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Sandhya with her new legs

Sandhya with her new legs

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To make a documentary film showing how the BMVSS, an organisation that makes free limbs for amputees, is giving people their lives back – Stepping Forward from Jaipur by Christine Booth

Forty five years ago in Rajasthan, a young Indian Government officer, Devendra Raj Mehta, suffered a near-fatal car crash. Among other injuries, his left leg had been broken in 43 places – and it was only the skill of his surgeons that saved it from being amputated. As he recovered, his gratitude made him think about the many people who aren’t as fortunate – and he vowed to someday help them. Just five years later, he founded the BMVSS, to give artificial limbs free of charge to anyone who needs one, and to help restore dignity and self-esteem to people who would otherwise be forgotten by society. So far, it’s helped to transform the lives of over a million amputees all over the world.

For further information, photographs and donations click on the link below:

Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association 2014 Annual Lecture for ‘Gandhi Day’


Tuesday 30th September
at 6pm
Edinburgh City Chambers
High Street EH1 1 Edinburgh

The 2014 EIFA Annual Lecture is being held in conjunction with ‘Gandhi Day’ and the U.N. International Day of Non-Violence. This year’s talk will be given by the historian and author Antony Copley who is a Gandhi Foundation Trustee and academic adviser. Antony has made a name for himself through his many publications on political and religious movements and developments in modern India, including A Spiritual Bloomsbury, Gandhi: Against the Tide, and many others. Antony also serves as an honorary reader at the University of Kent’s School of History.

On the night, there will also discussion through skype with the Afghan Peace Volunteers; a group of courageous activists campaigning for an end to conflicts in their war-torn country. They, like Gandhi, do not direct any accusations on anyone, rather they ask for all to enter into discussions and dialogue, they also promote education through offering classes in Dari (the main language of Afghanistan) and mathematics for local children. The Afghan Peace Volunteers’ youth groups are leading the way by talking with young people around the world one village at a time, putting Gandhi’s teaching of non-violent action into practice.

The teachings of Mahatma Gandhi transcend his living years; we still have much to learn from his teachings. In the wake of a Summer that has seen so much heart-wrenching violence across the world, we can try and look toward Gandhi’s vision of non-violence as an alternative to the militancy that has caused so much worldwide anguish. It is important to remember that the non-violent path is applicable even in our daily lives, and it is about more than just abstention from physical violence. We can keep the teachings of Gandhi in our hearts and minds whenever we have an argument with a family member, decide what businesses to buy stock in, or encounter a member of the homeless community; on an individual level, we can use Gandhi’s teachings to help us avoid emotional, economic, and spiritual violence.

The Annual Lecture will be accompanied by a speech from the Lord Provost and a question-and-answer session, as well as performances by local musicians. The event will be followed by a Civic Reception hosted by The Lord Provost of The City of Edinburgh.

This is a free event, however registration is required. Kindly do so via the EIFA EventBrite page:

Also, why not help promote our fantastic event through facebook by joining its dedicated page and inviting your friends?! Here’s the link to it:

Thank you!
We look forward to seeing you then!

Extract courtesy of the EIFA

The London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group


london pacifismThe London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group met recently to discuss Personal Motivations for Pacifism. Future meetings include:

Tuesday 14th October to discuss Gandhi and Nonviolence.

This will be led by William Rhind who is the Gandhi Foundation’s Outreach Worker.

Your thoughts on these topics are welcome, in advance and (especially) on the day.

The group meets on the second Tuesday each month, at 7pm (until around 9pm)
at Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1.
Nearest tube: Kings Cross

Please try to arrive promptly by 7pm.

Everyone with an interest in pacifism and nonviolence is welcome.

Future discussions include:

Tuesday 11th November we will discuss Nonviolence and Schooling.

For more information about the meetings:

Baron Attenborough of Richmond-upon-Thames CBE 29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014

Richard Attenborough Surur Hoda at Kingsley Hall in 1996

Richard Attenborough and Surur Hoda at Kingsley Hall in 1996

It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the passing of our Founder President Baron Richard Attenborough. He was an exceptional man and did so much to help illuminate the peaceful, tolerant and non-violent views of Gandhi throughout the world.

John Rowley, who is a Trustee of the Gandhi Foundation and who knew Richard, has written an interesting article looking back on his life and especially his involvement with the Gandhi Foundation. You can view the full article which includes little-seen photographs by clicking this link:

Baron Attenborough of Richmond-Upon-Thames CBE 29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014 by John Rowley, Trustee, The Gandhi Foundation


I was privileged to have worked with Richard early in 1985 as the lawyer helping to create the Gandhi Trust, now the Gandhi Foundation. Together with Diana Schumacher, Lord David Ennals, Surur Hoda, Cecil Evans and Rex Ambler, we comprised the first trustees under the leadership of Richard himself.

Much has been very warmly written and spoken of his remarkable professional, artistic and steadfast nature and approach to his work, all very true and, if anything, understated in the endeavour to do justice to his vast, diverse and all-important talents.

