James W. Douglass Talks about Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth

IN-DEPTH VIDEOS, 28 Jan 2019

Introduction by Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service

Today India, a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, nearly a fifth of the world’s population, is a nuclear armed state ruled by leaders who have vociferously rejected the nonviolent legacy of Gandhi, the leader of India’s independence movement and the Father of the Nation.  When he was assassinated on January 30, 1948, his death sent shockwaves especially throughout the Hindu and Muslim worlds because his mighty efforts to create peace between them were stilled.  Today, India and Pakistan and the whole world live with its implications and the nuclear weapons brandished by leaders devoted to violence as a means of control and the method for resolving disputes.  Nevertheless, the spirit of Gandhi’s nonviolent experiments with truth live throughout the world in individuals and groups intent on de-nuclearizing the world and resolving conflicts nonviolently.  The writer and peace-activist James Douglass, a guide to such experiments with truth and author of many books on nonviolence and the meaning of political assassinations, including his profound JFK And The Unspeakable: Why He Died & Why It Matters, recently travelled to Gandhi’s home district in India and delivered the following talk in conjunction with the translation into Gujarati by Gandhi’s great-great-granddaughter, Sonalben Parikh, of his book, Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment With Truth by Yanja Prakashan (“Sacred Fire”) publisherHis important talk begins 26:58 minutes into the following video, after initial remarks about the book in Gujarati by Sonalben Parikh.


Edward Curtin is a writer whose work has appeared widely. He is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment and teaches sociology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. His website is http://edwardcurtin.com/

 

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