Rajmohan Gandhi's blog

Completing the account of the visit of Otis Moss

Mani Shankar Aiyar, prominent political personality and former cabinet minister, wanted to receive the Mosses in his new office in the Parliament Library. We arrived in time but Mani was caught up in traffic so we were able to welcome him in his office. Much security and also much confusion at the entrance before we obtained our passes to get inside. Mani spoke about America, the Blacks, and the history of untouchability in India during the hour we had.

On the road with a colleague of Martin Luther King

A leading member of President Obama's advisory council on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships is an inadequate way of describing Otis Moss, a Georgia sharecropper's son who went to prison for civil rights, was a friend and young colleague of Dr MLK Jr, served for 33 years as pastor of the biggest African-American church in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a wonderfully gifted spiritual leader and orator.

Hamilton Peace Festival

On a short lecture-visit around Gandhi birthday to the cities of Hamilton and Toronto in Canada’s Ontario Province (2-5 October), it was heartening to find energy and commitment for bridging divides.

New book

Researched in India, Pakistan and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rajmohan Gandhi's latest book narrates a 240-year story of what old-timers know as undivided Punjab, beginning with the 1707 death of Emperor Aurangzeb and ending with the 1947 division into West Punjab and East Punjab. More