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh and in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat.
- In Gandhi Darshan,
the yoga session was jointly organised by GSDS and IGNOU Regional Centre-2. Here, about 250 people practiced yoga for an hour in the direction of resource persons namely Shri Varun Nautiyal, Shri Sagar Adhikari and Smt. Neha Chaurasiya. Also, a naturopathy session was conducted by Dr. Manju Aggarwal.
Yoga has gone global with its origin rooted in Indian culture, Union Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma said on the International Yoga Day in Shahid Minar in the Central part of Kolkata in the Yoga Day programme organized by Kreeda Bharati, West Bengal. The Hon'ble Minister also performed yoga on the occasion. Over 2,000 people, including children and young people, took part in over the 40-minute long yoga session.
"Yoga has become a global practice having its roots in India. Today every corner of the globe is celebrating Yoga Day as yoga has become a part of our life," he told reporters in Kolkata.
"Yoga, which has mental and physical healing effect and is a stress-reliever, causes holistic improvement and has become a part of modern life," he said.
- In Department of Home Guards, almost 200 participants practiced yoga in the presence of Yogacharya Shri Arun Tiwari. Also, a talk on “Naturopathy and Healthy Life” was delivered by Dr. Manju Aggarwal who discussed the benefits and impact of Naturopathy in our daily life. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu was present on the occasion.
- In NOIDA Entrepreneurs Association, Sec-21, Noida Union Finance Minister Shri Piyush Goyal and Bharatiya Janata Party MLA, Shri Pankaj Singh performed Yoga along with the participants. Shri Sushil Kumar Shukla from GSDS took part in the programme.
- Further, Jal Vihar Community Centre (JVCC), NOIDA organized a Yoga session as part of the International Day of Yoga under the banner of “Global Yoga Mission (India)”. Yog professionals conducted the yoga session. General V K Singh was present on the occasion. Members of ‘Laughter Club’ and other Nodia residents joined the programme.
Yoga Utsav Organised
A “Yoga Utsav” was organized by GSDS on June 16, 2018 at JVCC Lawns, Sec-21, NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of Culture and VC GSDS was the chief guest on the occasion. Padma Bhushan Shri Ram Vanji Sutar graced the occasion with his presence. About 100 yog sadhak and sadhika (practitioners) and 500 audiences took part in the programme.
In his address, Dr. Mahesh Sharma emphasized the importance of yoga to lead a positive and healthy life to bring harmony and peace to the world. He also performed yoga with the participants. “Yog Patrika”, a monthly newsletter was also launched on the occasion by Dr. Mahesh Sharma.
A large number of people from all walks of life participated in the Yog Utsav. Yoga session was conducted by Mr. Prem Kumar Bakshi along with Shri Santosh and Ms. Rashmi Jha. Yogasana competition was an attraction of the celebrations.
Shri N S Negi, Shri P V Janardhan and Ms. Rashmi were external judges for the purpose. Cultural programmes based on Yoga were performed.
Artists Display Their Traditional Art Form at the Lok Kala Mahotsava
Artists from all over India took part in the festival of Akhila Bharatha Lok Kala Mohatsav at Gandhi Darshan on May 25-26, 2018 and showcased their creative talent through traditional art forms. Organised by the Karnataka Sahasa Kala Academy in association with Confederation of Community Based Organisations in India (CCBOs), the participants in Gandhi Darshan presented their folk culture and displayed the rich folk and cultural heritage of India. Almost 200 artists from Kashmir, Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Jharkhand, Goa, Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and other states took part in the programme. The artists have also performed at various other places during this period from May 25-31, 2018.
Speakers at the programme in Gandhi Darshan included Shri Umesh Chand Gaur, President CCBOs; Shri Nrimal Vaid, President and Shri Hassan Raghu from the All India Folk and Tribal Art Parishath (National Council for Folk and Tribal Art) who reiterated the need to preserve the dying folk art of India that is a storehouse of information and knowledge.
The programme was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India under the scheme National Presence Ministry of Culture, GOI.
Screening of Film on Non-Violent Communication
The Samiti hosted the screening of the documentary film on “Non-Violent Communication” in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat on May 18, 2018. The film focused on the different aspects of non-violent communications with interviews of resource persons, experts, Gandhian thinkers, working professionals, and experience sharing by home guards personnel.
Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Shri S A Jamal, Administrative Officer, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, other staff and members of the Samiti took part in the discussions on the film and presented their suggestions for improvising the same in the film.
Various suggestions were taken to be incorporated in the film. It was suggested that:
- A soft instrumental music Vaishnava Jana Tau could play in the background.
- Make a shorter version of the film for showing during the workshop with essential meaning.
- Increase the respondents .
- Make the message of the film more clear and emphatic.
- Incorporate the problems faced by the participants.
Swachhata Abhiyaan Organised
A programme on Swachhata Abhiyaan was organised on April 22, 2018 at the Central Government Employee, Multi-Storey Flats T-III Dev Nagar (Karol Bagh), New Delhi by GSDS. Around 132 parents and children were present on the occasion. The participants started the initiative by cleaning the campus area that included the Gym; L-shaped Park and volley ball ground and its surrounding area. An oath was also administered by Shri Gulshan Gupta, North East Coordinator GSDS and he shared his ideas on the importance of swachh Bharat, swachh environment and how to behave with the safai karamcharis.
