A Gandhi Peace Day Message from Arun

Way back before the 1942 Quit India movement in India that got Gandhi arrested and imprisoned some women from a Women's Center in Wardha, near Sevagram Ashram, in Central India, requested permission to come to the Ashram on October 2 to celebrate Gandhi's birthday in his presence.  Typically, Gandhi wrote back and said:  There will […]

Nepal ‘Adoption Trafficking’ Big Business in Nepal

From Ramesh Saud, GWEI correspondent in Kathmandu –    Nepal became an important source of children for international adoption in part because adoption is not widely practiced or accepted among the Nepalese, an attitude that is prevalent across South Asia.  But the United States and several other countries have recently stopped adoption of abandoned children from […]

Local Hero Rescues Girl Sold by Her Father

Source: Sakal Daily In the streets of a small town, Kagal, some citizens had noticed a small girl of 9 years tending a bunch of donkeys. They came to know from her that she was sold by her drunkard father to a local owner of a brick kiln. Her plight was brought to the notice […]

Peace Week 2011

Tomorrow, Wednesday Sept 21, I'm pleased to be a featured speaker along with Dr. Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra and others, for the PeaceWeek 2011, a free global peace telesummit with over 60 great peacebuilders. I'll be speaking from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time. All calls are recorded and will be available for free indefinitely. […]

Vandana Shiva on Knowledge, Biodiversity & Sustainable Living

GWEI friend, Dr. Vandana Shiva waxes prolifically on all things that matter to and for life on earth. ————- Vandana Shiva: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity and Sustainable Living By Bhavani Prakash | EcoWalkTheTalk.com Dr Vandana Shiva needs little introduction as a prominent environmental, social justice and anti-GM activist.  In 2010, she received the Sydney Peace Prize and was named […]

Arun Gandhi at University of District of Columbia

Here is Arun Gandhi's recent interview on campus at University of DC! HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY — Nonviolence and Gay Students — Your connection to contemporary issues, people, and institutions involved in the world of higher education. HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY is produced by the University of the District of Columbia; host is educational consultant and author […]

Gandhi’s probity should be an example for everyone

A recent article appeared in the Times of India that featured Arun Gandhi's grandchildren Kasturi and Vivan.  It speaks to the importance of MK Gandhi being a much-needed role-model to the people, especially the children, in our turbulent and uncertain times. Bapu's probity should be an example to all Source: Bella Jaisinghani | Times of […]

India Circus Owners Banned From Using Child Performers

India’s traditional traveling circuses remain widely popular across the country, although attendance has been falling in recent years. Despite their popularity, there have long been concerns about their treatment of child circus performers, many of whom are trafficked from Nepal. Starting this month, India’s Supreme Court banned circus owners from using child performers and demanded […]

Mahatma’s grandson to attend Dalai Lama’s birthday celebrations

‘Dr. Arun Gandhi and Martin Luther King III will grace the occasion to mark the birthday of His Holiness in Washington on July 6,’ announced Tenzin Taklha, joint secretary at the Dalai Lama’s office on Monday. Over 100,000 people are expected to turn out for the Tuesday July 6th event being held at the Verizon […]

Missing girl child means murdered girl child in India

According to a recent report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) up to 50 million girls and women are missing in India’s population as a result of systematic sex-murder discrimination. Source: Harini Calamur | DNA INDIA A recent poll suggested that India was the fourth-most dangerous place in the world for women. Afghanistan and Congo, in […]

Eyewitness Account of Child Slavery

[Editor’s note: This report, written by Siddharth Kara, appeared in the Spring 2011 GoodWeave newsletter and is reprinted with permission. GoodWeave works to end child labor in the handmade rug industry and provide educational opportunities for children in South Asia.] Siddharth Kara is a Fellow on Human Trafficking at Harvard University and author of Sex […]

Transform Africa! Arun Gandhi Urges Graduates

Guest post by Sharai Nondo | Africa University The graduating class of 2011 — the 17th class of graduates for the United Methodist-related school — included 279 bachelor’s degree and 71 master’s degree recipients from 19 African countries. Gandhi, an author, journalist and social activist and the grandson of Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi, urged the graduates […]

Gandhi’s Face Found on Google Mars

An Italian space buff has claimed to have spotted the face of Mahatma Gandhi etched into the the rocks of Mars while scanning through latest pictures of the Red Planet. Matteo Lanneo was surveying the amazing pictures sent from Europe’s Mars Orbiter back to Earth when he came across this uncanny resemblance to the father […]

Education, Vocation Training, Rehabilitation & Child Labour

Guest Post by: Dr Neeraja Sharma Home Problem of Child-Labour is not new to anybody. ILO under convention 138 makes a distinction between child labour and child work. ‘Child work’ is that participation of children in the economy which does not affect their physical and mental development adversely. This kind of work under ILO guidelines […]

India Coal Towns, Many Miners are Children

Times South Asia bureau chief Mark Magnier and photojournalist Daniel Berehulak report on the mining situation in the Jaintia Hills district of India, located in the northeastern state of Meghalaya. Perhaps as many as thousands of underage workers as young as 8, lured by the wages, leave school to work in coal mines under perilous […]