University of Rochester

Resignation Statement by Arun Gandhi

(January 24, 2008)

Today I am announcing my resignation from the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

My statements on the recent Washington Post blog was couched in language that was hurtful and contrary to the principles of nonviolence.

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

I would like to be part of a healing process. The principles of nonviolence are founded on love, respect, understanding and compassion. It is my sincere hope that this situation will give me and others the opportunity to work together to transform anger and negative emotions, create deeper mutual respect and understanding and build more harmonious communities.