January 27, 1998 |
"Walk alone. If they answer not your call, walk alone. " - Rabindranath Tagore in a Bengali song Bhanushankar Dave stood here on April 6, 1930, as Mahatma Gandhi stooped to the ground, picked up some salt, and raised his fist to the sky. At 21, Dave was among the youngest civil resisters on the famous Salt March - a pivotal moment in India's struggle for independence and for nonviolent movements worldwide. The British government's Salt Act had been broken. Gandhi's followers had refused to pay taxes on that most essential seasoning.
September 12, 1997 |
The grandson of nonviolent Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi says he once wished for terrible, terrible revenge on his enemies. More than 100 sophomores at Medill Bair High School listened yesterday, their eyes fixed on the small man with the white beard and spectacles as he quietly talked about life growing up Indian in South Africa. "At age 10, I was beaten by white youths who didn't think I was black enough; I was beaten by black youths who didn't think I was white enough," Arun Gandhi told students.
April 4, 2011
More than 60 years after his assassination, Mahatma Gandhi is still causing controversy. The educational organization Foundation for Excellence has canceled an event planned for April 13 in honor of Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Lelyveld 's new Gandhi bio, Great Soul , in Santa Clara, Calif. The nonprofit foundation provides scholarships for students in India, but it canceled the event after the bio, which was banned in part of India, hinted that the father of the nation's independence had a homosexual relationship with a German named Hermann Kallenbach . "We didn't want to be involved with any controversy because that is not the purpose of our organization - we are not a literary society that encourages debate and discussion on different authors and their books," foundation spokesman Abhu Shukla told the Associated Press.
February 1, 2013
By Amitabh Pal Sixty-five years ago on Jan. 30, three bullets ended the life of the greatest pacifist of the modern era: Mahatma Gandhi. But his message lives on, and people around the world urgently need to heed it. The first people who should do so are those from the subcontinent where Gandhi lived. Clashes between India and Pakistan over the past month have killed a number of soldiers, raising temperatures in the region. What makes an India-Pakistan confrontation scary is the nuclear arsenals they have openly possessed since 1998.
March 31, 2011
A Holocaust site to be revamped VIENNA, Austria - Austrian authorities presented plans Wednesday to revamp the site of the Mauthausen Nazi concentration camp, now a memorial, calling it an important contribution to preventing the resurgence of extremism. The Nazis shot, gassed, beat, or worked to death about half the 200,000 inmates in the main camp and its affiliates around the villages of Mauthausen and Gusen, near the city of Linz. It is now a site for commemorating Holocaust victims.
February 19, 1988 |
Richard Attenborough opened and closed his magnificent account of Mahatma Gandhi's life with his hero's death. The camera focused on a flower-laden bier, then drew back slowly to offer a vast panorama of grief among the hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral. In Cry Freedom, there is a funeral for another martyr that reaches for the same blend of intimate poignance and epic statement that is Attenborough's hallmark. The trouble is that the last rites come roughly halfway through Cry Freedom.
October 31, 1994 |
Up Close and Personal, the script that was once the Jessica Savitch story and has since been retooled as a contemporary broadcast-news drama, will begin shooting here in late March, says director Jon Avnet, whose new movie, The War, opens Friday. Up Close stars Michelle Pfeiffer as the young reporter mentored by newsman Robert Redford. Although the film was initially slated to have its principal photography in Philadelphia, Los Angeles now has that honor, and the shoot will be in Philadelphia for four weeks.
February 26, 1998 |
Their epiphanies came at different times and in different places but from the same source. For Arun Gandhi, grandson of the Indian leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, it came, shamefully, as he drove a car 18 miles home through the darkness behind his father, who would rather walk than ride with him. For Bernard Lafayette, once a colleague of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and now president of American Baptist College, it came, humbly, on...
January 15, 1993
ON DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY - A PLEA FOR NON-VIOLENCE As we again honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Americans are invited to reflect on Dr. King's distant spiritual brother, who provided him inspiration - Mahatma Gandhi, of India. By Gandhi's example in helping to liberate India from the strongest colonial master on earth, Dr. King had seen the power of non-violent social change. He visited India in 1959, and proclaimed: "To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.
October 3, 1989 |
Horace G. Alexander, a Quaker who served as an intermediary between Mahatma Gandhi and the British government during India's struggle for freedom, died Saturday. He was 100 years old and had been living at Crosslands Retirement Community in Kennett Square, Chester County. "My stepfather worked with Gandhi during the complex negotiations leading to Indian independence, and he did it the Quaker way - peacefully and in a non-political manner," said his stepdaughter, Cecilia Bradbeer Sibinga.