As part of the celebrations to mark the 71st Constitution Day on November 26, 2020, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organized the reading of the Preamble to the Indian Constitution in Hindi and English in both its campuses in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat and Gandhi Smriti at Tees January Marg at 11.00 A.M. All the staff members joined in both the campuses during the ceremony.
In Gandhi Darshan, the Preamble was read in Hindi by Shri Praveen Dutt Sharma and the English text was read by Shri Rajdeep Pathak. Dr. Sailaja Gullapalli led the staff in Gandhi Smriti Prayer Ground in reading the Preamble.
Further the Preamble has also been depicted in the wall at the Gandhi Darshan complex in both the languages.
Reading of the Preamble to the Indian Constitution organized November 26, 2020
As part of the celebrations to mark the 71st Constitution Day on November 26, 2020, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organized the reading of the Preamble to the Indian Constitution in Hindi and English in both its campuses in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat and Gandhi Smriti at Tees January Marg at 11.00 A.M. All the staff members joined in both the campuses during the ceremony.
71st Anniversary of the Constitution of India
The Preamble constitutes the soul of the Constitution: Justice Vikramaditya Prasad
“Mahatma Gandhi is an experimental scientist who had his impact on every aspect of a person’s life and touched the soul of the nation when he reached out to the last person of the society”, said Justice (Retd) Shri Vikramaditya Prasad. He further added, “Mahatma Gandhi’s concern for persons who are in the last row of the society, helped the drafting members of the Constituent Assembly while drafting the Constitution of India”.
Justice Vikramaditya Prasad, who retired as a judge from the High Court of Jharkhand said this while delivering the key-note address at the webinar on “Influence of Mahatma Gandhi on Constitution of India” on November 26, 2020 organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) in association with the Gandhi Peace Club of National University of Study in Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi as a celebration of the 71st Constitution Day.
Addressing a gathering of almost 79 students, volunteers, faculty members of NUSRL, lawyers and several other people who joined the webinar, Justice Vikramaditya Prasad said the impact of Mahatma Gandhi’s thoughts and vision can be seen reflecting in the Constitution of India, as Gandhiji’s ideas of all aspects of human life, from socialism, to sarvodaya, to welfare of women and other issues.
Informing that the first constitution drafted by Mahatma Gandhi was princely stately of Aundhia in Maharashtra, which had 72... Read More
Resisting Disinfomedic: Using Media and Information Literacy for Peaceful Coexistence
An E-conference on “Resisting Disinfomedic: Using Media and Information Literacy for Peaceful Coexistence” was organised on October 30, 2020 by GSDS in association with Indian Association of Teachers of Library and Information Science (IATLIS), Malviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding (UniTwin). The key speakers who spoke on the occasion were Prof. Priyankar Upadhyaya, UniTwin; Dr. K S Arul Selvan, Associate Professor, School of Journalism & New Media Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU); Prof. Anubhuti Yadav, Head Department of New Media and Information Technology, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS delivered the welcome address. The entire proceeding of this conference was moderated by Prof. Jagtar Singh, Coordinator, Media and Information Literacy, University Network of India (MILUNI).
Delivering the key note address, Prof. Priyankar Upadhyaya said that information and media literacy has become a crucial component in the lives of the civilians. The new social media has brought transformational changes and has done wonders, but at the same time, it has come up with challenges of being misused, like any other energy becoming, in what he termed as “Cyber Frankenstein” and cautioned that society... Read More
Nonviolent Communication in Kyrgystan
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti hosted an online orientation progamme with Online University of Kyrgystan on “Nonviolent Communication” on October 20, 2020. The key speaker in this orientation programme was Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS. The welcome address was given by Dr. Elira Turbudaeva, President, Online University. 63 participants from Kyrgistan and India joined the orientation program virtually. The webinar which was live-streamed in the GSDS Facebook page was had 632 viewership’s presence. The discourse was simultaneously translated in the local language. Describing various tenets of non-violent communication, Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu spoke of the communication process not just within ourselves, but with the outside world. He said that communication can either build or mar relationship.
Referring to the Buddha, Dr. Vedabhyas quoted, “Words have both the power to destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world”. Citing various examples and day-to-day activities, he further outlined the necessity of positive and non-violent communication for he said, “It can either spoil relationships or unite conflicting parties. It can offer wisdom and help to a friend or a stranger or offer abuse and perpetuate hatred and negativity”. Dr. Vedabhyas outlined seven sub-basic elements of non-violent communication – understanding self; learning to communicate with ourselves; constructive inner dialogue; practicing the habit of self-... Read More
Rashtriya Ekta Diwas
To mark ‘National Unity Day’ (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas), pledge taking ceremony was organised in Gandhi Darshan on October 31, 2020 at the Kalpana Chawla Jagriti Park in Gandhi Darshan. The pledge was administered by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS to the staff members. The 31st October is observed as the National Unity Day across the Country not only to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the architect of National Integration of the Independent India, but also to reaffirm the commitment of the citizen of India to uphold the security, unity and integrity of the country.
Vigilance Awareness Week
As part of the Vigilance Awareness Week (October 27 to November 2), Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan administered the vigilance awareness pledge to the GSDS staff members on October 29, 2020. The theme this year is “Vigilant India, Prosperous India”. Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week every year during the last week of October is taken up to encourage all stakeholders to collectively participate in the prevention of, and the fight against corruption and to raise public awareness regarding the existence, causes and gravity of and the threat posed by corruption.
In the Footsteps of Mahatma, reaching out to communities through constructive dialogues
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with the Department of Social Work and IQAC, Rajagiri College of Social Science an autonomous body organized an “E-workshop on “In the Footsteps of Mahatma, reaching out to communities through constructive dialogues” on October 28, 2020. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS inaugurated the E-workshop. The key-note address was given by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS. Principal of the College Dr. Binoy Joseph, also spoke on the occasion. Dr. M K Joseph (CMI), Assistant Professor, HOD Social Work Department of Rajagiri College delivered the welcome address. Dr. Mary Venus Joseph, Dean (Research) and Coordinator of IQAC, Rajagiri also spoke on the occasion. 72 participants took part in this webinar. Dr. Anand K moderated the session.