Ms. Madhimita Khan while talking to the participants on cleanliness and hygiene highlighted that parents need to train their children in basics of sanitation.
Group song by Samriddhi Shah, Pihu Sinha, Vedanshi, Sreyansh Jha and Vaisnav Saiju was another highlight of the programme.
The Samiti as part of its swachhatta abhiyaan organized a cleanliness drive on April 12 and April 19, 2018 respectively in Gandhi Darshan. Assistant Librarian Smt. Sunita Joshi coordinated the shramdaan in coordination with the Programme Unit. Other staff of the GSDS joined in the cleanliness drive. A prayer meeting – Sarva Dharma Prarthana was also organized on the occasion.
National Workshop on ‘Water an Element of Life’ Organised
The Samiti in association with Jaladhikar Foundation organised a day-long national seminar on “Water is Life” in Gandhi Darshan on April 14, 2018. About 500 participants took part in the programme. Principles from the eight colleges of Delhi University took part in the programme. Swami Chidaroopanand from Chinmaya Mission graced the occasion. Dr. Mahesh Chand Sharma, former Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha, Dr. Shekhar Aggarwal, Chancellor, Shobhit University and others were the distinguished guests on the occasion. Shri Kailash Goduka Secretary, Jaladhikar Foundation.
Among the others who took part in the programme were 30 people working on water issues; 50 office bearers from the Resident Welfare Organisation; 25 Market Association office bearers and 300 students from different institutions in Delhi.
The following discussions were organised:
- Various dimensions of “Water as the integral source of life”
- Who owns water?
- The righteousness of water business
- Whether the shortage is of water or its management?
- Traditional as well as modern methods of water conservation
Meeting to Discuss Celebration of Gandhi-150
A senior delegation of Gandhian scholars, academicians, social workers and others took part in a discussion on programmes and actions to be undertaken for the celebrations of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on May 1, 2018 in Gandhi Darshan.
Participating in the discussion were Shri Aditya Patnaik, Shri Basant Ji, Prof. Manoj Kumar, Dr. B Mishra, Prof. Girishwar Mishra, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Dr. T Karunakaran, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan and others.
The delegation also took part in a meeting chaired by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind and Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on May 2, 2018 at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The President said that the Gandhi's birth anniversary commemoration has a worldwide meaning. "Let us elevate this to a global celebration, using platforms such as the United Nations and other multilateral organizations. The focus should not just be on events, but on tangible, actionable legacies that will make a difference to the lives of ordinary people -- wherever they may be," he said.
Shri Narendra Modi called for the celebrations to move beyond government events and take the shape of a mass movement. He further suggested that the activities for commemorating Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019 be designed around the theme of “Karyanjali” or “Gandhi in Action”.
Inauguration of Interpretation Centre at Rajkya Mandya Vidyalaya, Chandrahiya and Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya, Peeprakothi
On April 16, 2018 Shri Radha Mohan Singh ji, inaugurated the Interpretation Centre at Rajkya Mandya Vidyalaya, Chandrahiya. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan was present on the occasion. The Interpretation Centre has been developed with a vision to help the students and the local community to understand the life’s message of Mahatma Gandhi. An exhibition containing glimpses from the life and time of Mahatma Gandhi and a special panel on Gandhiji’s journey (on April 16, 1917) riding on the elephant has also been depicted in the Interpretation Centre.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh further inaugurated the Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine and Incinerator centre at the Vidyalaya. This was also initiated by the GSDS and Sulabh Social International Organisation as part of the ‘school sanitation programme’ and keeping in view the government’s Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Mission that encourages the construction of incinerators in schools. The keys were handed over to Shri Rameshwar Yadav, Principal of the Vidyalaya.
Further, Shri Radha Mohan Singh ji also inaugurated the Interpretation Centre – set up by the GSDS at the Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya. Shri Pramod Kumar, Hon'ble Tourism Minister was present on the occasion. Others who were present included: Smt. Neeta Sharma, Head Mistress and Coordinator of Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya; Smt. Geeta Shukla, Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Shri Pankaj Chaubey and Shri Yatender Singh of the GSDS.
Later, at a discussion with the officials of GSDS, Shri Radha Mohan Singhji reiterated the vision of Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan in developing a model Vidyalaya (Buniyadi Vidyalaya) on Gandhiji’s concept of Basic Education and suggested that the Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya be developed into a model Buniyadi Vidyalaya.
Earlier, Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan along with Smt. Geeta Shukla, Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Shri Pankaj Chaubey and Shri Yatender Singh visited the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Peeprakothi to see the functioning of the ‘sanitary napkin vending machine and incinerator’ that was installed on April 7, 2018. He also had an interaction with the Principal of the Vidyalaya Shri Anjum Arshi and discussed the possibilities of organizing programmes for children with the school.
The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks.
Insignia’s on Principles of Truth and Charkha the Symbol of Self Reliance Inaugurated at Charkha Park
As the daylight began to give way to the evening sky, over 1000 people gathered at the newly named Charkha Park, to witness the inauguration of the newly installed Insignia’s developed by the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on huge stones and the Steel Charkha by the Hon’ble Union Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh. A galaxy of distinguished guests such as Shri Pramod Kumar, Bihar Tourism Minister; Smt. Anju Devi, Chief Councillor, Motihari Municipal Council; Shri Vinay Kumar Saxena, Chairman, Khadi and Village Industries Commission; Shri Babloo Gupta, Member Legislative Council; Shri Brajkishore Singh, Secretary, Gandhi Sanghralaya, Motihari; Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS, Shri Chandrabhushan Pandey, eminent Gandhian and journalist and others were present at the inaugural ceremony.
