Dr Savita Singh, former director of the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti has joined the Gandhi Mandela Foundation as the Vice-Chairman. Mr Nandan Jha, Secretary General of the Gandhi Mandela Foundation presented her a memento and welcomed her to the Organization.
Dr Singh has held several positions in the Government of India, including member, governing body of India Council of Cultural Relations (Ministry of External Affairs) and member of Committee on Educational and Socially Responsible Film (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting).
She is a member of prestigious Associations including the General Assembly of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Jury Member of the Committee on Educational and Socially Responsible Films and Member of the Governing Council of the Nelson Mandela Centre for the Study of Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia.
Her major publication is Satyagraha, published by the publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broad-Casting, Government of India. Dr Singh reiterated that Gandhi succeeded in transforming political activity with his intense faith in Truth and Nonviolence into mass movements, which he described as Satyagraha.
The Gandhi Mandela Foundation is a Government of India registered trust that promotes individual freedom, civil liberties and human rights across the globe with its headquarters in New Delhi and has its presence in America, Africa, Russia, Great Britain, Switzerland, China, Nepal and Bangladesh.
The Foundation instituted the Gandhi Mandela Awards during the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji to celebrate those who have carried forward that the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
The Chairman of the Foundation is India’s hindu spiritual leader Swami Avdheshanand Giri Ji Maharaj (President of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, a Board Member of World Council of Religious Leaders) and the Patron is Swami Ramdev. The Jury committee includes former Chief justices of three countries (India, Nepal & Bangladesh).
The Gandhi Mandela award is given annually in seven categories, and usually presented by the Head of the States that includes President, Vice-President, Prime Minister of Asian and African countries or a leading figure. The award ceremony takes place every year on 18th July (Nelson Mandela’s Birth Day) or 2nd October (Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday).