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Vidya Bhandarker
  • pretoria, gauteng province
  • South Africa
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In regard to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi I am a / we are an
student, activist, just interested
About me / us
Garden variety housewife who is currently in South Africa for another year. I moved to SA after 19 years in Washington DC and felt a reconnection to that great soul the Mahatma. I am guilty of leaving him behind in my school history books. When I looked a the people of SA and connected with our collecive histories I decided there are many more like me in my hometown of Hyderabad. I wanted to optimize on this experience of mine by reminding the people of my hometown that participatory politics is key to the success of a democracy.
My / our projects, events, campaigns, research, publications
Currently working towards getting a Million Votes to make a painting a Postage Stamp as a tribute to a country that gave the world a Mahatma. I have set up a blog
I want people to hear about this effort so they can join me in Marking 150 years of Indians in South Africa.

Creating a Gandhian storm in a Teacup! This is a painting created by Hyderabadi artist Aziz to- "Mark 150 years of Indians in South Africa!" The painting now has pride of place at the Indian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. Come, join me in making it a commemorative postage stamp! This is a tribute to South Africa - a land that gave the world a Mahatma. Give us your vote and forward the url address to your friends. Come, let us make "FREEDOM WALK" a postage stamp!

1..Currently working towards twinning the cities of Pretoria with Hyderabad to "Mark 150 years of Indians in South Africa
2. Unveiled a successful citizens tribute to Mark 150 years of Indians in South Africa, with an art exhibition: Cultural Bridge Pretoria/Hyderabad and distributed 1000 free copies of an anthology "Shared History, Struggles Remembered," featuring autobiographies of ordinary South African Indians in Hyderabad JULY 2010
3. Currently working on a book for Sage Publications themed around South African Indians. Currently looking for contributions to my book on Resistence Art in Apartheid South Africa, National Identity formation in South Africa and role of the media and on the Impact of Whitewashed History textbooks had on South Africa as a whole.
4. Would like to create a Mandela Chair in Hyderabad, India
5. Would like to have a week of Ubuntu South Africa/India featuring plays, films, a book fair and fusion music.

Coverage of my reconnection effort can be google at Vidya Bhandarker "Cultural Bridge"
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At 1:04pm on March 12, 2012, hemant chhajed gave Vidya Bhandarker a gift
At 18:21 on May 21, 2011, drynpathak said…
FEEL GLAD TO ADD U ..... Let us share our thoughts & learn together , to lead a life of goodness ,truth ,love & humility ...with PRAYER
At 14:49 on May 18, 2011, Om Prakash Joshi said…

I have done painting on Gandhi's life showing 111 events 43x4.5 fits, and narrate unrolling it. prepared CD, CAN SEND A COPY ON GETTING ADDRESS.


At 9:02 on May 18, 2011, ML. Rajesh said…

Dear mam,

Thank you for adding me as your friend.

Thanks & Kind regards,

ML. Rajesh

At 11:35 on April 20, 2011, Om Prakash Joshi said…


I am sending photographs of a painting Gandhi life story based on his autobiography depicting 111 events including South African work. Hope you may like it.

Om Joshi

At 6:55 on April 5, 2011, Balamurali Balaji said…
Welcome to Gandhi Topia community. Hope you have a great time here and my best wishes for your new book.
At 15:15 on April 4, 2011, Dr. Ravindra Kumar said…

Dear Vidyaji,

Thanks! I am glad to learn of you. I would be glad to send some of my publications if you could conveniently send your complete postal address. For, you can use my personal mail id:

Hope, doing well!

With regards,

Ravindra Kumar


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