REMEMBERING GANDHI – 75 YEARS ON
From October 13 to 15, 2023, an event of profound significance unfolded, marking the 75th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. The occasion, titled “Remembering Gandhi – 75 Years On,” sought to commemorate the life and legacy of the man who led millions of Indians to independence.
The heart of the event was the captivating “Visual Archives of Kulwant Roy” exhibition, meticulously curated from the Aditya Arya Archive. Spanning three days, the exhibition served as a poignant journey through pivotal moments of Gandhi’s life. This visual chronicle prompted deep reflections on the evolving trajectory of India in the 75 years since the Mahatma’s tragic demise.
Central to the event were two engaging panel discussions that brought forth nuanced aspects of Gandhi’s enduring influence. “Gandhi & Modern Environmentalism” explored a lesser-known facet of Gandhi’s philosophy, revealing his environmental consciousness that remarkably resonates with contemporary ecological ideals. His belief in the regulation of wants and the interconnectedness of all life positioned him as a visionary environmentalist ahead of his time.
The second panel, “Gandhi & Democratic Disagreement,” unravelled the transformative journey of Gandhi’s perspectives on race, caste, and gender. It underscored the importance of democratic disagreement, drawing from Gandhi’s evolution in thought, emphasizing the significance of recognizing and respecting differences.
The overarching objective of the event was not just to remember a historical figure but to draw timeless lessons from Gandhi’s life. Beyond his role as a political leader, the event highlighted Gandhi’s relevance as a source of inspiration for ecological thinking and democratic values in the complex landscape of the present.
“Remembering Gandhi – 75 Years On” served as a powerful testament to the enduring impact of a man who, even in death, continues to shape conversations on environmentalism, democratic principles, and the enduring quest for a better world.