In regard to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi I am a / we are an
About me / us
Gandhi International is a French association which brings together people active in various nonviolent organisations working for social change in the cause of justice and peace. Among them are: Lanza del Vasto's Communities of the Ark, Université Terre du ciel, Pax Christi International, the association Shanti, the Movement for a Nonviolent Alternative (MAN), the Institut de Recherche pour une Résolution Non-violente des Conflits (IRNC), Church and Peace, Femmes Internationales – Murs Brisés, Génération Non-violente, the Colibri network, Terre et Humanisme, as well as a group of motivated individuals.
Its aim is to promote renewed interest in Gandhian thought and action throughout Europe and other continents, by organising cultural events, conferences and symbolic acts.
/ Louis Campana, president and founder of Gandhi International, was awarded the 2008 Bajaj Foundation prize (Mumbai, India) for promoting Gandhian values outside India.
Objectives of Gandhi International
1 - To put into practice Gandhi's insights, thoughts and methods of action, using debate and nonviolent struggle, with the ambition of bringing about a profound transformation in our societies.
The transformation sought has ethical, social and political aspects, including food sufficiency and economic autonomy, ecology and the preservation of biodiversity, education and intercultural/interreligious dialogue.
2 - To create international links and set up coordination between movements working in support of the earth's poorest and most dispossessed populations with the aim of ensuring their access to vital natural resources (land, water, forest etc...) and to work.
Gandhi International's action is inspired by the ongoing action of its member associations and movements.
It involves communication and lobbying, networking and organising coordinated actions at international level, in particular with regard to the event to take place in October 2012.
My / our projects, events, campaigns, research, publications
/ February 2006 and January 2007, study tours of the Indian state of Maharashtra for groups made up of representatives of European nonviolent organisations as well as individuals making the journey on their own account.
/ From 27 January to 2 February 2008 in Wardha (India), co-organisation, with Wardha's Institute of Gandhian Studies, of the International Congress on Peace and Non violence, bringing together over 150 people and organisations from across the five continents.
/ October 2007, participation in the Gandhian Janadesh march. Lasting a month and covering the 300 km between Gwalior and Delhi, this march to demand land reform from the Indian government mobilised 25,000 poor and landless people, under the leadership of Rajagopal and his Ekta Parishad movement.
During the event, filming and production of a documentary: “The Beggars' March, or the Liberating Force of Nonviolence”.
/ Participation in Ekta Europe, Ekta Parishad's European forum, a wide coalition of NGOs and nonviolent movements.
/ Co-organisation, with various nonviolent movements, of a lecture tour by Rajagopal in France and Belgium: screenings of the film “The Beggars' March” to large audiences, followed by public debate.
/ 2009, an encounter and exchange tour of the American continent with Ramesh Sharma (one of Ekta Parishad's leaders) and nonviolent communities, organisations and social movements, in association with Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Serpaj Latin America. Visits to Brazil (participation in the World Social Forum 2009 in Belem), Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Canada.
Central theme: The land, the water, the forest and all natural resources belong to the people.
/ August 2009, study tour of Sri Lanka: meeting with Ariyaratne, disciple of Gandhi and leader of the Sarvodaya movement, very active in Sri Lanka.
/ October 2009, conferences in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain with Rajagopal or Ramesh Sharma, Anand Gokani (Gandhi's great grandson), Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (1980 Nobel Peace Prize winner), to make people aware of the projected march of 100,000 landless people, organised by Rajagopal and Ekta Parishad for October 2012.
/ 2010, international conventions bringing together nonviolent leaders and Nobel Peace Prize winners in France and India.
Address and contact details
Aix-en-Provence - France
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