Mahatma Gandhi Grandson Arun Gandhi passed away at Kolhapur
Mahatma Gandhi grandson Arun Gandhi passed away at Kolhapur in Maharashtra on Tuesday after brief illness , family source said , the funeral of the 89 years old author and social – political activist will be held at kolhapur later today , his son Tushar Gandhi told PTI .
Born to Manilal Gandhi and Sushila Mashruwala in Durban on April 14 , 1934, Arun followed in the footsteps of his grandfather as an activist . He had arrived in kolhapur on Feb 28 and planned to stay for ten days . According to those associated with Avani Sanstha located at Hanbarwadi near Kolhapur city , Arun used to visit the organisation which works for girls and women , mainly homeless .
At Avani Sanstha , he become ill and later passed away . A note from the Avani Sanstha started that , at the age of 12 , Arunbhai came to India to live with Mahatma Gandhi at Sevagram Ashram in 1948 . He returned to South Africa and was active in various social movements.
“Arun Bhai has contributed immensely to Avani ‘s cause and has been a father figure for us . In February this year , when Arunbhai was visiting Avani , his health deteriorated and he could not return . He had been staying with us at Hanbarwadi campus since then, ” said Avani Founder Arun Chauhan .
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