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MKG book released at the United Nations

1st October 2010 - A special edition of the book – MKG –Imaging Peace Truth and Ahimsa was released by the President of the General Assemble of the United Nations. The release was marked with attendance from Ambassadors from over 50 nations and was the official UN event marking the International Day of Non-Violence.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Mandela Gandhi - A digital exhibition by Birad Rajaram Yajnik

MANDELA GANDHI A legacy of peace, change and reconciliation (1869 – 2013)

Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi lived in different times and faced different opponents, but both leaders changed the destiny of their people for the better. They personally acknowledge the presence of the other in spirit and culture. Nelson Mandela said – “The spirit of Gandhi may well be a key to human survival in the 21st century.” Mahatma Gandhi said: “It was after I went to South Africa that I became what I am now.”

The core of this exhibition is to present the similarities between the two leaders, trace their path and plot the trajectory. The viewer would be surprised at the number of times they run parallel. The times they intersect they are based on the situation of that time and region. The exhibition outlines the development of their moral fiber and how the core principals of leadership are the same between the two leaders.

An integral part of the exhibition will showcase Madiba’s connections with India, his visits and the emotional connect with the Indian people. It will outline his inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi and how the Gandhian philosophy of non-violence helped shape his own transformation and adoption of the values of peace and reconciliation.

The exhibition is in a digital engagement format and allows viewers to interact at various levels. Multi touch and gesture controlled interfaces allow presentation in the latest technologies enhancing the viewer experience. It is curated by Birad Rajaram Yajnik, author of the book – Peace Truth Ahimsa – a photo biography of Mahatma Gandhi. A special edition of this book was released at the United Nations in 2010 to mark the international day of Non Violence. He is also the curator for the first digital interactive museum on Mahatma Gandhi at Hyderabad, India.

The exhibition will be opened on the 18th of July 2014 on Mandela Day at the Constitution Hill. Juxtaposing on the 19th of July a Youth Summit would engage participants from 50 high schools on how the values of Mandela and Gandhi can be adopted in the 21st century.


Joseph Deiss, President of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly, holds up a limited edition copy of “MKG – Mahatma Gandhi – Imaging Peace, Truth & Ahisma” at an event commemorating the International Day of Non-Violence. The day is observed 2 October for the birthday of non-violence pioneer Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi). Pictured with Mr. Deiss are Hardeep Singh Puri (left), Permanent Representative of India to the UN, and Birad Rajaram Yajnik, the book's author.
01 October 2010 United Nations, New York