Masala Chat Project - Mr. Dial Gidwani

Full Oral History Interview

Transcript (Word Document)

Birthplace

Description

Dial Gidwani, 80, is a community educator, author, and retired airline security professional. The interview includes discussion of his multi-pronged efforts to teach Americans about the tradition of nonviolence which stems from India. He founded the American Institute of Sindhuology in Chicago after working for Air India for 30 years. He discusses his father’s connection with the independence movement in the 1930s and his early memories of the partition of India. Throughout the interview, Dial makes clear that he is motivated to help others, especially the poor and young people. Other topics discussed include: his world travels, the American dream, the power of Indian civilization, his concerns about violence in present day society.

Identifier

oh629

License

Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Date Recorded

October 23, 2016

Interviewer

Marina Labarthe

Extent

01:11:10

Date Of Birth

1936

Date of Immigration

1985

Reason for Immigration

Entrepreneurial opportunity

Port of Entry

New York, NY

Occupation

Security for Air India; Activist

Occupation of Parent(s)

Doctor (father), Homemaker (mother)

Family's Religion

Hinduism

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