Arun Gandhi

ARUN GANDHI was born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa. He is the fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi.

Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he was beaten by “white” South Africans for being too black and “black” South Africans for being too white; so, Arun sought eye-for-an-eye justice. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering.

Grandfather taught Arun to understand nonviolence through understanding violence. “If we know how much passive violence we perpetrate against one another we will understand why there is so much physical violence plaguing societies and the world,” Gandhi said. Through daily lessons, Arun says, he learned about violence and about anger.

Arun shares these lessons all around the world. From speaking alongside President Clinton to speaking at the Chicago Children’s Museum to speaking at college campuses, his journeys have recently taken him to Croatia, France, Ireland, Holland, Lithuania, Nicaragua, China, Scotland, Japan and throughout the U.S.

Mahatma and Arun Gandhi

Mahatma and Arun Gandhi

Arun is very involved in social programs and writing, as well. Shortly after Arun married his wife Sunanda, they decided to live in India where Arun worked for 30 years as a journalist for The Times of India. Together, Arun and Sunanda started projects for the social and economic uplifting of the oppressed using constructive programs, the backbone of Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence. The programs changed the lives of more than half a million people in over 300 villages and they still continue to grow. Sunanda died in February of 2007 and the family is working to establish a school in poorest rural India in her name.

Arun is the author of several books. The first, A Patch of White, is about life in prejudiced South Africa; then, he wrote two books on poverty and politics in India; followed by a compilation of M.K. Gandhi’s Wit & Wisdom. He also edited a book of essays on World Without Violence: Can Gandhi’s Vision Become Reality? And, more recently, wrote The Forgotten Woman: The Untold Story of Kastur, the Wife of Mahatma Gandhi, jointly with his late wife Sunanda.

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2 Comments

  1. Dear Esteemed Arun Gandhi:

    It was listening to the radio while running errand I heard the most remarkable, unforgettable interview with Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson and
    a radio host on National Public Radio and how Grandfather Ghandi taught his grandson who had been sent to live with him, about anger; the different kinds of anger, diagrammed out and ways to identify the type of anger and methods to address these. I was incredibly eager and excited about this as I have never yet read or heard about something close to an objective method of identifying types of anger (source of anger perhaps) and a method(s) for a child, or youngster; teen or adult to approach anger intellectually and spiritually to understand this anger and methods to respond or address, etc. accordingly. It is so crucial to boys and well as girls especially in the U.S. to learn what this is and ways to address it whether it be at ‘day care’, grand mother or grand father, or other as
    we have neglected as individuals and as a society and a culture to
    do so at our peril.

    Anger, violence toward others, violence toward ourselves are mutilating our national spirit.

    If you could advise me where to access the chart of anger and methods for overcoming same, I would be your most humble servant.

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