Even after 68 years of his death Gandhi is undoubtedly the most beloved and respected person of the world.
His acceptability transcends nations, races, religions and generations. He has been profusely praised by persons like Tagore, Einstein and many heads of states have claimed to be following him. He has become a symbol of peace, nay power of peace, harmony, justice and protector of the weak.
In the magical words of Vinoba (Gandhi’s spiritual heir), He is the fruit of all the heritage/history of the world which contains the seeds for the future of humanity. Those who agree with this find that the understanding of Gandhi is a must to understand the past of humanity and to have an insight to contribute positive elements to the future reconstruction of the world.
The Gandhi Center which is managed by our institution Samuday, is here to provide you such an opportunity. It is situated at the feet of Himalayas. Perennial rivers springing from Himalayas, surrounds this area, making it very fertile and full of natural resources. Consequently this area is one of the densest areas of the world as far as human habitat is concerned. The society too is one of the most ancient. This area, north-eastern part of Bihar is called Mithila, the mythological home land of goddess Sita, the wife of lord Rama.
All this make a study of Gandhi very relevant, educative, empowering, enlightening and interesting.
Samuday at Gandhi Center provides this opportunity to students, activists and scholars in a novel way. Samuday is headed by a woman, Kalpana Shastree who comes from Maharashtra (central India) has worked in this area for last 30 years. Her work is mainly among Dalit women and adolescent girls. Health and women empowerment is her field of excellence where she has trained hundreds of women to serve themselves and to fight exploitation.
Kalpana has been ably and closely supported by her husband Shubhamoorty who belongs to this locality itself and is a well-known social activist. He has worked with Sarvoday movement to organize “value based communities”. He is better known for working with J.P.’s movement for total revolution. During emergency he was imprisoned for more than a year. For years he has been the head of the apex body of some national non-party Gandhian organizations.
Together they have visited the US and Europe and have gone through some western models of peace training. All this has given them vast experience and exposure to have a good understanding of problems at micro or macro level.
The centre is within the campus of ‘Ashiyanar which means nest and was knitted by Prof. Baldeva Narayan and Shiva a well-known freedom fighter couple of Bihar who left party-politics according to the post freedom plan of Gandhi, chose to settle at Rosera and serve “Ivlusahars” (rat eaters), a so called Dalit untouchable community.
The centre of Samuday (Ashiyana campus) at Rosera is an Ashram like place where to get any service you may have to do some labour. Gardening and few other kinds of constructive work will also to be joined by visitors.
Yogasanas and pranayam:
You can learn Yogasana and Pranayam from experienced instructors. The classes will be organised in the morning.
Spinning cotton threads (used for making Khadi clothes):
Gandhi considered this to be the base of non-violent economy and used this as a tool to achieve freedom. The spinning is done on a simple machine called ‘charkha°.
In Samuday campus no chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used in growing vegetables, fruits or flowers. The soil is fertilized by the natural ways of decomposition of leaves and sometimes we use organic fertilizers using cow dung etc. You can participate in plantation and in growing of various types of vegetation.
You can visit the villages and interact with villagers with the help of a translator and can answer many questions, tell stories etc. You may conduct different kinds of surveys like literacy rate, gender ratio, age ratio in these villages. If some of you would want to stay in these villages for a day, the same can be organised. You can cook, eat and play different village games with them.
Learning folk music and revolutionary songs Bullock / Horse cart riding
Attending village wedding
Village arts and technology (carpentry, black smith, pottery etc.):
In the recent past Rosera has been famous for making of Kamandals [wooden pots carried by Sanyasi’s]. NDW this profession has withered away and is practiced very rarely in India. We can arrange for viewing of the making of these wooden pots. You can watch making of wooden wheel for bullock carts and many other things used in a house. All the tools used are operated manually. Such technologies are the extension and not the replacement of human energy.
Infrastructure and food:
You will get vegetarian food generally. Some non- vegetarian delicacies can be served for people who are non-vegetarian. You also may prepare food or different dishes but for all the friends present.
For the rest of the time you may engage yourself with library, learning revolutionani songs and have group discussions to grasp the realities and theories together. The group discussions can be monitored by us.
The accommodation will be simple including the bedding and mosquito net. The toilet will be Indian and Western style.
PLACES NEAR ROSERA TO SEE
Patna (State capital): 4 hours drive from Rosera
Patna Museum is renowned
Chandragupta Maurya Era remains