The Insignia was designed in the Gandhi Darshan complex at Rajghat, New Delhi by the GSDS under the guidance and supervision of eminent sculptor and Director General of National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Shri Adwaita Gadanayak and his team of artists from Orissa who had spent over a month in carving the stone pillars – first with the image of Ba and Bapu, the second with the signatures of Gandhiji in different languages; the third pillar with shlokas from the Rig Veda and the fourth pillar depicting the Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) symbolising the introspection in search of truth and non-violence for attainment of strength and resilience to fight against injustice which Gandhiji attained in Champaran.
The grand high-quality steel, corrosion resistant and non-magnetic Charkha has been provided by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and manufactured at Prayog Samiti at Ahmedabad.
In his inaugural address, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that "it is a matter of pride for this erstwhile land of Satyagraha from where Mohandas Karamchand Gandhiji started his journey to be our loving Bapu that it is now symbolizing our Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' Mission."
He further dedicated the ‘Charkha Park’ at Belbanwa Chowk opposite to the Gandhi Museum in town to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi's visit to Champaran and pleaded that people should not play with the ideals and philosophy of great thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
He praised the efforts of the GSDS and KVIC in initiating the projects of placing the giant Insignias and the Charkha.
Earlier Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan felicitated the distinguished gathering including Shri Radha Mohan Singh Ji with the angavastram and a memento.
Bapu Dham Railway Station, Motihari
Hon’ble Shri Radha Mohan Singh unveiled the plaques (statue) of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and his wife Kasturbai at the Bapu Dham Railway Station, Motihari on April 15, 2018. The statue of Mahatma Gandhi (in the traditional Kathiwari dress which he wore at the time of his arrival to Champaran) has been placed by the GSDS at the Railway Station. The Hon'ble minister also unveiled a dummy train (tableau) with the statute of Mahatma Gandhi depicting his arrival at the Bapu Dham Railway Station Motihari on April 10, 1917.
Present on the occasion were: Shri Pramod Kumar, Tourism Minister, Bihar Government; Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Motihari, Shri Arun Jain, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, members of the Legislative Council, and a host of other dignitaries.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh also inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi Interpretation Centre at the Bapu Dham Railway Station. The Interpretation centre has been so designed that it houses the history of the Champaran Satyagraha through an exhaustive photo-text exhibition containing forty-eight panes, each panel of 10/5 size.
Designed and developed by the GSDS – under the supervision of Smt. Geeta Shukla – and installed at the railway station, this exhibition is an eye-opener for any visitor who visits the station. Any visitor arriving, departing, or even waiting at this railway station is bound to get a glimpse of the history of 100 years, when Gandhiji had arrived in Champaran to fight for the farmers’ rights.
Further, the Hon'ble minister also visited the “Mobile Exhibition” developed by the GSDS on ‘Swachhatta’ containing twenty (20) photographic panels with text underlying the essence of cleanliness and the dream of the Hon'ble Prime Minister for a ‘Clean India’.
The day also saw the inauguration of the “Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine and Incinerator” by Shri Radha Mohan Singh at the female toilet of the Bapu Dham Railway Station. The vending machine will cater to the needs of the female passengers at the railway station.
Shri Lal Babu Rai, the DRM Bapu Dham Railway Station, Shri Arun Jain, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS, and others were present at the inaugural function. The keys to operate the machine has been handed over to the office of the Station Master.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh ji also launched the electric railway route from Motihari to Muzaffarpur as part of the concluding ceremony of the Champaran Satyagraha centenary celebrations.
Interpretation Centre at Zila School, Motihari inaugurated
Hon’ble Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi Interpretation Centre at the Zila School Motihari on April 15, 2018 at a grand event that also saw participation of a large number of farmers from across the state of Bihar at the “Kisan Mela” organised from April 14-16, 2018. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan accompanied the Hon'ble minister at the launch ceremony. Over 500 people took part in the programme.
Present on the occasion was Shri Pramod Kumar, Hon'ble Tourism Minister Bihar Government; Shri Babloo Gupta, Member Legislative Council, Bihar Government; Shri Braj Kishore Singh, Secretary of Gandhi Sanghralaya, Motihari, Shri Chandrabhushan Pandey, eminent Gandhian and journalist, and other distinguished members.
The occasion also saw the release of the book “Champaran Ki Dastaan” authored by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan and Shri Pankaj Chaubey by Shri Radha Mohan Singh.
The Interpretation Centre at Zila School contains the history of the Champaran Satyagraha with a vivid photographic exhibition about the associates of Mahatma Gandhi in Champaran in 1917 such as Babu Rajendra Prasad, Ramnavami Prasad, Rajkumar Shukla, Pir Munis, Babu Brajkishore Prasad, Acharya Kriplani, Dr. Anurag Naryan Sinha and others and the key role they played.
About 1000 youth from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and from different colleges in Motihari took part in a yatra led by Shri Radha Mohan Singh from the Zila School to Bapu Dham Motihari Railway Station.
Veteran freedom fighters and family members of the freedom fighters who had passed away were felicitated on the occasion.
