Workshop on ‘Developing Gandhiji-Inspired ACTIZEN Leadership – Swa to Sarv… From Within to the World’

Ms. Rajni Bakshi

Desh Apnayen’s mission is to create ACTIZENS – alert, informed and active citizens. Gandhi Jayanti is around the corner. It is even more special for us at Desh Apnayen because Gandhiji represents the ACTIZEN spirit like no other.


To celebrate his life and his creation of millions of ACTIZENS around the world, and to benefit from his timeless teachings, we are organising a workshop for school principals and teachers from across India, facilitated by Ms. Rajni Bakshi.


There is no cost to attend the workshop. Seats are limited. Please register at


The workshop will be held on an online platform on Thursday, 8th October from 3 pm till 6 pm. The log-in details will be shared with the confirmed participants by email. 

About the Workshop:

We will explore how Gandhiji defined swaraj as a journey to be self aware, find strength within, cleansing within and projecting it outside with love and a sense of service. To him, this was both Purushaarth of Dharma Shastra as well as a way of working for social justice and freedom from ‘foreign’ rule – British or Non Dharma forces, within or without. 

This approach remains as relevant today as it will be for ever. 


The workshop will orient the participant to explore this approach, and showcase how Gandhiji built upon the traditional wisdom or Dharma as a universal code of ethics, which is the basis of achieving everything else in this world. It will explore this approach with a sharp contemporary focus. 


We will focus on questions such as:


Do you get paralysed by moral dilemmas in decision making? Would you like to learn how to solve them?


Do you get daunted by the seeming long term and uncertain path of Values or Gandhi Philosophy? Have you wondered how the reality is different? Or how to make it ‘win win’ both for the short term and the longer term? 


Are you able to differentiate between power ‘over’ other people and power ‘with’ others?


Is Ahimsa both the path and destination?

About the Facilitator:
Ms. Rajni Bakshi is a Mumbai-based author and speaker.

Her books include: Bazaars, Conversations and Freedom: for a market culture beyond greed and fear (Penguin, India, 2009 and Greenleaf, UK, 2012), which won two Vodafone-Crossword Awards; Bapu Kuti: Journeys in Rediscovery of Gandhi (Penguin, India, 1998) which inspired the Hindi film Swades; Long Haul: the Bombay Textile Workers Strike 1982-83 (BUILD, India, 1986). She has also written several monographs including: Trusteeship: Business and the economics of well-being (2016); Civilizational Gandhi (2012); An Economics for Well-Being (2007); Let’s Make it Happen: a backgrounder on New Economics (2003); A Warning and an Opportunity: the Dispute over Swami Vivekananda’s Legacy (1994).

She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

She was awarded the Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 2000. From 2013 to 2016, she was the Gandhi Peace Fellow at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, a Mumbai-based foreign policy think tank. She serves on the Boards of Child Rights and You (CRY), Citizens for Peace (CfP) and the Centre of Education and Documentation (CED).

Ms. Bakshi has a BA in Journalism and Political Science from George Washington University and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Rajasthan.

About Desh Apnayen:

Since 2015, Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation, founded by Mr. Vallabh Bhanshali and his associates, has been offering schools across India unique and free programmes, aimed at making students ACTIZENS – alert, informed and active citizens. 

Please write to if you would like us to get in touch with schools that you know of and offer our programmes to them.

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A. Likhitha
A. Likhitha
3 years ago

Desh apnayen foundation is a platform to many children to show there talent it’s very wonderful opportunity to students and teacher ??

Anju Shrivastava
Anju Shrivastava
3 years ago

I really want to more about our Father Of Nation Bapu Ji .

Mahesh Ramchandra Singh
Mahesh Ramchandra Singh
3 years ago

I really want to such a program about Gandhi ji

3 years ago

First of all, a very good Morning to DESH APNAYEN SAHAYOG FOUNDATION team. Thank you to give an opportunity to be in the ‘Developing Gandhiji-Inspired ACTIZEN Leadership – Swa to Sarv… From Within to the World’ – work shop I am one among you to know more about Mahatma Gandhiji’s Leadership qualities with Satyagraha, who followed a novel method of agitation with truth and non viloaftion Thank You to ACTIZEN (The sponsors) group for gave me a chance to be within the work shop.

3 years ago

It is very useful to all Indians to know about Nations Father, Mahatma Gandhiji. Thank You