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>> Friday, September 15, 2006, 18:00 hrs.: 100 Years Satyagraha - History, Presence and Future of Active Nonviolent Resistance


It is on September 11, 2006 (9/11) that South Africa in particular and the world in general will be observing the centenary of the birth of Satyagraha. It all started at the Empire Theatre in Johannesburg when at a meeting convened by Mahatma Gandhi who lived in South Africa for 21 years and during this period transformed from a young lawyer to a Great Soul - the Mahatma - that Satyagraha or non-violent action was born. In opposition to a proposed new legislation in 1906 imposing pass laws on the Indian community in South Africa, (some of who had already been in the country since 1860) Mahatma Gandhi and his colleagues in the Congress movement mobilised the community to oppose this Bill. Accordingly a mass meeting was convened at the Empire Theatre in Johannesburg on September 11, 1906. This was the beginning of a movement that inspired human rights actvists all over the world until today.


  • Welcome by Mr. Sudhanshu Pandey, Cultural Department of the Indian Embassy
  • Lecture by Prof. Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick: History of Active Nonviolent Resistance
  • Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick is professor for history at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University. She studied Romanism, Cultural Ethnology, Indology and South Asia's history at Manchester, Leipzig, SOAS London and Cambridge; promotion 1980 at Paris (Sorbonne), habilitation in newer and latest history 1992 at Freiburg/Br.; visiting professor at Stanford University, USA (1993-94); 1994-2000 Heisenberg stipend of DFG. Publications on European Asian cultural transfer and modern history of South Asia with special focus on Mahatma Gandhi and India's independence movement. Read the German text
  • Discussion
  • Bhajans sung by Mr. Dhiraj Roy

Venue: Indian Embassy, Tiergartenstrasse 16-17, 10785 Berlin


Entrance is free. The event is held in German language.

The poster exhibition Satyagraha - In Pursuit Of Truth as displayed in the hall:

More about the Centenary of Satyagraha:

Magazine Peace Work
Special Issue: 100 Years of Gandhian Nonviolent Action
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.3 MB
Real 9/11 - 100 Years Satyagraha
by Michael Nagler
Microsoft Word Document 131.5 KB
Centenary of Satyagraha 1906-2006
Significance and Programme
Microsoft Word Document 43.5 KB

>> Führung von Werner Wiartalla über das Gelände des Internationalen Kulturzentrums UFA-Fabrik in Berlin-Tempelhof am 16. September 2006.


Anlass war der Besuch von Dr. Wolfgang Sternstein, Prof. Dr. Gita Dharampal-Frick, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Lütt und anderen.


Links: Teil 1, rechts: Teil 2

>> Monday, October 2, 2006, 10:30 hrs: Gandhi Jayanti - Celebration of Mahatma Gandhi's 137th Birth Anniversary

  • Welcome by Peter Rühe, GandhiServe Foundation
  • Singing of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite hymns by Aruna Sairam
  • Word of thanks by Prof. Dr. Felix Semmelroth, Deputy mayor of the city of Frankfurt am Main
  • Some atmospheric images of the event

>> Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 14:00 hrs: Unveiling of a Gandhi bust by Indian Minister for Human Resource Development, Arjun Singh

  • Speech by Petra Roth, Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main
  • Word of thanks by Prof. Dr. Harald Müller, Chairperson Hessische Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung

Venue: Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Leimenrode 29,60322 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Tel: +49 (0)69 95 91 04 0, Fax: +49 (0)69 55 84 81, E-Mail:, Internet: