20 November 2019 - 23 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ג חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Gandhi’s grandson visits Israel E-mail

Dr Arun Gandhi visited the Jewish state for the first time as part of a promotional book tour in March. His best-selling book, The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons From My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi, has been translated into many languages, including Hebrew.

During his visit, Dr Arun Gandhi gave a lecture at Habima Theater in Tel-Aviv. His grandfather, Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi, is one of the most famous people in world history, who inspired freedom and civil rights movements across the world. Dr Arun Gandhi followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by advocating the concept of “non-violence”, sometimes perhaps crossing the line of what is seemingly acceptable by suggesting that Israelis talk too much about the Holocaust.

The book, written by the 84-year-old sociopolitical activist, describes his time living with his grandfather in India for two years between the years 1946-48. The author talks about the 11 most important lessons of his life, intertwined with personal stories about his time with his revered grandfather.

“I wrote the book reluctantly because I did not think anyone would be interested in my childhood lessons. But obviously I was wrong because it has been translated into more than 30 languages. It means people have found something that resonates with them. As a writer, I would want readers to absorb every lesson that I have shared, but readers have their own minds and they absorb what they find important to them,” he told Ynet news.

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