By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of the world’s most-famous champions of non-violence had an angry streak, something that came as a shock to his grandson and now, that story is now a children’s book.
Say the name “Gandhi” and most of us will think of the man who used non-violence to lead India to independence from Britain. He was all that and grandfather to Arun Gandhi, who went to live near the elder in 1946. There, struggling to adapt, he had an encounter on the soccer pitch that left him in a rage, ready for violence, the esteemed patriarch told him anger is like electricity: as lightning it destroys, but channel it and it powers the world.
“When he was explaining this to me, he told me that he himself was very angry and especially when he had the same kind of experience in South Africa when he was thrown off the train because of the color of his skin, and he says at that moment he was very angry, just as I was very angry.”
That was a revelation to the young Gandhi, now retold in a lavishly illustrated book called Grandfather Gandhi.