Gandhi Smarak Nidhi
As is well known, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi (GSN) was established by the Indian National Congress after the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. To start with, the ad hoc committee constituted as per the decision taken on 6th February 1948 included great national leaders — Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad and Shri Jagjivan Ram amongst many others. On 13th February 1948, an appeal was issued by Dr. Rajendra Prasad to the people to donate liberally to the GSN. The Congress Working Committee approved these decisions and measures in its meeting held on 21-22 February 1948. Finally, on 17th December 1948 the GSN was constituted as a public chari¬table Trust having a 24-member Board of Trustees including the above national leaders along with other equally eminent national leaders. It was subsequently registered in Delhi vide No 5394 dated 14.09.1993. GSN is located in modest build¬ings constructed on a piece of 6.199 acres of land provided by the Government of India, free of cost, on long term (99 years) perpetual lease at Rajghat, New Delhi -110002.
Communal harmony has all along been a major item on the agenda of GSN’s constituent/sister institutions with outstanding track record and notable contribution to their credit. It is pertinent to mention that GSN’s present Chairman, Shri R.N. Upadhyay has received National Communal Harmony Award 2007 of the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs for his exemplary work in the North-Eastern India.
Vital Role of Museums
National Gandhi Memorial Museum (NGMM) and State Museums at Madurai (TN), Patna (Bihar), and Barrackpore (WB), promoted and assisted by GSN, have been playing an extremely vital role as regards providing information, educa¬tion and inspiration on Gandhiji’s life, thought and action and keeping his memory alive through valuable exhibits, benefit¬ing visitors from all over India and world at large…
Book stalls, libraries and over two dozen journals and periodi¬cals of GSN and its constituent/sister institutions have been disseminating valuable literature, knowledge and information on Gandhiji’s life, thought and work in various languages locally, nationally and internationally. GSN’s bulletins, Sanst¬hakul in Hindi and English and GPF’s journals Gandhi Marg in Hindi and English deserve special mention.
Establishment of eleven new units in new and/or uncovered states, viz. Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Sikkim, prioritizing the violence ridden-ones, over a reasonable period of time.