July 13, 1987
U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE GARRY DAVIS IN INDIA
On World Tour Davis Seeks Endorsement From World Leaders
And World Citizens Abroad Before Fall Campaign
New Delhi-World Citizen Garry Davis arrived in India from Hong Kong on July 11 after visiting Hiroshima, Japan, Canton, China and Hong Kong where he proposed that the citizens declare it a "world city" by referendum.
Davis declared his candidacy for U.S. president on January 19, 1987 in a speech at Middlebury College, Vermont. He ran for mayor of Washington, D.C. in the municipal election of 1986 on a "world peace" platform receiving 585 votes.
The former World War II bomber pilot founded the world citizenship movement in 1948 after renouncing his U.S. nationality in Paris and declaring himself a world citizen.
Five years later, after registering more than 750,000 individuals as world citizens at the International Registry of World Citizens in Paris, Davis declared the world Government of World Citizens from the city hall of Ellsworth, Maine on September 4, 1953.
"If the people are sovereign," Davis stated, "then we, the people have the sovereign right to choose our own government according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Then, given the nuclear threat to us all and to humanity itself, we must make the individual choice of world government, not as a utopia or an ideal but for sheer survival.
Davis intends to visit Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, the Coordinator of the World Education Commission of the global government, who lives at the Narayana Gurukula at Fernhill, Nilgiris, founded by Nataraja Guru of Travancore.
In a letter dated 13 July, 1987, the World Citizen candidate has requested of the PM, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi a meeting on 22 July to seek his endorsement in principle of Davis' platform since he claims "It is the only national platform oriented basically for world peace."
"National problems go begging for real solutions in a world of anarchy," Davis said today. "Surely India has major internal problems as do all so-called Third World countries. But these problems are dynamically allied with the overall problem of lawlessness in the world community. This lawlessness is the breeding ground of war, the disease of unbridled nationalism. If we don't eliminate the very conditions which cause wars, then war will eliminate us."