Gurugram, Oct. 2, 2021 : October 2 this year marks the 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Since 2007, Gandhi’s birth anniversary has been adopted by the United Nations as the International day of non-violence, as a tribute to a life dedicated towards peace. To learn from the life of the national icon, students of Rotaract club (NSS), Apeejay Stya University in association with Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan, organised a webinar on the theme: ‘Mahatma Gandhi and Fascism in 21st Century’ on October 2.

Dr Christian Bartolf, President, Gandhi Information Centre, Germany presided as the guest speaker of the webinar. He began his lecture by emphasising that non-violence alone has the potential to pave the way for long-term peace. He told the students that only a glimpse back in history could help mankind understand recurring patterns of violence in the present day. He further stated that the contemporary world has witnessed great temptations to follow extremist ‘misleaders’. Therefore there are many compromises to democracy and human rights. Dr Bartolf added that it is especially in such a time that Gandhian ideals and philosophies offer one, an alternative for a peaceful self and world.