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“Fulfilling Gandhi's Dream at the End of the 20th Century,” Arun Gandhi

Thirteenth Annual Ava Helen Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace

October 19, 1994


Arun Gandhi
Arun Gandhi (M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence)

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Arun Gandhi, the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi and a worldwide promoter of peace, speaks about the importance of nonviolence in the peace movement, both locally and globally. His lecture stresses the crucial need for dealing not just with physical violence, but with passive violence as well.

Gandhi describes several specific lessons that he learned from his parents and his grandfather, and notes how these lessons helped to shape his views on nonviolence. He contrasts the ways in which both his grandfather and Adolf Hitler dealt with anger, and discusses several aspects of the Indian independence movement. Gandhi also outlines several developmental projects that he has worked on as part of an effort to reduce passive violence in poverty-stricken or otherwise troubled communities. He concludes by calling on the audience to work for positive change in their households and communities, suggesting that the accumulative effects of these local changes are the means by which global peace is cultivated.

Following the conclusion of his speech, Mr. Gandhi responds to questions from the audience for about fifteen minutes.

Related Names: Linus Pauling, Ava Helen Pauling, Mahatma Gandhi