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
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.
To see the statement: http://obama.3cdn.net/c2cb668ba7addfe9ab_xhm6b5vp3.pdf
Sangam - Indian Students Association
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