Arun Gandhi’s calling it quits. Two weeks ago, we noted his egregious comments about Israel and the Jews, which included calling Israel a “snake pit,” and saying that the Jews were the “biggest players” in a “culture of violence [that] is eventually going to destroy humanity.” A few days later, the grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi and head of the M.K. Institute for Non-Violence issued a tepid apology, in which he voiced regret at having “implied that the policies of the Israeli government are reflective of the views of all Jewish people.”
It wasn’t good enough for me, and apparently it wasn’t good enough for the Institute either. He’s been forced to resign which is a good thing for an institue preaching peace.
As for Gandhi himself, here’s what he had to say about the brouhaha, a day after submitting his resignation: “My intention was to generate a healthy discussion on the proliferation of violence . . . Instead, unintentionally, my words have resulted in pain, anger, confusion and embarrassment. I deeply regret these consequences.”
The consequences, yes. But what about the words?