Gandhi Sites India Tour 2005/06 and IPRA Jaipur conference

Dear Members,

 

In the spirit of advancing peace education, Dr. Shall Sinha (our resident Canadian Culture of Peace Program ‘Gandhi expert’), Dr. Larry Fisk (organizer of the IPRA2006 conference in Calgary http://www.ipra2006.com/  ) and myself are planning an “In Gandhi’s Footsteps” Tour of India, commencing December 23, 2005 in conjunction with the upcoming IPRA Asia Pacific Peace Conference January 5 – 7, 2006 in Jaipur, India (detailed info below).  We would like to invite you to join us.

I personally think that the costs appear reasonable and affordable in light of the fact that participants get to share time and experience with other peace educators (particularly a Gandhi expert as our tour guide), and will get a lot out of it from a personal enrichment perspective (i.e. this is a bonus over other tours).  If you have never been to India before, this is a great opportunity.

Below you will find:

-          an introduction to the tour by Shall Sinha,

-          the draft travel itinerary with estimated costs for 4 options (i.e. you can tailor a package based on your interests; for example, I expect to stay in India at least an extra week over option #4 to take more advantage of the trip)

-          information about the IPRA Asia Pacific peace conference

The purpose of this letter is to determine the level of interest and start taking reservations.  The total number that go will have to be limited, and hence we will have to operate on a “first come, first served” basis.  Please contact Shall Sinha, our Tour Coordinator, at shall@ssinha.com if you wish to reserve a spot in our Tour Group, or to indicate your interest, and if you have any questions or suggestions.  Please pass this message along to anyone who you think may be interested.

Based on the success of this tour, it is our intention to offer this type of “Peace Tourism” on a regular basis.  I look forward to your response

Regards,
Bob Stewart
email: stewartr [at] peace.ca
http://www.peace.ca
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From: Shall [mailto: shall@ssinha.com ]
Sent: March 28, 2005 2:30 PM
Subject: Gandhi Sites India Tour 2005

I am attaching herewith a Tentative Itinerary (below) for the Gandhi Sites India Tour 2005, starting from Canada on Dec. 23, 2005 and commencing the Tour from Mumbai, then traveling to Pune and Gujarat (Gandhi home State, including his birth place, schooling and first Ashram in India. From there we would go to Wardha, in central India where Gandhi stayed after the Salt March. Before reaching Delhi I am suggesting that we stop for a day in Agra to see the Taj Mahal. We can complete a quick tour in Delhi by Jan. 4, after which I am offering 4 Options namely,

(1) Those who are pressed with time may return immediately, reaching Canada by Thursday, Jan. 5,
(2) those who cannot afford more time but wish to attend the Jaipur Conference (see below) may attend the Conference and then fly back reaching Canada on Sunday, Jan. 8, (3) those who are not interested in the Conference but would also like to see the site of Jallianwala massacre can visit Amritsar and then return reaching Canada on Saturday, Jan. 7, and
(4) those who have some time-flexibility, may attend the Conference and then take a 4-day tour of Rajasthan, followed by a visit to Ameritsar and then reuturing to Canada by Saturday, Jan. 14.

I have tried to look into Train Schedules and have marked the departure and arrival times on the Itinerary. Some of these may change a bit. I am also inquiring about the availability and rates of some vehicles, as well as possible places of stay. Based on my current information, I have presented an approximate Cost Estimate. Please also note that the period from middle of December to approximately 6th of January is a high season for airfares (they increase by approximately $200. compared to the fares in the beginning of December. The cost estimates are based on a group of 12 persons.

On my web page I have posted a slideshow that includes most of what we would cover in the Tour. The size of that file is 1.3M and therefore may not be easy for everyone to download. I can work a photo gallery that would be much smaller in size. But it will take me a few days to do that. The address of the Slideshow is www.ssinha.com/gandhisitestour/GandhiSitesIndiaTour2005.ppt . I have also posted a word document which provides some description of the relevance of most of the sites covered in the Tour. Its address is www.ssinha.com/gandhisitestour/GandhiSitesIndiaTour2005.doc .

