The international affairs committee of the US Home of Representatives on Wednesday handed a laws for consideration of the complete chamber that seeks to arrange an alternate programme for Indian and American college students to review Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
The Gandhi-King Scholarly Change Initiative Act was authored by John Lewis, the civil rights chief Democratic member of the Home who handed away final week. It had been a long-running mission for him.
Lewis first launched the invoice in October 2011, two yeas after he led a congressional delegation to India to commemorate the 50th anniversary of King’s 1959 go to to India..
“Because the world’s oldest and largest democracies, the US and India have lengthy traditions of upholding these shared values championed by figures like Gandhi, King, and Congressman Lewis,” Ami Bera, the Indian American congressman who co-sponsored the laws mentioned in an announcement. “However they’re more and more below risk in each international locations. This laws will assist guarantee these values endure and remind us that by holding true to them, we embody and stay as much as the most effective of our two nations.”
The invoice seeks to authorise the state division to arrange, in cooperation with the Indian authorities, an academic discussion board for students from the 2 international locations focussed on finding out Gandhi and King.
It additionally seeks the event of knowledgeable growth coaching initiative on battle decision based mostly on the ideas of non-violence, and the institution of a basis to deal with social, environmental, and well being priorities in India.