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REDISCOVERING GANDHI

‘Sea-Bath (Before Breaking The Salt Law)’ (1998), watercolour on paper by Atul Dodiya.
‘Sea-Bath (Before Breaking The Salt Law)’ (1998), watercolour on paper by Atul Dodiya.

Photos | The art of being Gandhi

Why has Gandhi, who wore a loincloth and had a wasted frame, aroused such enduring interest among artists? A new book offers some answers

Gandhi with Manu Gandhi (left) and Abha Gandhi.
More than a century- and-a-half after Gandhi’s birth, his ideas still find resonance in entrepreneurship rooted in Bharat (PTI)
More than a century- and-a-half after Gandhi’s birth, his ideas still find resonance in entrepreneurship rooted in Bharat (PTI)

50 startups with ideas of Gandhi

More than a century- and-a-half after Gandhi’s birth, his ideas still find resonance in entrepreneurship rooted in Bharat

An artisan winds a bobbin and prepares to weave Khadi for Bhopal-based startup Khadigi, which works with traditional weavers to provide them a sustainable income by delivering products made from the freedom fabric to retail fashion brands.
An artisan winds a bobbin and prepares to weave Khadi for Bhopal-based startup Khadigi, which works with traditional weavers to provide them a sustainable income by delivering products made from the freedom fabric to retail fashion brands.

50 startups on Sarvodaya March

We mark Gandhi Jayanthi here with a compendium of 50 startups that manifest Gandhian ideals in today’s world. Sarvodaya, swadeshi and satyagraha find a resonance in entrepreneurship rooted in Bharat, ranging from agritech and social innovation to environmental sustainability. Here are the 50 startups that we felt are contributing to the idea of sarvodaya, or progress for all

The birth anniversary of Gandhi is an apt occasion to reflect on the relevance of Gandhian values to the world of impact investing and social entrepreneurship (Photo: Getty Images)
The birth anniversary of Gandhi is an apt occasion to reflect on the relevance of Gandhian values to the world of impact investing and social entrepreneurship (Photo: Getty Images)

For a better India, we need more people’s startups

Social enterprises, which try to solve vital, chronic problems for people, exemplify the nature of business Gandhi would have espoused

On board the ‘SS Rajputana’ to the UK in 1931, Gandhi requested the captain to show him a sextant, used to connect the dots and measure distance for navigation at sea. Endless curiosity, along with a strong desire to find solutions to knotty problems and an ability to navigate the unknown while staying the course, was one of Gandhi’s strongest attributes. It’s similar qualities that help founders build sustainable, scalable and socially responsible companies.  (Photo: DINODIA)
On board the ‘SS Rajputana’ to the UK in 1931, Gandhi requested the captain to show him a sextant, used to connect the dots and measure distance for navigation at sea. Endless curiosity, along with a strong desire to find solutions to knotty problems and an ability to navigate the unknown while staying the course, was one of Gandhi’s strongest attributes. It’s similar qualities that help founders build sustainable, scalable and socially responsible companies. (Photo: DINODIA)

It’s your values that help build a strong enterprise

The principle of fairness makes it imperative for a responsible entrepreneur to do good by both his team and his shareholders

Rahul Bajaj (Photo: Bloomberg)
Babar Ali, 26, headmaster, Anand Shiksha Kendra
Mahatma Gandhi. Photo: Getty Images
Mahatma Gandhi. Photo: Getty Images

How the personal and political, the inner and outer journeys, are intertwined

In Rajmohan Gandhi’s Mohandas: A True Story of a Man, His People and an Empire, he evocatively describes a moment in Gandhiji’s life, just before independence, in which Gandhiji feels isolated. It does not matter whether you lead a subcontinent or run a small NGO, the journey is solitary and lonely

Mahatma Gandhi.  (Getty Images)
Last year, Soumya and his college junior Dilip Kumar Biswal did an 800-km bike awareness campaign in Odisha, which got them into the Limca Book of Records
Last year, Soumya and his college junior Dilip Kumar Biswal did an 800-km bike awareness campaign in Odisha, which got them into the Limca Book of Records

Going out of his shell to save olive ridleys in Odisha

'Mahatma Gandhi is from a different time. We would like to do things the way he did, but the world has changed,' says Environment Educator Soumya Ranjan Biswal

Olivia Deka runs She for Change, a network of women changemakers driving sustainable and scalable social impact.
Chintan Girish Modi, a peace builder, is not comfortable with the idea of people worshipping Gandhi.
Since 2015, Saravanan K. has helped organize the Urur Olcott Kuppam Vizha, a community-based and volunteer-run arts and culture festival.
Since 2015, Saravanan K. has helped organize the Urur Olcott Kuppam Vizha, a community-based and volunteer-run arts and culture festival.

Mapping the coast to protect his community

'More than strength, you need love to do this work. You have to win people over and make them understand the problem,' believes Saravanan K., a fisherman turned coastal protection activist

Inspired by Gandhi’s non-violent yet impact-driven approach, Ria Sharma started her organization while making a documentary on the lives of acid attack survivors when she was in her third year at UK’s Leeds Arts University.
Inspired by Gandhi’s non-violent yet impact-driven approach, Ria Sharma started her organization while making a documentary on the lives of acid attack survivors when she was in her third year at UK’s Leeds Arts University.

Ahimsa inspires rehab for acid attack survivors

'My role models are everyday women who rise above circumstances and become whatever they want to be,' says Ria Sharma, founder of Make Love Not Scars

Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint
Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint
Mahatma Gandhi.  (Photo: Getty Images)
In the sphere of geopolitics, it is nukes that get rattled now, not empires, and backing off is taken as a sign of weakness (Photo: Jayachandran/Mint)
In the sphere of geopolitics, it is nukes that get rattled now, not empires, and backing off is taken as a sign of weakness (Photo: Jayachandran/Mint)

Opinion | The one who kindled the flame of truth

A century-and-a-half since his birth, Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals still inspire us. While his vision may be a blur to some, the force of his convictions could yet give us a better world

Purity of means, or how the wealth is generated, is far more important than how much of it is given away (Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint)
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