Mohamed ElBaradei & Rajmohan Gandhi in egypt
In the turbulent post-revolution period in Egypt in November 2012, a time of enormous hope mixed with tremendous uncertainty, a small delegation from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) traveled to Egypt with the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. The idea was for Professor Rajmohan Gandhi and his wife Usha to lend their solidarity to the Egyptian people, and for Professor Gandhi to engage in a dialogue with Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei about the Egyptian uprising and the experience of Gandhi during India's independence movement.
THERE IS NO SAVIOR
Their encounter took place during a period of great instability and change. At that time, ElBaradei was head of the Constitution Party (hizb al-dastoor), and on the verge of leading the opposition coalition, The National Association for Change.The Egyptian parliament was in the process of drafting a new constitution, the government of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi was facing growing levels of popular discontent, and pressure was mounting on ElBaradei to provide an alternative to the Brotherhood and the Military (see There is No Savior).
Their conversations about how to organize After the Uprising, their reflections about Divide and Rule, global security, nuclear disarmament, minorities, and global citizenship, capture a combination of BIG IDEAS about global democracy, as well as more intimate stories about how the personal biographies of Dr. ElBaradei and Mahatma Gandhi intersected with monumental historical change in Egypt and India.
(All videos edited and produced by Linda Herrera except The Nuclear Video, edited by Shiva Bayat)
(See also Page on Mohamed ElBaradei)
Mohamed ElBaradei, an Egyptian diplomat, law scholar, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (1997-2009), and Nobel Peace Laureate (2005), became a leading figure in the Egyptian pro-democracy movement in 2009.
He founded the National Association for Change to advocate for a constitutional amendment to allow for fair and free presidential elections. After the 25 January Revolution that led to the toppling of Hosni Mubarak (president 1981-2011),
ElBaradei's support ofthe military's plan to oust the Muslim Brother president Mohamed Morsi (2012-2013) was highly controversial, as was his role in the provisional government headed by then General Abdul Fatah el-Sisi as Vice-President (July 14 to August 14, 2013). He resignedover violent crackdowns and mass killings by state security forces on the Muslim Brotherhood and other supporters of Morsi in what came to be known as the Rabaa massacre. He abruptly left Egypt and the political scene in 2013 to the chagrin of his supporters. Despite a mixed political legacy, ElBaradei was undeniably a pioneering voice and unique presence in Egyptian political life during the critical period of 2009-2013. He brought certain ideas into the public domain about global security, the human family, social solidarity, rule of law, equal protections and rights for minorities, constitutional reform and youth empowerment. He will remain an important figure in understanding the history, core ideas, and phenomenal event of the 2011 uprising.
Nobel official Bio
In 2014 Rajmohan Gandhi joined the Aam Aadmi Party in New Delhi and ran for office on a pro-poor and anti-corruption platform (he lost the election).
BOOKS BY r. GANDHI
THE DEMOCRACY DIALOGUE VIDEO VIGNETTES
are highlights from the ElBaradei-Gandhi Encounter. They capture a combination of BIG IDEAS about global democracy as well as more intimate stories about how the personal biographies of Dr. ElBaradei and Mahatma Gandhi intersected with monumental historical change
GANDHI IN EGYPT
IDEAS VS. IDEOLOGY
DIVIDE AND RULE
SEEDS OF CHANGE
CITIZENSHIP AND MINORITIES
AFTER THE UPRISING
THE NUCLEAR VIDEO
EDUCATING FOR GLOBAL SECURITY
SEE THE ELBARADEI PAGE FOR MORE ON HIS ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL AND EGYPTIAN POLITICS