Gandhi Memorial Foundation

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"The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation, Incorporated, was founded in the United States of America in 1959 by Swami Premananda. The purpose of the Foundation is to disseminate and represent the philosophy, ideal, life, service and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi as well as the cultural heritage of India. The Foundation is a legally independent, nonprofit cultural and educational organization.

"It is the life mission of Gandhi which is the heart of the Gandhi Center. If the atmosphere and the purpose of the Center are revealed as such, it is only because of the genuine self-dedication of those who have given it life. Swami Premananda, Srimati Kamala and His Excellency, Ambassador T.N. Kaul dedicated the Gandhi Memorial Center on January 30, 1976. "[1]

Fellowship of Peace Award

"The first Fellowship of Peace Award was presented in 2004 to Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, DC, in honor of his efforts to build bridges to the culture and religion of Islam. Ambassador Ahmed is former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain

"The 2005 Award went to Dr. Vibha Gupta, Director of Magan Sangrahalaya in India, otherwise known as the Center for Women and Technology. She assisted her father Devendra Kumar to establish the Center of Science for the Villages in 1976 and, since then, has been working for the development of appropriate technologies for the rural Indian population in areas like renewable energy, housing, sanitation, forest and agro-based industries, health and women’s technology.

"The 2006 Award went to Mr. Rajan Devadas (a recipient of Padma Shree) for his work as a photographer and photojournalist who has linked the people and culture of India and the United States through decades of photographs. Through his own good heart and good will, Mr. Devadas has shown the beauty that unfolds before the camera.

"The 2007 Award went to Dr. Abdul Aziz Said, Founding Director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program at American University, the Founder and Director of the American University Center for Global Peace and the Mohammed Said Farsi Professor of Islamic Peace Studies. Dr. Abdul Aziz Said was recognized for a life-long dedication to peace making and peace education.

"The 2008/9 award went to Mrs. Manjula Kumar for her efforts to build bridges of understanding through the arts. Her work with the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Global Performing Arts, and the Washington International Film Festival actively engages both her cross-cultural efforts and the arts with the Washington metro area." [2]



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  1. Gandhi Memorial Foundation History, organizational web page, accessed June 2, 2012.
  2. Gandhi Memorial Foundation Fellowship of Peace Award, organizational web page, accessed June 2, 2012.