What’s with our obsession with terrorism?

Arun Gandhi on the obsession with terrorism

Our obsession with terrorism has driven many of us into such a frenzy of fear that it often borders on the ridiculous.  Last year Lynnea Bylund posted to her Catalyst blog Time To Toss The Terrorist Fear Blather, wherein she correctly pointed out that, “… peanuts and bathtub drownings are by far more dangerous to Americans at home than terrorists,” statistically speaking. But the other day I encountered an even more fundamental variety of this fear.

I met a middle-aged gentleman from the upper middle class economic.  He was very curious about my frequent travels and questioned me at length about a variety of places I had journeyed to.  So I asked him: “Tell me about your travels?”

“Oh, I haven’t been anywhere outside the United States,” he said quite firmly.

“Why not?  Don’t you like to travel?”

“Yes,” he said and added. “But I am afraid. All these terrorists stalking us Americans and I don’t want to die yet.”

“What are you talking about?” I asked.  “Where are these terrorists?”

“Oh, all over the world,” he replied.  And they are just waiting for Americans to leave the country so they can kill them.”

I was so shocked by this bald statement that I blurted out: “That is unadulterated BS!   I think there are far more terrorists in our cities and our own American streets than in the rest of the world.”

“What do you mean?,” he asked quite shocked.

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ISKRA Interview with Arun Gandhi

ISKRA Interview with Arun Gandhi

This is the transcript of the interview by Stephanie Swetlishoff Guest Contributor of ISKRA that appeared in their May 2013 printed issue.

arun gandhi ISKRAEd note: The following is a transcript of an interview by ISKRA staff with Arun Gandhi that took place on March 19, 2013. Arun is the grandson of Mohandas (Mahatma)Gandhi and heads the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence located in Rochester, NY. He has previously made appearances in Brilliant as well as Grand Forks and will be speaking at the Brilliant Cultural Centre on May 17, 2013. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Arun and ask him several questions provided by our ISKRA staff as well as members of the broader Doukhobor community. It was truly a pleasure to converse with this soft spoken advocate of peace and nonviolence. We were impressed with the simplicity and wisdom contained in the philosophical views that he shared with us. We encourage our readers to reflect on his comments.

ISKRA: A lot of people would like to know from you what it was like growing up as a child, with a grandfather that was always in the press and followed by millions of people? [Read more…]

Mahatma Gandhi’s Favorite Raga

“Enjoy one of my grandfather’s favorite Raga’s ” – Arun Gandhi

Ustad Bismillah Khan “raghu pati raghav raja ram..shenai”

Mahatma Gandhi’s Favorite Raga

Violence in the human heart is multifaceted

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I learned from my grandfather that violence in the human heart is multifaceted and is often practiced unknowingly.

Ear to the Ground Arun Gandhi

WE Are the Problem …

Source: An Ear to the Ground

Growing violence in the United States and in the world must concern all of us. Little children shooting each other intentionally or accidentally. Little girls becoming mothers when they should be learning to play hopscotch. At thirteen and fourteen young people are becoming drug addicts or drug couriers. By fifteen they are planning their funerals. By eighteen many young people have accomplished more evil than many of us do in eighty years of our lives. Why?

Are young people irresponsible? Are they born evil? The fault is not entirely that of children. We adults have lost sight of our responsibilities. Fifty-one percent of our marriages break up—many are divorced several times. We are more concerned with our careers and our freedom than with love and respect for each other. Sex has become the most important ingredient in marriage and in life. There was a time when marriages were made to raise a family of whom parents would be proud. Parents not only gave birth to children but nurtured them and gave them a foundation on which to build their lives. Children were loved and family life was centered around their needs, their hopes, and their aspirations.

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Remembering Gandhi’s Second Son: Manilal Gandhi

Manilal Gandhi 1952

Manilal Gandhi 1952

 

Today was the birthday of Manilal Gandhi, Arun Gandhi’s late father and the second son of M.K. Gandhi.  Here is a brief look at Manilal’s own life and legacy drawn from a few select sources:

Listen to a 1954 interview w/ Manilal Gandhi 

Manilal Mohandas Gandhi (28 October 1892 – 4 April 1956) was the second of four sons of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi. Manilal was born in Rajkot, India. In 1897 Manilal traveled to South Africa for the first time, where he spent time working at the Phoenix Ashram near Durban. After a brief visit to India, in 1917 Manilal returned to South Africa to assist in printing the Indian Opinion a Gujarati-English weekly publication, at Phoenix, Durban. By 1918, Manilal was doing most of the work for the press and took over in 1920 as editor. Like his father, Manilal was also sent to jail several times by the British colonial government after protesting against unjust laws. He remained editor until 1956, the year of his death.