Welcoming the participants on behalf of the Rajagiri College, Dr. M K Joseph highlighted the needs that the COVID-19 pandemic produced and necessitated the need for focussing back to rural reconstruction and ‘gram swaraj’ which Mahatma Gandhi had espoused for, his concept of village self sufficiency and constructive programme taking everybody back to the roots that villages are safe and that local environment poses far less danger than the urban livelihood.
In his address, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan congratulated the Rajagiri College for winning the Swachhata Award and said that they are one among the torchbearers to apply the philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi practically. He... Read More
A virtual meeting for celebrations to mark the 125th Birth Anniversary of Acharya Vinoba Bhave
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) in collaboration with the Acharya Vinoba Bhave 125th Birth Celebration Citizen’s National Committee organized a virtual meeting on October 27, 2020 to discuss the modalities of celebrations to mark the 125th Birth Anniversary of Acharya Vinoba Bhave. The meeting was moderated by Dr Sanjeev Kumar.
Initiating the discussing Prof N Radhakrishnan called for working out a sustainable framework that would pay a befitting tribute to the saint who marched to provide justice to the last person, working on the visions of Mahatma Gandhi.
Taking the discussing forward, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS presented a two-phased agenda for the 125th birth anniversary celebration of Acharya Vinoba Bhave. These are:
Phase I includes celebrations via seminars and workshops, far and wide in India to generate mass awareness on the life and philosophy of Acharya Vinoba Bhawe.
Phase II he proposed should be a more tangible effort that would be taken towards land reforms. According to him, “Our tribute to the pioneer of the Bhoodan and Gramdan movement will only be successful when we would be able to reach out different states, districts, and even villages through the Panchayats and promote the policies related to land. It should be our utmost responsibility to fulfil the dream of Vinobaji by creating a land-conflict-free society”.
Practicing Mindfulness for Healthy Living
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti conducted an orientation programme on “Practicing Mindfulness for Healthy Living” on October 22, 2020. 80 participants that included children from The Aditya Birla Group of School at Renu Sagar Uttar Pradesh, GSDS staff members attended the orientation programme conducted by Ms. Surbhee Singh, ICF Certified Coach, NLP Master Practitioner. Delivering the key note address, Ms. Surbhee Singh dealt with both practical as well as theoretical solutions as she pointed out the reasons for stress in what she referred to ‘expectations’ that have increased and so are the challenges, which have necessitated the need for mindfulness training in this age.
A charkha demonstration at Jantar Mantar
Eight spinners from Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti participated in a charkha demonstration at Jantar Mantar on October 2, 2020 in a programme hosted by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on October 2, 2020 to highlight the message of simplicity and economic independence that Mahatma Gandhi aroused amongst the citizens during the freedom struggle. In total 16 portable spinning wheels were placed to educate and inform people about the thread spinning activity and its connection with Mahatma Gandhi during the programme.
The Samiti had also set up an exhibition of books on and by Mahatma Gandhi including various other GSDS publications during the programme. Representatives of the GSDS also taught visitors to spin on the charkha. The programme was coordinated by Smt. Geeta Shuka, Research Officer. Mr. Manish, Mr. Krishan, My Shyam Lal, Ms. Smita Bhan, Shri Ganesh, Shri Arun Saini and Ms. Neha Arora took part in the programme.
CBSE launched online course on nonviolent communication
In a major initiative to reach out to students, teachers, principals and parents from across the country, the Samiti in association with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), launched its ongoing free online course on nonviolent communication. The Samiti has been running the course since April 2020 and with the collaboration with CBSE it is expected to reach the length and breadth of the country.
The initiative was part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. CBSE has issued notification to all its affiliated schools across the country. As part of the endeavour, the Samiti will be organizing weekly lectures based on the course for teachers, students and parents.
Already 70,000 participants have enrolled for this course. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS who had structured and developed the entire course is conducting this orientation programme with different schools, universities not only in India, but abroad too.
As part of its online course on nonviolent communication, the Samiti is organizing a weekly lecture series with the Central Board of Secondary Education. The first lecture series was organized on October 21, 2020 which provided a general introduction to nonviolent communication.
The second lecture was organized on October 29, 2020 and it focussed on how we can encourage nonviolent communication ecosystems for peaceful schools. The GSDS Programme Officer, Dr Vedabhyas Kundu delivered both the lectures.
151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi offered rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Smriti on October 2, 2020 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, commemorating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and International Day of Non-Violence. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, as per MHA protocol, only 100 invitees attended the programme and paid their tribute to the Father of the Nation. Secretary Ministry of Culture, Shri Raghavendra Singh; Joint Secretary Ministry of Culture, Smt. Nirupama Kotru; granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and former Vice-Chairperson GSDS, Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee also remembered Gandhiji in their own solemn way. Representatives from various Embassies and High Commissions took part in the programme.
The evening prayer meet began by telecasting a short film by Doordarshan Kendra, which was followed by the telecast of an initiative by DDK and GSDS The Mahatma in Me (Mujh Me Hai Mahatma) wherein almost 200 video entries were received from across the country on people’s understanding of the life, message and philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi on four different categories. The 25-minute documentary featured change ideas from participants of different age groups, young and old besides how they have imbibed the ideals as espoused by Mahatma Gandhi in their daily life.
Inter-faith prayer by leaders from different religious groups such as Buddhism, Christian, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Judaism, Bahai, Shabad Kirtan marked the... Read More
The relevance of Gandhijis ideas in todays era
As part of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Delhi Public Library (DPL) and GSDS organised a seminar on “The relevance of Gandhiji’s ideas in today’s era” on September 26, 2020. The virtual seminar was chaired by Dr. Ramsharan Gaur, President of Delhi Public Library Board. The other speakers included Shri Subhash Chandra Kankheria, President, Programme Committee and Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director, GSDS.
