Tushar Gandhi

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Tushar Gandhi
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Tushar Gandhi in 2014.
Born (1960-01-17) 17 January 1960 (age 58)
ResidenceMumbai, India
NationalityIndian
EducationMithibai College
Board member ofManaging Trustee, Mahatma Gandhi Foundation
Spouse(s)Sonal Desai
ChildrenVivan Gandhi, Kasturi Gandhi [1]
Parent(s)Arun Manilal Gandhi, Sunanda Gandhi
RelativesGreat-grandson of Mohandas Gandhi[2]

Tushar Arun Gandhi (born 17 January 1960) is the son of journalist Arun Manilal Gandhi, grandson of Manilal Gandhi and great-grandson of M.K. Gandhi.[3] In March 2005, he led the 75th anniversary re-enactment of the Dandi March.[4] From 2007 to 2012, he was the Goodwill Ambassador of the CISRI-ISP Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition.

Personal life[edit]

Born on a train between Mumbai and Kolkata, he was raised in the Mumbai suburb of Santacruz.[4] He studied at Adarsh Vinay Mandir, a local Gujarati-medium school. He holds a degree in printing from Mithibai College.[4]

Gandhi lives in Mumbai with his wife, Sonal Desai[1] and two children, a son Vivan Gandhi and daughter Kasturi Gandhi. Kasturi was so named after Kasturba Gandhi.

Tushar Gandhi also runs the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation.[4] He is the Chairman of Australian Indian Rural Development Foundation (AIRDF).

Politics[edit]

In 1988, he joined the Socialist Party but switched to the Congress in 1995.[4]

Controversies[edit]

In December 2001, Tushar Gandhi negotiated with American marketing firm CMG Worldwide to use the Mahatma’s image in an advertisement for a credit card company.[4] This perceived betrayal of Gandhian ideals was followed by a public outcry forcing him to cancel the deal.[5]

In his book Let’s Kill Gandhi, Tushar blames Brahmins for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi. Critics have claimed that the book defames all Brahmins. Tushar has stressed that his claims relate only to "a certain group of Brahmins from Pune [who] were continuously attempting on the life of my great grandfather" rather than to Brahmins in general.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A Rare Glimpse Into Four Generations Of Mahatma Gandhi Family". Mere Pix. March 2013.
  2. ^ "Bring Bapu's belongings home". The Times of India. 19 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Tushar Gandhi to bid for Bapu's belongings". The Times of India. 18 February 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Busy branding Bapu". The Hindustan Times. 3 February 2007. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012.
  5. ^ Marketing the Mahatma, Frontline Magazine
  6. ^ "'I was misquoted,' says Tushar Gandhi", Yahoo! India News

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