Sabarmati Ashram: The Home of Gandhi’s Experiments with Truth

Film Screening & discussion

Vijay Rana

Time:06:30 pm

When and Where

Date:10 April 2017
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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Sabarmati Ashram was Mahatma Gandhi’s Karmabhumi. He set up this ashram one hundred years ago in 1917. It was from here that he decided to wake up India and shake the world in a gentle way. He spent long hours on his desk tirelessly answering dozens of letters every day and producing his newspaper, the Young India. His works have filled 100 volumes spanning almost 50,000 pages. Most of these pages were written here on his desk. His ideas changed the course of history and gave new hope to those who sought freedom, justice and human dignity across the world. Some of his revolutionary ideas were conceived in Sabaramati Ashram - economic liberation through spinning wheel and home spun Khadi, fight against social evils like untouchability, boycott of foreign goods, non-violence, peaceful civil disobedience and the defiance of the oppressive salt law.

Written and directed by the veteran journalist Dr Vijay Rana, this documentary sheds light on Gandhi’s personal and ideological life. It has a rare eyewitness account of one his disciples, Sumangal Prakash. He was one of the 79 Ashram residents whom Gandhi selected as his co-marchers in the famous salt march that concluded on 12 April 1930 in a coastal village of Gujarat called Dandi.

Dr Vijay Rana is the former Radio Editor of the BBC Hindi Service. He now writes for the Indian Express. He has also written for the Times, India Today, Amar Ujala and Dainik Hindustan. He has written a book ‘Mahatma Gandhi: Images and Ideas for Non-violence’. As part of is his Asian community work, he also publishes a popular community magazine Health & Happiness 4 You.

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