Nonviolence or Nonexistence: Choice of the 21st Century |  Arun Gandhi | Jul 4, 2019
In a rather intriguing talk, Arun Gandhi outlines the responsibilities of every individual towards creating world peace. Peace is not the absence of war. Peace is the creating of equality and harmony in society. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, was born in Durban, South Africa during the apartheid years. At age 12, Arun was taken to India to live with his famous grandfather and learn ways to cope with his anger and violent reactions, having been a victim of color prejudice while growing up. During his time in India, he learned valuable lessons on life next to his grandfather.

Arun is now the President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute to take the message of nonviolence all over the world and to rescue and train children living in poverty so that they can break the oppressive cycle crushing them. He has also started the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in 1991, based since 2008 at the University of Rochester, NY, which runs programs for inner-city children, inmates of correctional facilities and poor families while teaching nonviolence to students.

On a month-long holiday to the state, this writer found no one talking about stopping the azaan. In some places, mosque authorities voluntarily decided to lower the volume of the loudspeaker. 

Consider The Kerala Story, the fictional film which left a trail of death and destruction, including in places like AkolaAhmednagar, and Jammu. But Kerala remained calm. No one here found any need for protests, for or against the screening of the film. They seemed to have dismissed it as fiction.
During our Kerala visit, the local media narrated an incident where the azaan from the local mosque blended with temple bells at the Shanthigiri Ashram in Kozhikode. This happened when leaders of the Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxistand Muslim League were attending a function along with the ashram monk, Gururethnam.

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'Do not hate the hater' - By Rajni Bakshi, Journalist, Writer and Activist

बात: गांधी की - २ अक्तूबर से ११ अक्तूबर २०२२ तक. गांधी जयंती के अवसर पर मुंबई सर्वोदय मंडल का उपक्रम

'Unity in humanity' by Neela Bhagwat, Movement related Khyaal singer 

(An initiative of Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal to celebrate 153rd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi from 2nd to 11th October 2022)  


What is Ahimsa? A teenager’s exploration 
It is a broad concept, and one which can address the growing polarisation in the world today.

The power of non-violence has been asserted repeatedly over the last 74 years across the world. The most enduring symbol of the anti-CAA protests remains the Shaheen Bagh sit-in, where hundreds of people, led by the brave women of Delhi, protested peacefully for 101 days; where art, creativity and ahimsa were the languages of opposition.  On the other side of the world, pictures of candlelit Black Lives Matter protests became a powerful symbol of resistance in the face of abject brutality, and many American cities now house BLM murals. 

But what is ahimsa? Many might plainly say “not being violent”. Others may argue it is “Respecting all living beings”. Some may take it to the next level, where you’ll hear “Being truthful to oneself and not causing harm to anyone”. Every time you ask the question, you will receive a different and more developed answer, because the most significant aspect of ahimsa is that it is an evolving discipline.

With the exploration of ahimsa expanding, new interpretations are coming to light and adding to the myriad of opinions that make it such a unique, multifaceted concept.


Prejudice shows up in different ways.. More so now, with the unthinking "forwarding" of social media..