President Nelson Mandela’s Historic Inauguration Speech: May 10, 1994

President Nelson Mandela’s Inauguration Speech: May 10, 1994. Introduction: May 10, 1994, marked a pivotal moment in history as South Africa witnessed the inauguration of its first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela. Mandela’s journey from prisoner to president symbolized hope, reconciliation, and the triumph of the human spirit over oppression. His inaugural address not only […]

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Freedom Day Nelson Mandela’s Historic Vote: 30 Years Since His First Time at the Ballot Box

Image 1: Nelson Mandela Freedom Day casting his vote in the 1994 elections. Image 2: Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa. Image 3: Gentlemen that walked Nelson Mandela up to the voting booth to cast his vote April 27, 1994.  Image 4: Ohlange High School near Durban, South Africa where Mandela cast his ballot on 4.27.1994.  […]

Honoring Arun Gandhi: A Legacy of Nonviolence

As we honor the first birth anniversary of Arun Gandhi April 14, 1934, since his passing on May 2, 2023, the Ahimsa Peace Institute stands in reverence to the profound impact he left on the world. Arun Gandhi, the 5th grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, dedicated his life to the principles of nonviolence, spreading his message […]

Celebrating the Legacy of Nonviolence: Reflections on the Season for Nonviolence Journey

As the Season for Nonviolence draws to a close, we reflect on the impactful journey of advocating for peace and nonviolence. Throughout this season, we’ve been privileged to engage in various initiatives aimed at promoting peace and nonviolence in our communities and beyond. From the opening day of the Season, where we honored the legacies […]

Remembering Sharpeville: A Turning Point in South African History

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination March 21  Humanity, not racism! The Sharpeville Massacre stands as a stark reminder of the brutality of apartheid-era South Africa and the courageous struggle for human rights. On March 21, 1960, 64 years ago the township of Sharpeville in South Africa’s Transvaal Province became the site of […]

Gandhi’s Salt March: A Journey of Ahimsa

Gandhi during the Salt March, March 1930 March 12th holds a special place in history as it marks the anniversary of the iconic Gandhi Salt March, also known as the Salt Satyagraha. This 24-day journey, spanning from March 12th to April 5th, 1930, stands as a testament to the power of satyagraha in the face […]

Season for Nonviolence 2024 Poem

Season For Nonviolence Poem 2024      Current Programs 2024 AHIMSA GANDHI: The Power of the Powerless by Ramesh Sharma Season for Nonviolence 2024 Daily Acts of Ahimsa 2024 AVANI Sponsor the Children Fund Gandhian Books  | Ahimsa Merch Satyagraha Tour of South Africa 2025 United Nations ECOSOC Consultative Status since July 23, 2015 Ahimsa […]

India’s Republic Day and the Path Is Peace

India’s Republic Day and the Path Is Peace On January 26, 2024, we commemorate organic synchronicities —a day marked not only by historical events but also resonating with the timeless path of peace. This day is a synchronicity of anniversaries, contributing to India’s history and the global call for nonviolence. Vivekananda’s Enduring Legacy: Shaping Minds […]

Empowering Dreams: Celebrating International Day of Education

On International Day of Education, let’s celebrate the girls of AVANI. AVANI Residential School is a place where compassion meets action, shielding all from harm and nurturing potential. Join the cause to empower girls, spread hope, and weave a beautiful tapestry of dreams. Join us in contributing to this impactful cause. Click here to add […]

Tagore’s Critique of Materialistic Spirituality

Rabindranath Tagore’s poem “Deeno Daan” beautifully captures the essence of spirituality and critiques the disconnect between outward displays of religious grandeur and genuine spiritual values. The poem emphasizes compassion, love, truth, and peace as the true foundations of a divine home. The contrast between the opulent temple and the suffering of the subjects during a […]

Seeds of Light Publications

Enjoy this Beloved 6-month companion journal to the publication Seeds of Light Planting Seeds of Love, Kindness, and Compassion: Living Your Legacy!    Seeds of Light Planting Seeds of Love, Kindness, and Compassion is filled with nonviolent practice consideration ideas, activities, and examples at the end of each chapter.  The Foreword by Arun Gandhi spotlights […]

Educators, Students, and Youth Advocates!

