Arun Gandhi: Learning from Grandfather and Transforming Enemies into Friends

Posted: March 11, 2022

Update from CEIE: June 8, 2023 | Arun Gandhi passed away last month at age 89. Arun was close to the center's work and visited our students on two different occasions to talk about the gift of anger as a motivational and creative force for change. We mourn his passing.  

In this interview, educator and writer Arun Gandhi reflects upon the teaching from his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi and his own commitments to peace and nonviolence. However powerful we may be here in the United States, we will not be able to survive if the rest of the world is going down the drain.”  

Arun Gandhi, born in 1934, is the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. He was a journalist for more than 30 years for the Times of India and has written for The Washington Post. His first of two books for children was Grandfather Gandhi. Currently, Arun serves as president of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and travels the world speaking to governmental leaders, as well as to university and high school students about the practices of peace and nonviolence.

He lives in Rochester, New York. Learn more at Arun Gandhi.

Listen here to his reflection: 
Learning from Grandfather and Transforming Enemies into Friends 

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