NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - "He said anger is a wonderful emotion," said Arun Gandhi, grandson of the pacifist Mahatma Gandhi. "It is not something we should be ashamed of. What we should be ashamed of is the way we abuse it. Instead of learning about the anger and learning how to channel that emotion into constructive action we abuse it and cause violence and death. He said that's what we should be ashamed of."
The Indian leader was assassinated when Arun Gandhi was only 14 years old.
"He was a very loving grandfather. A very ordinary person. Very approachable. You didn't see that aura around us. He had a great sense of humor. He used to crack jokes with us," said Gandhi.
The pair spent a great deal of time spinning yarn together.
"It was symbolic and very useful. He believed that the only way to give economic stability to the poor people in India was through spinning and creating their own clothes," said Gandhi.
Decades later, Arun Gandhi continues to spin.
"It works beautifully. It's very calming. Very meditative," said Gandhi.
For more on the icon and his grandson, read 'The Gift of Anger.'