November 24th to December 4, 2011*

*Gandhi and Globalisation*

*Resource Persons  – Mr. Satish Kumar, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Ms. Madhusuri Prakash, Aruna Roy, Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche**

The course on Gandhi and Globalization will address the multiple crisis that globalization has unleashed – the economic crisis, the ecological crisis and the political crisis. The economic crisis is now being felt worldwide including in prosperous Europe and USA. The high resource demand of globalization is creating resource wars across the planet – wars over land, wars over water, wars over seed and wars over food. This is increasing violence and militarization.

Corporate globalization has also undermined representative democracy making States representative of corporate interest rather than public interest.

Gandhi’s philosophy and politics are more relevant than ever before in finding ways to live peacefully, equitably and sustainably  on this fragile planet. The course will explore the contemporary relevance of Gandhi’s key concepts of Swaraj, Swadeshi, Sarvodaya and Satyagraha.

The course will show how Gandhi’s observation that the earth has enough for everyone’s needs and not for some peoples greed can be translated into emerging movements for the defense of the earth and people’s rights.

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About Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.

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