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Host of events in Delhi to mark 100 years of Satyagraha

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Sep 10: As the world experiences the spectre of terrorism, the path of peaceful satyagraha devised by the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi seems ever so relevant in liberating humanity from this vicious cycle of violence.

As the nation celebrates the centenary of Satyagraha, the non-violent weapon of human liberation that delivered India to Freedom from British rule, tomorrow, a host of events have been organised in the capital to remind us of Gandhiji's great legacy to India.

To commemmorate the 100 years of satyagraha launched by Gandhiji on September 11, 1906 in Johannesburg in South Africa when three thousand Indians in the country joined together in spiritual and cultural unity to defy an unjust law foisted upon them, the National Gandhi museum is organising a special exhibition of photographs titled 'Satyagraha:100 years'.

More than 100 photographs will be on display in the Satyagraha centenary exhibition at the museum gallery, which will be inaugurated bu Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni.

On this occasion, the Swaraj Peeth trust has organised a programme at Ghalib institute in Delhi where a group of men and women who have resolved to dedicate themselves to non-violence will take a pledge as Shanti sainiks, thus proving that the message of Mahatma Gandhi inspires people even today.

In an effort to expand the dialogue on Swaraj and non-violence, Swaraj Peeth will release the first Urdu translation of Hind Swaraj, written by Mahatma Gandhi in 1909 as a response to the extremists who favoured violence to drive out India's captors.

The Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti will also organise a special programme which will witness the inauguration of the world peace gong from Indonesia. Marking the occasion will also be a performance by renowned singer Shubha Mudgal.

The chairman of the Swaraj Peeth trust Rajiv Vora says, ''The nation's present social and political culture have somehow given up on the great legacy of India's mass experiments in non violence, as a result of which we are all suffering from countless fractures in our national unity''.

''The reliance on violence to express political, economic and religious grievances has made it clear that we must develop the capacity to non-violently resolve our conflicts. We often lament that Mahatma Gandhi has been forgotten by the people of India.

Has he been relegated to speeches that invoke his name in token reverence,'' he added.

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