Arun Gandhi, the grandson of India's famed leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, will speak at events in the Boston area this weekend to promote a campaign for women to lead a new non-violent world peace campaign.
Arun Gandhi, 75, was born in South Africa and was raised partly in India by his grandfather in the years leading up to Mahatma Gandhi's assassination in 1948. The grandson spent much of his career as a writer for the Times of India, and moved to the United States in 1987. He set up a peace institute, the M.K. Gandhi Non-Violence Institute, now based at the University of Rochester. He has taught and lectured widely.
He will speak at a fundraiser on Friday evening, Nov. 6, in Brookline, and at free events on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., Boston, and at 7 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline.
For details check out the website of the Global Strategy of Non-Violence, an organization created by Newton peace activist Andre Sheldon.
Arun Gandhi has long espoused non-violence in the spirit of his grandfather, and has given talks and courses in many countries. He has weathered controversy, particularly over remarks in a Washington Post blog entry about Jewish identity that were widely criticized as anti-Semitic and dismissive of the Holocaust. He apologized, but he has defended his criticism of Israel's government for denying rights to Palestinians.
He blogs regularly for the Washington Post's On Faith blog on religion.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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