[WSMDiscuss] Prevent Govt Takeover of Gandhian Institutions

Jai Sen jai.sen at cacim.net
Thu Aug 5 19:34:31 CEST 2021

Thursday, August 5, 2021


Greetings Ashish

And greetings, Ganesh ji and Anand (Patwardhan)

            I join Ganesh ji in thanking you, Ashish, for posting this news and this Statement.  But I have a few questions.  The Statement is titled

Prevent Government takeover of Gandhian Institutions

And the last paragraph says :

We must collectively oppose any government takeover of Gandhian institutions, while ensuring that the government continues to use public money for the proper maintenance and upkeep of such institutions, in consultation with eminent Gandhians, historians and archivists from India and around the world.

But how are ‘you’ proposing to go about doing this ?  I’m asking since there is nothing in the statement about this.

Are you hoping that the moral authority of this collective statement itself will be sufficient to prevent this takeover (and also of other Gandhian institutions) ?  Or are you taking other steps too ?

Are you looking for additional signatures, and including from other countries ?

            Because of the significance of the issue, and the statement’s own wish to reach and alert people across the world, I am also copying this mail onto certain international lists where I know there are people who would be interested and supportive.

            In solidarity,


            Jai Sen

> On Aug 4, 2021, at 5:21 AM, Ganesh_devy via WSM-Discuss <wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net> wrote:
> Dear Ashish ji,
> Thank you so much for circulating the statement.
> Regards,
> Ganesh Devy
> On Wednesday, 4 August, 2021, 02:50:09 pm IST, Ashish Kothari <ashishkothari at riseup.net> wrote:
> A statement issued today on the Indian govt's bid to take over and do a massive commercial reconstruction of Sabarmati Ashram, and the general dangers of its takeover of Gandhian institutions. 
> For comments and clarifications, pl. contact Anand and Ganeshji, copied here. 
> ashish 
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