Sanitary Napkin Production Unit Inaugurated at Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya, Peeprakothi
On Aprill 9, 2018, Mr. Iftekhar Ahmado, District Education Officer, Motihari; Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS; Mr. Roopak Roy Choudhury, National Coordinator Sulabh School Sanitation Clubs; Mr. Shekhar Kumar Sinha, Mr. Rajkumar Sharma, DPO Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA); Headmistress of the Vidyalaya, Ms. Neeta Sharma; Smt. Sameeksha, Smt. Geeta Shukla, GSDS staff joined at a function to inaugurate the “Sanitary Napkin Production Unit” at Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya, Peeprakothi.
The low-cost sanitary napkin production unit is also an endeavor of the Samiti in association with Sulabh International to address issues of menstrual health and hygiene. Girl students studying at the Vidyalaya will be trained in the production of the sanitary napkins.
Smt. Geeta Shukla, Research Officer, GSDS said, “To give a boost to the crucial issue of menstrual hygiene, this programme has been launched and a production center has been established. This will also give a boost to the women in the area who could get access to low-cost sanitary napkins and will not depend on the traditional systems”.
Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, said that the production unit will in time cater to supplying sanitary napkins to the different places where easy napkin vending machines have been set up. This will also provide the skill to the girls and make them empowered. “Life-skills based hygiene education helps children to change behavior and so reduce risks and prevent water and sanitation-related diseases”, he emphasized.
Shri Roopak Roy Choudhury further said that sensitization of adolescent girls and women of the area is a necessity and therefore there is a need to run advocacy programmes for the adolescent girls in the schools too.
From April 10-14, 2018, the Samiti engaged itself in its preparation for the work at the Zila School, Motihari Railway Station, Charkha Park, Kasturba Balika Vidyalaya, Peeprakothi, Rajkiya Madhya Vidyalaya, Chandrhaiya for developing its interpretation centres, coordination and engaging with the media for awareness generation.
- Inauguration of Interpretation Centres, Plaques and Charkha Chowk by Hon’ble Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister
Workshop on Health and Hand Hygiene
On April 7, 2018, at the Zila School Motihari, the Samiti took part in a workshop with teachers from different schools in the town sharing their experiences on health and hygiene. Trainers from Sulabh Sanitation Clubs led by Mr. Rupak and Ms. Samiksha; from GSDS, Dr. Manju Rani Aggarwal, Shri Rajdeep Pathak shared their thoughts about health and sanitation and its importance. Group exercises and games formed an integral part of the workshop where the staff of GSDS also actively participated.
Dr. Manju Aggarwal while speaking on the benefits of hand washing also demonstrated the hand washing techniques. It was time and again reiterated that water should be conserved and that minimum water should be used while washing hands.
As part of the setting up of the Sanitation Clubs, two students from six schools were chosen as ‘Student Leaders’ who were being trained to take up the awareness campaigns in other institutions in Motihari and other nearby places. These schools included: Sir Thomas Edison Public High School; Modern Public School; Kendriya Vidyalaya, Motihari; MJK (+2) Inter-College Vidyalaya; RUM School, Jakhara Colony and S J S Shantiniketan Jubilee School, Motihari.
Teachers from MS Memorial Public School, Balganga; Sir Thomas Edison Public High School; Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Peeprakothi, and others also took part.
Group presentations from various groups generated new ideas where participation of the management, teachers, students, and parents were viewed as an integral part of making this whole campaign successful. The groups that presented their viewpoints included:
- Gandhi Swachchatta Team
- Swatantra Bharat Swachchatta Party, Swachh Vidyalaya Samaj Party.
It was further decided to initiate the door-to-door campaign, encourage young students to recycle waste and to place dustbins in schools.
The organizers – GSDS and Sulabh International – felt that one could develop “Gandhi Mitras” and “Sulabh Mitras” to generate maximum awareness and take the project at a large scale. The workshop at Zila School concluded with Shri Rajdeep Pathak giving an introduction of the GSDS and its activities and interaction with the teachers.
Earlier during the day, Dr. Manju Aggarwal demonstrated the use of the Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine and Destroyer to the female students and teachers of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Peeprakothi where the Vending machine and Incinerator was set up.
Sharing his observations about the whole idea of sanitation clubs and workshops and health and hygiene, Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, while speaking to media persons in Motihari said: “Developing good hygiene habits should start as early as when a child can independently hold a hairbrush and start brushing her/his teeth. It is important to teach a child the importance of good health through routine hygiene such as washing one’s hands before each meal, washing one’s hands following use of the bathroom, brushing one’s teeth at least twice a day, washing one’s face every morning and taking bath every day. All these lead to the development of healthy habits.”
He further added, Promotion of personal hygiene and environmental sanitation in schools helps children to adopt good habits during their formative childhood. Mostly whatever children learn in school they can and often do pass on in their families and communities”.
Champaran Satyagraha: 100 Years – Major Activities
The Samiti had initiated several activities in Champaran as part of the centenary celebrations beginning with a series of programmes in April 2017 which was graced by Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh; the former vice-chairperson of GSDS and granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, senior Gandhians, academicians, social activists and grassroots workers from April 10-18, 2017 in Motihari.
That was the beginning of the commemoration of the centenary celebrations of the first satyagraha that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi undertook in the historic land of Champaran in the year 1917, his first victorious non-violent campaign.
