Archive | 2009

The Problems of Progress – by J S Mathur

Conferment of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Al Gore and Rajendra K Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has focused discussion on the calamity that the human race faces as a consequence of climate change. Dr Pachauri remarks: “Something should be done immediately to mitigate the threats of global warming which […]

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Masanobu Fukuoka and Natural Farming – by M R Rajagopalan

Fukuoka, the Japanese author of One Straw Revolution which inspired many a person all over the world to convert to Natural Farming, is no more. He passed away at the age of 95 on the 16th August, 2008. I read this famous book, a third time, after a gap of 10-15 years, for writing this […]

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Applications of Gandhi’s Thought to Religious Studies Today – by Alex Damm

In modern universities, the discipline of religious studies seeks to understand religion and religions in all of their richness. Much as geographers analyze elements of physical and cultural landscapes, or historians investigate the relationships among past events, students of religion analyze phenomena that we call “religious,” phenomena that Robert Bellah defines as “a set of […]

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Gandhi and Ruskin

‘Unto This Last’, I translated it later into Gujarati entitling it ‘Sarvodaya’ (the welfare of all). I believe that I discovered some of my deepest convictions reflected in this great book of Ruskin and that is why it so captured me and made me transform my life. — Mahatma Gandhi John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) […]

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Gandhi and Johnny Rotten

“Anger is an energy” according to John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited (PIL). In a recent interview with Andrew Graham-Dixon on the BBC’s Culture Show, he clarified what this credo “Anger is an energy” means: “If anything, it is in opposition to violence, which I don’t ever think solves […]

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The Gandhi Foundation Annual Lecture and Peace Award 2009 – The Children’s Legal Centre

The Gandhi Foundation’s Annual Lecture and Peace Award were held this year in conjunction with The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. The venue was the historic Temple Church, a building originally founded by the Knights Templar and now used, not just as a place of worship, but also for promoting understanding between faiths and […]

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Misunderstanding Gandhi – by Antony Copley

All the evidence suggests that Mohandas Gandhi today is more keenly followed outside of India than within. He has been appropriated by western concerns. Within India he has become more of a figurehead, so much so that even right wing and communal political movements such as the BJP see fit to claim him as one […]

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