A creative project to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary
SIDDHI is a fortnightly webinar series launched by IIT Madras to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. SIDDHI stands for Self-reliant India: Discussions and Dialogues for Humane Innovations. Gandhi emphasized swaraj - self-reliance, self-sufficiency, social development, self-governance, and development of all sections of India. SIDDHI was started in compliance with United Nations and Government of India's Initiatives listed below.
Gandhi's Khadi Movement was also a step towards Gandhi''s concept of Swarajya or self-governance. The promotion of Khadi by Gandhi was aimed at achieving self-sufficiency and was also aimed at promoting indigenous cottage industries.
The Gandhian approach towards inclusive and sustainable development was in many ways a precursor to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).
The NITI Aayog, the policy think tank of the Government of India, emphasizes a New India that is clean (swaccha), healthy (swastha), educated (shikshit), prosperous (sampanna), capable and self-sufficient (saksham), and secure (surakshit) India.