A Gandhi exam helps criminals, jailers discover truthMarch 20th, 2008 - 9:13 pm ICT by admin
Mumbai, March 20 (IANS) At the Arthur Road Jail, where an anti-terrorism court held trials last year, jail officials Thursday sat down along with prisoners for an examination on Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings. The Gandhi Peace Exam, that included 80 questions on the life, teachings and philosophy of the man who Indians call Father of the Nation, was conducted by the Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal (BSM).
S.N. Kingre, deputy jail superintendent, five sub-inspectors and seven constables of Mumbai Police sat alongside the 32 inmates for the exam, said BSM chief T.R.K. Somaiya.
The special anti-terrorism court on the 1993 serial bombings in this city held its hearings inside the Arthur Road Jail.
Last year, a hardcore criminal, Laxman Gole, had confessed to his crimes after reading Gandhi’s autobiography, “My Experiments with Truth”, a copy of which was given to him by BSM.
The BMS conducts the examination in several jails to help under-trials introspect and enable them to realize the power of truth and non-violence, Somaiya said.
Prior to the examination, orientation lectures on Gandhian philosophy are given to jail officials and inmates.
Mahatma Gandhi spent a total of six years in various jails during India’s freedom struggle.
Jails - which Gandhi referred to as temples - offer a chance to reform and start a new life with a clean self with renewed moral courage, Somaiya said.
The examinations, conducted for the past three years, have evoked tremendous response from jail authorities, inmates and the people at large and are followed up with merit awards and certificates.