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Vedzen gives the top lean manufacturing and construction in Pune, India.Laxman Gole of Vedzen Institute did a Gandhi orientation program at Maher Ashram this Sunday, 30th January. The 200 children of Maher Ashram densely attended the program.

Maher is a non-profit organisation, founded by Sr. Lucy Kurien in 1956. It is situated in Vadhu Budruk, a village in the Pune-district. This program was conducted as a part of Project Parivartan initiated by Rotary Club of Pune Central.The occasion being the Martyrs Day, GandhianThoughts and Philosophy was discussed in detail. A movie, ''Bapu ne kaha tha'' was shown to illustrate the principles of Gandhi and its simplicity of practice. This movie shows a kid and his take on Gandhiji's Satyagraha to fight back the land to its rightful owner. Awareness on Gandhian principles was accentuated by distributing books on his life to the children and staff of the ashram.

The purpose of the session was to inculcate the spirit of peace and communal harmony in the children's mind as Gandhi had visualized amongst people from different walks of life. It is the need of the hour to lead our country towards progress. This is more relevant and necessary in todays atmosphere where hatred, disharmony, violence and intolerance are spreading at an alarming rate and moral values are on a decline.

The program was attended by a number of foreign social workers, who are associated with Gandhian Philosophy and work to spread it across all regions. The children were excited with the opportunity of learning and appreciated Laxmans oratory skills when he narrated true stories from Gandhis life.

''Gandhiji changed my life''

On 10th December, Human Rights Day, Mr. Gole was invited by Karnataka State Law University to share his life experience regarding Gandhijis autobiography with Gulbaraga centrals prisoners.

Ex-convict Laxman Gole shares his experiences with Gulbarga prison inmates

Telling tale:Laxman Tukaram Gole spins a charkha to produce yarn during a demonstration to mark Human Rights Day at Gulbarga Central Prison on Friday.

GULBARGA: This is a story of the transformation of a man from a hardened criminal to an ambassador of Gandhian philosophy and principles.

Thirty-one-year-old Laxman Tukaram Gole spent nearly seven years in different jails in Maharashtra, facing charges ranging from assault, attempt to murder and extortion. However, after coming under Mahatma Gandhis spell, he became an apostle of truth and non-violence. He has now taken it upon himself to transform the lives of inmates in jails across the country.

''I completed my last jail term from Nasik prison after being booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act on extortion charges. It was there that I came across My Experiments With Truth, the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi, that changed the course of my life,'' said Mr. Gole, who was in Gulbarga to speak to the inmates of Gulbarga Central Prison and share his experiences with them.



''But all this changed after I read the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi. His honesty in accepting his follies and apologising for them moved me. I decided to follow Gandhian principles from that day,'' he said.

Mr. Gole said that he took an oath that he would only speak the truth from then on. ''The greatest challenge to my resolve came when I was produced before a judge in a court in Nasik. I confessed to my crime. The judge informed that I could be sentenced for upto seven years for the charges I faced. But I stuck to my resolve and told the judge that I wanted to serve the jail term.''

''After completing four years of the term, I came out and took up the task of going around prisons throughout the country and sharing my experiences with the inmates in an effort to change their lives too.'' Mr. Gole has already visited the high-security Tihar Jail and all jails in Maharashtra. He is visiting Karnataka for the first time.

Published By The Hindu on December 11, 2010

Ex-convict secures varsity teachers post

In mythology, a reformed Ratnakar became Valmiki and went on to write the Ramayana. Laxman Gole, who had served sentences for assault, attempt to murder and extortion, has now become a preacher of Gandhian values. Thats not all; the 31-year-old former convict has been offered an honorary assistant teacher's job by the Karnataka State Law University.

After being introduced to Mahatma Gandhis writings during his jail term of almost seven years, Gole became an advocate of non-violence and truth. In fact, he has made it his lifes mission to transform lives of jail inmates across the country.

Last week, on Human Rights Day, he was invited by the Karnataka State Law University to deliver a lecture at Gulbarga central prison. He spoke to the inmates about Gandhi autobiography My Experiments With Truth, which, he says, changed his life.

According to Tulsidas Somaiya, programme co-ordinator of Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal, impressed by Gole lecture, the universitys vice-chancellor JS Patil announced Goles appointment as an honorary assistant teacher. ''His new job will enable him to share his experiences with students and guide them on

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and Gandhiji's thoughts have changed his life completely,'' said Somaiya.


Gole, who had studied up to Std VII, said that his life took a new turn after he read Bapus biography. ''When I appeared for the Gandhi Peace exam in Nashik jail, I realised that there was much more to life than power and money. After speaking to inmates about my experience after reading the book, I received letters from them,'' he said.

Gole was detained under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act and was externed from Mumbai for two years. After his release from Nashik jail in 2008, he spent almost one and a half years at the Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal's Gandhi book shop at Grant Road.

Six months ago, a Pune-based consulting firm offered him a Rs20,000 a month job in the training section of their human resources department. He has been working for the firm since then.

The teachers job will take him to Karnataka occasionally.

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