Under Indialogue Lecture Series (ILS), Press Secretary of late President K R Narayana, S N Sahu delivered a lecture at Indialogue Foundation on the topic “Global Significance of Champaran Satyagraha” on September 30, 2017.
This year as India marked the centenary of legendary leader Mahatma Gandhi’s extraordinary experiment in the district of Champaran in the country’s eastern state of Bihar, Indialogue Foundation celebrated it in its own way by engaging with young researches on the issue with this lecture.
Mr Sahu, who also served as the Director of the Prime Minister’s Office under Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, is a keen reader of the life of Mahatma Gandhi and has published many articles on him. Although the Champaran Satyagraha is popularly known as a campaign to liberate the poor farmers of Champaran from the clutches of oppressive British planters, Mr Sahu warned it will be an injustice to Gandhi and his efforts in Champaran if the Satyagraha is only seen as a peasant movement. He said it was an integrated vision encompassing in its scope the ideals of gender equality, Hindu-Muslim unity, empowerment of dispossessed people, providing quality and interactive education, and better sanitation.
ILS is one of Indialogue Foundation’s initiatives to engage academically with research scholars studying in different universities in Delhi. Under ILS, one lecture is organised every month by eminent intellectuals and academicians.