Join Ahimsa Peace Institute’s Season for Nonviolence 2024: Calling Schools and Youth for Inspirational Submissions! Ahimsa Peace Institute welcomes you to participate in the transformational Season for Nonviolence 2024, a powerful platform dedicated to nurturing the ethos of peace and justice in our communities. Join us in commemorating the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. […]

Transformative Journey: How MLK Jr.’s
Visit to India Redefined Civil Rights Activism

One of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s notable statements regarding love is from his famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. In this speech, he said: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” This […]

Be Kind

Daily Acts of Ahimsa Day 2 | “Reflect on a conflict you’ve resolved peacefully and share the lessons learned.” Leela by Lynnea Bylund | City of North Las Vegas, Nevada 2023 After we left our friends home, we wanted some salad.  We pulled up to the store in the strip mall where there was a […]

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

         This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone in our history ratified on December 10, 1948. Drafted and adopted by the United Nations, this groundbreaking document defines the fundamental rights and freedoms inherently bestowed upon all 8.1 billion of us. Serving as a moral […]

Urgency Amid Tragedy:
Embracing Nonviolence Education for a Safer Future

We are deeply saddened to learn about the recent tragic events at UNLV. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this senseless act of violence. In moments like these, it becomes increasingly clear why the principles of nonviolence education are more crucial than ever. The recent incident underscores the urgency to cultivate a […]

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Today, on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, let’s reaffirm our commitment to peace. As we witness the gradual release of hostages amidst the conflict between Hamas and Israel, it’s a reminder that every life matters. MC Abdul, the young Palestinian rapper, echoes this sentiment, reminding us that our lives matter too. […]

Reflecting on a Night of AHIMSA:
UNLV Screening Unites Hearts for Peace and Change

Ahimsa Sanskrit word for Nonviolence.  The ancient Indian principle of nonviolence which applies to actions towards all living beings. Ahimsa Peace Institute enjoyed the privilege of organizing a special debut screening of the award winning “AHIMSA-GANDHI: The Power of the Powerless” a film by Ramesh Sharma, hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) […]

UNLV Screening Host Of AHIMSA-GANDHI One Oct Panelist Include

Rajmohan Gandhi (prerecorded One Oct Opening Address for the Las Vegas community) Rajmohan Gandhi is a distinguished Indian biographer, historian, and research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the United States. His illustrious lineage includes being the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari. […]

UNLV Paves the Way: Presenting Nevada’s
Premiere AHIMSA GANDHI Screening Event

          Location and Venue  | UNLV Film Department Screening Host UNLV’s FDH-109, a 254-seat theatre in the Flora Dungan Humanities Building 4505 S Maryland Parkway Las Vegas, NV 89154 Date – One October 2023 Meet and Greet – 6:00 – 6:50 pm | American Clergy Leadership Conference Meet and Greet Host […]

Ahimsa Peace Institute Signs Exclusive North America Film Distribution Agreement

TO AUGMENT PEACE-BUILDING-BASED EDUCATION AND PROCESSES IN AN INCREASINGLY PERILOUS WORLD Ahimsa is the highest duty. Even if we cannot practice it in full, we must try to understand its spirit and refrain as far as is humanly possible from violence.” — Mahatma Gandhi NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ — Ahimsa Peace […]

Sunanda Gandhi Girls School and Eco-Dome Evolution

GWEI Grant Supported Projects | Sunanda Gandhi Residential Girls School and Washi Gandhi Center for Learning | We are excited to unveil Sunanda Gandhi Residential Girls School, built on an acre of land, a beautiful example of cross culture cooperation. Next, the Sunanda and Arun Gandhi Memorial School* will be developed by the Mahatma Gandhi […]

From Darkness to Triumph

 AVANI “Sunanda Gandhi Residential Girls School” is the location where our founder entered into his eternal sleep as his daughter Archana Prasad puts it.  He left his body one month ago, we all miss him dearly.  Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute will continue to partner with and support the work of AVANI-Sunanda Gandhi Residential Girls […]

Arun Manilal Gandhi, 5th Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi Passes

