Arun Gandhi
Total Non Violence

February 2, 2016

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Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun Gand hi is the fifth grandson of India’s late spiritual leader, Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi. Growing up under South Africa’s apartheid was difficult, humiliating and often dangerous. Enduring bigoted attacks from Euopean-African youths for not being “white” and from Native Africans for not beinz “black”, increased the anger that Arun Gandhi bore as a young man. Hoping that time with his grandfather would help the twelve year old Arun control his ‘rage and deal with prejud ice through nonviolent means , his parents took him to India to live with “The Mahatma” (great soul) in 1946. Arun’s stay with his grandfather coincided with the most tumultuous period in India’s struggle to free itself from British rule .

His grandfather showed Arun firsthand the effects of a national campaign for liberation carried out through both violent and nonviolent means. For eighteen months, while Gandhi imparted lessons to his grandson, the young man was also witnessing world history unfold before his eyes. This combination set Arun on a course for life. Arun’s father, Man ilal, Gandhi’s second son, spent over sixteen years in prison as he was repeatedly jailed for his efforts to change South African apartheid nonviolently. Arun’s mother, Sushi la, spent fifty-four years at Gandhi’s ashram “Phoenix” outside Durban. After the deaths of Gandhiji and Manilal, Sushila was the ashram’s driving force until its destruction in 1985. The community had been in existence for over eighty years. At twenty-three, Arun returned to India and worked as a jounalist and reporter for “The Times of India.”

He, his wife, Sunanda, and several colleagues started the successful economic initiative, India’s Center for Social Unity, whose mission is to alleviate poverty and caste discrimination. The Center’s success has now spread to over 300 villages, improving the lives of more than 500 thousand rural Indians. Having written four books and hundreds of articles, Dr. Gandhi is an accomplished author and journalist. He and Sunanda published the “Suburban Echo” in Bombay from 1985 -1987. Arun and Sunanda moved to Oxford, Mississippi in the United States in 1987. At the University of Mississippi, they collected material to compare race issues in the American south , color discrimination in South Africa, and the caste system in India. In October 1991, the Gandhis founded the “M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.” Its mission is to examine, promote, and apply the principles of nonviolent thought and action through research, workshops, seminars and community service.

All proceeds from the sale of Dr Gandhi’s presentation will go to his charity set up to help child victims of trafficking and exploitation in the worlds poorest places.

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