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P. Uday Shankar
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Primary Social Change Interest
Social Justice, Environment, Other
Why are you interested in the Gandhi-King Community?
I have been working in the field of rural development for the past three decades. I have a special interest in Gandhian Economics, Trusteeship, Village Cottage Industries and Sanitation. Of late, I am looking at combining Sanitation and Microfinance in order to dissuade people from open defecation.


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Good Governance is NOT Taking Sleeping People by Surprise

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 2:04am 0 Comments


Anti-corruption movements have now caught the attention of people all over the world. People around the world are not tolerant anymore to lopsided accumulation of wealth by the few who have the opportunity to govern a country and the audacity and clout to stockpile money at home and abroad. During recent times we saw Anna Hazare coming out successful in convincing the Government to draft a bill. He also had to start the whole effort with a fast and had to pass lot of hurdles. Thank…


If Mahatma Gandhi was alive and was an Indian Politician

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 11:41am 0 Comments

I was always of the strong view that Indian politics would never have been in this state of affairs if Mahatma Gandhi would have been alive today. We would have been the real example of democracy for new nations getting into democracy. For some time after we won independence, say for about two decades, we did have politicians of pristine qualities like Lal Bahadur Shastri, Kamaraj, C. Subramaniam, who had followed Gandhian principles in politics. Today there is so much of money in…


My Support to Anna Hazare

Posted on April 5, 2011 at 9:59am 0 Comments

Anna Hazare has today started a fast against corruption in New Delhi.

I am dedicating this article of mine "Corruption- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" which I wrote on 07.03.2010 in my Blog  "microMUSINGS"  to Shri. Anna…


India Census 2011

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 5:10am 0 Comments

The results of the India Census 2011 are just out this afternoon.

The Ministry of Home Affairs and the whole team at the Registrar General’s Office have to be commended for the swiftness in completion of the job. It looks like as if the enumerator had visited me only a few weeks back and presto here are the results. As a responsible citizen it is also my duty to congratulate the thousands who had walked from door to door to do the enumeration work and the back-office staff for the…


Mahatma Gandhi reduced to an acronym

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 12:02am 0 Comments

The following news item in the Times of India dtd. 07 July 2010 has raised some thoughts in my mind which I wanted to share with you all:


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At 3:28am on August 15, 2012, doma jovita said…

jovita is my name
i was moved to write you for a heart2heart discussion when
i came across your If u dont mind,write me directly with this mail ID,
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At 11:15pm on February 16, 2010, R. Prasad Gandhi said…
Respected P. Uday Shankar!
I am very glad to know that u are working for Rural Development. Please keep me in ur touch. My contact address is as follows:
Centre of Gandhian Thought,
Deptt. of Education, University of Lucknow
E-mail ID:
At 8:27pm on September 18, 2009, Aunty Kamala said…
I think the work you are doing for social awareness of the environment through sanitation is a most necessary and laudable work. Please either make a blog of the ways you are imparting the ethics of environmental responsibility, or a manual pamphlet as you are applying in your work.
Are you making toilets? Or teaching the use of a small hand-shovel? or imparting the principle alone - that open defecation is harmful to social and personal health?
This is urgently needed instruction in India, along with spitting.
Please let us know how you are teaching this...We also love Vinoba very much.
God Bless You,
Aunty Kamala
At 12:26am on September 9, 2009, P. Uday Shankar said…
I just read a news item in Hindustan Times which I am posting on my comment wall for all members of the network to read:

Hindustan Times
'Mahatma Gandhi is my hero', says Obama
Lalit K Jha, Press Trust Of India
Washington, September 09, 2009
First Published: 10:33 IST(9/9/2009)
Last Updated: 10:52 IST(9/9/2009)

US President Barack Obama has said given a chance he would like to have dinner with Mahatma Gandhi, whom he considered a real hero.

Obama expressed his desire in response to a question from a student Lilly during his discussion with 9th graders at Wakefield High School in Arlington Virginia where he accompanied with the Education Secretary gave a national speech welcoming students back to school.

Obama called for students to take responsibility and to learn from their failures so that they succeed in the end.

"Hi. I'm Lilly. And if you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?," Obama was asked by one of the students.

"Dinner with anyone dead or alive? Well, you know, dead or alive, that's a pretty big list," Obama responded amidst laughter. The next moment he was serious.

"You know, I think that it might be Gandhi, who is a real hero of mine," Obama said. "Now, it would probably be a really small meal because he didn't eat a lot," he said amidst laughter. But Mahatma Gandhi is someone who has inspired people across the world for the past several generations, he said.

Terming the iconic figure as the source of inspiration for many, Obama said "he (Mahatma Gandhi) is somebody whom I find a lot of inspiration in. He inspired Dr King (Martin Luther), so if it hadn't been for the non-violent movement in India, you might not have seen the same non-violent movement for civil rights here in the United States." said.


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