SLS NOIDA: Interactive Session on Mahatma Gandhi’s 18-Point Constructive Programme – Indian Politics and Role of Youth

The Training and Placement Cell, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA in collaboration with I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee) has organised an interactive session on ‘Mahatma Gandhi’s 18-Point Constructive Programme – Indian Politics and Role of Youth’ on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Gandhiji’s Constructive Programme: Most of us know of Gandhiji as the man who led our struggle for freedom from British rule. But did you also know that while fighting for political independence, he was also wanting to prepare the people for a new and just social order so that Independence, when it came, would be “complete”. In other words, his was a struggle for Poorna (or complete) Swaraj for all irrespective of their caste, class or religion. This meant building up or constructing the nation from its smallest unit (consisting of self reliant individuals living in independent self reliant communities) upwards, through nonviolent and truthful means.

To make political independence more meaningful, there were certain weaknesses in the Indian social structure which needed to be strengthened. Conflicts between different religious groups (mainly Hindus and Muslims), untouchability, fear arising out of ignorance, economic disparities, decaying condition of our villages, the plight of adivasis, kisans and the labourers, and the position of women were areas of major concern. In a small booklet, entitled Constructive Programme: its meaning and place, which he wrote on the train from Sevagram to Bardoli, he appealed to all Congressmen and others engaged in the freedom struggle to address these issues.

The original thirteen items were: Communal Unity, Removal of Untouchability, Prohibition, Khadi, Village Industries, Village Sanitation, Nai Talim or Basic Education, Adult Education, Women, Knowledge of Health and Hygiene, Provincial languages, National Language and Economic Inequality. To this, he added five more items: Kisans, Labour, Adivasis, Lepers and Students.

The 18 point constructive programme thus became his framework for the new India he wished to see after Swaraj. Seventy two years after independence, do you think that they still have any meaning for us? (Source: Everyone’s Gandhi-Chapter 28: Gandhiji’s Constructive Programme, Editor Rita Roy available online at http://www.gandhiashramseva gram.org/short-stories-for- everyone/chapter-28- constructive-programme-of- gandhiji.php) by Gandhi Sevagram Ashram, Vardha (Maharashtra-India) Founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936)

Resource Persons:

Mr. Akbar Khan, Senior Associate & Campaign Strategy Consultant at I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee)

Mr. Akbar has done BBA (2009-12) from Annamali University, Kerala; Diploma in Marketing (2012) from London Chamber of Commerce; and International Master of Business Administration (MBA) from IE Business School, Madrid (2016-17). Mr. Akbar prior to his association with I-PAC was associated with: Bentley Motors at Ahmed Zayani & Sons, Bahrain as Sales and Marketing Coordinator (May 2012-August 2016); Asnaam Contracting, Bahrain as Sales Co-ordinator (January 2009 – April 2012).

Mr. Angad Singh, Campaign Associate at I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee)

Mr. Angad Singh has done B.Com. (Hons) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi (2014-17). Mr. Angad Singh, prior to his association with I-PAC was associated as intern with: United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) ( January 2018 – March 2018); Public Policy Research Centre (November-December 2017).

Mr. Robin Sharma, National Campaigns Team, I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee) 

Mr. Robin Sharma has done B.A.,L.L.B (Hons.) from National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University, Hyderabad (2013-2018). Mr. Robin’s areas of interest include Project Management, Strategic Planning, Research, Criminal Law and Contract Law.

Date and time: August 14, 2018: 10:00am – 11:30am

Venue: Seminar Hall, Third Floor, Academic Block, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA

Contact persons: Dr. Meenakshi Kaul, Assistant Professor & Head – HR and Training, Training and Placement

Mr. Siddharth Kanojia, Assistant Professor & Head – Placement, Training and Placement

Ms. Pallavi Mishra, Assistant Professor & Head – Internship, Training and Placement

Email: hr@symlaw.edu.in

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