Fifth Grandson of Mohandas “Mahatma” K. Gandhi, Speaker, Author, “Gandhi’s Legacy of Love”
Bio: Arun Gandhi
Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun 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. For the past five years, he has participated in the Renaissance Weekend deliberations with President Clinton and other well-respected Rhodes Scholars. This year, some of his engagements included speaking at the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Women’s Justice Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also delivered talks at the Young President’s Organization in Mexico, the Trade Union Leaders’ Meeting in Milan, Italy, as
well as the Peace and Justice Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Sometimes, his journeys take him even further. Arun has spoken in Croatia, France, Ireland, Holland, Lithuania, Nicaragua, China, Scotland and Japan. Also, he is a very popular speaker on college campuses. In the past year, he spoke at, North Dakota State University, Concordia College, Baker University, Morehouse College, Marquette University, and the University of San Diego.
Arun is very involved in social programs and writing, as well. Shortly after Arun married his wife Sunanda, they were informed the South African government would not allow her to accompany him there. Sunanda and Arun decided to live in India, and 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 (1949), 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. Arun’s most recent book is “Grandfather Gandhi,” published by Simon & Schuster.
CLICK HERE for Arun Gandhi’s biography on Wikipedia.
Booking Now for 2015: Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi as keynote speaker for your school, business, or community organization’s event.
Arun Gandhi is available to speak at your school or community organization on the following topics:
Gandhi’s Legacy of Love
The Forgotten Women
(Stories of grandmother and mother)
Life and Times with Gandhi (Stories of living with grandfather)
Gandhi’s Seven Deadly Social Sins (and Arun Gandhi’s 8th Social Sin)
Nonviolence in the Twenty First Century Gandhi, King, and Malcolm X
Season for Nonviolence
“Be the Change” What Can I Do?
Arun Gandhi Speaks on Grandfather’s Lessons in Nonviolence and How to Make Peace
Arun Gandhi discusses “Lessons my grandfather taught me as a teenager, and the example that my parents set for me which gave me an insight into the philosophy of life and our connection with each other and all of creation.” Through these stories, we are able to look at ourselves and our own lives and truly begin to understand that the power is within each of us to “Be the Change.”
Students, Adults, and Senior Citizens alike have commented on how the stories Arun Gandhi shares about life with his grandfather not only, inspire, but engage and enlist us to be better people and citizens–and to reach out with big hearts filled with compassion for all people.