Very sad news to announce. Photo of Arun Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. April 14, 1934 Durban, South Africa – May 2, 2023 5:04 a.m. Kolhapur, India Arun Gandhi, 5th grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, son of Gandhi’s second child Manilal and Sushila Gandhi, brother to Sita and Ela, and father of Tushar […]

9 Wonderful Quotes from MK Gandhi

9 Wonderful Quotes from Mahatma Gandhi – 1) “If we are to teach real peace in this world…we shall have to begin with the children.” 2) “By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind and spirit.” 3) “Character alone will have real effect on the […]

Gandhi Legacy Tour of India The Book: A Life Changing Journey

Come along as we chronicle in words and pictures a life-changing journey through the heart of Gandhi’s India. Within these pages are provided an intimate experience of unique philanthropic travel though parts of India and groups that remain closely associated with the impact and phenomena of Gandhi: in the past, at present, and most importantly, […]

The Lost Diary of Kastur, My Ba

The Lost Diary of Kastur, My Ba by Tushar Gandhi Publisher, Harper Collins On Amazon –  A couple of years ago, the staff of Gandhi Research Foundation of Jalgaon found a deteriorating and damaged diary at Kasturba Ashram, Indore. It turned out to be a 135-page diary written by Kasturba Gandhi, from January to September […]

The Gift of Anger

The Gift of Anger by Arun Gandhi on Amazon  Arun Gandhi was just twelve years old when his parents dropped him off at Sevagram, his grandfather’s famous ashram. To Arun, the man who fought for India’s independence and was the country’s beloved preeminent philosopher and leader was simply a family member. He lived there for […]

Legacy of Love Book-On-CD read by Arun Gandhi

New Release of Arun Gandhi’s book-on-CD LEGACY OF LOVE  My Education In The Path Of Nonviolence Simultaneously thought-provoking, humorous and inspiring, Arun recounts stories of the time he spent with his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, while at the Sevagram Ashram in South Africa as a young boy.   Legacy Of Love: My Education In The Path […]

Was Gandhi Racist?

Was Gandhi Racist? Selective research and reporting have sometimes distorted the image of Gandhiji.  As a result, Ela Gandhi (Arun Gandhi’s sister and granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi) felt compelled to compile a message included below.  Satish Dhupelia, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and who lives in Durban South Africa, was interviewed on the South African Radio on the matter […]

What would Gandhi do today?

by Arun Gandhi, 5th grandson of Mahatma Gandhi What would Gandhi do today? When the world is torn apart by violence and governments around the world commit war crimes to preserve their hold on power; when inhumanity of the average citizen has reached its nadir and when hopelessness tears civilization asunder, we pray for peace […]

October 2nd Worldwide Message of Peace
Happy Birthday Bapuji!

October 2nd Worldwide Message of Peace The Gandhi Legacy Tour family supports the efforts of Peace and of the Gandhi Development Trust in Durban, South Africa.  This week Gandhi Development Trust leadership reached out to friends to help spread the message of peace to youth.  October 2, 1869 is Mahatma Gandhi’s birth date.  Jai Jai Jayanthi Bapuji! Satish […]

Gandhi’s Teachers

Recently I hosted Tushar Gandhi and his lovely wife Sonal during their brief visit to Las Vegas, and as we dined on fine Indian cuisine at the wonderful Gandhi Cuisine restaurant the discussion turned to the subject of Gandhi’s teachers. For our memorable evening we were joined by the eminent UNLV Gandhi scholar, Satish Sharma, […]

Arun Gandhi Addresses the UN General Assembly
A New Culture of Peace

Arun Gandhi is often asked during his speaking engagements and legacy tours what he says in “high-level” meetings to political leaders and he responds, “the same things I’m saying to you.”  The following webtv video provides a perfect example of this during his recent address at a high-level United Nations forum in New York. In Arun […]

GWEI Accepted by UN Economic and Social Council

“United Nations Economic and Social Council chamber New York City 2” by MusikAnimal – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons.  Gandhi Worldwide Accepted by United Nations Economic and Social Council Special Consultative Status Bestowed on  Gandhi Children’s NGO by UN   WACAUNDA, Ill., Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — “The UN Consultative Status for […]

