This Blog revolves around the book – MKG – Mahatma Gandhi – Imaging Peace, Truth & Ahimsa and how Learnings from the Mahatma can cause positive change in the 21st century; the book is a pictorial representation of the life and message of the Mahatma, covering major milestones which influenced his philosophy, political awakening and his concept of Ahimsa in a concise illustrative format. An attempt has been made to portray the man behind the Mahatma to provide inspiration to today’s generation.
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MKG book released at the United Nations

1st October 2010 - A special edition of the book – MKG –Imaging Peace Truth and Ahimsa was released by the President of the General Assemble of the United Nations. The release was marked with attendance from Ambassadors from over 50 nations and was the official UN event marking the International Day of Non-Violence.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bapu Pha digital exhibition in Thailand

His Excellency Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdon of Thailand and Mr ANIL WADHWA SECRETARY (EAST) Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India with Birad Rajaram Yajnik at the Bapu Pha digital exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mandela Gandhi Youth Summit

The Mandela Gandhi Youth Summit held on 19th July 2014 had a multi prong impact in the Republic of South Africa.  The significance of the date ( 19th July 2014 – a 100 years to the day when Mahatma Gandhi left the shores of South Africa) along with the location ( Constitution Hill, the current seat of the constitution of SA and a former prison that held Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela) carried a deep impact on all the stakeholders. The fact that the event was held during the Mandela week (the birthday week of Nelson Mandela) attracted the general public at large and also created a renewed interest in Mahatma Gandhi at the Government agency level. Officials of the Department of Arts and Culture, republic of South Africa and Constitution Hill publicly acknowledged the event. The Director General of the DAC in his opening remarks at the Festival of India made special mention of success of the Youth Festival.

The core target, groups of high school students were very perceptive to the interactive and multimedia format of the Youth Summit. Multiple short films with engagement build around them were a new format and caught the imagination of the youth. The fact that the granddaughter of Nelson Mandela and the Grandson of Walter Sisulu addressed the students further endorsed the engagement and interaction.  The spontaneous engagement between students from India and South Africa was the catalyst and multiple views were engaged ensuring a long lasting effect. The culminating collaborative art project of the World citizen passport ensured that the impact of this youth summit would be felt for a long period of time. The secondary influence the summit had on the teachers and parents of the attendees has to be noted.

The local media picked up the story and we have ensured that the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi is engrained in the most important week of South Africa i.e. Mandela Week. This summit can be replicated every year during Mandela Week to further the legacy of the Mahatma.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Mandela Gandhi - A digital exhibition by Birad Rajaram Yajnik

MANDELA GANDHI A legacy of peace, change and reconciliation (1869 – 2013)

Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi lived in different times and faced different opponents, but both leaders changed the destiny of their people for the better. They personally acknowledge the presence of the other in spirit and culture. Nelson Mandela said – “The spirit of Gandhi may well be a key to human survival in the 21st century.” Mahatma Gandhi said: “It was after I went to South Africa that I became what I am now.”

The core of this exhibition is to present the similarities between the two leaders, trace their path and plot the trajectory. The viewer would be surprised at the number of times they run parallel. The times they intersect they are based on the situation of that time and region. The exhibition outlines the development of their moral fiber and how the core principals of leadership are the same between the two leaders.

An integral part of the exhibition will showcase Madiba’s connections with India, his visits and the emotional connect with the Indian people. It will outline his inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi and how the Gandhian philosophy of non-violence helped shape his own transformation and adoption of the values of peace and reconciliation.

The exhibition is in a digital engagement format and allows viewers to interact at various levels. Multi touch and gesture controlled interfaces allow presentation in the latest technologies enhancing the viewer experience. It is curated by Birad Rajaram Yajnik, author of the book – Peace Truth Ahimsa – a photo biography of Mahatma Gandhi. A special edition of this book was released at the United Nations in 2010 to mark the international day of Non Violence. He is also the curator for the first digital interactive museum on Mahatma Gandhi at Hyderabad, India.

The exhibition will be opened on the 18th of July 2014 on Mandela Day at the Constitution Hill. Juxtaposing on the 19th of July a Youth Summit would engage participants from 50 high schools on how the values of Mandela and Gandhi can be adopted in the 21st century.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The power to see the invisible.

Birad Yajnik: "I wish you all the power to see the invisible." Watch his TEDx Talk "Magic: The ability to see the invisible"

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Where else can you cross paths with Mandela and Gandhi in one day? by Eric Itzkin


Joseph Deiss, President of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly, holds up a limited edition copy of “MKG – Mahatma Gandhi – Imaging Peace, Truth & Ahisma” at an event commemorating the International Day of Non-Violence. The day is observed 2 October for the birthday of non-violence pioneer Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi). Pictured with Mr. Deiss are Hardeep Singh Puri (left), Permanent Representative of India to the UN, and Birad Rajaram Yajnik, the book's author.
01 October 2010 United Nations, New York