Dr. Arun Gandhi Affirms Peace and Understanding as Educational Imperatives During Visit to HSU

Mahatma Gandhi's grandson carries on his legacy of peace through non-violence.


The fifth grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Arun Gandhi, visited HSU to deliver his message of peace and non-violence to students, faculty, and staff. 

HSU and HSU’s Logsdon Seminary served as lead sponsors, along with the Abilene Interfaith Council, in bringing Gandhi to Abilene for two lectures; first at First Baptist Church, Abilene, and then at Hardin-Simmons the following day. As a part of Gandhi’s visit, HSU faculty and staff were invited to a more intimate lunch with the internationally known speaker during the second day of his visit.

Each time Gandhi spoke, he invited those present to ask questions.

During the luncheon, one attendee asked Dr. Gandhi how educators could help guide students to their path in life. 

“It is your job to make sure that each child gets a proper and complete education,” said Gandhi. “Too many of our students come out of school but do not have the skills to build interpersonal relationships.”

Gandhi further suggested that educators might help students early by giving them a well-rounded education designed to open their eyes to the many opportunities they have to serve others.

It was during this exchange that Gandhi explained that, although he was a high-school dropout, his parents taught him from a very young age to acknowledge the prejudices of the world and make every effort to seek understanding and reach out to people. 

“We have to become the change we wish to see in the world,” said Gandhi, echoing the words of his grandfather.

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