Gandhi in Austin

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

As a life­long Aus­ti­nite, I op­pose the place­ment of a statue of Gandhi in Zilker Park. There are more than enough Texas he­roes who have paid the ul­ti­mate price dur­ing war or oth­ers who ded­i­cated their lives to make Texas what it is to­day.

Gandhi might have been a great man, but he con­trib­uted noth­ing to the devel­op­ment of Texas or Austin and does not be­long in our parks. We should be­stow those hon­ors only on those who have earned the right to be there.

JiM BuRKey


Has any­one con­sid­ered the aes­thet­ics? A skinny lit­tle dude in a di­a­per isn’t go­ing to be an in­spir­ing work of pub­lic art.

My vote is for a bronze statue of Made­line Mur­ray O’Hare — a heavy old broad in a mumu. A loud­speaker with a loop tape of a cou­ple of her fa­vorite ha­rangues would be ic­ing on the cake. It just screams Austin. Michael Bishop


I think it is ap­pro­pri­ate for Austin to honor Mo­han­das Gandhi as one of the most in­flu­en­tial hu­man­i­tar­i­ans of our time.

How­ever, if Gandhi were alive to­day, would he choose to spend $35,000 on a bronze statue or would he choose to use that money to clothe the poor, build wells for the thirsty and feed hun­gry chil­dren? My guess is he would think that the statue is ex­ces­sive and waste­ful.

Isn’t there a bet­ter way to pay trib­ute to this man? Jenny loehR


A statue of Gandhi has no place in Zilker Park. As an ad­vo­cate of civil dis­obe­di­ence, he pro­posed shut­ting down the process of govern­ment to get his way.

We are sup­posed to be a demo­cratic govern­ment, which means we vote for what we want, and if we don’t get it, we try to con­vince oth­ers to agree with us and wait un­til the next elec­tion.

His meth­ods ac­tu­ally pro­mote hate and dis­cord, not peace, as ev­i­denced in In­dia to­day, more than 60 years af­ter his death. If you want to erect a statue in his honor, do it in a pri­vate park.

Bill Fis­cheR

Cedar Park

I am re­quest­ing a statue of José Doro­teo Arango Arám­bula, bet­ter known as Pan­cho Villa, be erected in Zilker Park. In bronze, too.

RichaRd Gil­liaM


Give Gandhi a space at Zilker about the same time as Wil­lie Nel­son’s statue is given space in New Delhi.

WalKeR aRen­son


In all the coun­tries I have vis­ited, the stat­ues and mon­u­ments dis­played within showed pride and rev­er­ence for the founders of the coun­try. The in­di­vid­u­als in many cases paid for the land and coun­try with their live, and rep­re­sented a very spe­cial time and place in the coun­try’s his­tory.

I have seen the statue of Gandhi dis­played in New Delhi. It is a statue be­fit­ting the great man, walk­ing along with the crowds fol­low­ing. Very sim­ple and at the same time mag­nif­i­cent.

I can­not seem to re­mem­ber when Gandhi vis­ited Texas or what spe­cific event he took part in that added to the devel­op­ment of our state. The per­verse ac­cep­tance of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness should not be suf­fi­cient jus­ti­fi­ca­tion by small groups to change our his­tory by putting up stat­ues hon­or­ing peo­ple who had no hand in our devel­op­ment.

JiM­Mie l. sMith

Cedar Park

Mo­han­das Gandhi some in austin want to erect a 7-foot bronze statue of one of the world’s iconic fig­ures of peace.

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