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The Encounter in Post-Revolution 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.  

Gandhi in Egypt

with subtitles in  Arabic   Chinese  Korean  Urdu

Many people spoke of Gandhi's spirit as being present in Egypt's Tahrir square during the January 25 Uprising of 2011. In 2012, his grandson Rajmohan visited Egypt to engage in dialogue with Mohamed ElBaradei


The video vignettes highlight a theme 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.


Democracy Dialogue with Mohamed ElBaradei & Rajmohan Gandhi 

Democracy Dialogue, inspired by the Arab Uprisings of 2011, explores the meaning and practice of democracy in an era of breathtaking change and challenges.

The Seeds of Change: Growing up in the Nasser Era

Mohamed ElBaradei talks about growing up during the time of Gamal Abdel Nasser and how his father Mustapha ElBaradei, a lawyer and head of Egypt's Bar Association at the time, planted in him the seeds of change. C

Ideas vs. Ideology

with subtitles in Arabic    Chinese    Korean   Urdu

What ideas are needed to advance global democracy movements? What are the dangers of ideology? Hera ElBaradei and Gandhi speak about these critical questions in this DD video. 

Divide & Rule

with subtitle in Arabic   Chinese .  Korean   Urdu

Rajmohan Gandhi tells a cautionary tale from India. He warns against movements that divide people along religious and ideological lines, and stresses the need to work across lines of difference for the good of societies and the whole of humanity.

Citizens and Minorities

with subtitles in Arabic   Chinese   Korean   Urdu

Mohamed ElBaradei and Rajmohan Gandhi recall episodes in history when minorities suffered untold persecution and violence from the "tyranny of the majority." They argue for systems  of law and human understanding that lead to  the protections of minorities.

The Nuclear Video

The Nuclear Video with subtitles in  Arabic    Chinese

"We are on the path of self-destruction if we do not change course and move into a world that has a global sense of security that does not depend on nuclear weapons." Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace Laureate and former Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Brain Drain in Egypt

Mohamed ElBaradei on brain drain in Egypt. Recorded November 20, 2012 from Democracy Dialogue

Educating for Global Security

"From kindergarten we have to make children understand the shared values we have." So says Nobel peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei. In this video he talks about the connections between education, global citizenship, and global security.