Lecture to mark the UN International Day of Nonviolence &Gandhi Jayanti in Tunisia from 4th to 5thOctober, 2016 Organized by the Embassy of India in Tunisia, University of Manoubaand Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi
 

On the occasion of the UN International day of Nonviolence 2016 the Embassy of India in Tunisia and ICCR, New Delhiorganized Gandhiji's birth anniversary celebrations from October 3-6, 2016 in association with the University of Manouba, which is one of the largest and most prominent universities in Tunisia.


Mahatma Gandhi is widely adored by the common Tunisian masses as Mahatma Gandhi is taught in Tunisian schools as part of educational curriculum. Intelligentsia and think tanks often refer to Mahatma Gandhi in their discourses and lectures. A prominent street is named after Mahatma Gandhi in the center of Tunisia.

 
 

A series of lectures on ‘nonviolent resistance is as relevant as ever’ were delivered by Mrs.ShobhanaRadhakrishna, the Eminent Gandhian, at the Faculty of Arts, Literature and Culture of the University of Manuobaon 4th and 5th October, 2016 as they were very keen to host lectures on Mahatma Gandhi, and particularly, on the relevance of non-violence in the contemporary times in Tunisia in the backdrop of several terror incidents on both sides of the Mediterranean, including three ghastly attacks in Tunisiawithin one year in 2015 killing more than 70 lives. It was attended more than 100 students and journalists in the presence of H.E. PrashantPise, Ambassador of India, H.E. Ambassador of South Africa, Former Minster of Higher education, Mr. ChihebBouden, Mrs. Brahmi, Member of Parliament, Mr. HabibKazdaghli, Doyen, University of Manaouba and other senior faculty members, and prominent thinktanks such as Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies, Tamimi Foundation and Centre fora Islam and Democracy from 12 noon to 1:0 pm  in the HasanHoseni Abdel Waheb Conference Hall. The lecture was followed by a cultural program by the students including singing, poetry recitation on peace, student’s appeal for bringing about peace by following the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi.

 
 
After the lecture on Mahatma Gandhi and the cultural program, as part of the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations, Mahatma Gandhi's statue was installed in the premises of the Faculty of Arts, Literature and Culture of the University of Manaouba. Earlier the university senate had given the approval to the facultyand it was the first time Mahatma Gandhi's statue was installed in any educational institution in Tunisia.
 
     
 

On 4th October in a first time in the university a workshop was held by Mrs. ShobhanaRadhakrishna, the Eminent Gandhianand Mr. Ravi Chopra for the students of the Faculty of Arts, Literature and Culture of the University of Manuoba and the faculty member in the lecture hall. The workshop focused on non-violence in the context of the Arab revolution that began in Tunisia but was largely non-violent; how relevant the message of peace and non-violence is in the context of several violent, terrorist attacks in Tunisia and in the neighborhood. The workshop was held for two hours from 2:30- 4:00 pm followed by Q&A by the students.