Her brother started Gandhigiri and now she is taking it forward. “Gandhi is the biggest peace icon and there is a lot to learn from him,” says Priya Dutt. The Member of Parliament and sister of Bollywood actor, Sanjay Dutt was in the Capital to launch an online competition — Youth 4 Gandhi. As a prelude to Commonwealth Games, the campaign is primarily launched to inculcate Gandhian values in the Indian youth.
“It’s called Gandhi and Sport Gen 2010, wherein the youth of Delhi will be using their creativity and multimedia skills to come up with short films, animation, illustrations, jingles and paintings to express their ideas”, says Jahnavi Prasad, founder, Youth 4 Gandhi. “Also I feel sport is a very good medium for peace,”, adds Prasad.
The campaign is guided by a panel of young statesmen, peace educators and social activists, such as Priya Dutt and Vikram Akula to name a few. “Commonwealth Games are the talk of the town and what better time to get the youth of the Capital closer to Gandhian values," says Dutt.
On asked about her reactions to all the negative stories doing the round around the Commonwealth Games, Dutt says, “It's a matter of great respect for our country that we are hosting such a big sports event. The government is taking all the necessary measures to make it a great success.”
All the participants can submit their entries online at youth4gandhi.com. Last date to receive the entries is 9 September, 2010. There will be 36 prizes for the winners and the best entry will be given the Youth 4 Gandhi Icon of the year 2010 award.