  Recently in London , I (and Pramila) had the special honor of spending one night in the same room in which Gandhi had stayed for 12 weeks in 1931, when he had come to attend the Second Round Table Conference. It was quite a sensational feeling. I have similar feelings whenever I visit the Birla House ( New Delhi ) and look at the imprints of Gandhi's last footsteps. I am hoping that after visiting the Gandhi Sites the Group members will experience a similar feeling, and that will definitely make a significant impact on their lives (in terms of their faith in Nonviolence and Peace).

The itinerary may undergo some refinement even after our arrival in India - depending upon the conditions and convenience. It will be up to the members to approve (ratify) it. I have tried to provide allowances for 'connecting times' and 'rest periods'. But my perspective is different from that of some other person. Since travel time in India is much longer than the same here (for the same distance), and since we would have to depend on the schedules of the trains etc., we would have to compromise between 'the extent of the sightseeing' and 'the rest periods'. For example, notice that I have included a Full Day Sightseeing of Delhi (which runs from 9 to 5) on Jan. 4, and then take the 6 p.m. train to reach Jaipur at 11:50 p.m. - so as to attend the Jaipur Conference Jan. 5- 7. If this appears to be too tight then we may replace the 'Full Day Delhi Sightseeing' by 'Half Day Delhi Sightseeing' and take an afternoon train to reach Jaipur early in the evening.  

Together in Peace,

Shall

Dr. Shall Sinha
Professional Presenter of
Gandhi's Messages in Gandhi's Character
And the Researcher and Compiler of
Words of Wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi
Email: shall@ssinha.com
Website: www.ssinha.com
Tel. 780 486 1356

* * * See 'Shall Sinha in Gandhi's Character' Slides! * * *

"Strength does not come from physical capabilities;
it comes from an indomitable will."

- Mahatma Gandhi


Lectures on 'Satyagraha' by Mahatma Gandhi
Portrayed by Dr. Shall Sinha

After studying Law and being enrolled as an Attorney at Law, Gandhi found his first real test of the application of law in South Africa . There he soon discovered that the legal recourse to resolving conflicts was not only very expensive and time consuming but also a poor solution to the root cause of the conflict. Though he had never been trained as a mediator, he applied his 'common sense and personal appeal' to resolve the case in hand by arranging and monitoring a mediation between the adversary parties. And since that time Gandhi tried to resolve most of the conflicts through 'mediation and appeal to the human conscience'. But when Gandhi encountered a case of conflict for which recourse to the court of law became 'impossible', he developed a novel technique which he called, 'Satyagraha'. It addressed the root cause of the conflict and when applied properly, it brought a permanent solution to the conflict. Slowly but steadily Gandhi evolved the principles and practice of Satyagraha as a Science, and applied it to every situation of conflict. It was mainly because of the application of Satyagraha that the British Empire granted freedom to India and remained a friend. And this feat was achieved without the use of any gun or an army and with minimum loss of lives and resources.

Dr. Shall Sinha has studied most of Gandhi's writings (over 50,000 pages) as well as numerous books and articles written on Gandhi (including on the topic of Satyagraha); and he does a remarkable portrayal of Lectures by Mahatma Gandhi. He appears dressed exactly like Mahatma Gandhi - with baldhead, wearing loin clothes, steel-rimmed glasses and tire-sandals and walking with a bamboo staff, and speaks in first person, as if Gandhi himself had come to speak to the particular group on the particular occasion. See 'Shall Sinha in Gandhi's Character ' Slides and notice the remarkable resemblance!

As Mahatma Gandhi Dr. Sinha has spoken at many conferences, academic institutions and church and leadership programs. In every case the impact on the audience has been simply profound.

