PuLSE Statement on Passing of National Advisory Board Member Dr. Arun Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

The PuLSE Institute is profoundly saddened by the loss of  Dr. Arun Gandhi. Dr. Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and a global advocate for human rights, died in India on May 2, at the age of 89, while visiting Avani Sanstha, an institution he has long supported which caters to underprivileged children.

During his lifetime, he honorably followed in the footsteps of his legendary grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, through decades of dedication and advocacy for the poor and disenfranchised. Dr. Gandhi was a champion of equity and social justice, serving with zeal and compassion throughout his days.

Through the creation of the M.K. Gandhi Institute of Nonviolence, he left an indelible legacy of powerful passion and fierce commitment to social and economic justice, and worked tirelessly to convey the teachings of his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi to the next generation.

It was our great honor and privilege for Dr. Gandhi to serve on The PuLSE Institute’s National Advisory Board for the past five years. He was one of the first eminent individuals in the world to answer the call of the institute. The venerability and wisdom he embodied and readily shared with us were unmatched, save for his energy and commitment to eradicating poverty.

We will miss his light shining brightly in contribution to the betterment of humanity, but we are eternally grateful for the time we shared in his presence and will continue in our shared vision of fighting the social illness of poverty.

The man who affectionately referred to himself as the “Peace Farmer,” simply was on a pilgrimage to make the world a better place. For that alone, we are thankful for the gift of his life and will continue to keep his memory alive in the work that The PuLSE Institute does.


Tina M. Patterson, Esq

President & Director of Research


Bankole Thompson

Executive Dean & Editor-in-Chief

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