Constructive work

Relinquishes Government Job in favour of full-time Constructive work

In 1991 N. Radhakrishnan relinguished his national assignment as Director of Gandhi  Smriti and Darshan Samiti in New Delhi. Though he could have continued in service  both inthe Goverment and his University for another 15 years, he opted for voluntary sector and plunged into three major National initiatives in order to involve youth, educational  institutions and the larger community in developing serious alternative programs to combat  the menace of violence through constructive activities.

As the National Convener of the Himsamukt Bharat Andolan (Violence-Free India Campaign) which is five years old now

(i) he has already contacted over one lakh of homes and 400 educational institutions in the South to encourage them to take the pledge against violence and enroll as nonviolent families.

(ii) established over 260 Shanti Kendras(Peace cells) in educational institutions in association with Gandhian and other service organisations.

(iii) launched serious campaigns to make available Gandhi Literature at cheaper rate to children in rural areas. He was part of a team as advisor to design and implement a program under the Poornodaya Book Trust of Kochi to popularize Gandhi’s Autobiography. This program was a major campaign under the banner Gandhi Sahityotsav  during which around 3.5 lakhs of copies of Gandhi’s Autobiography were sold out, mostly in educational institutions during 1998 to2002. This program had the support of Sri. Jitendra Desai of the NavajeevanTrust.

(iv) has been organizing discourses, training programs, seminars, symposia, workshops under the aegis of G. Ramachandran Institute of Nonviolence on a regular basis from 1984.

(v) 100 Years of Nonviolence: A Journey Through Six Gandhi Films and panel discussions on each film.Through this innovative program designed and implemented by him to generate interest in Gandhi, his work and message a program entitled 100 Years of  Nonviolence: A Journey Through Six Gandhi Films and panel discussions on each film was designed in 2006, he was able to revive interest in Gandhi in a large segment of people These films were screened and panel discussions held in over 120 educational institutions during the last two years in different parts of India. These programs were held in the jails also. The program continues.

(vi) Youth Assemblies against violence and Terror

As part of his programs to involve Youth in community work and social transformation in association with the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development (Sri Perumpudur), Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, Ekta parishad, Ahimsa Samvaay Kendras (Jain Viswa Bharati, Ladnun) a series of programs entitled, Youth Assemblies against violence and Terror were conceived. These Assemblies were begun on 30 January 2008 during the 60 Anniversaryof Gandhi’s Martyrdom. On that day in 28 places in India Youth Assemblies were held and an estimated number of 6000 youth participatedin this program.  The Youth Assemblies are continued to be held in different parts of India and since January 30 they were held in 31 more places there by making the total of Youth Assemblies held so far 59. Arrangements are being made to hold Youth Assemblies in different parts of India  on a regular basis and to make it an ongoing progrmme.

(vii) Campaigns against Hunger and Violence

(i) As part of the national campaign against Hunger and Violence, regional discussions and exchange of ideas with a broad spectrum of social activists across India were held in 12 places in India and as a follow-up a national convention of constructive workers was held on 27-29 January 2007 at which around 300 persons  attended. This was followed by another dialogue of selected representatives of institutions and voluntary organization on 27-28 January 2008 at Anuvrat Bhavan, New Delhi at which 180 functionaries participated.

(ii) As a follow-up of these initiatives steps are being taken to open ‘Peace Cells’ in educational institutions and creation of volunteer force in the residential areas to encourage citizens to follow nonviolent conflict management of disputes.

(viii) Trainer in nonviolence to Peace Groups abroad:

As the principal trainer on Gandhian techniques of conflict management he has been organizing training programs to the following international peace groups:

(a) Foundation for Co-Existence and National Anti-War Front (Sri Lanka)

(b) Centre of Global Nonviolence (Hawaii)

(c) International Nonviolence Conference (Atlanta)

(d) Gandhi Foundation for World Peace (Edmonton, Canada)

(e) TFF (Sweden)

(f) Global Alliance for Peace (New York)

(g) Global Network for DoP (Department of Peace) (Victoria)

(h) JUST International (Malaysia)