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Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship created for McMaster students

Treat others as you wish to be treated.


It’s a simple creed, but one that Ramnarine Sahadeo wishes more people would live by - which is why he has established a scholarship in the name of famed Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.


Gandhi used nonviolent civil disobedience to fight British rule in India in the 1930s and 40s, and inspired civil rights movements around the globe.


Sahadeo hopes the award will help young people not only pursue their education, but learn more about Gandhi and the principles he stood for.


Born on the tiny island of Leguan, Guyana just nine months before Gandhi was assassinated, Sahadeo was raised by his widowed mother - who could not read or write - in what he describes as a “man’s world.”

 Sahadeo credits this tiny, self-sufficient, multicultural community for exposing him to the closest example of what a society would look like if it practiced the principles of Sarvodaya• - live in order to help others to live. He earned his BA in California before moving to Canada to study law.                                                                                                                                    

From 1980 to 2014 he practiced family, criminal, immigration and refugee law in Toronto, Ontario. His retirement is an ongoing activity researching the life of Gandhi, writing, reading and speaking about those universal principles that can improve the life of every individual and make a significant contribution to any country they call home. He is positive that a Gandhian lifestyle will significantly reduce the burden on health, legal and social systems in many countries.


Anyone who would like to promote the life and message of Gandhi are encouraged to help the scholarship remain in perpetuity by making a tax-deductible gift.


Online donations can be made here:


Cheques can be made accordingly to: McMaster University

 Memo line: Gandhi Scholarship

 Post mail to: Deanna Tigani

1280 Main St. West OJN 432

 Hamilton, Ontario

 L8S 4L8


Alternatively call Deanna Tigani with your credit card details at: (905) 525 – 9140 ext 26505  or email for more information

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