The Washington Times - July 22, 2013, 01:18PM

Vice President Joseph R. Biden began his visit to India on Monday by paying tribute to Mohandas K. Gandhi at a memorial in his honor, saying his teachings changed America as well as India.

Mr. Biden, his wife Jill and their daughter Ashley were greeted by Gandhi’s granddaughter at the site where the Indian independence leader was assassinated in 1948.

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“What a high honor and great privilege to be here in this sacred spot — memorializing one man who changed the world,” Mr. Biden wrote at the visitors’ book. “My nation was changed as well by Gandhi’s teachings — when Dr. King emulated them to free not only black men and women, but all Americans.”

He was referring to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the civil-rights movement in the U.S. who emulated Gandhi’s example of nonviolent civil disobedience.

The vice president took off his shoes as a mark of respect before he laid a floral wreath at Gandhi’s memorial.

Mr. Biden will meet with senior leaders of India on energy, security, climate change and other issues. He also will give a speech in Mumbai before traveling to Singapore later in the week.