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Dear friends,

I am glad to send you news about our traditional Gandhi Week. In 2009 we are celebrating the 28th edition, with many activities extending throughout the month of October and in several Brazilian cities. The opening on Oct. 2, includes Gandhi's favourites sung by Meeta Ravindra, a wonderfull monologue by actor João Signorelli, a round table with local governmental representatives, and a keynote speach by the Indian Ambassador in Brazil, entitled Why Gandhi, why today? You will find the program below.

On Oct. 5 Indian Ambassador Pascal Alan Nazareth gave a 6-hour Seminar on Satyagraha, Sarvodaya and Governance at Associação Palas Athena. The program is also forwarded below.

Wishing you also had an inspired celebration of the International Non-violence Day, I send you my very best regards from Brazil,

Lia Diskin


Programme for 28th Gandhi Week and International Day of Non-Violence
October 2,2009

Meeta Ravindra and musicians perform a song specially liked by Gandhiji

Monologue by actor João Signorelli - “Gandhi, a serving leader”

Round Table – Minister José Gregori, Dr. Eduardo Jorge Martins Alves Sobrinho, Municipal Secretary of the Environment, Major Rosa Suzuki of the Military Police of São Paulo, Dr. Walter Feldman, Municipal Secretary of Sports.

Key note address: Dr. B. S. Prakash, Ambassador of India.


Seminar Empowerment, Non-Violence, and Ethical Commitment – Guides for a Sustainable Governance is the title of the Seminar that Mr. Pascal Alan Nazareth, co-founder of the Sarvodaya International Trust, will give within the program of the 28th Gandhi Week – jointly organized by Associação Palas Athena and the Consulate General of India, with institutional support from UNESCO. The seminar will take place on October 5, from 10h to 16h at the auditorium of Associação Palas Athena. Simultaneous translation to Portuguese will be available.


October 5, Monday.

10 h – 12:30 hours – The modernity of Gandhi’s thought. Truth and non-violence as instruments for personal and social transformation. The evolution of the concept of ahimsa and its dissemination in the West, which had decisive influence on western philosophers such as Leon Tolstoi, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Thoreau, and activists such as Martin Luther King, Lech Walesa, and Nelson Mandela. Also the environmental movement has drawn inspiration from Gandhi, according to Petra Kelly, founder of the German Green Party and pioneer environmental advocate.

13:30 – 16 h – Sarvodaya, or empowerment of all, a political tool created by Gandhi based on his reading of Ruskin, became the guiding principle of his economic and social programs. For Gandhi independence starts from the foundations, and therefore each village should be a republic, a government with full power, something we nowadays name as local power.

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Comment by Om Prakash Joshi on December 23, 2009 at 12:14
Dear Gandhi lovers,
I have planned to paint a large painting depicting Gandhi's life on large canvas around 50 x 5 or 4.50 feets. I need your advise that should I write a line about the event or not. For example- Gandhi at Tolstoy farm or Gandhi at Danditravel, or Gandhi on ship travelling to UK. Suggestions will be helpful to me.
Comment by GandhiServe Foundation on October 7, 2009 at 10:50
What a fantastic programme - congrats Lia!
I'm sure the audience benefited a lot.
Keep on the high quality standard of your activities.

All best,


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