Delivering the keynote address, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan spoke on the exemplary life of Mahatma Gandhi and said that it is not merely a life, but an ideal principle which people should follow. Throwing insights into the concept of nonviolence, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan spoke on the historic Champaran Satyagraha which he said was truly a fight for the rights of the farmers and further pointed that the governments of all time have given importance to the welfare of the farmers. He also spoke on the New Education Policy and hoped that different stakeholders and educational institutions would once again teach different vocations to children in order to empower them, in what he called, “Opening the scope for entrepreneurship”. He also shared his thoughts on how technology has impacted and benefitted all of us and called for sustainable living in this time of COVID-19. Reiterating his firm faith in what Gandhiji would have done during COVID-19 pandemic, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan further laid importance of selfless service towards humankind and said that mission... Read More
The Mahatma in Me
As a culmination to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, GSDS and Doordarshan collaborated together in a unique initiative from September 13-20, 2020 of inviting video entries from participants all across the country on their understanding of the enigmatic life of Mahatma Gandhi and how they have imbibed the Gandhian values in their lives. The programme in both Hindi and English entitled ‘Mujh Me Hai Mahatma’ and ‘The Mahatma in Me’ invited entries on any one of the following subjects – 1. How do I Practice Non-Violence in my Daily Life? 2. How do I contribute towards a culture a peace? 3. The most important Gandhian value which the world should follow today and 4. What is the most important thing I learnt from the life of Mahatma Gandhi?
Almost 200 entries were received as part of the initiative, for which the Doordarshan Kendra also made a promo of the same in their national network. The programme was launched on October 2, 2020 commemorating the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and was presented by the Doordarshan through its DD National and DD Bharati channels during the live telecast of the inter-faith prayer meeting from Gandhi Smriti on October 2.
The Samiti organised the ‘Swachhatta Pakhwara’ from September 16-30, 2020. During this period, awareness on cleanliness was highlighted by the Samiti through its social media platforms. Further initiatives by the GSDS staff were also taken towards uplift of both the Gandhi Smriti and Gandhi Darshan campuses where staff led by the Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan participated in a cleanliness drive on September 26, 2020. Also all the in-house staff participated in a massive cleaning of the Gandhi Darshan campus in the lawns. Each staff also cleaned their respective offices during this period.
The Samiti organised the ‘Hindi Pakhwara’ from September 14-28, 2020 in both the campuses of the GSDS – Gandhi Smriti and Gandhi Darshan respectively. On account of COVIC-19, on-line competitions such as Essay Writing on “Gandhi aur Hindi” and poetry writing “Rashtriya Ekta Ka Pratik Hindi” were organised in which the staff of the GSDS took active part.
Imperatives of Human Solidarity in times of Global Pandemic Crisis
The Malviya Centre of Peace Research (MCPR), UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding Banaras Hindu University and Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organised an international webinar on “Imperatives of Human Solidarity in times of Global Pandemic Crisis” on September 14-15, 2020.
On Day one, the conference began with the welcome address given by Smt. Geeta Shukla, Research Officer, GSDS. 80 participants took part in the webinar. Prof. Priyankar Upadhyaya, UNESCO Chair for Peace, Malviya Centre for Peace Research, FSS, BHU who chaired the session. The other speakers in the two-day deliberations included: Ms. Veronika Yarnykh, UNESCO Chair on Media and Information Literacy and Media Education of Citizens Moscow Pedagogical State University; Dr. M. Satish Kumar, Director Internationalization School of Natural and Built Environment Culture and Society; Ms. Milena Dragidevic Sesic, UNESCO Chair in Studies of Interculturalism Art and Cultural Management and Mediation in the Balkans; Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS and Dr. Manoj K Mishra Coordinator (MCPR).
Day two included the “Young Researchers Forum” where speakers from different parts of the world shared their ideas. The speakers included: Mr. Razafimamonjy Faniriantosoa Rindranirina from Antananarivo University Madagascar; Ms. Jyoti Singh PhD student from Bahasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan (India); Ms. Hsin Yen Phoebe Mok Master –Graduate School of International Peace Studies, Soka University... Read More
Mahatma Gandhis journey through Europe and Africa in the Shaping of his philosophy of Swaraj through Satyagraha
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) in association with Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad (ARSP), Diaspora Research and Resource Centre (DRRC) organised a virtual international conference on “Mahatma Gandhi’s journey through Europe and Africa in the Shaping of his philosophy of Swaraj through Satyagraha” on September 12, 2020. Shri V Muraleedharan Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India was the chief guest on the occasion. 65 participants took part in the webinar that included speakers such as Smt. Ela Gandhi, Chairperson Gandhi Development Trust (Durban), South Africa who delivered the key note address; Amb. Virendra Gupta, President (ARSP); Amb. Anup Mudgal, Chairman, DRRC; Shri Dipanker Shru Gyan, Director GSDS in the inaugural session that was chaired by SHri Shyam Parande, Secretary General ARSP.
The second session was chaired by Amb. Anup Mudgal and had speakers such as Dr. Armoogum Parsuramen, Founder-President, Global Rainbow Foundation, Mauritius; Prof. Emeritys Satendra Nanda, Writer-Academic and former Fijian Parliamentarian and Cabinet Minister; Dr. Rajendran T. Govender, Social Coalition Advocate, Government of South Africa and Mr. Niroda Bramdaw, renowned journalist, author and publisher. Shri Narayan Kumar, Hon. Director ARSP and Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS were also present on the occasion.
International programmes in August
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines organized an e-workshop on, “The significance of Non-violent communication in Understanding the Self” on August 01, 2020. Approximately 97 students from different disciplines such as sociology, psychology and anthropology of the respective university had enthusiastically participated in this interactive session. The session ended with the question-answer round shared in between Dr. Kundu and the participants such as – How can Non-violent communication be applied in this pandemic?; How to convince someone to be positive or to gain compassion if his experience is disrupting him to be positive or be compassionate?, etc. Dr. Kundu answered all of the questions and cleared their doubts one by one.
