Gandhi Foundation

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"Richard Attenborough’s film on Gandhi attracted enormous audiences around the world and some of the fascination of the real man was vividly portrayed by Ben Kingsley’s sensitive portrayal. The time was ripe for a Gandhi society and so Surur Hoda, an Indian working for the International Transport Worker’s Federation in Britain, made the vital contacts.

"One of the key figures was David Ennals, a former cabinet minister in a Labour Government, who had recently been given a life peerage. Another was a prominent member of the Society of Friends, Cecil Evans, Assistant General Secretary of Quaker peace and Service. The Friends have a long-standing interest in Gandhi whose ideas and life are so congruent with the ideas they profess.

"These three then approached Richard Attenborough in the hope he would agree to be the President of such a society, which he did.

"Many other people thought likely to be sympathetic to this venture were contacted and on 10 October 1983 The Gandhi Foundation was launched at a meeting attended by about 200 people in Friends House in London.

"David Ennals became Chair, Surur Hoda the General Secretary, and Cecil Evans was called Adviser. David Ennals died in 1995 and was succeeded as Chair by Cecil Evans. Surur Hoda, the most significant figure in the Gandhi Foundation during 20 years, died in 2003, while Cecil Evans is no longer so active." [1]

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  1. History of the Gandhi Foundation, Gandhi Foundation, accessed July 20, 2007.
  2. Trustees, Gandhi Foundation, accessed July 20, 2007.