Mahatma Gandhi Essay Contest

L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (ENU) and Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Embassy of India are pleased to announce an Essay Contest to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, is an icon of peace and non-violence, whose contribution to human development, promotion of democratic values, brotherhood and peaceful co-existence are unparalleled and are as relevant today as these were in his own lifetime.

Born in Gujarat, India on 2 October 1869, he was a lawyer, politician, editor, writer, and social activist who became the leader of the Indian nationalist movement against the British rule in India.

A persuasive speaker and activist, Gandhi used a doctrine of non-violent protest (or Satyagraha) to peacefully protest British oppression of India. His tactics gained followers around the world and successfully achieved political and social progress in India.

Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and approach of non-violent protest became a model for social activists around the world, including leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela. As a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, in 2007 the United Nation declared his date of birth to be celebrated as International Day of Non-Violence. (Ref. UN General Assembly Resolution No. A/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007. See

Topic: “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

Prizes: The three winning entries from all the submissions will be selected by the judges and will receive the following awards:

1st Prize – 10,000/- kzt

2nd Prize – 7,500/- kzt

3rd Prize – 5,000/- kzt

Consolation Prize (2 Nos.) – 3,000/- kzt each

All selected entries will receive a Certification of Participation.

Winners will be contacted by 21 September 2019 and invited to attend the Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration on 2 October 2019 in Nur-Sultan.

Who is eligible: All Students enrolled in ENU and other Universities in Kazakhstan.

What is required to be submitted:

Each entry should comprise:

a. An essay of up to 750 words on the given topic.

b. Short biographical information of the Student that includes their name, age, phone/ email, class/ course, and Institution, and why they chose to enter this contest.

Note: All entries would be the property of the ENU and the Embassy of India, who would be free to use them in a manner considered appropriate by them, with due acknowledgment of the author.

How to submit:

a. Entries can be submitted in English, Kazakh or Russian.

b. Materials should be submitted in pdf or word format.

c. All Entries must be e-mailed to:

Deadline: All entries must be submitted by 31 August 2019.

Questions: Please email any questions to:

Dr. Punit Gaur

Director, Center for G-Global and The Great Silk Road Projects Development,

L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University,

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan


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