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August 23, 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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Gandhian Rao to visit Eastern Michigan University Aug. 23

YPSILANTI - Dr. S.N. Subba Rao, who has been referred to as the “the living spirit of Mahatma Gandhi,” will bring his message of peace to Eastern Michigan University Tuesday, Aug. 23.

“We are very honored that Dr. Rao is making time to visit EMU,” said Dr. John Fallon, president of Eastern Michigan University. “He is an incredible speaker with a very important message about how young people can be involved in making the world a more peaceful place.”

As part of his statewide, goodwill visit, Rao will spend the day on campus meeting with groups, including EMU’s Indian Student Association and members of the community.

As a young schoolboy, Rao joined India's freedom struggle through the Quit India Movement. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's nonviolence principles, he has dedicated his life to inspiring youth to constructively participate in development in India.

He serves as director of the National Youth Project Trust in India, which sponsors Gandhi Camps both in India and the United States. The camps teach young people the Gandhian principles of truthfulness, tolerance and self-help. Established in 1992, the NYPT was awarded the National Communal Harmony Award in 2003.

Rao is a “lifetime worker” in the Gandhi Peace Foundation and is the recipient of the prestigious Rajeev Gandhi Sadbhavana Award and the Indira Gandhi Award for social work.

He is often referred to as 'the dacoit man' because of the 1972 event where 189 dacoits surrendered to Jaya Prakash Narayan in Rao's Mahatma Gandhi Seva ashram, Chambal. Since then, Rao has become involved in the rehabilitation of dacoits and their families after they have served their terms in government custody.  “Dacoits” are considered mercenaries and pirates, and are feared in the Chambal Valley.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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