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Gandhi Memorial Meeting

Bijoy Misra

India Discovery Center in association with The First Parish in Lincoln is organizing the Gandhi Memorial Meeting coming Sunday, October 15, at 2 PM in Lincoln Public Library at Lincoln.  The topic for discussion is “Gandhi and Civil Disobedience.” 

Civil Disobedience to protest against the unjust laws is a concept that initially took root in the writings of Henry David Thoreau who lived in Concord in the middle part of nineteenth century.  He protested against the tax laws that were supporting the slave trade.  His ideas were an offshoot of the earlier protests of rebellion against the British manifested through the Boston Tea Party movement with the slogan “No Taxation without Representation.”

Mahatma Gandhi experimented on the technique through the influence of his Indian scriptural idealism of living in Truth.  He championed on the equality of men and created civil protests against unjust laws and procedures.  After some degree of success in Africa, he took the technique to India and succeeded in liberating the country from the foreign rule.

Gandhi was the torchbearer to protest injustice against human beings all around the world.  Leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., in the US, applied the technique successfully to end racial injustice in the country.  Nelson Mandela in South Africa followed Gandhi to help the policies of apartheid in his country.  The technique has been a nonviolent voice of protest against injustice all around the world.

You are invited to the meeting and participate in the discussion.  Dr. C. Gopinath from Suffolk University, Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti from The First Parish in Lincoln and Bangladesh poet and activist Dr. Sajed Kamal will help lead the discussion.  The program is attached below.   

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