Arun Gandhi’s Address in Piertermaritzburg June 7, 2015

Another spot on address by Arun Gandhi in Piertermaritzburg during the Satyagraha Tour of South Africa. He talks about the purpose of the Gandhi Legacy Tour in South Africa.   He continues on with: “The thing that touches me most about my grandfather, is the statement that he made just a month or so before […]

Meet Miss Fikile Lucia Ngcobo

The Valley Trust A CENTER FOR HEALTH PROMOTION Valley of the Thousand Hills near Durban South Africa A visit with the NGO, The Valley Trust (“TVT”) – A Center for Health Promotion – in the Valley of the Thousand Hills near Durban will highlight Day 6 of the Satyagraha Tour of South Africa.  Celebrating over 60 […]

Violence Running Rampant by Malik Thompson

Violence runs rampant in these austere times. An embodiment of the concept would certainly manifest as the Hydra itself, the multi-headed serpent monster from ancient Greek mythology, a monster which Hercules himself had difficulty slaying. Mimicking the Hydra, violence is manifold and ruthless. In today’s world, where there is mass profit from maintaining perpetual tragedies […]

Announcing: Awarded Gandhi Tour Grants for Youth!

Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (“GWEI”) Board of Directors has established the “Essay of Excellence”, a youth “Gandhi Legacy Tour Travel Grant” program.   Two travel grants will be awarded annually – one for the Gandhi Legacy Tour  of India  (Dec 29 – Jan 12, 2015-2016) and the other for the Satyagraha Tour of South Africa (May 31 – June 15, 2016). Arun Gandhi and his son Tushar […]

The AVANI Children’s Home Challenge

Of the estimated 85 million child laborers in India today, over 40,000 of them work in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Many of these children have been sold or forced into hazardous occupations and commercial sex work.  Girls suffer the most. It is AVANI’s mission to work alongside children from the homeless, migrant and nomadic communities. […]

AVANI Eco-Dome Development Update

For the Holiday and New Year we have a composite of images & notes relating to the AVANI Domes progress… Just in time for the monsoon rains last September, the exterior of the main dome structure at the five acre site was completed. The rains actually assisted in the curing and hardening process of the mud […]

Thank You for Your Generous Way

Where has the time gone?  Another year, another 365 days has almost flown by.  As we say goodbye to 2014, we look back on all that has been achieved.   The Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (GWEI) has embarked on an ambitious multi-pronged program to help eradicate the scourge of poverty and human degradation.  As Gandhi said: “Poverty […]

Give the Gift that Gives Back this Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, many are rushing around trying to complete our shopping, looking for the perfect gift for each person on our list.  During this season of giving, it can be difficult not to become frustrated by the commercialization of the season.   Many of us find the materialism involved with gift […]

Konectidy Interviews Arun Gandhi

“We must bring solace to suffering humanity!” KonectIDY sat down with Arun Gandhi to learn more about the motivation behind this extraordinary man’s lifetime of service as an ambassador of peace and non-violence, and why he believes it is important for all people worldwide – to buy, wear and share his “Gandhi For Children” bracelet. […]

Nobel Laureate, Satyarthi: Remember Children’s Day!

Referring to child trafficking as the ‘single worst form’ of human rights violation, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi made an urgent  appeal to ‘save the childhood’ of every child. On this  125th birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, celebrated nationwide as Children’s Day, Satyarthi said it is imperative that the society takes […]

Arun Gandhi and the Legacy of Hope Foundation

 This story originally appeared on the Legacy of Hope foundation website Arun Gandhi displays his Legacy of Hope: Mandela’s Wish Bracelet Millions around the world have been influenced and inspired by Nelson Mandela. Of those millions, relatively few met the great South African Leader in person. Arun Gandhi, the fifth grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, was […]

Gandhi Day Message

    Artist Gary Manson from Gatlinburg, Tennessee   Gandhi Day Message Gandhi was born October 2, 1869  One hundred and forty-five years ago Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in an innocuous town in Western India and no one imagined he would become an Apostle of peace, love and humanity.  He was killed 66 years […]

