Gandhi Society of Calgary

Phone: 403.239.4480
Email:  mail@gandhisociety.org 
 

"A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else."

The Gandhi Society holds a an annual early October fundraising dinner each year. Last year, in partnership with MSSO, Arya Technologies and Engineering and Art-in-Fusion, the Gandhi Society held a special luncheon honouring the great Gandhi’s grandson, Arun.

A donation of about $4,000 towards project AVANI, whose purpose is to provide exploited, abandoned, and very poor children with safe housing while they receive an education to prepare them for a life outside the prison of poverty. Since 2006, 5,300 children have been regularized by Avani and are currently attending government schools. Last year alone, Avani was responsible for the rescue and protection of 120 children. A victim of child labour herself; dedicated to the rights of child labourers in the Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. Anuradha Bhosale founded Avani in 1994.

In one AVANI activity, every six months from October to May, migrant families from the drought affected areas of Maharashtra come to Kolhapur to find work in the brickyards. The families live in very small, unhealthy dwellings without proper nourishment and clothing. AVANI staff have rescued exploited children of these families and provided teaching at or near brickyard locations. With the help of Gandhi Society’s donation, on January 1, 2011,


Avani began operating five makeshift brickyard schools in the Kolhapur district, providing basic education and nutritious meals to 87 students (including 45 girls). Map of child labor rescue -


. To view more pictures of the Avani project, click here





12th Annual Gandhi Dinner - October 2, 2011    SOLD OUT 

The Gandhi Society of Calgary is celebrating its annual dinner onSunday, October 2, 
  Glory of India restaurant in Sunridge, NE. 

This year we have an outstanding Canadian-Iranian philosopher Dr Ramin Jahanbegloo, from the University of Toronto. The topic is very timely: "Gandhi and Islam," and explores the nonviolent trends within Islam inspired by the example of Mahatma Gandhi. 

Dr Jahanbegloo was arrested by the Iranian authorities in 2006 and held in jail for 125 days for his criticism of the Iranian government. The Calgary Herald had a feature article on his release from jail on January 1, 2008, under the heading "Prisoner returns to Canada." Written by Joel Kom, the article was about his imprisonment in Teheran and the international outcry that it produced and his final return to Toronto. 

The Gandhi Society is exceedingly honoured to have him address us this year. A brief note on Dr Jahanbegloo is below. Additional information is available at http://jahanbegloo.com  

Please invite your friends and colleagues.
  We wish to make this year’s event an unprecedented success. 


 Venue:    
Glory of India Restaurant, 
2121 - 36 Street NE (Sunridge Mall) 
Calgary
 Cash bar:  5.30-6.30
 Dinner: 
 6.30
 Lecture: 
 7.30
 Topic:   
Gandhi and Islam: Exploring nonviolent trends in contemporary Islam inspired by Mahatma Gandhi 
 Cost:  $35 


You may also contact Annie Looyis at alooyis@telus.net (403-547-9879) OR Anthony Parel: parel@ucalgary.ca (403-239-4480)

Please send a cheque payable to The Gandhi Society of Calgary andmail it to:
  
10-10 St. Julien Drive SW, 
Calgary, 
AB, 
T2T 6E2 

  


Prof. Ramin Jahanbegloo, born in Tehran, Iran, holds doctorate degree in Philosophy from the Sorbonne Univeristy, Paris, France. 

Formerly Post-doctoral Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Harvard University, he joined the University of Toronto as an adjunct professor of Political Science during the period 1997-2001. Upon returning to Tehran, he was appointed Head of the Contemporary Philosophy Department of the Cultural Research Centre, whose object was the promotion of dialogue between civilizations. However, in April 2006 he was accused of spying and was arrested by Iranian authorities and sent to the infamous Evin Prison. In response to strong worldwide protest, authorities released him in August 2006. 

Professor Jahanbegloo holds many prestigious appointments including Rajni Kothari Professor of Democracy at the Center for Developing Societies, New Delhi (2006-2007), Massey College Scholar-at Risk at the University of Toronto (2008) and Peace Prize recipient from the United Nations Association of Spain (2009) for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence. 

Professor Jahanbegloo holds many prestigious appointments including Rajni Kothari Professor of Democracy at the Center for Developing Societies, New Delhi (2006-2007), Massey College Scholar-at Risk at the University of Toronto (2008) and Peace Prize recipient from the United Nations Association of Spain (2009) for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence. 

At the present time he is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, and a Professor of the Political Science Department at the University of Toronto. Professor Jahanbegloo has published works in Persian, French and English, including a book in French on Gandhi.   He will speak on “Gandhi and Islam”: Exploring nonviolent trends in contemporary Islam inspired by Mahatma Gandhi.