'Satyagraha' is an excellent tool for resolving any conflict; and Lectures on 'Satyagraha' by Mahatma Gandhi helps the listeners understand the basics of the principles of Satyagraha and offers them an opportunity to clarify their personal doubts related to the feasibility of its application in their own cases. And a good understanding of Satyagraha fosters the building of a Culture of Peace in the community, in the nation and in the whole world.

For information on Dr. Sinha's background, reviews, clients, publications etc. see www.ssinha.com.

Tentative Itinerary

In the Footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi Tour of India

Dec. 23, 2005 – Jan. 14, 2006

 


Day


Date


Activity

Travel

Overnight
Stay

KM

Hours

Fri

Dec.23

Take an afternoon flight from  Edm/ Calg/ Boston / NY to Toronto . Take the evening flight from Toronto to Mumbai via London or Delhi

 

 



In Flight

Sat

24

In Transit

 

 

Sun

25

Reach Mumbai in the morning. Check into a Hotel. Freshen up. Visit  Mani Bhawan in afternoon

 

 


Hotel in Mumbai

Mon

26

Take a Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Mumbai

 

 

Tue

27

Take Udyan Exp., # 6529, Mumbai CST at 08:00 (or Mumbai BCT at 08:58) to Pune , reaching at 11:35.
Take a taxi to visit Aga Khan Palace and other attractions. Take Mumbai Exp., # 6340 to Mumbai BCT (16:20 – 19:44). Catch Gujarat Mail, # 2901 to Ahmedabad (21:50 - 6:40).
(Note: Explore cost of renting a Van to go to Pune)

192

138

491

3.5

3.5

7





In the Train

Wed

28

Rent a Van and Visit Sabarmati and Ahmedabad.

 

 

Hotel in Ahmedabad

Thu

29

Travel by Van to Porbandar via Rajkot

500

10

Hotel in Porbandar

Fri

30

Return to Ahmedabad. Return the Van

500

10

Hotel in Ahmedabad

Sat

31

Take train to Surat (Howrah Exp.,#8033, 9:20 – 13:40). Take a taxi & visit Dandi. Take Adi-Puri Exp., # 8404 to Wardha JN. (22:30 – 10:20 a.m.)

229

650

4.5

12



In the Train

Sun

Jan
1

Take a taxi and visit Sevagram etc. Take the taxi to Nagpur Station. Catch Rajdhani Exp, # 2433 to Agra Cantt (21:45 – 09:09)


1990


11.5



In the Train

Mon

2

Rent a Taxi. Visit Taj Mahal and other sites in Agra . Take Jhelam Exp., # 1077 to New Delhi (1750 – 21:20). Check into a Hotel in Delhi


304


3.5


Hotel in Delhi

Tue

3

Visit Rajghat, National Gandhi Museum etc.

 

 

Wed

4

Take Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Delhi .

 

 

 

 

 

Option 1 (Return Home at the Earliest)

Wed

4

Take the night plane out of Delhi .

 

 

In Flight

Thu

5

Reach Home ( Canada ) in the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

Option 2 (Attend the Conference, but don’t visit the Jallianwalla Bagh Site)

Wed

4

Take Dee JSM Exp., # 4059 either from Delhi S Rohilla @ 18:00 or Delhi Cantt @ 18:15.
Reach Jaipur at 23:50.
(Or, ADI SJ Rajdhani, # 2958, from New Delhi , 19:35- 00:40)
Check into a Hotel in Jaipur


304


6


5





Hotel in Jaipur

Thu

5

Attend the Asia-Pacific Conference

 

 

Fri

6

Attend the Asia-Pacific Conference

 

 

Sat

7

Attend the Asia-Pacific Conference
Take the JP DLI Exp., # 2414, to Delhi Cantt.
(16:15 – 21:10). Take the night plane out of Delhi

 

 


In Flight

Sun

8

Reach home ( Canada ) late in the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Option 3 (Don’t attend the Conference, but visit the Jallianwalla Bagh Site)

Wed

4

Continue Staying in the Hotel in Delhi

 

 



Hotel in Delhi

Thu

5

Take a Day-Tour of Amritsar , or
Take Swarna Shatabdi, #2029, to Amritsar
(07:20 – 13:05). Visit Golden Temple and Jallianwalla Bagh and return to Delhi by
(Swarna Shatabdi, # 2030, 15:05 – 22:50)


452

 

Fri

6

Optional Free Time in Delhi .
Take the night plane out of Delhi .

