WALLA WALLA, Wash.-Rajmohan Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will speak to the Walla Walla community Sunday, Oct. 5, in Cordiner Hall.
Gandhi's speech, titled "American Values, World Peace, and the Dynamics of Intervention," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner, 46 S. Park Street, Whitman College campus. Gandhi is the keynote speaker for the Ninth Annual Freedom from Discrimination Month in the Walla Walla Valley presented by the Walla Walla Race Unity Coalition in cooperation with other sponsors.
In honor of Gandhi's visit, there will be two special showings of the Academy Award-winning film "Gandhi" at the Grand Cinema, Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m., sponsored by the Race Unity Coalition and the other sponsors of Freedom from Discrimination Month. A special ticket price of $1 will apply to these showings. Complimentary tickets are available by calling 522-0399.
Rajmohan Gandhi was born in New Delhi in 1935, where he received his B.A. from St. Stephen's College and his M.A. in Economics from Delhi University. From 1964 to 1981, he was the Chief Editor of Himmat Weekly in Bombay. He was arrested briefly during the Emergency in 1975, which he strongly opposed. From 1985-87, he was editor of the Madras edition of Indian Express, India's largest daily newspaper.
In 1990, Gandhi was appointed leader of the Indian Delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, and from 1990-1992 he served as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the Indian Senate. He is currently co-chair of the Center for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Gurgaon, India, and a member of the International Council of Initiatives for Change, formerly Moral Rearmament.
Rajmohan Gandhi is the author of a biography of Mahatma Gandhi titled The Good Boatman: A Portrait of Gandhi, Viking, 1995, as well as Revenge and Reconciliation: Understanding South Asian History, Penguin, 1999 and Eight Lives: A Study of the Hindu-Moslem Encounter, SUNY, 1987. His forthcoming book is titled Ghaffar Khan: Nonviolent Badshah of the Pakhtuns, being published by Viking.
Gandhi currently serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has held similar positions at Emory University, Obirin University in Tokyo, and at the University of California at Los Angeles, and has been a research professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.
The primary sponsors of this keynote event are Whitman College, Walla Walla College, Walla Walla Community College, and the Race Unity Coalition. Additional sponsors include the Walla Walla Union Bulletin, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Walla Walla, Walla Walla Public Schools, U.S. Veterans Administration Medical Center, YWCA, YMCA, Baha'i Faith, Walla Walla Friends Meeting, and Congregation Beth Israel.