In continuation of the commemoration celebration, the Samiti, while marking the finale of the commemorative celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha, organized a series of programmes in Motihari, Champaran from April 5 to April 17, 2018 onwards. Motihari was the place where Mahatma Gandhi had reached on April 10, 1917.
In view of this, Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan led the staff of GSDS in Motihari for initiation of several projects. The staff included: Smt. Geeta Shukla, Research Officer; Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Programme Executive; Shri Praveen Dutt Sharma, Editor, Publications; Shri Pankaj Chaubey, Assistant Editor, Publications; Shri Narendra Kumar, Asst Estate Manager, Shri Mahendra Singh Rawat, Shri Yatendra, Singh, Shri Rakesh Sharma, Shri Dharamraj Kumar, Shri Dharampal, Shri Arvind Yadav, Shri Manish Kumar, Shri Deepak Kumar Pandey.
The broad initiatives that were taken in Champaran are as under:
- Initiation of Sanitation Clubs in Schools in Champaran
In pursuance of the Swachh Bharat Initiative, the Samiti in collaboration with Sulabh Social Service Organisation established Sanitation Clubs in various schools in Champaran. A series of workshops were conducted on health and sanitation in these schools.
One major initiative was the setting up of the Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine and Incinerators (destroyer), in schools and railway station, Motihari to begin with. This was a tribute to the spirit of Ba (Kasturba Gandhi) who had always worked on feminine health issues side by side with Gandhiji who time and again expressed his concern about the health of the mothers and raised issues on sanitation in his different campaigns.
This effort by the Samiti was also in view of the clarion call given by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on April 10, 2017 when he launched “Swachhagraha”. The Prime Minister also underlined the importance of ‘karyanjali’ or action.
The Samiti, therefore, undertook several activities towards sensitization campaigns for the young and adolescent girls, and women in maintaining their menstrual hygiene.
Speaking about this initiative of the Samiti, Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan says: “The ‘School Sanitation Programme’ will be aimed at promoting life skills-based hygiene education which can help to create effective education and hygienic schools by giving children not only knowledge but also attitudes and skills for coping with life”.
As part of the programme, several initiatives were taken such as workshops, setting up of sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators, etc.
Workshop on Constructive Programme of Mahatma Gandhi
The Samiti organized a “Workshop on Constructive Programme of Mahatma Gandhi” in association with Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation, at Bharatpur, Rajasthan that was attended by 145 participants from 25 villages. Experts from different areas took part in the workshop.
Speaking to the participants at the workshop, Shri Basant ji said that the model developed by Mahatma Gandhi for the development of the village is still relevant today. “For the development of the village industries, it is very necessary to upgrade them with the latest technology, so that the village industries could be saved from degeneration”, he said.
“The concept of Gram Swaraj as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi must be taken forward in the same direction and the GSDS should aim to take this forward to different streams of the society”.
Executive Director of Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation, Shri Sitaram Gupta said that while the 21st century has been termed as the century of unemployment, but this is not the case. He further said that Lupin Foundation has been working with the vision and principles of Mahatma Gandhi’s Gram Swaraj and have been encouraging and promoting traditional industries. The villagers are also being encouraged towards adopting cleanliness, encouraging young people for environmental conservation and other such issues”.
Other who spoke on the occasion included District Coordinator, Rajasthan Skill Building and Employment Development Corporation, Shri Chandrabhushan Singh from Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya and Prof. Urmila Sharma from Maharani Shri Jaya Mahavidyalaya.
With the support of Rajasthan Skill Building and Employment Development corporation certificates were also distributed to the home guard trainees and five young start-ups.
Run for a Cause – Summer Quarter Marathon 3rd Edition 2018
The Samiti in association with Health Fitness Trust and Run for Life organized the “3rd Edition of the Summer Quarter Marathon 2018 – Run for a Cause” on May 6, 2018 at Gandhi Darshan. Almost 500 runners took part in the quarter marathon that was organized to raise awareness on various social issues. The event was led by Dr. Sunita Godara, Asian Marathon Champion 1992 and President Health Fitness Trust along with Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS.
In the senior category, the runners took part in the 21 km and 10 km race that was flagged off by Dr. Sunita Godara. Further, in the junior category, almost 75 runners took part in the 5 km race.
120 children from several schools, orphanages and specially challenged children took part in the poster making competition on “Gandhiji’s Philosophy.
Later, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan along with Dr. Sunita Godara gave away prizes from the GSDS to the participants that contained jute bag along with a book on Gandhiji’s childhood.
Know Yourself – An Orientation Programme for Youth
For Self-realization, Mahatma Gandhi once coined a path when he said: “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others”. With these understandings, a three-day camp, titled “Main Ki Khoj” was organized in Gandhi Darshan Samiti in collaboration with Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF) from May 4-6, 2018. Several Gandhian thinkers and academicians such as Shri Annamallai, Shri Ramchandra Rahi, President Gandhi Smarak Nidhia; Shri Sanjay Damyantiji, Secretary Gandhi Smarak Nidhi; Shri Kumar Prashant, Chairperson GPF, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS, Smt Geeta Shukla, Research Officer, GSDS and others took part in the programme.