 

 

In Flight

Sat

7

Reach Home ( Canada ) in the evening.

 

 

 

 

Option 4 (Attend the Conference, and also visit the Jallianwalla Bagh Site)

Wed

4

Take Dee JSM Exp., # 4059 either from Delhi S Rohilla @ 18:00 or Delhi Cantt @ 18:15. Reach Jaipur at 23:50.
(Or, ADI SJ Rajdhani, # 2958, from New Delhi , 19:35- 00:40)
Check into a Hotel in Jaipur

304


6


5





Hotel in Jaipur

Thu

5

Attend the Asia-Pacific Conference

 

 

Fri

6

Attend the Asia-Pacific Conference

 

 

Sat

7

Attend the Asia-Pacific Conference

 

 

Sun

8

Tour of Rajasthan

 

 

Hotel

Mon

9

Tour of Rajasthan

 

 

Hotel

Tue

10

Tour of Rajasthan

 

 

Hotel

Wed

11

Tour of Rajasthan

 

 

Hotel

Thu

12

Travel to Amritsar
Visit the Golden Temple and Jallianwallabagh
Travel to Delhi .
(Swarna Shatabdi, # 2030, 15:05 – 22:50)




449




5.75


Hotel in Delhi

Fri

13

Free day for shopping in Delhi .
Take the night plane to leave India .

 

 

In Flight

Sat

14

Reach home ( Canada ) late in the evening.

 

 

 

 

Cost Estimate*

 


Option

# of Days

From
Calgary / Edmonton / Vancouver

From
Toronto / Ottawa / Montreal

1

14

$3400.

3200.

2

17

$3400. + Registration, Meals and Hotel during the 3-day Conference in Jaipur

$3200. + Registration, Meals and Hotel during the 3-day Conference in Jaipur

3

16

$3600.

$3400.

4

23

$3900. + Registration, Meals and Hotel during the 3-day Conference in Jaipur

$3700. + Registration, Meals and Hotel during the 3-day Conference in Jaipur

 

* Including return airfare to India , Visa, Budget hotels with Double Occupancy, Travel within India (as per the Tentative Itinerary), Meals, Taxis etc. Not included is the cost of admission to the historic sites. (Note: there is generally no charge for admission to the Gandhi sites.) Special meals, entertainments, souvenirs and conference costs are not included.

INTERNATIONAL PEACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN JAIPUR JANUARY 5 – 7, 2006

The Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association (APPRA) will have two conferences before the IPRA General Assembly in Calgary .

The second, APPRA Conference 2006, is on Sixty Years after World War II: Lessons for Peace Building , co-sponsored by the Jaipur Peace Foundation, Jaipur , India , 5-7 January 2006.

Co-convenor with the APPRA Secretary General, Sol Perpinan, is Naresh Dadhich for the Jaipur conference.

The Jaipur conference will center on lessons from the many wars and conflicts in Asia-Pacific: World War II, Korean war , Vietnam war, the two Gulf wars, Afghan wars, conflicts in Sri Lanka , Kashmir , Nepal , Burma , Thailand , East Timor, Aceh, Mindanao , etc. There will be a South Asian focus, highlighting the Indian-Pakistani relationship. The goal is to move forward in peace and reconciliation.

For further information on the conference and to register, please contact Naresh ( ndadhich@datainfosys.net ), and Sol ( appra2003@yahoo.com ).  Web site http://www.soc.kuleuven.ac.be/pol/ipra/nl/nl_regions/rep_asia.html