03/01/2006 10:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011


So George W. is going to lay a wreath on Gandhi"s memorial, eh?
I guess that's what you'd call rubbing salt on the whole world's wounds...

76 years ago this month, March 12, 1930, Gandhi launched the Salt March, the beginning of the end for British colonialism in India. How can we be so ignorant of such a meaningful event?

There is much that could be said about this latest Bush travesty of attempted Rovian image-making, but mostly I feel a large sadness about the trivialness of it. Perhaps a couple good Gandhi quotes are all that is needed as antidotes(taken from Mary King's wonderful book, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Power of Nonviolent Action.

page 209: "But what if you assassinate or burn the principles I have lived for?"
("Message to Students", Harijan, 01/16/37)

page 351: "It is my conviction that nothing enduring can be built upon violence."
(Young India, 11/15/1928)

page 355: "Himsa [injury; violence] does not merely mean indulgence in physical violence; resort to trickery, falsehood, intrigue, chicanery and deceitfulness--in short, all unfair and foul means--come under the category of Himsa."
(Harijan, 05/20/1939)

page 254: "Christ died on the Cross with a crown of thorns on his head defying the might of a whole Empire. And if I raise resistances of a nonviolent character I simply and humbly follow in the footsteps of the great teachers..."
("Neither a Saint nor a Politician", Young India, 05/12/1920)

page 255: "I have found that life persists in the midst of destruction and therefore there must be a higher law than that of destruction."
(Young India, 10/01/1931)