Dr Arun Gandhi

Dr Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, at the launch of his book "Grandfather Gandhi", 2014

Dr Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, at the launch of his book “Grandfather Gandhi”, 2014

This statement was prepared by Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi for the Mornington Peninsula Peace Vigil, October 2001.

“We must be the change we wish to see.”

Peace has never been more important than now. All of us, wherever we are in the world, need to work toward achieving peace through non violence.

I wish everyone participating in the Mornington Peninsula Peace Vigil success in this important event .

A brief story. At one time when I was younger, Grandfather knew I was seething with anger. Grandfather explained anger was like electricity. If anger is allowed to run rampant it could, like a bolt of lightening, be very destructive. However, if anger was carefully channeled, as we do with electric power, it could be used constructively. Anger, according to Gandhi, should be the fuel for change.

After the events of September 11, I wrote some thoughts and pass some of these on to you here.

First, we must understand that nonviolence is not a strategy that we can use in times of peace and discard in a moment of crisis. Nonviolence is about personal attitudes, about becoming the change we wish to see in the world. Because, a nation’s collective attitude is based on the attitude of the individual.

Nonviolence is about building positive relationships with all human beings – relationships that are based on love, compassion, respect, understanding and appreciation.

Justice should mean reformation and not revenge.

I think we must move from seeking to be respected for our military strength to being respected for our moral strength.

To those who have lost loved one’s in this and other terrorist acts I say I share your grief. I am sorry that you have become victims of senseless violence. But let this sad episode not make you vengeful because no amount of violence is going to bring you inner peace. Anger and hate never do. The memory of those victims who have died in this and other violent incidents around the world will be better preserved and more meaningfully commemorated if we all learn to forgive. Let us dedicate our lives to creating a peaceful, respectful and understanding world.

In Peace and Non Violence,

Arun Gandhi



Dr Arun Gandhi is the grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Working for 30 years as a journalist for The Times of India, before relocating to the USA, Arun has shared his and his Grandfather’s message of peace and non-violence with many varied audiences, including the Renaissance Weekend deliberations with President Clinton and other well-respected Rhodes Scholars, the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Women’s Justice Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 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. He has spoken in Croatia, France, Ireland, Holland, Lithuania, Nicaragua, China, Scotland and Japan, and is regularly invited to college campuses around the USA to share his thoughts and message of non-violence. Arun is the author of eight books and is also the co-founder (with his late wife, Sunanda) of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence (1991), founder of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (2008) and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World Religions, among many other global charitable works.