Words of Amna Majeed

On 23 March, 2015 by admin

Curiosity characterises visit of students to Himalaya Seva Sangh and Gandhi Museum

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A group of 37 M.A. Sociology students of the Ambedkar University Delhi visited the office of Himalaya Seva Sangh (HSS) and the National Gandhi Museum at Rajghat on the 13th of February 2015. Lively discussions took place with Manoj Pande (Secretary of HSS) and Mr Annamalai (Director of the Gandhi Museum) on many issues, incuding the ideologies of Mahatama Gandhi and the importance of grassroot level initiatives. According to the students, the visit explained the relevance and essence of grassroot level issues as well as their solutions. It also enlightened the class about how imperative daily life practices are and how they reflect the deeper ideology rooted within. Many of the students are looking forward to volunteering or interning with Himalaya Seva Sangh and learning more.

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Read the full account of student Amna Majeed :

The course of ‘Organizational Exposure’ for M.A Sociology students at Ambedkar University Delhi is a new and profound concept. It has been introduced in order to broaden the imagination of students and to learn the employment of sociological skills. An experience in this direction was visiting the Himalaya Seva Sangh on the 13th of February 2015. The class of M.A Sociology arrived at the Himalaya Seva Sangh situated at Rajghat and was welcomed by Mr. Manoj Pandey, Coordinator, Himalaya Seva Sangh and Mr. Annamalai, Director of the Gandhi Museum at Rajghat.

The students interacted with Mr Annamalai and Mr Manoj Pandey on many issues; ranging from Mahatama Gandhi, his ideologies and the importance of grassroot level initiatives. This was followed by a screening of A.K Chettiar’s documentary ”Mahatama: Life of Gandhi” (released in 1940). This was a rare experience for the class as this documentary has real footage of Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other important political figures of that time. An inspiring supplement to this was getting a guided tour of the Gandhi Museum by Mr. Manoj Pandey. The museum is an exciting experience for any history lover. It houses so much information about Gandhi that one day perhaps isn’t enough to gather it all. It displays maps of Gandhi’s Dandi march’s all over the country and his books, clothes, his family tree and so on and so forth. The Museum also has Gandhi’s original voice recorded that one can hear over telephones. After visiting the museum, the class saw the main office of the Himalaya Seva Sangh that is right next to the Gandhi Museum. Inside the office, the class of 37 students squeezed happily inside a cozy room to recount and relive the numerous experiences of the day. Listening to Mr. Manoj Pandey’s views on his work and his way of life, the students felt educated and inquisitive. He explained how his organisation works in so many areas of the country; working for the rights of the tribals in the eastern belt of the country, or for the persons affected by the construction of the Tehri dam in the Garhwal Himalayas. To the amazement of the students, he described how simply he lives. He asked us questions such as ‘Which one of you can cook your own food?’ ‘Which one of you can name the different trees around you?’ This conversation gave the class a sense of what all different ways are there to utilise and transform one’s desire to work for the betterment of others. This visit explained to the class, as students of Sociology, the relevance and essence of grassroot level issues as well as their solutions. It also enlightened the class about how imperative daily life practices are and how they reflect the deeper ideology rooted within.

The students said goodbye to Mr Pandey with hopefulness and curiosity. Many of us are looking forward to volunteering or interning with the Himalaya Seva Sangh and learning more.

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