On August 13, 2020, International Centre of Gandhian Studies and Peace Research of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, organized the 4th International E-dialogue on Peace Education – Building a just and Peaceful Future. The programme was mentored by Prof. Vidya Jain (Convenor, Non-Violence Commission, IPRA); chaired by Dr.Janet Gerson (Education Director, International Institute on Peace Education, USA) including individual sessions by Prof. Tony Jenkins (Managing Director, International Institute on Peace Education, USA), Prof Herbert B Rosana (Associate Dean, Graduate School, Bicol University, Philippines) and Dr. Steve Sharra (Education Policy Analyst and Peace Education, Malawi). 62... Read More
PROGRAMMES IN OTHER STATES IN AUGUST
As part of its initiative to provide COVID-19 safety kit to different parts of the country as per requirement, the Samiti on August 22, 2020 sent Covid safety kit with 10,000 cotton masks and 200 pieces of oximeter to Bhagalpur, Bihar. The kits are proposed for distribution to Munger, Baka, Bhagalpur and Jamui. Shri Mukund Milind coordinated the programme.
The Samiti in association with the Lupin Human Welfare Organisation, Bharatpur Rajasthan as part of its initiative towards providing Covid-19 safety kit to different parts of the country had sent kits to Bihar for distribution. These safety kits were distributed in a small function in Jamui Bihar on August 23, 2020. The distribution programme for the health workers and social workers was led by senior member of the Farmers and Fertilizer Production Organization Arjun Mandal. Several people including Dr. D K Dhusia, Medical Officer In-charge, Health Manager Shri Mahesh Ranjan were present on the occasion.
The COVID-19 safety kit by GSDS and Lupin Human Welfare Organiation was also distributed in Haveli Kharagpur District of Munger on August 30, 2020. Shri Basant Singh, former advisor to GSDS coordinated this initiative. PPE Kits, masks, oximeter, hand gloves, hand sanitizers, face shields were distributed amongst the villagers and health care workers in Teliadiah.
GSDS and Lupin Human Welfare Organisation distributed Covid-19 safety-kit was also distributed in different districts of Chattisgarh... Read More
Nurturing Happiness through Nonviolent Communication
The Samiti in association with the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Eliezer Joldan Memorial (EJM) College, Leh, organised a e-conference on the theme “Nurturing Happiness through Nonviolent Communication” on August 28, 2020 with Prof. Deskyong Namgyal, Principal EJM College; Shri Gulshan Gupta, North East Coordinator, GSDS as the main speakers. Assistant Professor of EJM College, Ms. Hajira Bano moderated the session. 35 participants took part in this session. Through various examples from daily life on how to conduct one and how to frame one’s communication, Shri Gulshan Gupta spoke on the essence of words that have both the power to destroy and heal. He also quoted Mahatma Gandhi who had said that “The force of love is the same as the force of the soul or truth…”
Impact of Mahatma Gandhi in our Education Policy
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on August 19, 2020 organized an e-webinar on Impact of Mahatma Gandhi in our Education Policy where Shri Vijoy Prakash, IAS (Retd.), and Prof. P. K. Mishra, IIT BHU addressed the gathering of almost 54 participants on “Entrepreneurship through Innovation for students of marginalized communities” and “From Lab to Land: Innovation and it’s practical implications in Educational Institutions: A Gandhian Approach”. The programme was moderated by Ms. Mansi Sharma who argued the need to build an ethical and rational character among the children of this country, as she said that “In the next decade India will have the highest youth population in the world. And, therefore we are here to discuss what exactly the New Education Policy of India talk about and how is it extracted from the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi?”
The Role of Indigenous Folk Traditions in Value Creation
The Samiti in association with Raja Narendra Lal Khan Women’s College, West Bengal organised an E-conference on “The Role of Indigenous Folk Traditions in Value Creation” on August 18, 2020. 138 participants took part in the e-conference that was addressed by chief guest Shri Giridhar Gamang, former Chief Minister of Odisha. The other distinguished speakers at the webinar included Padmashri Shri Akshok Bhagat, Founder Secretary, Vikas Bharti, Bishunpur, Jharkhand and National Awardee Jhumur singer and choreographer Ms. Madhushree Hatial, Jhumur Singer. The programme focused on the rich folk traditions of the tribals and how it is important for the new generation to know the values that have preserved this rich heritage. Ms. Kanak Kaushik of GSDS moderated the discussion.
74th Independence Day
Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan hoisted the Tricolour in Gandhi Darshan on August 15, 2020 on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day. The celebration culminated with GSDS staff in residential quarters taking part in the programme. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan called upon the staff to contribute towards nation-building and attain different sustainable skills that would go a long way in making one self-reliant. The sound of Jana Gana Man, the National Anthem reverberated in the pleasant morning as an inspiration to all.
E-Dialogue on Nourishing Happiness through Communication
Under the International Centre of Gandhian Studies and Peace Research of the GSDS, the Samiti organized an E-Dialogue on “Nourishing Happiness through Communication” on August 11, 2020 for participants who had undertaken the free on-line certificate program on “Non-violent communication” run by the GSDS. The dialogue was organized with the participants who not only undertook the course, but also have taken initiative at their individual level towards promotion of the free course and further involved various stakeholders in understanding the dynamics of the course and the change within that was equally reiterated by the presenters during the dialogue. The dialogue which was moderated and coordinated by Ms. Prerna Jindal of GSDS had the following speakers – Ms. Malika Hussaini a student from Afghanistan; Ms. Sohini Jana, Director, J K Policy Institute, Jammu and Kashmir; Mr. Nikhil Tripathi, Advocate from Madhya Pradesh; Ms. Suchi Sharma, Educator from Delhi; Mr. Vinayak Trivedi, a student from Delhi Public School, Gurugram, Ms. Marzia Bano, Government Teacher from Kargil and Ms. Sonam Chorol, a student from Leh.
