New Delhi : Ramachandra Gandhi, a grandson of late Mahatma Gandhi and a renowned thinker, was Wednesday found dead in a locked room of the India International Centre (IIC) in south Delhi. He was 70.
According to police, Gandhi was living in Bengali Market area of central Delhi but had checked in at the IIC Sunday after a power failure at his residence.
"It was a natural death and his body was found in a room, which had been locked from inside," Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told IANS.
Ramachandra Gandhi was the second son of Devdas Gandhi. Among his siblings, journalist-author Rajmohan Gandhi is his elder brother, West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi younger brother, and Gandhi Smriti chairperson Tara Bhattacharya his elder sister.
Ramachandra Gandhi held doctoral degrees in philosophy from Delhi and Oxford and had taught philosophy at various universities in Britain, the US and Hyderabad, Shantiniketan and Punjab in India.
He had written and edited several books, including "The Availability of Religious Ideas" and "Sita's Kitchen: A testimony of faith and inquiry". A recent book "Svaraj: A Journey with Tyeb Mehta's Shantiniketan Triptych" offers a meditation on selfhood and Indian history.
He had also written and produced several plays and a film on his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi.