Shalini Randeria Discusses the Life Mahatma Gandhi on Ö1 Austrian Radio Series (in German)

Marking the 75th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's death on January 30, Rector and President Shalini Randeria spoke with Ö1 about the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. 

Moral teacher, ascetic and pacifist - the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was shaped by his commitment to equality, human rights and social justice. Already during his time as a lawyer in South Africa he developed the method of non-violent resistance. Returning to his homeland, Mahatma Gandhi began campaigning for a secular India and for the peaceful coexistence of Hindus and Muslims in 1915. His life was governed by satyagraha - adherence to truth.

Mahatma Gandhi became a symbol of the Indian independence movement with his nonviolent acts of civil disobedience, but was unable to prevent the separation of India. Just six months after the end of British colonial rule, he was assassinated by a Hindu nationalist.

The Ö1-series Betrifft Geschichte is dedicated to the life of Gandhi and provides an insight into his career as the intellectual and political leader of the Indian independence movement. (All audio is in German.)

Listen here:

Part 1: Life as a message

Part 2: The idea of civil disobedience

Part 3: Striving for independence

Part 4: More than a political symbol

Part 5: Gandhi's legacy