From the eastern most corner of the country in Assam to down South in Karnataka; to Bengal and Odisha, to the Western belt of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab; the enthusiasm of almost 129 children from 15 states knew no bounds as they gathered virtually in a webinar taking part in a national programme on poetry recitation and singing on the theme of “Patriotism” on August 8, 2020. Organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, the programme was organised as part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima Day (August 6) and the 78th anniversary of the historic Quit India movement launched under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi on August 8, 1942. Participants from Assam, Agartala, Bihar, Bengal, Haryana, Hyderabad, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Chandigarh, Jallandhar, Gurugram, Varanasi, and Delhi joined in this four hour online celebration of ideas through their poems and songs of harmony.
RT-PCR, antigen, antibody TrueNAT test for the GSDS staff members
In light of COVID-19, as part of its initiative towards safeguarding the health of the staff members, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with team of doctors from the South Delhi Municipal Cooperation conducted the RT-PCR, antigen, antibody TrueNAT test for the GSDS staff members on August 6, 2020. Dr. Sunil Kumar Minj, Medical Officer Incharge UPHC Darya Ganj and Sub Centre Vikram Nagar, South Delhi Municipal Corporation along with his team comprising Mr. Md Ashfaque (Lab Technician) and others conducted the Serology test in Gandhi Darshan for 50 people in the category of 05-18 years; 18-50 years and 50 years and above.
International Programmes in July
The Samiti in collaboration with Trincomalee Campus Eastern University, Sri Lanka is organising an E-workshop on “Exploring a Nonviolent Communication Ecosystem” on July 2, 2020 with key speakers as Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan and Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS. 177 participants took part in the workshop. The moderator of the E-workshop was Ms. Sivapriya Sriram. Ms. Nisansala Jayawardhana coordinated the programme.
The Samiti jointly with Beti and Shiksha Foundation in association with High Commission of India in Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago and Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Cultural Co-Operation organised an E-conference on “Practicing Non-Violence in our Daily Lives” on July 8, 2020. Key speakers included: H.E. Mr. Arun Kumar Sahu, High Commissioner Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS, Mrs. Renu Sharma, B & S Foundation. The conference was chaired by Dr. Pandita Indrani Rampersad. 50 participants from India, Surinam, Guyane and Trindad took part in the e-conference. In his remarks, High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Arun Kumar Sahu spoke about the adoption of the resolution by the United Nations to mark October 2, birthday of Mahatma Gandhi as the International Day of Non-Violence every year and said that this was a great initiative taken by India in recognition to the principles of peace and nonviolence that are fundamental to human interdependence. Speaking about Mahatma Gandhi’s principles... Read More
Initiatives of GSDS for Covid-19 during July 2020
The Samiti in association with Lupin Human Welfare Organisation, Bharatpur took the following initiatives during July 2020:
On July 9, 2020, Covid-19 safety kit containing 300 PPE Kits, 7500 cotton masks, 300 face shields, 3000 pair of hand gloves, 250 pieces goggles, 30 pieces of IR Thermometer and 15 pieces of Oximeter were sent to Raipur and Mahasamund in Chattisgarh respectively.
On July 17, 2020, 50 washable PPE kits; 10 disposable PPE kits, 200 face shields, 20 N-95 masks, 2000 pair hand gloves and 3000 cotton masks were sent to Damoh, Madhya Pradesh.
On July 21, 2020 16 pieces of washable PPE kits, 20 pieces of disposable PPE kits, 50 face shields, 30 N-95masks, 1000 pairs of hand gloves, 1000 pieces of cotton masks, 10 IR thermometer, 15 oximeter and 50 goggles were sent to Sonebhadra in Uttar Pradesh.
Further on July 22 and 24, 2020 the Samiti in association with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) conducted COVID-19 rapid antigen test. In these two days almost 345 tests were conducted for staffs of GSDS, Khadi and Village Industries Corporation (KVIC), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), workers at the construction site of the Rashtriya Swachhata Mission and people residing in and around Gandhi Darshan campus.
On July 28, 2020, Covid -19 safety kit comprising five pieces of PPE Kit, 50 pieces of face shield, 50 pairs of hand gloves, 50 pieces of cotton mask, one oximeter, 50 goggles, 5 pieces of N-95... Read More
Initiatives of GSDS as part of Sankalp Parva
As part of the celebrations to mark the Sankalp Parva, Programme Officer GSDS Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu and Research Officer GSDS Smt. Geeta Shukla planted Banyan and Neem trees in Gandhi Darshan. Housekeeping staffs, volunteers also planted trees in their respective homes. The Samiti has been regularly updating the activities during the Sankalp Parv in the social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instragram. Further in association with Ped Panchayat, the Samiti planted five life-giving trees on July 6, 2020. Shri Prabod Raj Chandol gifted Bel, Neem, Amla, Bargad and Peepal. Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also panted the trees on the occasion. Shri Chandol also joined the plantation drive. Dr. Manju Aggarwal coordinated with the Ped Panchayat in getting the trees for the plantation drive. Senior citizens who are members of Ped Panchayat joined the ceremony and planted trees on the occasion. Overall during this period beginning from June 28, 2020 onwards, trees such as Neem, Peepal, Bel, Awla, Baheda, Jamun Anjir, Sharifam flowery plants and Ber were planted. Almost 61 trees were planted.
From Retribution to Restorative Practices Handling Classroom Conflicts using NonViolent Communication
The Samiti in association with the Government College of Education, Institute of Advance Studies in Education (IASE), Cluster University, Srinagar organised a webinar on “From Retribution to Restorative Practices – Handling Classroom Conflicts using Non-Violent Communication” on July 27, 2020. 205 participants took part in the webinar and discussed different aspects and strategies of using nonviolent communication techniques. Prof. (Dr) Ruhi Jan Kanth, Principal Government College of Education, IASE, Kashmir, Director GSDS, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan and Programme Officer GSDS Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu were the key speakers. The webinar was moderated by Shri Anjuman Qureshi. The programme began with a musical tarana by Mr. Syed Iqbal.
