Culture of Nonviolence: Tolstoy, Gandhi and the Legacy of J.C. Kapur

A Paper by Pascal Alan Nazareth, Ambassador (Retd), Managing Trustee, Sarvodaya International Trust, delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 26, 2014

Distinguished chairman, vice chairmen, moderators and participants in this 12th annual session of the World Public Forum ‘Dialogue of Civilizations’.

I am greatly honoured and privileged to have been invited to address this very distinguished and scholarly gathering on the topic of ‘Tolstoy, Gandhi and the Legacy of J.C. Kapur’. My manifold thanks to all those involved in extending this invitation to me and to Prof. Marietta Stepanyants, Mahatma Gandhi Chair of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences for her generous introduction of me at this session.

All those involved in researching and diffusing by various means the vision and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi owe a great debt of gratitude to Prof. J.C. Kapur for bringing the Mahatma into the Dialogue of Civilizations discourse in a broad spectrum and insightful manner. I offer my personal homage and manifold thanks to him for this important contribution.

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