Co-director of Gandhi Peace Foundation
to speak at URI's Honors Colloqium
KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 11, 2000 -- Rajiv Vora, a respected activist,
educator, author, and co-director of the Gandhi Peace Foundation based in
New Delhi, will speak on "Living the Gandhian Legacy" as part
of the University of Rhode Island's fall honors colloquium series, "Nonviolence:
Legacies of the Past, Bridges to the Future." He will explore legacies
of the past, current realities, and possible Gandhian contributions globally
for a more just and peaceful 21st century.
Vora will speak in the Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271 of the Chafee
Social Science Center on URI's Kingston Campus, September 19 from
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Growing up, Vora's well-to-do family gave most of its wealth to the freedom
movement led by Mohatma Gandhi. Vora received his primary and secondary
education in Gandhian residential rural schools, which emphasized gardening,
weaving, and other manual training self-sufficiency and the dignity of self
and others. He earned an undergraduate university degree in chemistry and
a master's degree in sociology.
Although awarded a Peace Research Fellowship to pursue a doctoral program,
he left his studies in the mid-1970s to join a mass satyagraha movement
led by Jai Prakash Narayan, a Gandhian leader. He became a prominent student
leader in the nonviolent struggle that brought down the authoritarian government
in the Indian State of Bihar. In 1977, he joined the Gandhi Peace Foundation
as a scholar-activist, and became involved with grass-roots social change,
adult education and international peace movements.
As a commentator, columnist, and writer for the Economic Times
and a number of other leading dailies and scholarly journals, Vora is known
for his unorthodox views. In addition to being a leading interpreter of
Gandhina thought, he is engaged in experimental educational programs in
He and his wife, Dr. Niru Vora, who received her masters degree in political
science from URI, work with an informal group of Indian intelligentsia in
seeking a morally and culturally meaningful life in contemporary India.
An avid environmentalist, Vora has been recognized internationally for
his leadership in halting the dumping of European farm-wastes in India.
Among his current activities, he serves as consultant to the Government
of India's National Council of Rural Institutes, Ministry of Human Resource
Vora is also well known among musicians and musicologists as being a
fine sitar player.
URI's Colloquium series runs Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and is
free and open to the public.
For Information: Lynne Derbyshire, 401-874-4732,
Arthur Stein, 401-874-4059, Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116,
Jennifer Smith, 401-874-2116