Online workshop on Strategies on Conflict Resolution in Classrooms: An Exploration for Teachers/Lecturers
Department of Education Kargil, LAHDC Kargil Ladakh in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti initiated a two-days on-line workshop on "Strategies on Conflict Resolution in Classrooms: An Exploration" for Teachers/Lecturers on July 22-23, 2020. Honble CEC LAHDC Kargil Shri Feroz Ahmad Khan inaugurated the online workshop and also launched a free on-line course "Strategies of Conflict Resolution for Peaceful Schools" for teachers, B.Ed, M. Ed and Education Researchers. Shri Nazir Ahmad Wani CEO Kargil welcomed all the Guests and Participants. Dr Vedabhyas Kundu Programme Officer GSDS was also present along with the Resource Person Dr. Shazia Mansoori Asst. Prof AMU, and other dignitaries. The programme was moderated by Mr. Syed Sajjad Agha, Programme Coordinator, Education Department, Kargil. In both the two days of the workshop 95 students took part.
launching the virtual online course on NonViolent Communication in Tamil
“Mahatma Gandhi was an actionist. For him communication was a key for establishing relationships. Despite many atrocities that he faced during the freedom struggle, Gandhiji never used any harsh or abusive words”, said Smt. Nirupama Kotru, Joint Secretary Ministry of Culture, Government of India while launching the virtual on-line course on “Non-Violent Communication” in Tamil by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore on July 20, 2020. Speaking to almost 163 participants that included people from the academics and students including staff of GSDS, Smt. Nirupama Kotru said, “Mahatma Gandhi shunned any form of violence in his actions. He would go fast unto death to resolve conflicts and curb outpour of violence”.
An on-line training program on use of social media
An on-line training program on use of social media was organised by the Samiti for its staff members on July 19, 2020. Shri Pankaj Sharma, Technical Associate GSDS conducted the training programme that began with an address of Director GSDS Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan who said that knowledge of using social media sites have become a necessity in view of the on-line programmes are being organised regularly. Shri Pankaj during his presentation to almost 30 members who attended the training programme spoke of the methodologies of using social sites for wide coverage and reach out of the GSDS initiatives. Explaining the difference and uses of hash tags and @ symbols for Twitter or Facebook or You Tube channels, he went on to explaining the procedures of joining a webinar through ‘Google Meet’, which GSDS is using for all its on-line programmes/webinars. He further explained the process of using Facebook, tagging photographs, etc. He also gave examples of using Google Tools such as Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Slide, Google Sheet, etc.
Karigari Aur Samruddh Gramya-Jivan
“A nurturer, supporter and innovator of handmade and handcrafted products and artisans, Gandhiji helped India''s economy and gave the craftspersons a platform to grow”, said Shri Laxmi Dass, Vice President Harijan Sevak Sangh and EC Member Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) while addressing a webinar on “Karigari Aur Samruddh Gramya-Jivan (Sustainable Rural Life of Craftsperson) organised by GSDS on July 17, 2020. Addressing a gathering of 86 participants which included people who gave their life towards the upliftment of the artisans and craftsperson, including senior Gandhian workers, social entrepreneurs and people from other segments of the society, the speakers unanimously necessitated the idea of providing job opportunities in the villages by empowering the rural youth in different skills which can guarantee them their livelihood so that they do not migrate to urban areas.
Mindfulness: A way towards balance and harmony
Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti organized a webinar on “Mindfulness: A way towards balance and harmony” in association with KAMS Convent School, New Delhi on July 16, 2020. The webinar was graced with the august presence of Sister Vidhatri from Brahmakumaris. Ms. Soniya Saini (Principal-KAMS convent School), Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu (Programme Officer, GSDS), Mr. Rajdeep Pathak (Programme Executive, GSDS) and Ms. Kanak Kaushik (Course Incharge-Mindfulness, GSDS). 38 teachers and students of KAMS convent school along with staff members of the Samiti participated in the webinar that began with the welcome address by Dr.Vedabhyas Kundu who enumerated the benefits of mindfulness.
Neuro Rehabilitation and Wellness through Physiotherapy in Stroke Patients
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is Interrupted or reduced, preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and Nutrients. Brain cells begin to die in minutes. A stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is crucial. Early action can reduce Brain damage and other complications. As we all know, physiotherapists Acts as catalyst to heal the aids of society without drugs. All these and many more issues were discussed at a webinar on “Neuro Rehabilitation and Wellness through Physiotherapy in Stroke Patients” was organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on July 15, 2020 with Dr. Rahul Sharma, Physiotherapist from the Department of Neurology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Dr. Aman Kanda, a Naturopath and student of physiotherapy from Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Physiotherapy. 67 participants took part in the webinar.
11th Prabhash Joshi Memorial Lecture
Dr Abhay Bang believes that in today's time, 'Health is a great need for Swarajya'. He said, “Your lifestyle should be healthy. Natural diseases, abstinence lifestyle, alcoholism and tobacco cessation all cures many diseases on their own. To be healthy means to be self-sufficient. In this global epidemic and crisis period of Corona, there is a shortage of such a great hero and guide who cannot be seen anywhere in the world. The greatest superhero of our era is Mahatma Gandhi. Today Gandhiji is being remembered again and again. If Gandhi had been in the global epidemic, economic and environmental crisis, he would have presented a message to us like a great hero. He also said that my life is my message. In today's challenging period, we should find Gandhi's message and solutions in our lives”. Padmashri Dr. Abhay Bang said this while delivering the 11th Prabhash Joshi Memorial Lecture on July 12, 2020 organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and Prabhash Parampara Nyas on the birthday of Prabhash Joshi, founder editor of Jansatta, on the subject: “What would Gandhi have done today - Nine Point Program”.
From Retribution to Restorative Practices :Handling Classroom conflicts using Nonviolent Communication
250 participants from Rashtra Shakti Vidyalaya Hastasal New Delhi took part in a webinar on “From Retribution to Restorative Practices – Handling Classroom conflicts using Nonviolent Communication” in which elements, strategies of conflict resolution and making classroom cohesive were discussed by Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS where he underlined the need for creation of a culture of acceptance and increase practice of gratitude in our daily life. The webinar was organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in association with Rashtra Shakti Vidyalaya on July 11, 2020.
