Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

Seminar and Book donation ceremony “Mahatma Gandhi ‘s ending legacy and its relevance in contemporary world”


In the morning of 9 October 2018, in Hanoi , the Institute for Indian and Southwest Asian Studies to collaborate with Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre to organize the Seminar and Book donation ceremony “Mahatma Gandhi ‘s ending legacy and its relevance in contemporary world” on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1869. He was the leader of the Indian independence movement against the British colonial rule. Throughout his life, he opposed all forms of violent persecution and applied only the highest moral standards instead.

The principle of non-violence advocated by Mahatma Gandhi has influenced the peaceful and non-violent movements in the country and all over the world to this day. Since 1918, he has been the head of the Indian National Congress Party. His birth date (October 2) has become the national holiday of India. In 2007, the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi was UN Resolution on International Non-Violence Day.

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Trung, Director of The Institute for <br>Indian and Southwestern Studies presented at the Seminar   Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Trung and Dr. G.B.Harisha, Director of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center at the Book donation

In Vietnam, although the name of Mahatma Gandhi has become popular in recent years, the public's understanding of him is still limited. In addition to the book donation program, delegates also listened to Ms. Shobhana Radhakrishna (Chief Official, Gandhi Forum of Corporate Governance, India) presenting a lecture namely "Transformational leadership of Mahatma Gandhi in the context of globalization". She said that Mahatma Gandhi was the most famous Indian in the world. His life was one of dedication and simplicity; he appreciated nonviolence, truth and clarity, humanity as the guiding principle for his life. Mahatma Gandhi said that "his life is his message" because he respected humanity and love in every human being.

There are very few 20th century leaders who are able to attain the standards set by Mahatma Gandhi in the practice of moral conduct. He has proven that the inevitable link of moral behavior and dignity with sincere understanding and practicing the philosophy of truth.  Mahatma Gandhi's mind and principles can guide people anywhere in the world because it has the power to inspire and bring about change; leadership based on the values of compassion in community that Mahatma Gandhi endorsed life was a perfect model to simulate in all areas of life; Gandhian economics represents a commitment to value, ethical behavior, transparency and the distinction between individual and corporate funds in managing a company. He is a supreme leader of change, and he can inspire and guide modern youth in building a sustainable moral system. 

Ms. Shobhana Radhakrishna presented at the Seminar   The delegates took picture at the Seminar

It can be said that the presentation helped the delegates to clearly visualize India's greatest thinker and practitioner of India in the 20th century for his ideals and practice in life. Gandhi envisioned a world of development for peace and harmony - a world where different religions, cultures and nations would be able to live with respect and tolerance instead of suspicious and hostile. He lecture strives to provide the most unified principles, ideas and alternatives that can help us in the search for human values in every human being, help to address societal challenges non-violent. Although Gandhi was not quite perfect, he has made important and lasting contributions to the fields of economics, spirituality, ecology, conflict resolution, sustainable politics, serving human and more. Regardless of any measure, his contributions are considered extraordinary to mankind.

Brief conclusion of the seminar, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Trung, Director of The Institute for Indian and Southwestern Studies, has expressed his gratitude to Shobhana Radhakrishna for actively introducing Mahatma Gandhi's ideas to Vietnam, with her deep understanding of him. Besides, he believed that the lecture has brought a lot of inspiration and thought about cultural values, especially for young researchers of the Institute in trying to cultivate Gandhi's ideas in everyday life toward peace and prosperity, as well as to find new approaches to the study of Mahatma Gandhi, the great Indian thinker and leader.

Hong Nhung

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