About the Foundation

Gandhi Peace Foundation was established with an initial grant of Rs 10 million by the Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi. In its over fifty years of history the foundation has carried out its objectives through the sponsoring and publication of research of both independent scholars and research staff of the foundation. It also organised periodic seminars, symposia, and lecture series and published books and Gandhi Marg, the quarterly journal of the Foundation, which remains the foremost research journal in Gandhian Studies. The foundation also organises regular youth camps on Gandhian themes and serves as a resource centre for Gandhian and peace scholars. In 1962 it organised a three day conference on the ending of the manufacture, testing and stockpiling of nuclear weapons and sent a series of international delegations to garner support for the 1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty. It also built public support for the liberation of Bangladesh. At the national level, it was involved in the surrender of dacoits(bandits) in Chambal valley in early 1970s, promotion of national adult education programs in the late 1970s and youth against famine campaign in the early 1970s. Notable guests who have visited the foundation include Martin Luther King Jr. The foundation also maintains 18 centres in India which are affiliated to the national office and each of these centres undertakes activities on its own.

The foundation seeks to create an environment for study and research on the teaching and practice of Gandhiji in the first instance and of allied thought and action, with a view to affecting the thoughts and actions of millions throughout the world and thereby helping them to attain or maintain peaceful, harmonious, and happy social relations without hatred or violence of any kind. It seeks to make attempts to show that the peaceful methods and means used by Gandhiji in South Africa and India are capable of being applied for the solution of any kind of conflict, social, national or international. One of the objectives of the foundation was to establish an international centre or centres of study and research in Gandhian thought and techniques of action— Satyagraha—with special reference to the principles of Ahimsa (nonviolence) as evident from the study of the history and philosophy of India and of the world. The foundation also seeks to provide information, counsel and assistance in this field to teaching institutions in the form of research fellowships, travel grants, library books and equipment, and act as a coordinating centre. It also has the long-term goal of collecting, preserving and publishing in various languages Gandhiji's writings and speeches. The foundation also publishes journals, books, booklets etc and take up projects for study and research on basic social, economic and political problems affecting India and other countries with a view to the proper understanding and solution of these problems in a peaceful and nonviolent manner.

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