Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal / Gandhi Book Centre is a GANDHIAN PUBLIC CHARITABLE TRUST and
is associated with the noble cause of spreading the word of Mahatma Gandhi (Bapu), th e greatest man of 20th century. Sarvodaya means welfare of all, and
Mandal means board.
We believe that today is one of the darkest hours for humanity, but there is still a ray of hope.
And that ray of hope would come to us by embracing and practising Bapu's philosophy and thoughts. It is often said that it would be hard for future
generations to believe that such a man ever existed and walked the lands of earth.
Many people such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandella, Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, etc.
have followed the path shown by Bapu and have brought prosperity to themselves
and their societies. It is often misunderstood that Gandhian principles are too
hard to be followed by a common man. To break this myth we share success stories
of common people who have followed Bapu's teachings and prospered. We believe
that Bapu's teachings are much like science – they can be practised by anyone,
anywhere, anytime, and would produce the same results – prosperity and welfare.
We undertake various constructive programmes like Seminars, Workshops, Meetings, Youth Camps, etc. in pursuance of the teachings of Gandhi, Vinobaji and J.P.
» Complete Information on Mahatma Gandhi: www.mkgandhi.org
In-line with our mission we've put in tremendous efforts in making this site a supreme
collection of information about Works, Life, Teachings, and Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi E-Books |
Gandhi Quotes |
Gandhi Online Quiz |
Articles on and by Gandhi |
Chronolony - Timeline |
Students' Projects |
Famous Speeches |
Online Books |
Buy Books & CDs Online |
Peace, Nonviolence & Conflict Resolution |
Gandhi on Management |
Gandhi and Cow |
This is a comprehensive site for Researchers, Scholars, Activists, Students and all, with
a large collection of links to get more information on Gandhi, Non-Violence,
Peace and Conflict Resolution and is developed by non-profitable Gandhi Institution.
We have also started Gandhi website in HINDI,
www.hindi.mkgandhi.org, for making the information accessible to a large audience.
» PROPAGATION OF GANDHIAN LITERATURE:
To educate and create awareness among people, we promote the sale of ethical
literature pertaining to Gandhi, Vinoba and Sarvodaya by putting up book
exhibitions at various public places, schools, colleges and institutions. We
also sell thought provoking and spiritual books of other authors and children's
books, so that their message reaches the masses. Every year, we hold a week-long
exhibition-cum-sale of Gandhi books on special occasions like 2nd
October – Gandhi Birth Anniversary and 30th January – Martyr's' Day
and offer the books at a special discount of 50 per cent. All through the year,
about 1.28 lakh books on and by Gandhi and related issues worth Rs. 30 lacs are sold by us.
» PEACE WORK:
In our constant endeavour to inculcate the spirit of Peace, Love and Brotherhood
and to promote communal amity, we organise Peace Marches and Mass-Walks with the
focus on crucial global issues like a Nuclear Free World, Nonviolence, Communal
Harmony, and International Peace.
Every year, Peace Rally is organized on 6th August to mark the
anniversary of the devastation of Hiroshima with a deadly atomic attack by
America during World War II, showing solidarity with the people of the world
seeking a nuclear-free world.
On 30th January every year, we organize Communal Harmony Peace Rally
in Mumbai to commemorate death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. NSS volunteers from SNDT and
Mumbai University, Gandhian and Peace activists and peace-loving citizens march and take the pledge to work for peace and integration.
» YOUTH CAMPS:
To motivate the students for radical thoughts and constructive programmes on the
Gandhian lines, Personality Development Youth Camps are organised every year in
various districts of Maharashtra. About 150 students participate in these youth
camps. In these camps, students are assigned responsibilities to inculcate
the spirit of social awareness, national integration and other Gandhian values,
so as to utilize their inherent idealism and ability for the betterment of mankind.
» GANDHI PEACE EXAMINATION FOR SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS
Youth today is indiscriminately bombarded with negative emotions of selfishness,
hatred, vengeance and violence through T.V., mobile and video games. Gandhiji's
life and literature is still the best source of inspiration for us to inculcate
the values of love, brotherhood, truth, friendship, service, tolerance,
non-violence and fearlessness into the next generation and motivate them to look
for non-violent means of conflict resolution. With this in mind, Bombay
Sarvodaya Mandal organizes Gandhi Peace Exam for school and college students all
over Maharashtra to bring about a radical change in the thinking of youth and to
channelize their energies in re-vitalising society. About 60,000 students
appeared for Gandhi Peace Exam in the year gone by.
» GANDHI PEACE EXAMINATION FOR PRISONERS IN JAIL
To evoke the sense of remorse through inculcation of moral values in minds of
under-trials and make them realize the power of truth and non-violence, Gandhi
Peace Exam is also conducted in Jails of Maharashtra. Not only prisoners, but
Jail officials also appeared for the exam. We have got an extremely encouraging
response from prisoners and this year about 1452 prisoners with many jail
officials appeared for Gandhi Peace Exam.
» INTERNATIONAL NON-VIOLENCE DAY
Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal is organizing various programmes to commemorate 'International
Non-violence Day' on 2nd October as declared by UN from 2007. On this
day, Colleges and Universities of different states all over India organise
various programmes involving three to four lakh students every year in
accordance with the ideas and guidance received from Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal.
Mandal sent a letter to all the Universities in India along with a series of activities
that may be organised to celebrate 'International Non-violence Day'. In response
to our call, colleges from different states organised various programmes and
about three to four lakh students participated in the celebration every year.
In 2009, as a part of the celebration of 'International Non-violence Day',
Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal and Gandhi Peace Centre, Australia jointly organised
Gandhi Peace Competition in India and Australia to provide a platform for
creative people to show their creative talents on various Gandhian, social and
environmental issues through logos, posters, creative writing etc. More than
2000 people participated in this competition.
» PROMOTION OF VILLAGE PRODUCTS:
Village industries are promoted by encouraging the production and sale of Khadi
clothes, honey, soap, leather goods, ghani oils, etc. This is to provide the
village with a means to arrest the exodus of their youngsters to the city in
search for employment.
The Gandhi Book Centre is also one of the largest sources of Gandhian Literature, Photographs, etc.