Gandhi legacy does Amer­i­cans proud

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 14 letters “Gandhi in Austin.” I was very sur­prised by the mis­un­der­stand­ing of the United States govern­ment by one of the read­ers. He states that Gandhi’s meth­ods of civil dis­obe­di­ence were not com­pat­i­ble with democ­racy and should not be cel­e­brated by the U.S.

The Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence states that ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to “life, lib­erty and the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness” and “when­ever any form of govern­ment be­comes de­struc­tive of these ends, it is the right of the peo­ple to al­ter or to abol­ish it, and to in­sti­tute new govern­ment, lay­ing its foun­da­tion on such prin­ci­ples and or­ga­niz­ing its pow­ers in such form.” This is ex­actly what Gandhi did.

In­di­ans were not be­ing guar­an­teed the rights they de­served, and he helped stop this in a non­vi­o­lent man­ner. To sug­gest that he spread vi­o­lence and hate is an in­sult to the mil­lions of peo­ple in In­dia whose lives have been im­proved be­cause of this great man.

EL­IZ­A­BETH BUEHLER austin

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