On 28 February 2015, Arun Jaitley, India’s Union Finance Minister, presented the first full budget of Modi’s new NDA Government. Yet there is nothing new to cheer for in it, as far as the country’s 104 million Adivasis (Scheduled Tribes – STs) are concerned. The Government has not announced any new programme, scheme or legislation for the Adivasis in the budget. Instead, budgetary allocation for STs’ welfare and development was reduced from Rs.26,715 crore (267.15 million rupees) during 2014-15 down to Rs.19,980 crore (199.8 million rupees). Yet the Finance Minister claimed that his ‘Government being sensitive to the needs of the poor, under-privileged and the disadvantaged’!1 This reduction is blamed on ‘serious constraints’,2 with no mention of what these might be. Business as usual: this all comes under the Government’s ‘Tribal Sub-Plan’ (TSP).
YFGM (a national group of Quakers aged 18-30ish) invites you to a weekend of learning, reflecting and acting against Trident replacement.
Trident is Britain’s nuclear weapons system, and in 2016 we can expect a vote that will decide whether to invest £100 billion into a new generation of nuclear weapons. We want to make sure this does not happen.
We are gathering together in Reading Quaker Meeting House, just a few miles away from Aldermaston and Burghfield (Atomic Weapons Establishment centres – where nuclear bombs are designed, tested and built), from the evening of Friday March 27th, until the lunchtime of Sunday March 29th. We will also have the chance to join interfaith events at Aldermaston on Sunday afternoon, for those who are able to stay.
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Historic Statue of Mahatma Gandhi Unveiled in Parliament Square
Political leaders led by Prime Minister David Cameron and Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were joined by Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan at the unveiling ceremony of the bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square. The statue will stand alongside Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill.
You can read the speeches of Gopalkrishna Gandhi and PM David Cameron by clicking on the links below:
Last week, Haaretz reported that Israelis have been working with Mount Zion churches in recent months to repair damage to cemeteries belonging to Jews, Christians and Muslims, whether due to vandalism or simply the ravages of time.
The first project, sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites, is the restoration of the Protestant cemetery on Mount Zion [above]. The work was done by master masons – Circassians from northern Israel – with funding from the preservation society. After the gravestones were repaired, groups of volunteers — ranging from religious Israeli Jews to overseas Christians studying here — began cleaning up the cemetery and tending the greenery.
“We did this to correct, at least a little, the bad impression left by the authorities’ failure to deal with the hate crimes,” said architect Gil Gordon, who oversaw the work. “They haven’t caught and indicted a single person, and the mayor is ignoring it. If you like, we’re doing this to rescue Israel’s honour, so they’ll know there are also people who care.”
The organizers are talking with the Armenian Church about restoring its cemetery and also with the Dajanis, a respected Palestinian family that has long taken care of Mount Zion’s cemeteries. Next week the volunteers are expected to begin cleaning up the mount’s Muslim cemetery. After that they plan to restore the Sambursky Cemetery, a Jewish site on the mount.
In addition to cleaning up the cemeteries, the volunteers are documenting the graves, some of them very old. They came to remind people that Jerusalem is a multicultural city where we all live, and will continue to live, side by side.
“We began the project after dozens of crosses in the Protestant cemetery were broken,” said Dr. Yisca Harani, a historian of Christianity and one of the project’s initiators.
The volunteers, she added, “came not just to show solidarity, but to show commitment and try to remind people that Jerusalem is a multicultural city where we all live, and will continue to live, side by side.”
Once Mount Zion’s cemeteries have been restored, the plan is to create a tourist route that will cover both the cemeteries and the site’s many cultures and faiths.
An International Writing Competition organised by Sampad
– South Asian Arts Development
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
Mahatma Gandhi is a towering figure in history whose philosophy of non-violence, passion for equality and independence and socio-political intelligence continues to be an inspiration for many leaders.
Sampad’s latest international writing competition provides an opportunity for aspiring writers to connect with this immensely philosophical and influential thinker and leader, and express their own response through inspired writing.
Key motivations for delivering this project:
- Stimulate research into Gandhi’s life and philosophy
- Motivate young and old to express themselves through creative writing
- Inform new and uninformed generations about this amazing personality
- Engage with wide audiences and participants across the globe as an on-line project
The publication which will be produced at the end of the competition will be a valuable educational tool and source of inspiration for young people in schools and colleges and beyond, helping to keep Gandhi’s message alive for future generations.
More details of how to enter the competition can be found at:
The Gandhi Foundation Summer Gathering 2015
Gandhian Values in the Digital Age
Saturday 25th July to Saturday 1st August 2015
at The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4AF
The Gandhi Foundation Summer Gathering 2015 will take as it’s focus Gandhian Values in the Digital, in a week of exploring community, nonviolence and creativity through sharing.
In the morning sessions we shall be looking at the dangers and opportunities of our increasing access to information technology.
There will be a variety of practical activities as well as walks, discussions etc.
Prices for the week range from £150 to £260 depending on the accommodation
– children and full-time students come at half price.
Come for the week, a few days or just a day. We look forward to seeing you.
For further information about the Summer Gathering 2015 and bookings contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about The Abbey at Sutton Courtenay click here
For a review of the 2013 Summer Gathering click here
The Gandhi Foundation AGM will be on
Saturday 16th May 2015 at 2pm
at Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, Bromley-By-Bow, London E3 3HJ
Followed by the screening and discussion of Cotton for My Shroud – A film about farmer suicides in India and the culpability of the multinational Monsanto and the Indian Government. https://www.facebook.com/CottonForMyShroud
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