ahimsa would not tolerate the idea of giving a free meal to a healthy person who has not worked for it in some honest way, and if I had
the power I would stop every Sadavarta where free meals are given. It has degraded the nation and it has encouraged laziness, idleness,
hypocrisy and even crime. Such misplaced charity adds nothing to the wealth of the country, whether material or spiritual, and gives a false
sense of meritoriousness to the donor.
- Mahatma Gandhi, Young India, 13 Aug 1925, p. 282)
GandhiServe is an enterprise registered at Berlin, Germany.
It has been established in 1998 with the aim to help promoting Gandhian values throughout the world.
GandhiServe offers products and services relating to
Mahatma Gandhi and India's independence movement. GandhiServe mainly operates through its webportal
ebay shop and
the GandhiServe Store.
GandhiServe firmly believes in and follows the principles of simplicity, self-support and trusteeship as propagated by Mahatma Gandhi.
It is GandhiServe's policy that all gains are to be used to further the promotion of Gandhian values, namely through the charitable
GandhiServe Foundation. The foundation funds
its educational and research activities largely by the financial support of GandhiServe.
One of the foundations prime web activities is the Gandhian social network GandhiTopia.
CEO of GandhiServe and also the founder and acting chairperson of GandhiServe Foundation and web admin of GandhiTopia is Peter Rühe.
He is also the owner of The Gandhi Collection. Part of the collection has been made available on