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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, June 1, 2010

MKG book at Tolstoy farm, South Africa

The book MKG- Mahatma Gandhi – Imaging Peace, Truth and Ahimsa was launched near Johannesburg, South Africa. The book launch was part of the celebrations marking the Centenary of Tolstoy Farm.

It was the coldest day of the week with a sprinkling of rain, but it did not dither the 350 people to make the long drive to the sacred spot. Ila Gandhi the grand daughter of Gandhiji along with her nieces Kirti and Uma and Charles Kallenbach the nephew of Herman Kallenbach ( the architect friend of Gandhiji who purchased the land so that the Tolstoy farm could be setup) along with his family was reminisce to the friendship that started Tolstoy farm a 100 years ago. The Indian Counsel General Vikram Doraiswami released the limited edition

Transcript of my statement at Tolstoy Farm – 30th May 2010

Consul General Doraiswamy, Honourable guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am humbled by your presence and the opportunity to launch my book on this sacred piece of land, a land that’s so significant that it was here, one of the greatest ideas of modern day civilization was evolved.

I would like to take this opportunity to share one thought on SATYAGRAGHA with you all, but before that a line about the book, we have two editions, the objective of the Limited Edition was to create the most exquisite book about a man so simple yet so valuable and the Student edition to allow the young minds of today to use their age as a barometer and view the life of the Mahatma.

Both books will be available for viewing today.

The concept of SATYAGRAGHA, that is Passive resistance, was an original idea of Mahatma, an idea that does not feature in any of our Epics nor has it been documented in any ancient scripture.

SATYAGRAGHA is a force greater than any other force known to mankind; it’s a force that has proven itself in history to be most effective and has achieved success with the least amount of violence. A force much needed in the world today.

But Today - do we understand the power of SATYAGRAGHA, or are we resigned to the fact that the effectiveness of this power was only possible in the last century and today’s day and age has no place for it.

To all those who believe this

I would like to point out, that the concept of SATYAGRAGHA - Passive resistance - is practiced everyday, in every part of the world and it proves itself beyond doubt. We just have not recognised it; hence not recognise its power for today.

You all must be wondering what I am talking about. Passive resistance is a power that every child in every part of the world practices to achieve his objective, Take any child up to the age of 5 and observe him or her as he or she negotiates the realm of life and you will see the power of SATYAGRAGHA. Children are in their purest form of life, uncluttered, unbiased, innocent but are still able to negotiate a victory with men and women multiple times their size. Ask me I have just gone through my five years of Defeat and if you would like to know who the victor was … she is the 5 year old seated in row seven.

In conclusion I would like to say, every single human is born with this power of SATYAGRAGHA, The Mahatma evolved it for us and proved its power, all we have to do is recognise it and practice it.

I hope you all enjoy viewing the book on the Mahatma.

Thank You.

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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