Sunday, October 1, 2006
Gandhi picture for Disha

What really is Gandhi's legacy? To explore this, we have made the Relevance of Gandhi the theme for this issue of Disha.

October 2 is a national holiday in India. In schools and colleges, offices and public places people celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary. The coverage given to the event by the mainstream media is extensive. But what really is Gandhi's legacy?

To explore this, we have made the Relevance of Gandhi the theme for this issue of Disha.

In his book, The Good Boatman, A Portrait of Gandhi, Rajmohan Gandhi has attempted to capture objectively Gandhi's legacy. We carry extracts from the last chapter of that book and also from an address Lord Bhikhu Parekh, a well-known political scientist, gave at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. The articles by Jyotibhai Desai, a lifelong Gandhian educationist from Gujarat, and V. C. Viswanathan, a management consultant and leadership trainer from Bangalore, reveal some interesting facets of Gandhi's personality. The word legacy naturally brings in the next generation. At our request, three young persons – Nabnita Jit, Disha Mullick and Nilanjan Kanjilal – have written honestly about what relevance Gandhi has for them. Our special thanks to the Virjee family for making available for the cover a sketch of Gandhi by a renowned painter Muralidhar Aacharekar.

The second section Events and People gives news from Initiatives of Change.

The third section consists of five features which we hope will be regular: Reflections, Editorial, Humour, Feedback, Newsbriefs and India, I Care!

We hope you will like this issue. The theme for the next issue of Disha, to be published in January 2007, will be the Northeast of India. Any suggestions will be appreciated.