India Pakistan Relations
"Calm down," writes Rajmohan Gandhi in The Indidan Express. "This is a time of surgical strikes, hysteria, hostility to dissent. Why frankness, debate, questioning must follow."
As a keynote speaker at the inaugural session, Prof Gandhi exhorted India and Pakistan to put their own house in order.
As part of his visit to Lahore, Prof Gandhi took part in an all-day interaction at Lahore University of Management Sciences’ humanities and social sciences department, and an international conference organised by the Trust for History, Art and Architecture of Pakistan.
As many as 1,000 students from the Lahore College of Women University, the Government College University, Kinnaird College and the University of Engineering and Technology welcomed Dr Gandhi as he walked up to the podium to deliver a lecture on the life of Bacha Khan at Sinclair Hall at the Forman Christian College.
He said that in the history of every nation, two forces remained at work — the unifying and the divisive. "The divisive forces destroy and the unifying forces lead to progress. We need to focus on the unifying forces," he said.
After spending a month engaged in looking for a solution to a longstanding dispute between Pakistan and India, 81 fourth-grade students, their teachers, and two parent volunteers shared their ideas with Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Rajmohan Gandhi. The 35-minute phone call gave the students insight into the issues they had researched.
The Times of India writes about a recent Ford Foundation project by Nandy and Rajmohan Gandhi which "stands out as something that specifically deals with the humane side of Partition and is helping the process of reconciliation begin".
Full text of the Sarat Bose Memorial Lecture by Rajmohan Gandhi Netaji Bhawan, Kolkata, 6.30 pm, Saturday 6 March 2010
Article in Dawn