Sulabh’s work closely follows the path of Gandhi’s philosophy. Scholars from the US got a taste of it during their visit to Sulabh Gram
Eight American academicians had an engrossing and enlightening time when they visited Sulabh Gram. Their visit was part of ‘Pilgrimage of Peace’ programme, in which they are trying to understand the philosophy and work of Mahatma Gandhi. They are on a tour across the multiple cities, where one can find the imprints of Mahatma’s work. Delhi, Wardha, Sevagram, Mumbai and other places are in
The scholars belong to Cardinal Stritch University, Wisconsin, US and were a part of “Servant Leadership Programme”. The philosophy of the programme is that a leader should be a servant first. Prof. Mark Lewis Gesner, Professor, Leadership studies of Cardinal Stritch University said about Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh Social Reform Movement, “You reflect this concept in your life with an exemplary work.” They said that he is the greatest example to understand Gandhi and peace. They got a glimpse of Gandhian philosophy at Sulabh’s campus.
Servant leadership begins with a vision. The servant leaders see the big picture and don’t restrict themselves to trivial issues. They identify complex problems early and are able to implement workable solutions in a timely fashion by planning ahead. Secretary of Sarva Seva Sangh Mr. GVVSDS Prasad, while hailing the vision of Sulabh Founder, said, “Many great people in India worked for emancipation of untouchables. But your work has the distinction of a burning desire to root out the unjust system.” The American academicians said, “You won many prestigious awards both National and International. All of them together cannot measure the greatness of
Apart from Sulabh Shauchalya and upliftment of the untouchable community, Sulabh also extend help to thousands of widows of Vrindavan, Varanasi and Uttarakhand. Widows from Vindavan were also present to meet these American academicians. They were shocked to hear about their plight, how their life had become meaningless and colorless. Poor women were even abstained from celebrating festivals. Dr. Pathak organised Holi and Diwali for them. Now, with the effort of Dr. Pathak they are leading a better life. They weren’t allowed to use any kind of makeup. Dr. Pathak organized a fashion show for them to send a message to the society. Nancy Michel from Stanford was astonished to hear all these. She said, “I am amused how this man can do so much. If he would not have extended his helping hand to these poor women, their life won’t have been so comfortable. His effort is worth appreciation.” The vocational program run by Sulabh school is really wonderful, she added.
While welcoming the guests, Dr. Pathak highlighted the fundamentals and the philosophies of Gandhi. Sulabh Founder said, “The fundamentals of Gandhi are: truth, non-violence, honesty and integrity, ethics and morality, no difference in speech and action, trusteeship of wealth, welfare of people, constructive work, prohibition, sanitation, eradication of untouchability and social discrimination specially the untouchables (manual scavengers), health, village development, small-scale and cottage industries, female education, equality in religions etc.”
Social work is not just about providing help; it is about empowerment and sustainability.Gandhiji believed in these ideals. Dr Pathak, through his exemplary work, is empowering some of the most neglected sections of the society and creating a sustainable change.
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