Be in India: Gandhi’s Legacy of Love


Top Places to Reconnect in the World 2012

Missy Crutchfield and Melissa Turner
Founding Editors
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Be in India: Gandhi’s Legacy of Love

“My life is my message.” Mahatma Gandhi

The first place we traveled to this year was India. This was no ordinary sight-seeing vacation or yoga pilgrimage though. It was something much more.

Traveling across India in partnership with Global Exchange and the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute—we joined Gandhi’s direct descendents grandson Arun and great-grandson Tushar, as well as experienced Indian guide Alok Tiwari, along with a team of 30 college students, professors, and human rights activists, to tell the story of “The Gandhi Legacy Tour.”

Gandhi’s legacy is alive and well in India—with the continued work of people like Anuradha Bhosale and the AVANI School providing a safe haven for children from the brickyards and migrant labor colonies in the southern city of Kolhapur to Dr. Vanadana Shiva and the Navadanya Farm in the northern city of Dehradun providing co-op services for farmers struggling against factory farming.

Walking side by side with Arun and Tushar Gandhi on this tour across India, the group quickly realized the enormity of this unique opportunity to experience India with the Gandhi’s. The stories, the experiences, the reflections Arun and Tushar shared with us along the journey are not just for our ears and our eyes alone. This is a story for all.

The birthplace of a movement
Mani Bawan and how Gandhi’s life inspired Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement. Click here to read full story 









An Untouchable Revolution
Anuradha Bhosale and AVANI school rescue brickyard children and give them a new future through education and healthcare. Click here to read full story









The Ripple Effect
Women-owned cottage industries and microbusinesses start a grassroots revolution from the family level up. Click here to read full story



Experiments with Truth
The Gandhi Ashram was the birthplace of the freedom movement in India. Today the ashram principles are lived out on the university campus of Gujarat Vidyapith, founded by Gandhi in 1920, and at a community-building NGO Manav Sadhna reaching underprivileged children and women in the slums of Ahmedabad. Click here to read full story








Light That Will Dispel the Darkness
Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life at the Gandhi Smitri. Each evening he would cross the courtyard to attend a prayer meeting until his assassination on January 30, 1948. Click here to read full story








Keepers of the Seed
World-renowned scientist and environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva’s Navadanya farm is leading the way in organic practices in India and freeing small farmers from their struggles against factory farming. Click here to read the full story.











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