through participation was a cornerstone of Mahatma Gandhi’s
strategy for transformation. He realized that a meaningful
mass movement must provide the citizenry reasons to engage.
Issues that affected people in their daily lives were woven
together to create a vision that formed the basis for mass
action. Such was the vision that Gandhi gave his fellow citizens
to sow the seeds of a democratic nation.
A focused vision
to reconnect citizens to their own governments lies at the
core of the democratic challenge at hand. The vision we formulate
and act upon today is inspired by the Gandhian method for
transformation. The first step in this process requires us
to recognize the immediate challenges, which are the elections
in 2004 – in the United States and India.
Why and how should
citizens like us reclaim our democracy? This event is the
first step in our quest to answer this very question that
plagues all democracies today. We will hear from speakers
who have addressed this question in the past and continue
to do so today. Their experiences and ideas will help us all
respond to the dynamic challenges that our democracies face
As we recall the
great battles of a fearless soul, we hope to inspire ourselves
and others anew to take up the mantle of history, which is
now ours to carry. We sincerely hope you will join us.
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