Gandhi Foundation

The official Gandhi Foundation website contains up to date information on Gandhi Foundation activities and details on how to become a friend. It is at:

This webpage is maintained by Kingsley Hall where the Gandhi Foundation have their office. It contains various research material regarding Gandhi. It is part of the Kingsley Hall website which contains the history of the building and local information. Many peace events take place at Kingsley Hall but these are usually not advertised by Kingsley Hall. Visitors to Kingsley Hall are welcome by prior arrangement. Please contact the Centre Manager for further information:

David Baker:

Mobile: 0773 9277 298

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as the Mahatma to the people of India and as Bapu to friends, was born in Porbandar, Kathiawar, 1869. As a young man he studied law in London. In 1893 he moved his legal practice from Bombay to South Africa. His witnessing of prejudice and abuse of civil liberties in South Africa led him to oppose discriminatory legislation. When he returned to India in 1914 he was welcomed as a hero for human rights. He spent the rest of his life campaigning in India for independence. He only left India one more time to attend the Round Table Conference in London. He chose to stay at Kingsley Hall on the invitation of Muriel Lester and because he wanted to live with the poor as he did in India. He was assassinated by a fanatic on 30th January, 1948, just a few months after he had finally helped gain independence for India, Pakistan and what was to become Bangladesh.

I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows and doors to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. - M.K.Gandhi

Peter Cadogan's Article: From Representative To Direct Democracy

Link to photograph of Gandhi outside Kingsley Hall with the Pearly Kings and Queens of East London -29KB.

Pictures of Gandhi meeting the Pearly Kings and Queens outside Kingsley Hall and the same scene acted out by Ben Kingsley in Richard Attenborough's film "Gandhi".

The Gandhi Foundation, formed in 1983, aims to spread knowledge of Mohandas Gandhi and his ideas in Britain.

Gandhi not only played a major role in India achieving its independence but taught a philosophy which has universal applicability. The core of that philosophy is the search for truth through nonviolence - ahimsa.

Gandhi taught respect for animals as well as humans, a non-exploitative relationship to the environment, the elimination of poverty, the limitation of personal wealth and possessions, and nonviolence applied at all levels from the interpersonal to relationships between states.

Link to excerpts taken from Gandhi's Collected Works, Vol 48, to do with visit to Kingsley Hall and England in 1931

Excerpts from the period when Gandhi was in London - with attention to Gandhi's statements regarding Dr Ambedkar; the communal issue and how it was used by the British to delay discussing the constitutional issues; and Gandhi's feelings towards the people of the East End and Kingsley Hall.

The office is based on the top floor of Kingsley Hall next to the "cell" Gandhi stayed in. This cell is kept open for public visits and meditation and prayer. The office has a large peace library and the 96 volumes of Gandhi's Complete Works which were published after Gandhi's death and contain all of his speeches and letters and related materials. Arranged chronologically the Complete Works are an excellent study resource.

Link to an article by John Rowley on Tibet in the Twentieth Century

An excellent article by John Rowley that appeared in Issue Nos. 65-66 about the situation in Tibet.

The Gandhi Way is the newsletter of the Gandhi Foundation. A very readable compendium of Gandhian activities and contemporary thought in nonviolence. It also has a letters page for more informal contributions.

The Newsletter is edited by George Paxton, 87 Barrington Drive, Glasgow G4 9ES. Articles, book reviews and letters of a specifically or broadly Gandhian nature will be gladly received.

The Gandhi Way comes out four times a year and is sent to all friends of the Foundation. The office at Kingsley Hall has a nearly complete collection of the Gandhi Way for study and some extra copies for purchase.

Link to an article by Adam Curle - presented with the Gandhi International Peace Award in the year 2000.

Adam Curle's speech on receiving the Peace Award. The sculpture itself was made by Philippe Tallis.

The Gandhi International Peace Reward is presented every year to an outstanding representative of nonviolent peace action. The recipient of the award in 2000AD was Adam Curle.

Cecil Evans (previous Chair of the Gandhi Foundation):

"Adam's main interests have been in education, particularly peace education, and in reconciliation and the resolution of conflict. He was the first professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University and was a visiting lecturer at the International Peace Academy.

"In his other major field of interest, the resolution of conflict, he has been very much a practitioner as well as an analyst. He has played a major role on behalf of the Society of Friends, of which he is a member, to help end wars and conflict in such countries as Biafra, Sri Lanka and, more recently, the Balkans. I well remember during my time as a member of staff at Friends House, Adam returning from the field for reporting and de-briefing. In much of this work he was keen to change stereotypes and misinformation that one side has of the other as he moved to and fro between the parties in a dispute. It was, I think, a very special and valuable kind of shuttle diplomacy that he undertook as a representative of a non-governmental organisation.

"I was myself greatly influenced by the importance Adam placed in his teaching on justice as a condition of peace. Like Mahatma Gandhi he believed that injustice has within it the seeds of violence and must first be remedied if peace is to be possible."

Link to how to obtain the LET'S CO-OPERATE PACK and what it contains.

How to order the pack.

The "Let's Co-operate" education pack has been produced by The Gandhi Foundation to encourage the use of co-operative games. The pack includes four books and a video film of some of the games being played by children in North London.

In co-operative games, all players find it mutually beneficial to help one another. The pleasure comes from working together rather than being the winner. This is in contrast to the vast majority of sports and games where competition is the overruling factor and the desire to win is the main purpose.

Winning certainly makes us feel great, full of confidence and glowing with our achievement but there are only a tiny number of winners compated to the great majority of losers. When we consider the major role that competition plays in children's lives, this is all the more reason why it should not dominate their play. However this is not an attack on competitive sport. There is plenty of room for all kinds of play, but there certainly should be a greater balance between co-operation and competition. In any case there are not merely two extremes. All play has a great element of co-operation in practice. There must be agreement on rules and, in all team games and sports, there is a strong group spirit which produces loyal cohesion and mutual respect.

The movement towards co-operative games is rapidly gaining ground wherever the games are introduced and the "Let's Co-operate" education pack will be a source of ideas and inspiration to this movement.

WWW Links - Mahatma Gandhi  Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum and Library in Mumbai, India  Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal  MAHATMA"  Gandhiserve