While addressing the participants, Shri Annamallai embarked on a discussion while pointing that Self has the pivotal role in the full-fledged development of the whole nation. He pointed that “If your mind is full then first empty it, then only it will be possible to enter new ideas within you and then only you will be able to think about the new ideas, the society and the country”.
Further, Shri Ramchandra Rahi spoke on the vicious role of Market, Monarchy and Development in playing a crucial role and changing the mindsets and beliefs and actions of the people. According to Shri Rahi, “The independence movement was a sacred thread of love and trust, but after independence there came a period in which we went into hatred, violence and untouchability, leaving us caught between these two differences”. He further claimed the reason for being trapped in these differences is that “We have been woven by changing scenarios in market, monarchy and the development”, which he further elaborated as:
- MARKET: Today the market is enticing us; it works as “Sell what they have”. The market buys our physical ability, talents and qualities and at last, we sit down by emptying our own pockets. It is unfortunate that today's market is learning how to meet artificial needs which actually leads to temporary upliftment only.
- MONARCHY: The purpose of Swaraj has been misused. At the time of Independence, the intention was not just about the development of the Congress but about overall development which has been changed gradually. Earlier, elections were the stepping stone for public services particularly for the people who had dedicated their lives to the society. But, nowadays elections are being fought on the strength of the capital, the force of the party, the force of the corporate, on the strength of the power of religion and the bureaucracy.
- DEVELOPMENT: According to Hind Swaraj, "This development is a mad blind race, it is taking us towards destruction and we all should leave this path and work for development with the help of nature and society.
In his deliberations, Shri Kumar Prashant undertook the concept of searching and finding ourselves amidst the exterior environment. He said that we never think about ourselves but just keep thinking about others and also from the day we will start thinking about our individual self, we will definitely start searching for it. He added that the place where you stand in the crowd determines your search for yourself. He also apprised participants about the National Youth Organization, its purpose, values, methodology, symbols, Satyagraha and membership.
Shri Dipankar Shri Gyan shared the experiences of his life and work succinctly, eventually leading towards the way that today a person can go forward only if S/he wants to give something to the society.
In addition to these aforementioned sessions and open sessions, the camp worked successfully to inculcate activities such as shramdaan, yoga and cultural activities, and other such creative activities.
Gender Training for Adolescent Girls
The Samiti in association with the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), organized a two-day training programme on “Gender Training for Adolescent Girls under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” was organized from June 27-28, 2018 in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat. The participants included adolescent girls of age group from 14-20 years of age from slum communities and resettlement colonies of Kalyanpuri and Trilokpuri areas.
The training programme was the part of an action based research project namely "Creating an enabling environment for realizing aspirations of adolescent girls in an urban slum". The objective of this project was to explore and understand the resources and opportunities that adolescent girls belonging to underprivileged families need to support their aspirations for life skills, education and careers. It focuses on enhancing the personal, family and community resources and capacities to support adolescent girls in meeting their aspirations. It includes free of cost support in education including Life skill training and counseling.
During the training, girls were made aware of gender-based discriminations in the society and trained to how to deal effectively with such issues. Also, the attempt was to make girls rethink their learned practices and socialization and make responsible decisions.
The girls were motivated to come forward together to form a better society and support each other. With the belief that such training enhances the self-confidence and critical thinking amongst girls, some vital issues of their lives were also discussed such as consent, self-respect and control over one’s own body.
The training was in the form of group participatory activity rather than just a classroom lecture format. The girls participated actively in the training and were reflective at the same time. Ms. Ankita working on issues of gender sensitization conducted the workshop.
Shri Rajdeep Pathak (Programme Executive, GSDS) on June 27, spoke on team-building as a necessary tool for active community participation. He conducted a practical session with the children and spoke on the art of listening that enables one to decide between right and wrong. Stating that Mahatma Gandhi always stressed the ability of the hands to work constructively for the welfare of the society, he called on the participants to develop their skills and upgrade their capacities.
Seminar on Gram Shilpi: Empowerment of Rural Women
As part of the Gandhi Exchange Programme (GEP), the Samiti organized a seminar on “Gram Shilpi: Empowerment of Rural Women” in Gandhi Darshan on June 11, 2018. The objective was to give an insight to different facets of the life of Mahatma Gandhi. 30 Participants from Vijapur Taluka of Gujarat state, from the Gujarat Vidyapeeth, took part. The visit was also the part of ‘Gram Shilpi Programme’ of Gujarat University. Shri Jaydeep was the coordinator in behalf of the concerned University.
The seminar began with the orientation given by Ms. Geeta Shukla (Research Officer, GSDS), on the background and the activities of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. She began her session by enthralling the interest of visitors with her utmost understanding of the journey of “Mohandas to Mahatma” while keeping the context of Sarvodaya (the universal Uplift or progress of all). She expounded the way the Father of the Nation attained his wisdom and set his gospel about the truth. Ms Shukla further apprised on the stories such as how the act of Raja Harish Chandra inspired Gandhiji to walk his life through the truth, what made him to pledge for living his whole life as Vegetarian, etc.
Ms. Smita Vats founder Director of ITIHAAS gave a consolidated understanding of life of Mahatma. She explained how the presence of two ladies namely Smt Putlibai Gandhi and Smt. Kasturba Gandhi changed and disciplined the way Gandhiji explored the way of life. Like, from his mother, he learned the benefit of Physical Labour, Determination, Discipline and Time Management, etc.
