First Satyagraha Tour of South Africa, led by Arun Gandhi, Embarks This Week
Dana Point, California May 23, 2014 Travel News(PRLEAP.COM) Dana Point, CA May 23, 2014: The inaugural Satyagraha Tour of South Africa enjoys organic synchronicity of critical historical dates of both Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Highlights include following the path of Gandhi's travels, initially arriving in Durban, and ultimately departing from Cape Town for his return to India to begin the next phase of his legacy:
Also scheduled are special meetings with historic figures that played a significant role in the fight for freedom during Apartheid, like Ahmed Kathrada and Ela Gandhi, Gandhi's granddaughter who spent years under house arrest for her South African activism.
In an era of increasing awareness of world issues and global humanitarian needs, there has been a recent surge in philanthropic travel, using travel as a means to give back. "There's something in all of us that hungers after the good and true, and when we glimpse it in people, we applaud them for it. Through them we let the world's pain into our hearts, and we find compassion. When things go wrong or have been terribly wrong for some time, their inspiration reminds us of the tenderness for life that we can all feel." -Archbishop Desmond Tutu
As a part of the first Satyagraha Legacy Tour of South Africa, there are several projects we visit that are aligned to Gandhi's principals and are geared toward giving back, including:
These projects need your support: We are all in this together! All children around the world are in need of love, care, attention and support.
About Gandhi Legacy Tours
The Gandhi Legacy Tours are unusual in that they do not focus on places of tourist interest but places of human interest. The tours are designed to educate participants in the essence of Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence, and how individuals can apply it in their own lives to bring about socio-economic change. For the past 15 years Dr. Gandhi has brought his grandfather's philosophy of nonviolence to westerners. The focus is on studying institutions that apply the philosophy of nonviolence in their attempt to transform communities, in both urban and rural areas. Gandhi believed in creating a "Sarvodaya" society - a society where everyone would enjoy a reasonable standard of living with attendant rights and privileges, and the Tours demonstrate that humble "change-makers" are "being the change", and making it a reality.
About Arun Gandhi (Leader of the tours)
Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun Gandhi is the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he was beaten by "white" South Africans for being too black, and "black" South Africans for being too white. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering. Having spent nearly two years with his Grandfather Arun learned to understand nonviolence through understanding violence. "If we know how much passive violence we perpetrate against one another we will understand why there is so much physical violence plaguing societies and the world today," the Mahatma told Arun. For the past decade, Arun has participated in the Renaissance Weekend deliberations with President Clinton and other well-respected Rhodes Scholars. Arun shares the lessons he learned from the Mahatma with audiences all over the world.
About Tushar Gandhi (Co-Leader of the tours)
In 1996 Tushar Gandhi was appointed President of the Lok Seva Trust, a voluntary organization working for the economically weaker sections of Mumbai. He established the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation to make Gandhi's message available globally on the Internet. Tushar was also invited to join the Advisory Committee on Cyber Crime. He was appointed by the Prime Minister of India to the subcommittee of the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (Gandhi National Museum). Tushar is involved with the US based peace organization 'Seeds for Peace' which works with children from troubled areas of the world. In 2005, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the 1930 Salt March, Tushar organized a 241-mile walk for Peace, Justice and Freedom along with 600 marchers from India, Pakistan, the US, UK and other parts of the world. The Mahatma Gandhi Foundation was awarded the 1st 'Mahatma Mahaveer Award' for promoting the ideals of Gandhi. Tushar is the author of Let's Kill Gandhi: A definitive study of the Hindu Fundamentalist plot to assassinate Gandhi.
For interviews with Dr. Arun Gandhi or Tushar Gandhi, press inquiries, please contact Gandhi Legacy Tour Managing Director Lynnea Bylund