Gandhi expert visits CU Coventry to deliver talk to students

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An expert on Gandhi's life and political activism visited CU Coventry to speak to students as part of a world tour sponsored by the Consulate General of India.

Friday 27 September 2019


CU Coventry students were urged to be ‘the change they want to see in the world’ at a special lecture commemorating the 150th birthday of iconic political activist Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi expert Shobhana Radhakrishna visited CU Coventry, part of the Coventry University Group, to talk to students about Gandhi’s life, his activism, and how students can improve their lives based on what he went through.

The talk is part of a world tour covering 30 countries, giving dozens of lectures on how lessons can still be learnt from Gandhi’s struggle.

A packed events space at CU Coventry’s state-of-the-art Mile Lane campus heard about Gandhi’s education in London, his protests against the British government in India at the time, and how he achieved transformational change through his approaches and philosophy.

Mahatma Gandhi was a truly inspirational person, and his non-violent protests against British rule in India still have relevance today.

His compassion and ethics are qualities that everyone can aspire to, both in their jobs and their personal lives.

I came to speak at CU Coventry because of the great young minds the students have, and those I spoke to can be the change they want to see in the world.

Our world leaders currently show no signs of solving modern day issues such as climate change and the displacement of refugees.

I’d like to think Gandhi’s achievements show that change is always possible, and it can be achieved without the need for violence.

Shobhana Radhakrishna

Bhajan Aulak, Management and Leadership Course Leader at CU Coventry, helped organise the lecture, which was sponsored by the Consulate General of India.

This lecture was fascinating, and gave all of the students in attendance something to think about as they left the space.

I have to thank Shobhana for choosing to visit CU Coventry, and I hope the students who listened to her take a little bit of inspiration from her talk.

Bhajan Aulak, Management and Leadership Course Leader at CU Coventry

Staff and students with Shobhana Radhakrishna