Gandhi legacy does Americans proud
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