India : The Gandhian Legacy and Grassroots Development
Leading this unique annual tour to India are Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and his son Tushar Gandhi. A once-in-a-life-time opportunity to hear Dr. Gandhi's first-hand personal stories about his grandfather and to retrace the footsteps of the great teacher of Satyagraha - nonviolent direct action.
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• The tour will starts in Mumbai and passes through some of the most interesting and socially active areas of the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh.
• Visit Mani Bhavan - Gandhi's residence from 1915-34 and the headquarters of the anti-colonial freedom movement.
• Learn about the impact of Fair Trade on the lives of rural women in a visit to Market Place/Share - a community-based Fair Trade enterprise.
• Travel Sangli and tour rural projects in housing, irrigation, reforestation, etc.
• Visit the site of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad from where the Salt March was launched in 1930.
• Meet members of the WIT (Women's India Trust and SEWA)and SEWA ( Self-Employed Women's Association) both organizations that generate income through cooperatives and trade unions.
• Visit Mosques, and Hindu and Jain temples, archaeological sites and arts centers, and attend cultural events.
• Visit the Vandana Shiva Centre, a leader of alternatives to Globalization - especially in the field of agriculture.
• Workshop discussions within the group on the philosophy of non-violence and its implementation in our society back home and the world today.
• Visit the Raj Ghat, Ghandi's memorial and cremation grounds.