Category Archives: Gandhian social movement

“Our idea of development is based on a very old idea taken up by many great minds such as Mahatma Gandhi and [the poet] Rabindranath Tagore. […] It is about development from within. Development through the strength of the community’s own.” – Santal educationist Boro Baski quoted in “The Indian school where Indigenous children are ‘never outsiders” by Rosemary Marandi (Al Jazeera Education, 10 February 2020)
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/indian-school-indigenous-children-outsiders-200128131128144.html
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=34790

“[Gandhi’s] political actions against the British colonial state were meant to pose a spiritual alternative to materialist exploitation [whereby] each person had to find the Truth in his or her own traditions.” – Peter van der Veer (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity) in “Spirituality in Modern Society”
https://www.academia.edu/33935500
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=16037

“The tribal culture at its best provides a living example of the Gandhian concept of trusteeship […] In cross-cultural settings, individual and group relations among tribals are valued on trust rather than on dominance.” – Lachman Khubchandani in Indigenous Peoples: Responding to Human Ecology (Bhasha Centre and CIIL, 2009), pp. 14-15
http://bhashaebooks.org
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=7015

“Freedom from British rule meant nothing [to Gandhi] if it did not liberate Indians from hunger and give them an improved life. A leader had to identify completely with the poor, not through the easy means of a sermon but by sacrificing comfort and forsaking the temptations of money. This was the minimum, non-negotiable condition.” – MJ Akbar in “The Rediscovery of Nehru
How Nehruvians revised their idol” (OpenTheMagazine.com, 13 August 2021)
https://openthemagazine.com/cover-stories/the-rediscovery-of-nehru/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=30463

“Charity destroys, work builds.” – Social and environmental activist Baba Amte (who “exemplified the humanitarian politics of Gandhiji”), quoted by Medha Padkar in “The inspiring gardener” (DownToEarth, 15 March 2008)
https://www.downtoearth.org.in/coverage/baba-amte-the-inspiring-gardener-4264
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=21404

“[O]ther countries had factories, mines and airlines. India had millions—especially, but not only, female millions—who were experts in handicrafts that went far beyond Gandhi’s spinning wheel.” – Feminist writer Gloria Steinem reviewing “A Passionate Life: Writings by and on Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay” by Ellen Carol Dubois and Vinay Lal in Openmagazine (7 April 2017)
https://www.openthemagazine.com/article/books/kamaladevi-chattopadhyay-the-last-teacher
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=20948

“Air is free to all but if it is polluted it harms our health… Next comes water… From now on we must take up the effort to secure water. Councillors are servants of the people and we have a right to question them.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi, Ahmedabad address on 1 January 1918; quoted by his grandson, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, in “On another New Year’s Day: Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘khorak’ a 100 years ago” (The Hindu, 1 January 2018)
https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/on-another-new-years-day/article22339609.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=24087

“Freedom of opinion and freedom of association are the two lungs that are absolutely necessary for a man to breathe the oxygen of liberty.” – Gandhi on 28 December 1921, quoted by SN Sahu (press secretary to President KR Narayanan) in “Why Gandhi’s use of oxygen as a metaphor during the freedom struggle has resonance for India today” (Scroll, 11 July 2021)
https://scroll.in/article/997802/why-gandhis-use-of-oxygen-as-a-metaphor-during-the-freedom-struggle-has-resonance-for-india-today
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=4395

“If we ignore the message of Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj, on the basis of what we gained our freedom, and on the basis of which we enjoy respect in the world, we will not just jeopardise that freedom and respect, we will be jeopardising the very future of our civilisation. Gandhi had warned us that the resource-hungry, consumerist model rests on war and creates ecological disasters. It is this dual threat of conflicts between people and violence against nature that can destroy civilisation. For centuries tribals have lived peacefully with nature. In this period of ecological catastrophes like climate change, the tribal way of life shows the alternatives we need to promote peace, sustainability and justice.” – Declaration on Adivasi Swaraj by Navdanya (co-founded by physicist Vandana Shiva who also founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy (RFSTN), an organization devoted to developing sustainable methods of agriculture)
https://navdanya.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79:declaration-on-adivasi-swaraj&catid=12:earth-democracy
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=6068

