Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship first award at McMaster University. Hamilton. ON. Canada 

Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship first award at McMaster University. 

….. “Treat others as you wish to be treated”.

Photo: Adrianna Michell (in picture with Ram Sahadeo beside bust of Gandhi)

It’s a simple creed, but one that Ramnarine Sahadeo wishes more people would live by – which is why he’s established in 2017 a scholarship in the name of famed Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi who used nonviolent civil disobedience to fight British rule and inspired civil rights and independence movements around the globe.   Ramnarine Sahadeo (

Born on the tiny island of Leguan, Guyana, just nine months before Gandhi was assassinated, Ramnarine credits this tiny, self-sufficient, multicultural community for exposing him to the closet example of what a society would look like if it practiced the principles of Sarvodaya – live in order to help others to live. In his retirement, this lawyer is actively researching the life of Gandhi, writing, reading and speaking about those universal principles that can improve the life of every individual who can make a significant contribution to any country they call home.    

Daughter to two McMaster Graduates and born at McMaster Hospital, Adrianna is proud to call Hamilton and McMaster home. As the Faculty and Peace Studies representative for Undergraduate Council and Manager at the Student Health Education Centre, Adrianna is actively involved on campus. Entering her 3rd year in Humanities studying English and Cultural Studies she is also working hard toward a combined honours with Peace Studies. Adrianna’s interest in Peace Studies began after taking a first-year introductory course that explored the discipline of peace research, with focus on the concepts of peace, war, security, conflict, violence and nonviolence, and examined the roles of values and ideologies in the attainment of peace. Adrianna is grateful to have been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship. The fact that Ramnarine has invested in her education as a Peace Studies scholar by creating a scholarship is heartwarming and encouraging. Live in order to help others live.

Ramnarine has provided enough funds to finance the scholarship for now and is urging Gandhi admirers around the world to take this opportunity to promote Gandhi’s life and message by make a gift to the scholarship. The hope is to continue the award in perpetuity and award a new student studying peace every year.

Canadian donors can make a tax deductible, online donation here: 

  • USA donors can make cheques payable to: Friends of McMaster University
  • Canadian donors can make cheques to: McMaster University

  • Memo line: Gandhi Scholarship

  • Post mail to: Deanna Tigani

  • 1280 Main St. West OJN 432
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4L8

Alternatively, call Deanna Tigani with your credit card details at: (905) 525-9140 ext 26505 or email her at for more information.


Press Release from: Deanna Tigani. Senior Development Officer. McMaster University. Hamilton ON. Canada

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