Nirmala Deshpande is a name, which does not require any introduction. A widely acclaimed social activist Nirmala is one of the flagbearers of non-violence in our country. Born in 1929, she joined Acharya Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan Padyatra in 1952, and covered more than 40 thousand miles touching all nooks and corners of India. She has been the president of Harijan Sevak Sangh, founded by Mahatma Gandhi. In 2005 Nirmala was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize and in 2006 she was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award. She has been working in troubled areas of Kashmir valley for peace since long. Currently she is a member of Rajya Sabha. Nirmala Deshpande talked to Santosh H K Narayan of Headlinesindia on various issues ranging from politics to Naxalite movement in India in an exclusive interview.”Freedom struggle has to go on and it is going on.”- DeshpandeHow much relevant is the ‘Gandhian Value’ in the present scenario?Nirmala Deshpande: We know that UN (United Nations) has declared the Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday — October 2 as an International Day for Non-violence. It reveals that not only India but the whole world recognises Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy. His actions and programmes are becoming more… Read full this story
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