Bajaj Dham, Gopuri - 442 114, Wardha, Maharashtra
The Institute of Gandhian Studies (Gandhi Vichar Parishad) is an educational and
public charitable institution that has been set-up one of the commemorative
projects of the Jamanlal Bajaj Centenary Year. The objectives of the Institute
identify the growing relevance of Gandhiji and the need for the need for
providing opportunities for the study and application of his thought and
More than five decades have passed since Gandhiji fell to the bullets of an assassin. But
every year in these decades has only heightened the global awareness of the
dimensions and the meaning of his message. A very real threat to survival is
threatening humanity to look for alternative to the paths that have led it to
the brink of extinction. Violence and war seem to have become counter-productive
as instruments for settling differences or resolving conflicts. Giant strides in
science and technology have no doubt added to the knowledge and power at the
disposal of man, but not to the peace of mind in the individual or harmony in
society, nor to the liquidation of want and poverty, illness and ignorance.
Sophistication in technology has not led to freedom, but have focused attention
on the potential for increasing disparities; for centralization and
concentration of power, the danger of divorcing the processes of production from
the personality and creativity of the individual human being; the profligate and
thoughtless depletion of non-replaceable natural resources, causing irreparable
damage to and imbalance in the eco-system, in turn posing a threat to the
survival of man and the natural and social ethos of the planet. The relentless
pursuit of material goals has led to a grave crisis in the psyche of the
individual and society.
These threats to its very existence have made humanity commence a search for:
- New means for the resolution of conflict and difference in opinion and outlook.
- Values that will promote individual liberty and progress while strengthening the forces of cohesion.
- A new blend of the spirit of science and the role that man has inherited consequent on his entry into
realms that give him access to the power of the spirit.
- A new technology that will no longer result in alienation, robotization, dehumanization and
exploitation, but enable man to exercise his creative talents and achieve
liberty and equality.
- A new era in which government will rest on the principles of self-government, and humanity will
out-grow narrow loyalties that can place a question mark before the survival of man.
Many thinkers and activities, in the world today, have begun to turn to the life, thoughts and methods of
Mahatma Gandhi to look for solutions that can take humanity in this direction.
Many countries have witnessed popular movements for freedom, equality and peace,
which drew inspiration from the life and methods of Gandhi. Activities and
thinkers of younger generation in the world looking to the alternative path that
Gandhi showed, in the belief that his message and testament are of crucial
significance to the survival of mankind.
Of all the influences that contributed to the making of the personality of Shri Jamnalal Bajaj none was
greater than his close association with Gandhiji, and his implicit faith in the
epochal significance of Gandhiji’s life, message and the Concept of Trusteeship.
He asked Gandhiji to consider him as the Mahatma’s fifth son, preserving and
transmitting the heritage of Gandhian thought to succeeding generations. The
establishment of the Institute was thus a fitting memorial to the life and work
of Shri Jamnalal Bajaj in this Birth Centenary year.
A Brief History
The Gandhiji Vichar Parishad
has its roots in the early fifties, when some close associates of Gandhiji
decided, shortly after his death, that there was a need for an institution which
would undertake the scientific study and analysis of Gandhian Thought and
methods for the benefit of the younger generation. The founding members included
such eminent Gandhian scholars as Acharya J.B.Kriplani, Kaka Saheb Kalelkar,
Shri J.C.Kumarappa, Shri K.G. Mashruwala, Shri Shankar Rao Deo, Shri
G.Ramachandra and Shri Ravindra Varma.
Kaka Saheb Kalelkar was its
first Chairman, and Shri Shankar Rao Deo and Shri Ravindra Varma were Sceretaies.
The march of history and the demands of organization caused the Parishad to be
merged into the Gandhi Smark Nidhi as the Tatva Prachar Vibhag (Ideology
The Gandhi Vichar Parishad or
the Institute of Gandhian Studies in its present form was established at Wardha
in October 7,1987. Intially the Institute started its activities within the
Campus of Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram at Sevagram. In the course of time, it has
been moved to its new campus at Gopuri. Shri Ravindra Varma, freedom fighter,
Gandhian activities and scholar was until recently the Chairman of this
Institute .He was the prime mover whose vision and work resulted in the
establishment of the Gandhi Vichar Parishad with the active interest and full
support of Shri Ramkrishna Bajaj, the then Chairman of the Jamnalal Bajaj, the
then Chairman of the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation.
The Board of Trustees of the
institute at present consists of Retd. Justice C.S.Dharmadhikari, Chairman, Shri
Ravindra Varma , Shri Narayan Jajoo, Shri Dhirubhai Mehta, Shri Rahul Bajaj and
Shri Shekhar Bajaj.
The object of the institute is
to promote, organize, sponsor, undertake the study of the life and thought of
Mahatma Gandhi as well as the predecessors of Gandhi and cotemporary thinkers
and social revolutionaries who have drawn inspiration from Gandhi, or arrived at
similar views as a result of their own experience and reflections, as also, to
undertake comparative studies of the philosophy and methodology of Gandhiji and
other thinkers and social revolutionaries, and to carry out the above abject:
- To undertake and organize the study of, and research on,
- the life, work, philosophy and the methodology of Mahatma Gandhi,
- the content and implication of Gandhian thought in all aspects and fields of social life;
- the nature of social institutions and relationships from the Gandhian point of view;
- concepts of development and social justice at micro-level, specially in rural/tribal areas, based on Gandhian ideas;
- popular movements or programmes of action that have been/are undertaken in pursuit of the
objective of a Gandhian social order or adopting methods that draw
inspiration from the Gandhian social order or adopting methods that draw
inspiration from the Gandhian approach of non-violence and peaceful social
- current trends and events in the light of the Gandhian Philosophy;
- To organize and conduct
courses study, training programmes, lectures, and seminars and conferences
on matters that are relevant to the above mentioned objectives;
- To institute fellowships
and scholarships at different levels , either for individuals working on
their own or as research fellows in the Institute or other educational
institutions, to promote study and research on various aspects of Gandhian
thought and action;
- To organize and run a
documentation-cum-indexing services to collect and disseminate information
on the activities of institutions or individuals or movements that draw
inspiration from Gandhian ideas;
- To organize extension work for the application and dissemination of Gandhian ideas;
- To organize consultancy and counseling services for the benefit of individual/institution engaged in
Gandhian studies and the constructive programme;
- To undertake the publication of journals, magazines, tracts, monographs, books, reports of
seminars and other study material relevant to the above mentioned objects;
- To organize and assist in the maintenance of libraries and reading rooms to promote popular study of Gandhian thought;
- To co-operate with other institutions and organizations engaged in similar activities,
- To collect and disseminate information/data on institution and individuals engaged in constructive work
or the study dissemination of Gandhian thought; and,
- To promote and carry on research in various aspects of Gandhian thought and activities, to carry out
such activities and studies on a scientific basis and to work the
application of science and technology for rural development
The objectives of the Institute are clearly reflected in the courses of study and guidance that it
offers, both to the younger generation and to the more mature activists and workers.