A Guest Speaker programme on “Gandhi and The National Movement” was organised by the history Department on 30 April 2021.It was conducted by Prof. Dr. Ravindra Kumar.Prof. Dr. Ravindra Kumar joined the School of Social Sciences at the IGNOU, New Delhi in 1993. He took charge of IGNOU as the Vice Chancellor in 2016, since 2017 he has been advising Universities, Colleges and Government agencies on compliance strategies of statutory and regulatory provisions of UGC, AICTE, and NAAC on the development and implementation of Open and Digital Online Learning methodologies.
According to Dr. Ravindra Kumar, Gandhiji’s principles can be presented in two different variants
As a fossilized entity (which is not in sync with the modern political or industrial culture); and As a Post- modern entity. During his struggle, he gave birth to the concept of ‘Satyagraha’ or non-violent struggle. He uses two completely novel political tools in dealing with the colonial authorities. Gandhiji was against the rival ideas, methods and principles and not against British individuals. Gandhiji’s role cannot be limited. His political tools, articulation of national movement on the bedrock of morality, ethics on the principles of Ahimsa, asteya, Aparigraha. Later on there was a question answer session by the students and teachers. Mangal Prabhat is a leaflet proposed by Dr. Ravindra Kumar for the students. The Principal gave her valuable input on Gandhiji. The vote of thanks was proposed by Ms. Shaloo Khanna.