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United Kingdom-based voluntary organisation which seeks to further the work of Mahatma Gandhi. Good choice of award winners.

The Gandhi Foundation is a United Kingdom-based voluntary organisation which seeks to further the work of Mahatma Gandhi through a variety of educational events and activities.

The Gandhi Foundation was inaugurated on 10 October 1983 at the Quakers Centre, Friends House, London. The catalyst for its creation was Richard Attenborough’s movie Gandhi, which attracted large audiences around the world, due in part to the sensitive portrayal of Gandhi by Ben Kingsley.


The principal founders were:

  • Richard Attenborough, President.
  • Surur Hoda, General Secretary. Surur Hoda was an Indian working for the International Transport Workers' Federation in Britain.
  • David Ennals, Chair. David Ennals was a life peer and former cabinet minister in a Labour Government.
  • Cecil Evans, Adviser. Cecil Evans was Assistant General Secretary of Quaker Peace and Service.

Aims and activities

The principal activities of the foundation are a quarterly newsletter and three annual events: a Multifaith Service, a Summer School, and an Annual Lecture. The newsletter is entitled "The Gandhi Way".[1]

The Multifaith Service is usually held in London on 30 January, the anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination. The Service brings together people of different faiths such as Buddhist, Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh in remembrance of Gandhi and to share elements from their different traditions.

The Summer School is held in July. Around 40 people of all ages and nationalities live together for a week in the countryside, sharing the necessary tasks of cleaning, cooking, and washing-up as well as attending daily workshops which take up different aspects of the chosen theme for the year. A variety of crafts are taught, and conventional lifestyles and attitudes are challenged. The Summer School has a loyal following with many participants returning year after year.

In 2008 the Gandhi Foundation helped to organise The Festival of Non-violence. As part of the festival the British Library unveiled a new travelling exhibition "The Life of Gandhi",[2] with six panels focusing on the following aspects of Gandhi's life and work: Non-violence and the influence of Jainism, Gandhi's work in South Africa, Gandhi's Philosophy, the Non-Cooperation and Quit India]] movements, and the independence of India.

Annual Lecture

The Annual Lecture is usually held on or near Gandhi’s birthday, 2 October. The list of lecturers is:

Gandhi International Peace Award

In 1998, the [3] Gandhi International Peace Award was inaugurated.

Recipients have included:


A document sourced from Gandhi Foundation

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Jeremy Corbyn's Acceptance Speech 2013 Gandhi International Peace AwardSpeechIsrael
Stop the War Coalition
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Bruce Kent
9 January 2014Jeremy CorbynGandhi Award to a Man of Peace: Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn


  4. (Bill) Peters, co founder of Jubilee 2000 and joint recipient of the Gandhi Foundation Peace Award in 2000|
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