Gandhiji Quote on Freedom

  “God demands nothing less than complete self surrender as the price of the only real freedom worth having. And, when we lose ourselves, we immediately find ourselves in the service of all that lives.  It becomes our joy and recreation. We are a new person, never weary of spending ourselves in the service of […]

Youth Speech and Essay Contest
Gandhi Satyagraha Legacy Tour of South Africa

Originally posted on Gandhi Legacy Tour website: Day One in Durban South Africa May 31, 2014 Opening day of the first Satyagraha Tour of South Africa, we paid a visit to the Durban Institute of Technology, a school attended by Steve Biko, leader of the Black Consciousness Movement. Ela Gandhi formerly served as Chancellor of this University […]

First Satyagraha Tour of South Africa:
– Led by Arun Gandhi, Embarks This Week

News Announcement Originally Posted at Gandhi Legacy Tour   (PRLEAP.COM) Dana Point, CA May 24, 2014: The inaugural Satyagraha Tour of South Africa enjoys organic synchronicity of critical historical dates of both Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Highlights include following the path of Gandhi’s travels, initially arriving in Durban, and ultimately departing from Cape Town for […]

When is Enough, Enough?

 When is Enough, Enough?  The senseless shooting at the Jewish Center in Kansas City yesterday, and the loss of three innocent lives, must not be brushed aside as yet another hate-monger gone mad. Hate is a sickness that is stoked by a society that continuously divides people by religion, nationality, economics, social standings, gender, philosophy, orientation, and every […]

Live as Light

Originally Posted: Happy Publication Day! Thank you all, for working together, to help create this special publication gift of Grandfather Gandhi.  May we all Live as Light.  Love, Arun Happy Publication Day!! Through the team effort of all, but mostly the illustration and animation of the brilliant Evan Turk, we have a gorgeous book trailer! […]

Grandfather Gandhi’s Simple Life Style

Grandfather Gandhi’s Life Style By Arun Gandhi, 5th grandson of Mahatma Gandhi People often wonder why Grandfather Gandhi was mostly half-naked as the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, once described him. He chose this garb because he found that a large number of people in India were so poor that they could not afford to […]


GRANDFATHER GANDHI’S INDIA I first came to the United States in 1984 and when people found out my antecedents invitations poured in to come and share whatever I could of Grandfather.  At the time they did not know that I belonged to the last generation who saw him in flesh and blood.  My personal stories […]

The Meaning of Death

USHA & ANJALI THE MEANING OF DEATH Women are on the lowest rung of the exploitative social pyramid. When married off, they enter a form of serfdom under the patriarchal grip which has more than one prong. The male and female in-laws and the master of the set-up, the husband at the top, together rule the roost and the […]

On this day January 30, 1948

Original Post Source: Gandhi Legacy Tour Gandhi, Father of the Nation, shot at 5:12 pm Jan 30, 1948 (IST) His last words: Raam Raam “If I’m to die by the bullet of a mad man, I must do so smiling. God must be in my heart and on my lips. And if anything happens, you are […]

Thank you for your support!

Let’s make 2014 the year that helps lift children out of poverty. Working together we can do this!  We thank you for your support throughout the year! “Children should be making sandcastles not bricks” photo credit: UNICEF #notochildlabour

Farewell, Madiba

Arun’s Farewell, Madiba blog was originally posted here: Farewell, Madiba Farewell, Madiba! By Arun Gandhi As the world mourns the death of President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, affectionately known as Madiba, it is important that we don’t get too embroiled  in sentiments and, in our grief, make the mistake of consecrating his message with his physical […]

Anuradha Up Close and Personal – part-2

Continuing from part one, my interview with Anuradha Bhosale, Kolhapur India activist, social reformer and local hero, shares additional deep insights and reflections with us. LB: What was the worst story of exploitation that you can share with us? AB: The worst story of exploitation has occurred in my own life.   My mother-in-law and sister-in-law harassed me […]

Anuradha Bhosale on Castes, Religion and Her Sacred Mission

Anuradha Bhosale is a highly cherished hero to thousands of impoverished children and their families. Ms Bhosale is a renowned grassroots women’s rights and anti-child labor activist based in Kolhapur, India where more than 35,000 children are involved in daily labor for local industries. A former child-laborer herself at the age of six, she has […]