Gandhi grandson quits Gandhi institute

Jan. 26, 2008 at 8:51 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The grandson of Mahatma Gandhi has resigned as head of the M.K. Gandhi Institute of Nonviolence in New York in the wake of an anti-Jewish blog posting.

In his resignation letter, Arun Gandhi said the language in his Jan. 7 essay on a Washington Post religion blog was "hurtful and contrary to the principles of non-violence," the Post said.

"My intention was to generate a healthy discussion on the proliferation of violence," he said. "Clearly I did not achieve my goal. Instead, unintentionally, my words have resulted in pain, anger, confusion and embarrassment."

In his post, he described Jewish culture as "locked into the Holocaust experience," and Israel and the Jews as "the biggest players" in a culture of violence.

The institute is at the University of Rochester, which pays the director's salary. University President Joel Seligman said the institute will hold a forum soon, giving Gandhi, a Jewish leader and others a chance to exchange ideas.

Gandi's father became world renowned for advocating nonviolent resistance to effect political and social change. He was assassinated in India in 1948 at age 78.

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