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How Mahatma Gandhi inspires Obama
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November 05, 2008 11:26 IST

Barack Obama [Images], who scripted history by getting elected as the first black President of the United States, has always seen Mahatma Gandhi [Images] as an inspiration who reminds him about the 'real message of life'.

Obama makes history, elected US President

Obama also flaunts his love to the apostle of peace by having a portrait of Mahatma at his Senate Office. The Democrat, who favours US having close links with India, has told an Indian magazine that he was fortunate to have close Indian-American friends and recalled about the rural development work his mother did in the country.

President Obama delivers victory speech

"Through the power of his example and his own unshakable spirit, Gandhi inspired a people to resist oppression, sparking a revolution that freed a nation from colonial rule," the Democratic Presidential-elect had said.

"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 [Images]," the 47-year-old Senator from Illinois had said in his message on October 2, the birth anniversary of Gandhi.

US Elections 2008

Obama had said that he always looked to Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration, because he embodies the kind of transformational change that can be made when ordinary people come together to do extraordinary things.

"That is why his portrait hangs in my Senate office; to remind me that real results will not just come from Washington, they will come from the people," Obama, who won the historic presidential poll, had said.

Barack Obama, in his own words

He had said that while formulating his strategy to free India from the clutches of the then British rulers, Gandhi had a choice. "He (Gandhi) chose courage over fear," said Obama.

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