While briefing about the presence of Ba in decisions of Gandhiji, she pointed out that when Ba and Bapu got married they were almost of same age and as a child Kasturba ji always fought for equality which turned Mahatma to understand the equality men-women should have which he carried on her every activity.
She further focused over the peculiarities of using charkha as a symbol of Swaraj by Gandhiji. She said that Charkha was the only single door where rich-poor-male-female could meet, a symbol of Unity. She also explained the scientific significance behind using Charkha, as when we are spinning then our mind, hands and eyes are working in tandem thus as to enhance the motor abilities while keeping a person engaged in meditation. Here the spinner could see the change S/he is creating with every effort thus maintaining optimism in actions leading to self-confidence which was a small step but a basic need for a nation to be built on the belief of Swaraj.
A tour of the GSDS museum and Gandhi Samadhi Rajghat was also undertaken during the programme.
Improving Livelihood Opportunities of Tribal Women for Economic Prosperity
The Samiti organized a seminar on “Empowerment of Tribal Women by improved livelihood options through value-addition of Mahuwa Flower” jointly with the Hodopathy Ethno (Medicine Doctor’s Association of India, Ranchi, Jharkhand) and Torang Trust at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat on April 27, 2018. Almost 40 participants took part in the seminar.
The seminar was attended by Dr.Vedabhyas Kundu (Programme Officer, GSDS); Ms Geeta Shukla (Research Officer, GSDS), Dr. Vasavi Kiro (Ex-member, Jharkhand State Commission for Women), Dr. P. P.Hembrom (American Awardee, best ethnobotanists on indigenous system of medicine), Dr. Anil K. Goel (former Scientist) and the Adivasis, especially the collectors of Mahua flowers who are using Mahua for different purposes. Activists proactively working for awareness related to Mahua and even teachers from different schools of Jharkhand who are working on deepening the roots of cultural values of Mahua amongst students with the focus on teaching the student about the malpractices of Mahua took part.
The aim of the seminar was to discuss the ongoing malpractices related to Mahua and ways to evolve understanding about the advantages of using Mahua as medicine and other products such as sweets, pickles, jelly, etc, which in turn, will empower the tribal communities.
Smt. Geeta Shukla speaking at the inauguration of the seminar introduced GSDS to the participants. While speaking in the seminar, she said that we have been living here in cities where we have forgotten the facilities nature has provided to us even at free of cost. She expressed her happiness that through the experience of experts and participants present here, the sessions will enable to enrich the knowledge related to herbs and others.
Further, Dr. Vasavi Kedo, welcomed all and outlined the aim and objectives of the seminar. She focused her discussion on the on-going problem related to the use of Mahua, where, presently the villagers, who collect the Mahuwa, sell the Mahuwa flowers to the traders and thus they produce alcohol from it, eventually causing domestic violence. She informed that there-there is also a huge rise in the number of death cases.
She further informed that Hodopathy and ethnomedicine and other benefits of each part of Mahua must reach the people. While referring to the Parliamentary Committee Report of 2016, she stressed over the increasing number of cases of severe acute malnutrition, anemia and Malaria in children belonging to the tribal community. Issue related to early mortality rates was also discussed by her.
Dr. P.P Hembrom shared his experiences that how he has spent his whole life while working with indigenous species. He apprised that Hodopathy, the unique traditional medicinal system belonging to Jharkhand’s Tribal community, can cure many diseases. He said that more importantly, natural herbs and their extracts, does not have any side-effect on the patient.
Dr. Anil K. Goel, who has been working as the mentor to the natives of Jharkhand regarding the use of Mahua said that we all know tribal communities possess a vast wealth of indigenous knowledge system. Indigenous people have functional knowledge which they have developed, preserved and maintained over many generations through continuous interactions, observations and experimentations with their surrounding environment. He termed this as ‘Natural Capitalism’ or ‘Green Economy’.
He further described about the significance of ethnomedicinal knowledge, as it serves as a powerful tool for bioprospecting of plant wealth and also for converting into value-added products ensuring health security to masses in a most sustainable manner. He said indigenous communities are responsible for the discovery of the wide range of health-giving herbal formulations, medicinal plants which can generate considerable economic value and affordable health.
The seminar concluded with a presentation, interactive session and experience sharing by Hodopathy practitioners such as Punia Xalxo, Samble Singh Munda, Clamensia Kjur, Elizabeth Jahanaara and Mansingh Munda.
Summer School on 'India of My Dreams' Organised
Gandhi Bhawan, the University of Delhi in collaboration with the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, July 19 2018, successfully concluded the Summer School on 'India of My Dreams' – a book by M. K. Gandhi. The summer school began on July 9, 2018.
In the inaugural session on July 9, 2018, Prof. Ramesh C. Bharadwaj, Director (Hony.), Gandhi Bhawan, University of Delhi, at the onset, delivered the welcome speech and honoured the Chief Guest, Dr. Bajrang Gupta, an eminent Gandhian thinker and Prof. H. C. Pokhriyal, Executive Director, School of Open Learning, University of Delhi who chaired the session before giving the details of the Summer School.
Throughout the duration, resource persons from vast fields were invited to deliver lectures/ discussions/ talks in the context of ‘India of My Dreams’ – with selected topics such as:
- Economic Thoughts, Education and Culture,
- Swadeshi, Gramswaraj, Women
- Regeneration Youth & Society,
- Nationalism and Socialism,
- Swachagraha and Social Justice.
