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In regard to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi I am a / we are an
student, scholar, activist, media person
About me / us
1983 - dato: Extensive travels to India.
1983: Involvement in German peace movement; Establishment of Gandhi Information Center, Berlin (chairperson from 1983 to 1992).
1984: Major exhibition on the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi in Berlin. Co-author of the book My Life Is My Message - Das Leben and Wirken von M.K. Gandhi (German). Consultant to ZDF (German TV) for a TV-quiz on Gandhi.
1985: Adviser to ORF (Austrian TV) for a TV program on Gandhi, Mirabehn, the Chipko movement, and ecology in the Himalaya region (Bäume umarmen - Hugging Trees).
1987: Leader of group tour In the Footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi to India. Major exhibition on the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi in Israel. Adviser to ZDF/3SAT (German TV) for a 3-hours TV program on Gandhi.
1988 - 94: Preparation of an extensive photo-archive on Gandhi and India's independence movement.
1991: Organised an annual drawing competition Mahatma Gandhi - As I See Him in Rajkot (Gujarat/India); Establishment and promotion of the International youth project The Gandhi Bridge of Understanding.
1992: Award for his life work by the Gujarati Writers' Association, Rajkot.
1996: Award Photographer of the Year by Dinodia Photo Library, Mumbai.
1997: Director research for a documentary TV serial on Gandhi directed by Ketan Mehta, Mumbai.
1998: Direction and production of the audio visual show NAMASTÉ - A Journey Across India Following The Footprints Of Mahatma Gandhi in Hindi, English and German language.
Establishment of the not-for-profit company GandhiServe e.K. in Germany.
1998 - dato: Design and administration of the most extensive web site on Mahatma Gandhi, GandhiServe's Mahatma Gandhi Research and Media Service at
2001: Initiation and coordination of GandhiServe's Earthquake Relief Campaign in Gujarat.
Author of the photo biography Gandhi, published by Phaidon Press, London.
2002: Establishment of the charitable GandhiServe Foundation in Berlin, Germany.
2003: Consultant to the theater play SAMMY! - The Word That Broke An Empire.
2004: Consultant to the BBC TV documentary The World's Most Photographed - Mahatma Gandhi.
2005: Consultant to the feature film Gandhi My Father.
2006: Meeting with Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.
2007: Consultant to Gandhi the musical.
2008: Recipient of the Vinoba Gandhi Peace Award 2008.
2009: Creation of GandhiTopia, a Gandhian social network on the web.
My / our projects, events, campaigns, research, publications
> Design of 13 exhibitions on Mahatma Gandhi, presented over 70 times in Germany, Denmark, England, Israel and India.
> Oral history about Mahatma Gandhi and India's independence movement. Oral History - Audio Oral History - Video
> Consultant to owners of original material on and about Mahatma Gandhi for its preservation and accessibility.
> Established tour guide to India in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi.
> Consultant to various media projects on Gandhi all over the world, such as TV and broadcast programs, films, CD-ROMs, exhibitions, CDs, records, web sites, publications and audio visual shows.
> Co-author of the book My Life Is My Message - Das Leben and Wirken von M.K. Gandhi (German).
> Author of the photo biography Gandhi, published by Phaidon Press, London.
> Articles and other publications by Peter Rühe
> Media reports and Writeups about Peter Rühe
I am / We are member of the following institution(s)
> Founder of GandhiServe e.K. and GandhiServe Foundation, Germany.
> Adviser to Prabhudas Gandhi Memorial Trust, Rajkot.
> Honorary director of the historic photo department at Dinodia Photo Library, Mumbai.
Address and contact details
Peter Rühe
Rathausstrasse 51a
12105 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 7054054
Fax: +49 (0)3212 1003676
Skype: gandhiserve - Get Skype and call me for free.
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New websites of mine

Posted on September 22, 2017 at 16:54 0 Comments

I have refurbished a few websites of mine. I hope you like them:

A rare piece of film!

