Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun Gandhi is the fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi.
He grew up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa. Arun shares his grandfather’s lessons of non-violence with people all over the world. He is regularly invited to speak at institutions of higher education and global organizations including The Renaissance Weekend deliberations with President Clinton, Chicago Children’s Museum, Women’s Justice Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Young President’s Organization in Mexico, Trade Union Leaders’ Meeting in Milan, Italy, and The Peace and Justice Center in St. Louis, Missouri
Gandhi worked for 30 years as a journalist for The Times of India. While in India, Arun and his late wife Sunanda started projects for the social and economic uplifting of the oppressed using constructive programs, the backbone of M. K. Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence. These programs have changed the lives of more than half a million people in over 300 villages and they still continue to grow.
Gandhi is the author of several books. The first, A Patch of White (1949), is about life in prejudiced South Africa. He then wrote two books on poverty and politics in India followed by a compilation called M.K. Gandhi's Wit & Wisdom. He also edited a book of essays on World Without Violence: Can Gandhi’s Vision Become Reality? and, more recently, wrote The Forgotten Woman: The Untold Story of Kastur, the Wife of Mahatma Gandhi, jointly with his late wife Sunanda.