Thursday, October 9, 2008

Obana on Gandhi jayanti

Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2008 23:21:21 -0400
Subject: Barack Obama's letter on Gandhi Jayanti


I would like to share with you the letter sent by Barack Obama, Presidental Candidate for the upcoming elections, on Gandhi Jayanti (occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday).

October 2, 2008

Gandhi Service Day

Dear Friends,

It's a pleasure for me to join today in commemorating Mahatma Gandhi's day of

birth, celebrated across America and around the world by service to our neighbors and

other good works. Gandhi's commitment to creating positive change by bringing people

together peacefully to demand it resonate as strongly today as they did during his

lifetime. Through the power of his example and his own unshakeable spirit, he inspired a

people to resist oppression, sparking a revolution that freed a nation from colonial rule.

In formulating his strategy to achieve freedom, Gandhi had a choice, and he chose

courage over fear.

America faces many choices as we work to address the challenges of our time.

We must act from a place of strength and conviction to reclaim the high road and position

of moral leadership that has defined the United States at its best.

Gandhi's significance is universal. Countless people around the world have been

touched by his spirit and example – his victory in turn inspired a generation of young

Americans to peacefully wipe out a system of overt oppression that had endured for a

century, and more recently led to velvet revolutions in Eastern Europe and extinguished

apartheid in South Africa. Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Dr. Martin Luther King,

Jr., spoke of their great debt to Gandhi. His portrait hangs in my office to remind me that

real change will not come from Washington - it will come when the people, united, bring

it to Washington.

This is a pivotal election. This is our time for change. For far too long, we've

watched as ordinary Americans work harder and harder for less and less. We've watched

our standing in the world erode as we continue to lose American lives in a war that

should've never been authorized and never been waged. I need you to stand up and work

for change. Let us all rededicate ourselves, every day from now until November 4th, and

beyond, to living Gandhi's call to be the change we wish to see in the world.


Barack Obama

To see the statement:


Jimit Shah
Sangam - Indian Students Association
(321) 460 - 2128

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