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  • Competitions for Young People
  • Shraddanjali 2012
  • Mahatma Gandhi subject of Ashirwad's Vedic Fair
  • MLK Parade
  • Book Club Discussion Review
  • Gandhi Study Circle
  • Gandhi Library Monthly Meeting
  • Credit Card donations now accepted!
  • Show your Support - Be the Change you wish to See

Competitions for Young People

Change that you can see in the world through writing, oration, film and photographs. Join us for MGL Media Day for Mahatma Gandhi Week Competitions and the unveiling of our new photography contest in collaboration with Think Peace International, Inc.

University Museum
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne St
Houston, TX

Shraddanjali 2012

Peace, Love and Truth are universal values, practiced by Mahatma Gandhi and appealed to many world leaders since in the past century. A very befitting tribute to the greatest world leader of 20thcentury was given at the program hosted by Unity of Houston, in their beautiful and serene pyramid hall on the sunny afternoon of January, 28th.

The program started with garlanding Mahatma Gandhi by Dr. Manish Wani. Honorable Consul Anil Matta, led the lamp lighting a symbol of pledge for peace, followed by Mr. Dev Mahajan, Col. Raj Bhalla, Mr. Raj Bhavsar and Rev. Ron Lister, heads of various organizations.

During the program, we were blessed to enjoy beautiful bhajans from Chinmaya Mission, Arya Samaj and Hare Krishna Temple. Our distinguished speakers encouraged the audience to remember Gandhiji and his values in our daily life to find peace and love in all. Dr. Wani wrapped up a well-attended event by thanking all and opening the invitation to the upcoming activities of Gandhi Library.

Mahatma Gandhi subject of Ashirwad's Vedic Fair

Avi Vir, a nine year old student, participated in the Ashirwad's Vedic Fair held February 11, 2012. In midst of all the gods and goddesses, Avi preferred to present his project on Mahatma Gandhi.

Avi is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi Library's member, Mrs. Sita Kapadia.

MLK Parade

January 16, 2012, marked the 83rd birthday of the late Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in his honor, the 18Th Annual MLK Grande Parade took place in Mid town Houston, which was the third largest Parade in the U.S. behind The Rose Parade and The Macy's Day Parade.

The mile long colorful parade which included dancers, high school bands, art cars, horse riders and many other attractions, paid tribute to the late King who fought for civil rights adopting Mahatma Gandhiji's non-violent principles.

Book Club Discussion Review

Gandhi, an Autobiography. Part 2, Chapter 8, On the way to Pretoria. In this chapter, Gandhiji reveals integrity by admitting to his ignorance to accounting and the case at hand. He initiates thorough preparations for the work at hand. He also reveals humility as he is able to admit his ignorance even to a clerk. How many of us are capable of overcoming our ego and admit our deficiencies, and that to someone below us?

He is subsequently warned by his employer about not staying with Meman friends that may steal information from him.

"Pray don't worry. Not a soul shall know anything that is confidential between us. But I do intend cultivating the acquaintance of the other party." Aha! Here is Gandhi whom we all worship. He wishes to make friends with the enemy even at this tender age. He is not driven by the philosophy of win at any cost. He is driven by let the truth prevail.

Now takes place he incident about which the whole world knows. The question to be asked is what can we do to develop such fearlessness as Gandhiji demonstrated at this juncture in his life. In this chapter, he has showed us he is humble, has integrity, but also has pride. The incident in the train was not the first of its kind. in fact, many of the Indian passengers had faced the same prejudice and interrogation that Gandhiji did. What made his incident different? Once again, the trick is to do it if you feel it needs to be done without worrying about the outcome. Full effort is full victory. How do you handle unjust situations?

Following the train incident and a cold night at the train situation, Gandhiji states in the book, "I began to think of my duty". His starting point of duty, dharma, will lead him to the right decision among the alternatives he considered - 1) Fight for my rights 2) Go back to India 3) Go on to Pretoria without minding the insults and return to India after that, an option many of us would have implemented.

After much contemplation, Gandhiji comes up with a completely out of the box alternative - "The hardship to which I was subjected was superficial - only a symptom of the deep disease of colour prejudice. I should try, if possible to root out the disease and suffer hardships in the process." Here is another Aha moment! He opted for the unselfish alternative, that was good for the society.

Gandhi Study Circle

Please join us for our Book Club:

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2012
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Venue: University Museum, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne St, Houston, TX


Gandhi Library Monthly Meeting

Please join us for our Monthly Meeting:

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2012

Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Venue: University Museum, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne St, Houston, TX
Followed by Competitions for Young People


Credit Card donations now accepted!

You will pleased to know that Mahatma Gandhi Library is now equipped to accept donations by credit card on its website. To donate just go to the website and click on Make a Donation

Show your Support - Be the Change you wish to See

"Measure of any public service is the support it receives from the community" - Mahatma Gandhi

The support comes in many forms. Two major categories are Financial Support and Volunteer Support. If you would like to offer financial support then please visit our Fri end of the Library page.