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Ethical Leadership

ETHICAL LEADERSHIP
By Arun Gandhi

Dr. Arun GandhiThere are few among the 20th century leaders who can measure up to the standards set by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in the practice of ethical leadership. He not only won independence for India but ultimately brought down the British Empire without firing a bullet, which in itself was a remarkable achievement that could only be done with ethics, morals and a transparent sincerity in leadership. Through his example he gave the world an alternative to violent conflict resolution – a comprehensive philosophy of nonviolence – the practice of which requires high moral standards.

The answer to the often asked questions how and why he succeeded in his nonviolent campaign lies in understanding his philosophy of nonviolence. It will be my humble attempt in this chapter to share with you my interpretation of his philosophy and to connect nonviolence [or what Gandhi preferred to call Satyagraha, the Pursuit of Truth] with ethical leadership. [Read more…]

Arun Gandhi in London promoting Total Nonviolence September 1, 2012

Arun Gandhi Transformation UK 2012For Immediate Release, London, UK – Jul 26, 2012 – Gandhi to speak about Total Non Violence and his Charity, Gandhi For Children.

Arun Gandhi, fifth Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi is following in his famous Grandfather’s footsteps as he continues to deliver the message of Total Non-Violence around the World.  Author of several books, Mr Gandhi wrote The Forgotten Woman: The Untold Story of Kastur, the Wife of Mahatma Gandhi, jointly with his late wife Sunanda.  The book was published by fellow author and Founding President of Ozark Mountain’s Publishing Company, Dolores Cannon, in 2011.

Since then, Mr Gandhi has spoken about both his book, his work as a peace emissary as well as the work he does with his charities, The Gandhi Institute and Gandhi for Children at many organisations and events, including The United Nations.

This September, Mr Gandhi will speak in London on Sunday September 2 at Ozark Mountain Publishing’s Transformation Conference at the Shaw Theatre, The Novotel Hotel, St Pancras.  [Read more…]

The Relevance of Gandhi Today

The Relevance of Gandhi Today

By Arun Gandhi

MK Gandhi SpinningSixty years after his death a portion of Gandhiji’s ashes, stashed away by Madalsa and Shriman Narayan, the daughter and son-in-law of Jamnalal Bajaj, will be immersed at Chowpati Beach in Mumbai. Although I will be thousands of miles away in the United States the memories of sixty years ago will be refreshed and the day will be as poignant as January 30, 1948.   In 1969 when the world celebrated Gandhiji’s 100th birth anniversary many of  us who had lived in Sewagram Ashram, Wardha, with Gandhiji were invited for a reunion.

The person who organized this event was Shriman Narayanji who was then the Governor of Gujarat. He shared with us a story of his experience with Gandhiji which emphasizes an aspect of Gandhiji’s philosophy that is all but forgotten today.   Sometime in the early 1930’s when Shrimanji received his doctorate from the  London School of Economics he returned to India full of enthusiasm to change  and rebuild the economy of India according to western standards. When he  told his parents how impatient he was to begin work his father said: “You  cannot begin to do anything until you receive Gandhiji’s blessings. So, if you are in a hurry to begin working you had better go as quickly as possible to Sewagram Ashram and get Bapu’s blessings.”

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Rotary International Palm Springs Peace Conference 11.11.11

Hear the words of Arun Gandhi, Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee and Rotary Peace Fellows. 

Arun Gandhi Rotary Peace Palm Springs

“Peace Through Education Is Possible” 

PALM SPRINGS, CA – Peace is Possible, and on November 13, 2011 Rotarians and peacemakers on the west coast will gather in Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Convention Center to discuss this very theme at the Rotary Peace Conference. This event, hosted by Rotary International Director Ken Boyd is one of a series that have taken place throughout the world.

“What is special about the event is our Keynote Speaker Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, and the public is invited,” says Host Chair Dr. Garbis Der-Yeghian. “Mr. Gandhi, founder of M.K. Gandhi Institute, will share his views on non-violence with riveting and unique reflections on the personal and historical legacy of his grandfather, Mohandas Gandhi.

“He will set forth a message of integrity, social harmony, inclusion and peace in the wake of terrorism, international conflicts, immigration debates, and religious, political, and ideological differences that threatened our future as national and global citizens. Welcoming the public to the event is a unique opportunity for them to meet and to hear Mr. Gandhi,” said Dr. Garbis.

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