Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa as the grandson of  Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi, Arun Gandhi grew 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.

He and his wife, Sunanda, founded The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, based in Memphis, Tennessee in 1991 The institute’s mission is “to promote and apply the principles of nonviolence locally, nationally, and globally, to prevent violence, and resolve personal and public conflicts through research, education, and programming.”

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