Arun Gandhi's Very Positive Approach
• Arun Gandhi -- peace activist, adviser to the U.N.
secretary general and yes, grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi
-- wrapped up a brief visit to Washington yesterday by doing
what he does best: advocating nonviolence. "We all
contribute to violence every day in our lives," he told a
community lunch crowd at Nathans restaurant in Georgetown.
"Consciously and unconsciously."
The 71-year-old -- who looks decades younger -- has
lived in America for 18 years. He considers his name a great
legacy but told us: "Sometimes I get reactions -- in
unexpected places. Like security at the airport. It doesn't
help very much. They still frisk me."
And, in case you're wondering, he loved the movie
"Gandhi," starring Ben Kingsley, but admits he now
has problems seeing the actor in any other role: "It's
ironic how you stereotype people."
Former ambassador to Ireland Margaret Heckler
summed up the hour-long chat as "a class in
fundamentals." The primary lesson from Gandhi:
"Keep your thoughts positive because thoughts will
become your words. Keep your words positive because words
will become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive
because behavior will become your habit. Keep your habits
positive because habits will become your values. Keep your
values positive because values will become your destiny."
"Wow. Maybe you should address a joint session of
Congress," quipped Nathans owner Carol Joynt.