Giving Gandhi a contemporary voice on his 150th birthday

Monday 16th September 2019 06:43 EDT

Leading Gandhi-inspired thinkers and activists will gather for a conference in London on 27 September to discuss the enduring relevance of his message of truth and non-violence to our world. Just ahead of the 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (on 2 October 2019), the icon of Indian independence from British rule, the Gandhi Foundation and Brahma Kumaris (UK) are bring together leading academics and campaigners to debate and discuss the enduring relevance of his life and message. The Gandhi Foundation is a UK registered charity that exists to spread knowledge and understanding of the life and work of Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948). 

Their conference, entitled Gandhian Voice in our World Today will be held on Friday 27 September at the Brahma Kumaris (UK) National Co-ordinating Office in Willesden Green, London, from 10.00am-4.30pm. 

Speakers and panel discussants will include the Gandhi Foundation’s President and leading Gandhi academic, Prof Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Sister Jayanti Kirpalani, European Director of the Brahma Kumaris, Bruce Kent, Vice President of the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples (who will also be presented with the Gandhi Foundation’s Peace Award at the event).

The conference will explore a range of themes related to Gandhi’s thought and life, including non-violent conflict resolution, modern economic models and climate change.

Prof Lord Parekh, the Gandhi Foundation’s President said, “Gandhi is revered as one of the leaders of India’s independence movement. But, 150 years on from his birth, Gandhi’s philosophy and life are enduringly and vitally relevant to our modern world. In fact, his message of truth and non-violence has perhaps never been more important and vital to heal our angry, divided, unequal and environmentally challenged world. We are so pleased to be holding this event with the Brahma Kumaris to give Gandhi his voice in addressing the key challenges we face in our world today”.

Sister Jayanti, European Director of the Brahma Kumaris said, “Gandhi’s spiritual consciousness enabled him to see every member of the human family as one who deserved equal rights. Spirituality gives us the inner dignity and strength to live a life of simplicity and be responsible for our own state of being, which contributes in a major way to wellbeing, harmony and sustainability. We are delighted to be collaborating again with the Gandhi Foundation to reflect on the relevance of Gandhi’s life and work for us today, especially in the areas of conflict resolution, modern economy and climate change.”

Conference registration is open. It is free to attend and lunch will be provided. To register follow this link:

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