Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson to speak at opening of temporary Gandhi exhibit at Lincoln Presidential Museum October 8

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Springfield, IL  Two of world history’s most well known and respected leaders will come together when a Mahatma Gandhi exhibit opens during a special reception the evening of Saturday, October 8 at 6 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.  The exhibit may be viewed daily through November 10 by anyone paying regular Museum admission.

 
The exhibit will include Mahatma Gandhi photographs and period media coverage, and is being presented in cooperation with the India Association of Greater Springfield.  It is part of the Presidential Museum’s efforts to commemorate the great achievements of visionary leaders across the world that contribute to our understanding of Lincoln’s legacy.  Gandhi was the great ideological leader of India during India’s struggle for independence from Great Britain, and dedicated his life to the struggle for freedom and civil rights of the oppressed castes in the Indian society.  Gandhi’s inspiring and world-changing life has many parallels to the Lincoln legacy that is celebrated at the Museum.
 
Gandhi’s grandson, Rajmohan Gandhi, will make remarks and sign copies of his books during the October 8 opening reception, and tickets at $25 each may be reserved by calling (217) 558-8934.  The buffet reception will feature Indian cuisine and a silent auction with proceeds to help conserve key items in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s collections.
 
 A special “teacher talks” session with Rajmohan Gandhi, open to any educator free of charge, will be held from 5 to 5:45 p.m. October 8 in the adjacent Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.  Interested educators should call (217) 558-8934 to make reservations.
Rajmohan Gandhi is a research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; a former parliamentarian in India; and the author of the award-winning biography Gandhi.  His latest book, A Tale of Two Revolts:  India’s Mutiny & The American Civil War, compares the 1857 Revolt in India and the American Civil War – seemingly fought for very different reasons, occurring at opposite ends of the globe in the middle of the nineteenth century.  But they were both fought in a world still dominated by Great Britain and the battle cry in both conflicts was freedom.  Rajmohan Gandhi reconstructs events from the point of view of William Howard Russell – an Irishman who was also perhaps the world’s first war correspondent – and uncovers significant connections between the histories of the United States, Britain and India. The result is a tale of two revolts, three countries and one century.
 
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869 – 1948) was the foremost political and ideological leader of India during that nation’s independence movement.  He pioneered the use of non-violent civil disobedience to fight tyranny and injustice, and inspired movements using this philosophy for civil rights and freedom across the world.  Gandhi is often referred to as “Mahatma,” or “Great Soul” in Hindi, and is also known in India as “Bapu,” or “father.”  His October 2 birthday is a national holiday in India and is observed worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence. 
 
For more information about programs or exhibits at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, visit www.presidentlincoln.org.
 

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