Washington, July 30
A key Congressional committee on Wednesday handed a invoice, written by civil rights icon John Lewis, to advertise the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
Cosponsored by Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, the Gandhi-King Exchange Act was handed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The invoice would set up an trade initiative between the United States and India to check the work and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
“John Lewis was a civil rights hero not only in the United States, but across the globe. John fought for human rights, equality and justice, and democracy for all. Just like Gandhi and Dr. King, Congressman Lewis shaped the world through his actions of nonviolence, and his life story will reverberate throughout history,” Bera mentioned.
The Act authorises the US State Department, in cooperation with the Indian authorities, to ascertain an annual academic discussion board for students from each nations that focuses on the legacies of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
It additionally seeks to develop knowledgeable improvement coaching initiative on battle decision based mostly on the ideas of nonviolence; and set up a basis to deal with social, environmental, and well being priorities in India.
In 2009, Congressman John Lewis led a Congressional delegation go to to India to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr King’s pilgrimage to India.
Inspired by his go to, Congressman Lewis created the Gandhi-King Exchange Act to hunt to use the philosophies of Gandhi and Dr King Jr to battle decision efforts and present coverage challenges.
“The Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Act is a fitting tribute to his incredible legacy,” mentioned Bera, who’s the longest serving Indian-American member of the Congress in historical past.
“As the world’s oldest and largest democracies, the US and India have long traditions of upholding these shared values championed by figures like Gandhi, King, and Congressman Lewis. But they are increasingly under threat in both countries,” he mentioned.
“This legislation will help ensure those values endure and remind us that by holding true to them, we embody and live up to the best of our two nations,” Bera mentioned.
Noting that Gandhi and Dr King Jr have been devoted leaders preventing for social justice and social change, peace, and civil rights of their respective communities, and nations and on this planet, the Bill mentioned using non-violent civil disobedience is a shared tactic that has performed a key function in defeating social injustice in India, the US, and in different components of the world.
The invoice, amongst different issues, asks the administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to ascertain in cooperation with the Indian authorities the United States-India Gandhi-King Development Foundation.
The basis shall establish improvement priorities and administer and oversee competitively awarded grants to personal nongovernmental entities to deal with such priorities in India, together with well being initiatives addressing tuberculosis (TB), water, sanitation, and well being (WASH), and air pollution and associated well being impacts (PHI); air pollution and local weather change; schooling; and empowerment of girls.
It asks the president and chief government officer of the United States Institute of Peace to develop a coaching initiative referred to as the Gandhi-King Global Academy. It will goal representatives from governments, nongovernmental organizations, civic organizations, and academic, cultural, girls’s, civil, and human rights teams, together with spiritual and ethnic minorities and marginalized communities in nations with ongoing political, social, ethnic, or violent battle.
The academy would come with a particular give attention to the success of nonviolent actions, inclusion, and illustration in battle decision; develop a curriculum on battle decision instruments based mostly on the ideas of nonviolence; and make the curriculum publicly accessible on-line, in particular person, and thru quite a lot of media.
Asserting that Dr King Jr’s efficient use of Gandhi’s ideas was instrumental to the American civil rights motion, the invoice says that there’s a lengthy historical past of civil and social rights actions within the United States and in India.
“As the relationship between the United States and India evolves, a binational foundation through which the governments of each country can work together and catalyze private investment toward development objectives would provide an ongoing, productive institution and symbol of the friendship and common ideals of the respective governments and their peoples,” it mentioned.
John Lewis died on July 17 on the age of 80 and was a up to date of fellow civil rights chief Dr Martin Luther King Jr. –PTI