NOTED BY KERRY KENNEDY
Meera Gandhi is one of those remarkable women whom the angels must
have sent to teach us a lesson in how to conduct a fruitful life. All of us
struggle with the commitment to family vs. the commitment to the community.
Meera seems to have developed the perfect balance, which is to embrace
every moment with total commitment and joy. I first met Meera when we were
seated together at a fundraiser for an organization which helps elect women
candidates to political office. She spoke about her children, and how
important it was to her, for their sake, that women leaders be elected, as role
models and as caretakers for the next generation. She also spoke about her
home, the former home of Eleanor Roosevelt. Meera’ command of history
and her amusing anecdotes about Mrs. Roosevelt’s life and works were
beyond impressive, they were riveting. A few weeks later, at my request,
Meera graciously hosted the entire Amnesty International Leadership Council
in her home, a group she had never met, with the grace and ease which is
part and parcel of her very being.
In the wake of the Tsunami disaster, Meera went straight to work in high
gear. She not only hosted several events to educate and raise funds, she
also attended countless events others organized, with her typical energy and
commitment and generosity of spirit.
As a friend, Meera is one of those people with whom one can discuss
anything, from debt relief to child labor to torture in Abu Graib to debt relief to
raising kids to what’s on sale.
Meera’s brilliance is matched by her boundless heart. I feel blessed to
have her in my life.