A Dialogue with Rajmohan Gandhi


A Dialogue with Rajmohan Gandhi
Rajmohan Gandhi, biographer and grandson of the Mahatma, will visit Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 2.

Rajmohan Gandhi, biographer and grandson of the Mahatma, will visit Cal Poly Pomona's Ahimsa Center on Feb. 2 and lead a dialogue titled A New Perspective on Gandhi for a New Century.

Gandhi is currently a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and faculty director of Global Crossroads, a learning and living community at the University of Illinois.

He is a jury member for the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award and co-chair of the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Gurgaon, India.

A former member of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Indian Parliament), Gandhi led the Indian delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission in 1990. He is a commentator in Indian media, and the author of several books. In 2002 he received the Sahitya Akademi (India's National Academy of Letters) Award for his Rajaji: A Life, a biography of Chakravarti Rajagoplachari.

In 2004 he received the International Humanitarian Award from the city of Champaign. In 1997 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Calgary and an honorary doctorate of philosophy from Obirin University, Tokyo.

His new book, Mohandas: a True Story of a Man, his People and an Empire, has just been published by Viking/Penguin India. His other books include: Ghaffar Khan: Nonviolent Badshah of the Pakhtuns; Revenge & Reconciliation: Understanding South Asian History; The Good Boatman: A Portrait of Gandhi; Patel: A Life, A Biography of Vallabhbhai Patel; and Eight Lives: A Study of the Hindu-Muslim Encounter.

Ahimsa is a philosophy of revering all life and refraining from harm to any living thing. The Ahimsa Center, in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, is dedicated to interdisciplinary teaching and learning about nonviolence and its practical applications at various levels: personal, familial, communal, national and international.

Gandhi will speak at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 in the Bronco Student Center, Centaurus.

For more information visit: http://www.cpp.edu/~ahimsacenter/dialogue/dialogue_02-02-07.html.

The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP by Jan. 30 to Professor Tara Sethia, director of the Ahimsa Center at (909) 869-3868 or tsethia@cpp.edu.