Workshop on Hind Swaraj at USTM
The International Centre for
Gandhian Studies (ICGS) of University of Science &Technology, Meghalaya (USTM)
had organized a lecture on “Hind Swaraj” by Dr Amiya Sarma, a renowned Economist
and Executive director of RGVN on November 12, 2015 at the university campus.
Highlighting the concerns expressed by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Sarma said that way
back, in the beginning of the last century, Gandhiji was aware of the problems
faced by Environment degradation. And hence, he had emphasized, there is enough
in this world for everyone’s needs but not to meet anyone’s greed”.
Relating the major aspects of “Hind Swaraj” with the Millenium Development Goals
(MDGs) set by a group of countries, Dr Sarma said that the world today in
general, and even India in particular, has enough resources to meet all the MDGs
but the focus is not there, due to unequal distribution of income. Citing
statistics, he made the point that India’s top 100 rich families have more
wealth, than required to eradicate the poverty all over the world.
Giving the welcome speech, Prof Alka Sarma, Director ICGC, dwelled on the life
of Gandhiji, his journey from Mohandas to Mahatma. She appreciated the good work
done by students of USTM to imbibe the values of Gandhiji. It may be mentioned
here that students had visited the jail inmates of Guwahati Jail and screened
film “Gandhi” for them.
Earlier in the month ICGS had organized a workshop, in which the keynote address
was given by Mr Samudra Gupta Kashyap, a veteran journalist of ‘The Indian
Express’ on “The Relevance of Gandhi in today’s World”.
In both the events a lively and vibrant participation of students as well as the
faculty members of USTM was witnessed. This is a very encouraging sign, more so
because USTM has students from all over the Northeast, thus the message of
Gandhi is going in all nooks and corners of NE India.“ICGS proposes to initiate
a certificate course on Gandhian Studies”.