Understanding the Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi at The New Eternal Gandhi Museum
Houston is set to open a new museum, Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston, to honor the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, a civil rights leader, as well as highlight other worldwide leaders who embraced peaceful means to make social changes. Even though the museum has yet to open, many leaders around the world have already recognized the impact it will have. The museum is expected to open in August 2023.
Atul Kothari, co-founder, and museum trustee, talks to Blanca about why creating the first-of-its-kind museum in the country dedicated to promoting and preserving Gandhi’s legacy of nonviolent conflict resolution was important. He also mentions how this museum is a world-class institution that is meant to be a cultural and educational place that cultivates the universal values of Truth, Nonviolence, Peace, Love, and Service. Kothari describes how other worldwide peace leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Dalai Lama, are also highlighted.
Kothari talks about Gandhi’s history, describes the circular architecture of the museum, and what visitors can expect to see and learn in the exhibition galleries, the museum’s theatre, online virtual tours, upcoming events, and programs, as well as the need for volunteers.
Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston is located at 12379 Riceville School Road, Houston, TX 77031.
For Opening date celebration information, visit https://egmh.org or call 832-850-EGHM.
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[00:03:03] Our guest talks about how Mahatma Gandhi changed human destiny through nonviolent resistance, demonstrated by India’s independence from the British Empire, without firing a single shot. His belief in truth and non-violence is timeless. He initially studied law in England and later found his voice in South Africa.
[00:04:40] Our guest discusses Mahatma Gandhi’s life and teachings, his struggle for freedom, his philosophy of non-violence, and the design of a museum inspired by his legacy. It emphasizes the power of non-violence and the need for individuals to practice their own truth to create a better world. The museum’s design was influenced by Gandhi’s philosophy, and the circular shape symbolizes infinite sight.
[00:11:32] Our guest describes a museum with a statue donated by the government and portraits of global peace prize winners. The museum aims to convey the universal philosophy of truth and non-violence. It includes sections on Gandhi’s life, his fight against British rule, and his worldwide recognition. The Indo-American community has shown strong support, but more funding is needed. Volunteers are also welcome.
[00:18:18] Our guest discusses the importance of communication at the museum and the need to update it with advanced technology. It also mentions seeking connections with Apple, Disney, and Sesame Street for collaboration. The website is www.eduoh.edu for contacting.
[00:22:37] Our guest tells us about the Gandhi Museum, a world-class cultural educational museum dedicated to preserving and promoting Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of nonviolent conflict resolution. The guest suggests visiting the museum’s website and attending the grand opening.