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 15:51 0 Comments

I just traced a truly historic piece of film:

It's a live performance at Birla House, New Delhi, on the occassion of Mahatma Gandhi's 40th death anniversary on 30 January 1988. MS Subbulakshmi and Pandit Jasraj perform on stage in front of numerous VIP's, such as PM Rajiv Gandhi, his wife Sonia, the former Indian President Giani Zail Singh ... and me ;-)

Move to 14:13 (till…


How GandhiMedia Came About

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 10:20 0 Comments

The Father of the Indian nation, and the apostle of nonviolence. He worked for India's independence from the British rule. And gave us the awesome power of nonviolence.

A social reformer, he taught the world the eternal values of love and truth. His fight for human rights, protection of environment and religious tolerance was mankind's finest hour.

Although acknowledged as one of the greatest personalities of the 20th century it has been difficult to get a proper visual…


Indian president presented Barack Obama a photo-biography on Mahatma Gandhi by Peter Rühe

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 21:40 4 Comments

Indian president presented Barack Obama a photo-biography on Mahatma Gandhi by Peter Rühe

The Times of India, 8 November 2010

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At 9:35 on October 4, 2016, Midshot-an experiment with truth said…

Movie: Midshot- an experiment with truth based on Gandhi- Godse ideology.

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Synopsis: "MID SHOT- an experiment with truth is about the travails of a director, Ram Bhardwaj who tries to unravel the assassination of his ideal, Mahatma Gandhi. He starts making a film called G2 which explores the Gandhi- Godse ideological divide. The film, while still in the making, to the director's dismay, becomes a subject of controversy and the distorted projection of it even leads to communal riots. Meanwhile, pressure mounts on the director by vested interests to ideologically slant the film. How the movie on Gandhi then becomes an experiment with truth in his own life and makes him search for answers in his inner self, is what the movie is all about.

At 23:58 on November 26, 2013, Panna Shah said…

Hello Peter,

It has been a while since we communicated. Volunteers of Shanti Fund have continued our efforts to promote message and philosophy of Gandhiji amongst more than 10,000 youngsters each year.

We are planning a large celebration next year. We will be building a memorial of Bapuji. We will be celebrating "Youth for Peace" celebration in over 100 schools.

I wanted you to let me know of outstanding Gandhian speakers living in USA.

Hope to hear from you.


Panna Shah, MD

At 4:42pm on May 10, 2011, Moritz Deecke gave Peter Rühe a gift
At 21:42 on May 3, 2011, BjrnRohdeL047 said…

1111 members - and more - now in this group. 

Thanks for this gift, Peter !



At 16:27 on March 20, 2011, Aunty Kamala said…
Dear Peter, We would like to send you a copy of our book:
Earth Ethics of M.K. Gandhi with teachings from Holy Mother Amma: an Introduction.
Are you in India? Any chance of your coming to Kerala?
If not, please send us the appropriate postal address, we have some people from our ashram heading to EU, they may be able to take it, thus saving on postage.
Thanking you,
Aunty Kamala
At 6:24 on September 20, 2010, Anita Jasani Taheer said…
I admire what you are doing and would be happy to assist you in your work. Not sure how, but perhaps with the site or for an event. Having grown up in a family whose values and thoughts were Gandhian, i realise how much others are doing, i feel the need to be more useful to society.
At 11:16 on June 4, 2010, Jude Thaddeus Langeh said…
Dear Sir
Greetings from Cameroon. Concerning my book on Gandhi, someone criticised me for including the name of Obama among leaders influenced by Gandhi. What do you think about that? Obama himself acknowledged his being influenced by Gandhi. I proposed he could put those theories into practice. I will be glad to get your reactions.
What led me into this was the article i saw below your picture here: Obama would choose to dine with Mohandas K. Gandhi Started Sep. 8, 2009.
At 9:53pm on May 20, 2010, Jude Thaddeus Langeh gave Peter Rühe a gift
At 21:52 on May 20, 2010, Jude Thaddeus Langeh said…
Mr Peter, I just went through your profile now. I am so elated for such an inspiring work of yours. Please, keep up with what you are doing. Even if you have no time, please do make an official comment which I will publish in that book. I pray you continue working as hard as you are doing. You are really an inspiration to some of us here. Fr. Jude
At 21:47 on May 20, 2010, Jude Thaddeus Langeh said…
I hope you do like the picture I put on my profile this time. Thanks for your interest in my work and the compliments. If you have someone whom you can introduce me to in order to assess the work, I shall be most grateful. Thanks, Fr. Jude

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