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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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Monday, June 13, 2011

Satyagraha House, Johannesburg

This is the house where Mahatma Gandhi lived from 1908 to 1911 in Johannesburg. Built by the German architect Kallenbach in the early twentieth century, this house has hosted the architect and his very dear friend Mohandas Gandhi who was then a lawyer in Johannesburg.
This house was built in the countryside near Johannesburg, bearing the name of Kraal farm. Built by Kallenbach, it consists of a thatched roof supported by round beautiful wood frame.
Gandhi made numerous visits to the house as it allowed him to remain close to Johannesburg, Pretoria (where he was negotiating with Jan Smuts) and he could also visit his family at the Tolstoy farm located 35km south of Johannesburg. It is recognized that Mahatma Gandhi often collected his thoughts in the loft of this house.
Since 1st January 2010 - The French travel company Voyageurs du Monde owns the Satyagraha house and plans to convert it into a boutique hotel.

During my visit to Johannesburg in May 2010 to celebrate the centenary of the Tolstoy farm, i had the pleasure of visiting this house. The new owners were kind enough to take me around. I also had the honor of sipping tea in the famous foyer and look forward to returning one day to stay at the Satyagraha house.

Website of Voyageurs du Monde

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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