by Jill Dalton
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 1, 2014
Image by Circuito Fora do Eixo via Flickr
Who the heck is Arun Gandhi, you might ask. He’s the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India who led India to independence and inspired civil rights and freedom movements across the globe by employing nonviolent civil disobedience tactics. Arun is also a peace activist in his own right. He’s the President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, and travels the world speaking about the practices of peace and nonviolence. For over thirty years he was a journalist for The India Times, and currently writes a blog for The Washington Post.
On Sunday, March 23rd, 2014, thirteen years after Arun Gandhi first came to Unity of New York and spoke on forgiveness in the aftermath of 9/11, I had the honor and privilege to hear both Bethany Hegedus and Arun Gandhi speak. The title of their talk was, “Lightning or Lamp?”
by Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
April 3, 2011
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(SOAPBOX #93) – Cindy hosts Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K., famously known as the “Mahatma” – or great-souled one. (He would have hated that, tolerating only being treated as an average man!) Nevertheless, it was that man who invented what he called satygraha (or “militant nonviolence”) and thereby changed the course of our whole world, inspiring leaders like Martin Luther King and many others, often less famed – but no less a stout and influential hero for peace. [Such as Badshah Khan. Continue reading
by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
Global Research, February 7, 2008
Arun Gandhi’s Pursuit of Peace
The fact that the fifth grandson of legendary peace activist Mahatma Gandhi, should be forced to resign as head of his own peace institute in the United States, after critical remarks he had made about Israeli policy, should set alarm bells ringing — not one, but two sets of bells. On the one hand, his forced resignation seemed to confirm the fear that anyone in the United States who dared criticize Israeli policy as aggressive, would be dubbed a “bigot” or “anti-semite,” and forced to withdraw from public life. On the other hand, however, a different alarm has been sounded, one that warns that such blanket condemnation of any criticism of Israeli policy, will boomerang, and force an open, honest, no-holds-barred debate on a crucial political and moral issue. So, from this standpoint, I say, let the alarm bells ring.