E-workshop on Skill Development for Effective Volunteering
The Samiti in association with the Dean Students’ Welfare Department of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya (Bhagat Phool Singh Women’s University), Sonepat, Government of Haryana, organised an e-workshop on Skill Development for Effective Volunteering on July 7-8, 2020. Vice-Chancellor, BPSMV Khanpur Kalan, Sonepat, Haryana, Prof. Sushma Yadava was the patron of the programme. The distinguished speakers included Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS; Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer GSDS; Mr. Gulshan Gupta, NE Coordinator, GSDS. The organising committee included Prof. Vijay Nehra, DSW and E-Workshop Director; Dr. Shafali Nagpal, Associate DSW Co-Director; Dr. Vandana Tehlan Dahiya, Asst. DSW Convener and Dr. Deepali Mathur, Asst DSW Convener. On day one 107 participants took part and Face Book was viewed by almost 400 viewers.
Discussion on Mindfulness: A way towards balance and harmony
The Samiti organised a discussion on “Mindfulness: A way towards balance and harmony” with Dharmacharya Shri Shantum Seth (Mindfulness teacher, Ahimsa Trust); Sister Rama (senior Rajyogi Faculty, Brahma Kumaris); Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS; Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS and Ms. Kanak Kaushik, Course In-charge. The webinar saw the launch of the course on “Mindfulness: A way towards balance and harmony”, wherein several courses – for youth, children, women, prison inmates.. 89 participants took part in the launch programme on July 1, 2020.
Webinar on Towards Mental and Physical Wellness
As part of the celebration to mark the 6th International Yoga Day on June 21, 2020, GSDS in association with Global Rainbow Foundation Mauritius organised a webinar on “Towards Mental and Physical Wellness”. The key speakers in this webinar included Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director, GSDS; Shri Armoogum Parsuramen, Founder President Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF); Dr. Manju Rani Aggarwal, Naturopath; and Ms. Ruma Chakravarty, Indian music therapist and founder-president ‘Factorize’. 55 participants took part in the webinar.
The webinar began with the introductory remarks by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan who, while pointing to the fact that yoga enables the holistic development of an individual, said “Yoga is a culture and tradition in India, a tradition that is more than 5000 years old which technically means to unite and live healthy”. He also spoke of yoga as a discipline and how it imbibes the spirit of oneness. Referring to the ‘Adi Yogi’ Mahadev in the Indian religion, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan stated that different yogic postures remind us of a disciplined state of mind and the process of attaining this discipline in order to remain healthy.
Recalling his visit to Gandhi Smriti where he draws his inspiration for his mission and service to humanity, Shri Armoogum Parsuramen spoke about the work of GRF to serve the most vulnerable section of the society, and how he chose to work for the welfare of persons with disabilities. “Yoga is all about creating a balance... Read More
Conference on Why Human Interdependence Matters today to fight Global Environment Crises
The GSDS’ in association with Noble International University (USA) organised an international E-conference on “Why Human Interdependence Matters today to fight Global Environmental Crises” on June 20, 2020 with the following key speakers – Padma Shri Shri Ashok Bhagat, Founder Secretary Vikas Bharati Bishunpur, Jharkhand; Prof. Dr Roger Hansell, President Noble International University (USA); Prof. Dr. Biswajit (Bob) Ganguly, Chancellor & CEO Noble International University (NIU) (USA), President & CEO Noble Institution for Environment Peace (Canada) and Prof. Dr. Marijo Readey, Dean of Studies, NIU, USA. Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan inaugurated the E-conference. 50 participants from in and around the world took part in the discussion. Prof. Tanima Bhattacharjee from Noble University along with Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu Programme Officer GSDS moderated the session.
Giving his welcome address, Shri Dipanker Shri Gya, Director GSDS said that the pandemic has, what he called, “Given us opportunity to connect to the world, understand their culture and traditions and evolve our knowledge base”. He also looked at the positive side that the pandemic has brought back to the environment, which he said has started rejuvenating. He further called for protection of the environment which is now a greater challenge before humankind. Saying that mankind has destroyed environment for their greed, he cautioned, “If the environment gives back in its severity, it will be difficult for... Read More
International Dialogue on Increasing visibility of women in conflict resolution, negotiations and mediation
Women are the reservoir of moral force, love and compassion – Vidya Jain
An International e-dialogue was organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti on June 13, 2020 on “Increasing visibility of women in conflict resolution, negotiations and mediation”. Dr. Vidya Jain, former SG APPRA & Convener, Nonviolence Commission, IPRA (International Peace Research Association); Dr. Bernedette Muthien, Facilitator, Researcher and Poet in South Africa founder of African Peace Research Association; Prof. Matt Meyer, Co-Secretary General, IPRA; Prof. Janet Gerson, (Peace Educator) Education Director, International Institute on Peace Education and Ms. Dinah Lakehal, Programme Officer, Global Network of Women Peace-builders were the key speakers. Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS moderated the session. The e-dialogue underlined that voice of women and their rights are equally important. 105 participants from different countries, which included academics, writers, social activists, pioneer of women movement in the USA, youth from different universities and others.
Beginning the session with his welcome address, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan spoke on the patriarchy society and domestic issue in a day to day life of women, focussing on the need to increase the visibility of women in this era. While speaking about society that has recognized male as mediators, he said that even in the most conflict zones, it is women who have come to the forefront for restoration of... Read More
Webinar on Non-Violent Communication in our Daily Life organised
GSDS in association with the Auro University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Surat, Gujarat organised a webinar on “Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in our Daily Life” on June 11, 2020. 52 participants took part in the Webinar. The speakers included Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS and Dr. Vedabhyas Kundu, Programme Officer, GSDS. Prof. Shyam Parekh, Dean, Dept of Mass Communication, Auro University was also present on the occasion. Prof. Sayantani Roy Assistant Professor, Dept of Mass Communication of Auro University moderated the session.
The webinar began with an introduction to the Gandhian approach to NVC by Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS. While referring to different dimensions of the Gandhian framework of NVC, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan also emphasised that the style of communication has changed over the years and more so in the present day context when too much pressure – from different streams – have gripped humanity. He referred to the importance of handling pressure with a calm and quiet frame of mind. Saying that Mahatma Gandhi never used harsh words for his opponents, and thereby acquired mutual admiration, Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan spoke of the ancient Indian culture and tradition which he said paved a way for empathetic understanding of issues and mitigating towards solving problems peacefully through dialogues.
