(meaning Time in Hindi) starts afresh for us at Young India on an auspicious
day – the 75th anniversary of the start of Mahatma Gandhi’s
Salt March from Sabarmati Ashram to the coastal city of Dandi. As Bapu
(Mahatma Gandhi) embarked on his journey with a deep conviction in his
ideas and an unshakeable faith in nonviolence, so do we.
our reach is very limited compared to Bapu’s influence on millions
of Indians but in time we hope our work gains significance in more and
more lives. We start this venture with the simple belief that if we bring
to you information and ideas with sincerity and a sense of purpose our
work will bear fruit. We hope and pray that our sincerity of effort deepens
and together with our readers we can make a meaningful contribution not
only to the discourse of our times but inspire action that accomplishes
things for the weakest amongst us. For only then will justice be served.
work shall not just be limited to analysis, but starting with this very
first issue we will bring to you examples of nonviolence-in-action and
other action alerts that can give you, our readers, an opportunity to
be part of the action. We will also keep you informed about campaigns
that we feel are under the radar and deserve far more attention than they
are getting. So, for all this excitement stay with us. We hope you find
our work useful.
wishes from Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R, FL-18), Republican
Co-Chair of the Congressional India Caucus.
by Jigar Champaneria
The meaning of Satyagraha in today's world
Work – The march goes on…
by Rohit Tripathi
From the past to the future. Where would Mahatma Gandhi march to today?
Nonviolence In Action
to Information - A Path to Swaraj
by Shailesh Gandhi
The Right To Information is a pillar of democracy. Shailesh Gandhi talks
of the critical role this Right plays in democracy and shares with us
his own experiences in this battle.
by Arvind Kejriwal
Mahatma Gandhi once said that non-cooperation with evil is as important
as cooperation with good. Read this first-hand account of this nonviolent
strategy in action today.Once again all this was possible because activists
and citizens fought for the right to information.
Many eminent personalities have
graciously shared their reflections of Mahatma Gandhi and the Salt March
Founder and President of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, Memphis
Jubilee of Salt Satyagraha
Dr. Savita Singh, Director
of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in New Delhi
Members of Congress
Contributions from Gary Ackerman
(D, HY-5), Rush Holt (D, NJ-12); Jim McDermott (D, WA-7); Joe Wilson (R,
Surrender To Multinationals - India's Patent Ordinance
by Prof. Arvind Panagariya
The government of India passed an ordinance on December 31,2004 that amended
the Patents Act of 1970. This ordinance, which has to be ratified by the
parliament by June 1, 2005, is aimed at bringing India into comliance
with WTO regulations. Namely, the intellectual property regime also known
as TRIPS. We feel that the government of India has NOT taken advantage
of the flexibilities offered by TRIPS and thus have endangered the easy
production of critical generic drugs in India and the developing world.
If the amendments to the acts pass as they are then among other things
the worldwide fight against AIDS will suffer a major setback.
Prof. Arvind Panagariya
(Columbia University) breaks this issue down for us.