Among others, Dr. Atul Kothari, Educationist; Dr. Pramod Kumar, Journalist; Dr. Ashwini Mahajan, Shri Ram Chandra Rahi, President, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Rajghat, New Delhi; Dr. Mohan Chand, Journalist; Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder, Sulabh International Social Service Organisation; Shri Kumar Prashant, President, Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi; Dr. Ravinder Agarwal, Journalist and Dr. Pawan Sinha, Moti Lal Nehru College, University of Delhi were the invited speakers.
In the Valedictory programme, on July 19, 2018, Prof. D. K. Singh, Dean, Recruitment and Promotions, University of Delhi, grace the occasion by his presence and chaired the session.
Prof. Singh emphasized on the urgent need to rope in Gandhian philosophy and action in our day-to-day life and congratulated the Director, Gandhi Bhawan for such a meaningful programme.
Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS was also present on this occasion. A total number of 50 participants from undergraduate level to Ph.D. scholars and the faculty of Delhi University Colleges were selected for this School.
On the same day a campaign against the use of plastic in our daily life, was taken up by organizing a rally on 'Plastic-free Campus'. It was started at 10:00 a.m. from Gandhi Bhawan and took a round of University campus in order to propagate the basic idea – Avoid the use of plastic. It has culminated at Gandhi Bhawan which was well attended by students, teachers and staff of University of Delhi.
Dhanak Rang Tarang Summer Workshop Enhances Children’s Creativity
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) and Jamghat (a group of street Children) jointly organized a Dhanak Rang Tarang Summer Workshop for street children was organized from June 11-30, 2018 in Gandhi Darshan. 21 street children from different areas of the capital city participated in the Workshop. Ms. Neha Garg, Ms. Himanshi, Ms. Sunita Bhatt, Ms. Shipra Rai and Mr. Anita Mahato were the facilitators.
The aim of the workshop was to develop values of democracy, peace, compassion, non-violence, Inclusive development, team building and nature education amongst participants.
The workshop included group activities such as ice breaking sessions to grab each child's attention and to encounter children’s hidden talent ; using a prop to hone Imaginative skills; played games as to connect them with real-life problems and persuaded to give the suggestions; tasks to channelize their anger in a positive direction without destruction or harm to others.
Discussions on Gandhian Values such as Truth, Violence, Ahimsa, Cooperation, Unity and Self Rule linking took place during the workshop. Further, nature walk around the nearby areas was organized and their learners were asked to observe and identify the different artifacts displayed and by using their senses (touch, sight, hearing) they were asked to analyze the elements of nature.
Further, the participants visited Gandhi Samadhi Rajghat, Gandhi Darshan museum and Gandhi Smriti, to familiarize children to the belongings of Gandhi.
Group songs, reflections from learners, stone paintings, sketching, clay modeling, etc were also conducted during the workshop. Shramdaan formed part of a major activity in the workshop and the children cleaned up the entire garden area during their visit to the Gandhi Darshan exhibition My Life is my Message.
The focus has also been to enable our children to imbibe the Gandhian ethics in their lives and apply those whenever required, for e.g. when they got into an argument or fight, sharing their belongings with others, eliminating personal comments and shaming, resolving the conflicts between their friends or if they have with anyone, respect for every individual, accepting others' viewpoint, etc.
“We worked upon helping children incorporate the values of Truth, peace, non-violence, unity, Cooperation and simplicity in their lives and hope that with the passage of time that it will definitely bring positive change in their behavior”, said Shipra Rai from Jamghat.
In the valedictory session, participants expressed their experiences and shared the token of appreciation. The students showcased their creativity through theatre, experience sharing session. An exhibition of their products made during the workshop was also showcased on the occasion.
Understanding Gandhi Through the Eyes of Children – An Interactive Session with ITIHAAS
The interactive session with students from ITIHAAS (Indian Traditions Heritage Society) who are on a summer project to understand the life's message and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi by visiting various Gandhian Institutions and writing their reports based on the information they receive, took place in Gandhi Darshan on May 23, 2018.
Led by Smita Vats, Founder Director of Itihaas, the students shared their experiences of taking part in the internship programme at National Gandhi Museum. They felt that their visit to Gandhi Darshan museums has enriched their understanding of the journey of Mohandas to Mahatma. They felt elated.
Speaking to them from GSDS was Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan who spoke of many qualities of Gandhiji. Sharing personal anecdotes from his life that evolved him into seeking for truth through the means of service to mankind he asked the students to imbibe honesty and courage in their life.
Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also led the students into a game of “Knowing Yourself” developed by H.H. the Dalai Lama which the students enjoyed thoroughly.
Shri Rajdeep Pathak, Programme Executive, GSDS while sharing information about the activities of the Samiti, asked the students to also visit Gandhi Smriti. He further asked if the children could establish Moniya clubs in schools that could become a hub of student-led creative activities. He further advised the students to develop in them the concept of giving back something to the society which Gandhiji always did.
The students informed that as part of the summer project they are being involved by the team from Itihaas to discuss, interview, participate, enact and write about their approach and understanding of Gandhiji.
Earlier the children were given a guided tour of the exhibitions at Gandhi Darshan. The children were pleased to learn short anecdotes about Mahatma Gandhi.