Further referring to both verbal and non-verbal communication, he asserted that the art of positive and fair... Read More
Workshop on Sustainable Lifestyle and NonViolent Communication
About 55 participants from State Bal Bhawan, Assam took part in a two-day e-workshop on “Sustainable Lifestyle and Non-Violent Communication” organised by GSDS on June 8-9, 2020 to understand the concept of mutual coexistence between nature, human and wildlife and sustainable lifestyle was discussed. The process of how non-violent communication is used in daily life was also discussed. Shri Gulshan Gupta, North East Coordinator of GSDS coordinated the programme along with Ms. Prerna Jindal, Project Coordinator Srijan Kendras GSDS. Ms. Binjumoni Das, President State Bal Bhawan, Assam, Ms. Kavita Bhattacharjee and others were present on the occasion.
The two-day workshop saw several interactive sessions with the participants wherein they were briefed about different concepts of Non-Violent Communication (NVC); the importance of mutual coexistence and its necessity in the present day and time when the entire world is gripped by the COVID -19 pandemic.
Speaking to the children Shri Gulshan Gupta shared the Gandhian principles of NVC and how these principles could be applied in the environment to reduce what he called ‘violence in environment’. Through various examples of mutual coexistence for sustainable life style, Shri Gulshan Gupta reiterated the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi who said that Earth provides for man’s need but not greed.
While sharing her ideas on the whole subject, Ms. Kavita Bhattacharjee said that children and adults need to avoid small... Read More
Webinar on Mahatma Gandhi: Vision of Gram Swaraj
We have to change the definition of Self-Rule: Ram Bahadur Rai
“Mahatma Gandhi did not talk anything new when he spoke about the concept of ‘gram swaraj’ while presenting a solution for the village of his dreams. What he presented before humanity was the ancient Indian tradition of making India self-reliance once again which the Vedas and the Upanishads had given us”, said Shri Ram Bahadur Rai, Chairman Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) while delivering the key-note address at a webinar on “Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of Gram Swaraj” organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi in association with Gandhi Gyan Mandir, Madhepura, Bihar on June 7, 2020.
Addressing about 55 participants from Bihar, Delhi, Jharkhand, Kanpur, Punjab which included senior journalists, social thinkers, students, research scholars, Shri Ram Bahadur Rai said that it is the inherent strength of the Indian villages and their model of self-reliance, Gram Panchayats, etc that India has withstood several currents and waves over centuries”.
“Gandhiji’s thoughts were inspired by the ancient Indian thoughts on development and human welfare, which were enshrined in the ancient scriptures of India and partly spelt out in the masterly treatise on economics and statecraft, called Kautilya Arthashastra of sixth century BC”, he said.
He also spoke about the ‘Last will and Testament’ of Mahatma Gandhi which he drafted on January 29, 1948 a day before his death and... Read More
GSDS undertakes plantation of trees as part of Sankalp Parva
In line of the vision of the Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modhi, to plant more and more trees for the purpose of keeping the Environment clean and healthy, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India decided to organise "Sankalp Parva" to motivate and urge people to plant trees in their surroundings. In view of this, Director Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan led the staff residing in the quarters of Gandhi Darshan complex Rajghat in plantation of trees in Gandhi Darshan on June 28, 2020 as part of the celebration of ‘Sankalp Parva’. Shri Rakesh, Shri Raman, Shri Umesh, Shri Dharamraj, Shri Mohan joined the plantation drive on the occasion by planting various trees and saplings.
The staff of the Samiti also took part in the plantation drive by planting trees, sapling of plants in their respective home on June 29, 2020. Director GSDS called for ‘owning of a tree’ by individuals. A pledge was also prepared and administered by the Samiti on the occasion.
Webinar on Empowered Village : Empowered Nation
Ethics, Economy and Ecology are necessary for Sustainable Development: Shri Ram Lal
“We have to thank our villages, our villagers for their culture, their self-sustained methodologies and their belief in their traditional systems that has proved a boon during this pandemic”, said Shri Ram Lalji, All India Chief Coordinator of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh while addressing the webinar on “Empowered Village – Empowered Nation” organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in the light of Covid -19 and the present scenario on June 26, 2020.
Applauding the efforts of the villages in handling the pandemic despite the influx of migrants from the cities to their respective homes in the villages, Shri Ram Lal said, “We have to pay respect to the dignity of labour”, adding, “Despite their hardships and sufferings, the people who left cities for their villages never showed any sign of revolt in their journey back home”.
Reiterating what Shri Sita Ram Gupta, CEO of Lupin Human Welfare Organisation (LHWO) and Shri Narendra Meherotra of Mission Samriddhi had said, Shri Ram Lal further stated that the pandemic has made this new generation and the youth of today realise the essence of service. “This generation has started living together with their family; they have been more aware of ‘swadeshi’ (local made) products and ‘swavlambhan’ (self-reliant)”, adding, “They have now become alert about the three E’s – Ethics Ecology and Economy which are necessary for... Read More
Covid-19 Safety Kit flagged off from Gandhi Darshan
GSDS and Lupin Human Welfare Organisation jointly sent COVID-19 Safety Kit to Begusarai and Bettiah on June 26, 2020 from Gandhi Darshan. The kit containing 250 PPE KIT; 50 IR Thermometer; 1000 Face Shield; 200 N-95 Mask; 6000 (three layer cotton mask) and 4000 hand gloves for each of the districts in Bihar was flagged off from Gandhi Darshan by Shri Sita Ram Gupta, CEO of Lupin Human Welfare Organization (LHWO) and Shri Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director GSDS.
Earlier too in its efforts towards providing relief to the poor and needy GSDS and LHWO had sent similar kit to Jharkhand on May 29, 2020 that was flagged off by Shri N N Sinha, IAS, Secretary, Rural Development, Government of India from Krishi Bhawan.