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

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