Mahatma Gandhi, 1931 studio portrait

Why there's more to learn from Mahatma Gandhi's activism

In the face of civil unrest, political upheaval and violence, how can peaceful actions be effective? Join us for this conversation about the transformational leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and its relevance in the contemporary world.

This year marks the 150th birthday anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, whose vision and leadership led to the independence of India against British colonial rule more than 70 years ago.

His ideology of universal peace, non-violent and conflict resolution is still much admired and resonates throughout the world. How can we use his inspirational example and apply a similar approach to bring about peaceful outcomes, and better serve humanity?

Join us to reflect on the life, learnings and legacy of Gandhi in this event with Gandhian scholar Dr Shobhana Radhakrishna.

Dr Radhakrishna's visit is supported by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

This event was held on Thursday 11 April, 2019 at the University of Sydney. 

The speakers

Shobhana is Chief Functionary of Gandhian Forum for Ethical Corporate Governance. Having the fortune of spending a part of her life in Gandhiji’s Sevagram Ashram in Wardha, Shobhana is on a mission to spread the leader’s message to everyone and is now taking his socially relevant message of non-violence to every corner of the country.

John Shields is Academic Director International at the University of Sydney Business School. John holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History (1977) from the Australian National University, a PhD in Economic History from the University of Sydney (1990) and is Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Studies in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies within the Business School. He is an experienced educator in the human resource management field, with particular expertise in performance management and reward management. 

Elizabeth's research focuses the political economy of gender, work and care in the Asia Pacific. She has published on women's work and collective action in the Indian informal economy, work and care regimes in Australia and the Asia Pacific, and employment policy in India. Elizabeth is interested in how economic institutions shape women’s paid work, unpaid care and the care workforce – especially as they evolve in response to the dynamics of the national and global political economy.

Lead image credit: By Elliott & Fry (see [1]) -, Public Domain,

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