Gandhi in Austin
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 email@example.com
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.
I am requesting a statue of José Doroteo Arango Arámbula, better known as Pancho Villa, be erected in Zilker Park. In bronze, too.
Give Gandhi a space at Zilker about the same time as Willie Nelson’s statue is given space in New Delhi.
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
Mohandas Gandhi some in austin want to erect a 7-foot bronze statue of one of the world’s iconic figures of peace.