Arun Gandhi, Grandson of ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi – United Nations International Day of Nonviolence

Posted on October 2, 2013

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a very young Arun Gandhi with his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi and family

a very young Arun Gandhi with his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi and family

In celebration of October 2, as Gandhi’s birthday, we received this statement from Arun M Gandhi, the Grandson of ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi at his International Office:

A message from Arun Gandhi, Grandson of ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi on the occasion of
‘Gandhi Day’ – United Nations International Day of Nonviolence – this day October 2nd, 2013

To all my personal friends and friends of my late grandfather Mohandas ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi I send
warm regards and best wishes from my home in Rochester, New York.
I have been encouraged by many to continue writing an annual message on the day of
Grandfather’s birthday, October 2nd (1896 – 1948). This date is now know as the United Nations
International Day of Nonviolence which was designated by the U.N. to acknowledge Mohandas
‘Mahatma’ Gandhi each year.
I continue to write this annual message and I now share this with you and those who hold dear
the wisdom, and benefit from the philosophy and message of Mahatma Gandhi.

Bapu, we still love you!

I received a letter from an Indian friend who lived for many years in Britain and San Diego and
recently decided to go back to India to take back home the Gandhi legacy “Become the change
you wish to see in the world.” Like thousands before him he is disillusioned. He has not been
able to find Gandhi in the new India. Of course, Gandhi’s image adorns all the currency notes,
there are statues in town squares and every city and town has a “Mahatma Gandhi Road.” Lip
service is paid to Gandhi’s memory on his birthday and his death anniversary.

But, thankfully, Gandhi is not forgotten by everyone. He still lives and influences people in
small towns and villages of India where common people are quietly bringing about a change that
Gandhi talked about. Hardcore, Khadi-wearing “Gandhi’ans” will not recognize these individuals
as followers of Gandhi’s traditions. But Gandhi was not about wearing Khadi and dogmatically
using Gandhi’s writings as the blueprint for change. Gandhi encouraged people to use their
wisdom and imagination to do what is necessary to bring about a change. Gandhi wanted his
writings to be burnt on his pyre because he did not wish to leave behind a dogma.

Fifteen years ago I went in search of Gandhi’s soul and I knew I would not find it in the modern
westernized, materialistic cities of India so I travelled through the villages and found hundreds
of interesting organizations quietly changing society one person at a time. I decided to share my
findings with people who were interested in joining me in a Gandhi Legacy Tour during
December and January each year. Over the years hundreds have come and were impressed by
the amazing sacrifices that young people have made to help the poor and the destitute.

Perhaps, that is as it should be because Gandhi always believed true India existed in its 600,000
villages, not in the cities! Bapu will always be there wiping the tears and tending the wounds of
the forgotten humanity dismissed by urban gentry as the “dregs of society.” — Arun Gandhi

Contact: Victor Spence, International Representative +44 (0)7411 679736
find out more at the website: http://www.arungandhi.org

for information or interviews email: victor@arungandhi.org

Here in Hawaii we will be celebrating and telecasting the event liveon ‘Olelo’s channel 49 at 5pm on Wednesday, October 2 live from Waikiki. The 8th Annual International Day of Nonviolence & Birthday Celebration of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence will be broadcast Live for the first time and streamed on the online. Here is a link to watch the 1st part of the celebration:

http://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=30&clip_id=37001

And here is the TV SHow link to the entire 8th annual event:

http://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=25&clip_id=37068

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