“Gandhi believed that giving more importance, value and relevance to practical skills, and applying traditional knowledge to solving day-to-day problems were essential for the development of rural India.” – Bunker Roy (founder of Barefoot College, which helps rural communities becomes self-sufficient)
https://www.barefootcollege.org
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=12993

“I wonder how [Gandhi] would have struggled to even comprehend the ‘hardheartedness’ of the educated in India today. Let there be no mistake: what really ails Indian education is the fact that at its center is the ‘undeveloped heart’.” – Vinay Lal (Professor of History & Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles UCLA) in “The Undeveloped Heart: Gandhi on Education” (15 October 2019)
https://vinaylal.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/the-undeveloped-heart-gandhi-on-education/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=29790

“The slogan today is no longer merely ‘Asia for the Asians’ or ‘Africa for the Africans’ but the unity of all the oppressed races of the earth.” – Mahatma Gandhi addressing two stalwarts of the struggle struggle in South Africa against apartheid), quoted by Vinay Lal in “The Solidarity of Oppressed Peoples: A Tribute to E S Reddy, Anti-Apartheid Activist” (23 November 2020)
https://vinaylal.wordpress.com/2020/11/23/the-solidarity-of-oppressed-peoples-a-tribute-to-e-s-reddy-anti-apartheid-activist/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=23349

“[Gandhi’s] singular achievement was formulating what he calls his ‘religion of ahimsa’ [non-violence].” – Jyotirmaya Sharma, author of Elusive Non-Violence: The Making And Unmaking Of Gandhi’s Religion Of Ahimsa, in an interview titled “Gandhi has become all things to all people” by Somak Ghoshal (Livemint.com, 1 October 2021)
https://lifestyle.livemint.com/news/talking-point/gandhi-has-become-all-things-to-all-people-111633080526074.html
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=5457

“The attacks on Gandhi are coming fast and furious from every corner.  His assassin, Nathuram Godse, is being hailed by some Indians as a martyr, a true shaheed.  Reportedly, Godse is trending at #1 on Twitter in India. Gandhi’s statues are vandalized and in social media he is accused of the worst atrocities that can be imagined.”– Vinay Lal (Professor of History & Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles UCLA) in “Gandhi, Secularism, and Cultural Democracy” (2 October 2020)
https://vinaylal.wordpress.com/2020/10/02/gandhi-secularism-and-cultural-democracy/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=42475

eBook | Jawaharlal Nehru’s “five principles” for the policy to be pursued vis-a-vis the tribals

Jawaharlal Nehru [1889–1964, first Prime Minister of India] formulated the following five principles for the policy to be pursued vis-a-vis the tribals: (1) People should develop along the lines of their own genius, and the imposition of alien values should … Continue reading

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Diversity, plurality and tolerance are “core values of our civilisation”: President Pranab Mukherjee’s statement at Rashtrapati Bhavan – New Delhi

In those moments when questions emerge about the fragility of the state’s constitutional principles — over what has transpired since the Dadri lynching and the killing of Kannada scholar M.M. Kalburgi, for example — it is incumbent on high constitutional … Continue reading

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The term ‘Adivasi’: Neither an equivalent to ‘Tribe’ nor used in the Indian Constitution – Mainstream Weekly

By J.J. Roy Burman, Mainstream, Vol XLVII, No 32, July 25, 2009 In India the term ‘Adivasi’ has gained immense popularity in the last few decades to identify the tribes. This term is more commonly brought to use by the NGO … Continue reading

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Toda cultural heritage and education: Nilgiri mountains – Tamil Nadu

A visit to the Toda hamlet known as Taranadmund near Ooty makes it clear that for the Toda community, cultural heritage is part of everyday life and worship. The local economy continues to involve buffalo rearing. As the Tamil Nadu … Continue reading

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Success stories illustrated and facilitated by Warli artist Rajesh Chaitya Vangad – Maharashtra & Bihar

My Gandhi Story | Preview or order this Tulika book here >>Author : Nina Sabnani, Ankit ChadhaIllustrator : Rajesh Chaitya VangadEveryone has their own story of Gandhi — and in this book a Warli artist, a storyteller and an animation filmmaker come together in a unique collaboration … Continue reading

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