What I think we were fortunate to have shared back in the aftermath of his epic film “Gandhi” , was in witnessing his innate sense of what is right and what is wrong, what needs to be supported and what opposed. The experience of his parents welcoming into their home two young Jewish girls, Helga and Irene, refugees from Nazi persecution whom he came to regard very much as his sisters, was frequently mentioned as defining the values of his upbringing. He had an ability to understand and, as it were, get under the skin of others, and a genuine uncomplicated belief that good can prevail – rare qualities and gifts in much limited supply.

This ethos was well to the fore in the discussions and thinking that went into the establishment of the charity, its objects and the practical implications of its workings as well as the visionary concept of the exercise. Richard embraced the teachings, commitment and authority of the Mahatma not simply as a worthy subject for a film – a movie, in his words – but as important for everyone to learn, absorb and run their lives for the betterment of all. True and needed for the 1980s, even more true today.

His most fitting memorial is for those now in charge of the charity to press forward with its human and humane standards and activities, bridge-building across differences real and perceived, all in keeping with the warmth, charm and humour that was ever dear Richard.

Martin Polden OBE
Co-Founder of the Environmental Law Foundation and a Patron of the Gandhi Foundation

Sadly, I never had the honour of meeting Richard, so I cannot add any personal reminiscences.
But I was hugely impressed by Gandhi, the film, and also by Oh What a Lovely War. A beautiful spirit has certainly been switched off in one way, yet its influence remains fresh for generations to come. I hope the Gandhi Foundation may play a leading role in spreading his light across the world.

Eirwen Harbottle
Peace Child International and a Patron of the Gandhi Foundation

The Gandhi Foundation Annual Lecture 2014

This year we have the pleasure of hosting the Gandhi Foundation Annual Lecture 2014 in association with the Inner Temple

Hon Dr Navichandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of Mauritius

Hon Dr Navichandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of

The lecture will be given by Hon Dr Navichandra Ramgoolam
Prime Minister of Mauritius

The Rule of Law and Nation Building

at the Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, London EC4Y 7HL
on Wednesday 1 October 2014 at 6pm

Tickets are free, but you must register first as numbers are limited. Please contact William Rhind at

Nearest Tube: Temple & Balckfriars. For further details:

Kingsley Hall – London Open House 2014


Kingsley Hall Photograph courtesy of Gordon Joly

Kingsley Hall Photograph courtesy of Gordon Joly

Kingsley Hall is once again participating in the London Open House event and will be open for you to visit on Saturday 20th September from 11am to 6pm. There will be hourly tours from noon, including the room where Gandhi stayed, an exhibition, archives, peace garden and more.

Grade II listed, Pioneer East End community centre founded by peace campaigners Muriel and Doris Lester. Links with Gandhi, George Lansbury, R D Laing’s Philadelphia Association 1965-1970. Set for Sir Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi film in 1983.

Further details and how to get there are on the London Open House website:



Plans announced for Gandhi statue to be erected in London’s Parliament Square


The Foreign Secretary and Chancellor have announced plans for a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the inspiration for non-violent civil rights movements around the world, to be erected in Parliament Square.

A monument in a location of symbolic value for our democracy is a fitting tribute to this great man, which will inspire us all to uphold his ideals and teachings ahead of important anniversaries of key moments in his extraordinary life. Gandhi has a particular connection to London, having studied here like so many of the talented young Indians we welcome today.

Our ambition is for the monument to be in place early next year. Once installed, the statue will provide a focal point for commemoration next summer of the 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa to start the struggle for self-rule, as well as the passing of 70 years since his death in 2018, and the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2019.

The Foreign Secretary and Chancellor made the announcement while visiting Gandhi Smriti, the Gandhi memorial in Delhi, on the second day of their visit to India. The memorial is located on Tees January Marg (30 January Road) at Gandhi’s home and the site of his death on 30 January, 1948.

It is intended that this important monument will be funded by charitable donations and sponsors. The project has the full support of Government, and a special advisory group, led by the UK’s Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, has been set up to support progress. Philip Jackson, a leading British figurative sculptor, renowned for statues of the Queen Mother and Bomber Command, has been approached to take on this prestigious project.

The memorial will stand alongside those to other international leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln.

The Foreign Secretary said:

Gandhi’s view of communal peace and resistance to division, his desire to drive India forward, and his commitment to non-violence left a legacy that is as relevant today as it was during his life.

He remains a towering inspiration and a source of strength. We will honour him with a statue alongside those of other great leaders in Parliament Square.

The Gandhi statue will be the 11th statue to be erected in Parliament Square.

The advisory panel will be chaired by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and amongst others will include: Jo Johnson MP, Head of the Downing Street Policy Unit, Cllr Robert Davis, Deputy-Leader Westminster Council; Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor Policy and Planning GLA, Lord Desai, Lord Bilimoria, Priti Patel MP, the Prime Minister’s Diaspora Champion, and Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery.

source. GOV.UK



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