Indian American lawmakers introduce resolution honoring Mahatma Gandhi

Bipartisan resolution recognizes elections, democracy, and freedom as essential rights for all people.

Six US lawmakers, including four Indian American members of the House have introduced a bipartisan resolution honoring the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his enduring legacy in the present world.

The resolution was introduced by Indian Americans Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, and Ro Khanna (all Democrats) together with India Caucus Chairmen Brad Sherman (Democrat) and George Holding (Republican).

Celebrating the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the resolution “encourages the people of the United States to observe the International Day of Non-Violence and supports freedom of religion around the world.”

It also “encourages individual and community self-improvement and civic education and recognizes that elections, democracy, and freedom are essential rights for all people.”

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“As we celebrate the anniversary of his birth on October 2nd, I am proud to honor Mahatma Gandhi’s incredible life and enduring legacy through this bipartisan resolution,” said Krishnamoorthi.

“Despite facing tremendous hardship and injustice throughout his life, Gandhi never wavered in his fight for freedom, dignity and equality for all,” he said. “The example he set continues to inspire thousands of people young and old across the world today.”

“His principle of non-violent protest spawned civil rights movements around the world and continues to inspire similarly non-violent movements to this day.”

“I am proud to play my part in honoring his legacy through this resolution and to encourage the people of the United States to observe the International Day of Nonviolence in his memory,” said Krishnamoorthi.

“Today, as we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, we must also honor his extraordinary life and enduring legacy of non-violence and equality” said Sherman.

“As Co-Chair of the Caucus on India and Indian Americans, I was proud to help introduce this bipartisan resolution that commemorates Gandhi’s contributions towards freedom struggles across the world.”

The resolution, Sherman said, “will help enshrine Gandhi’s eternal message: All our activities should be centered in truth. Where there is no truth, there can be no true knowledge.”

“As co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, I believe it’s important, now more than ever, that we remember and celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent legacy – something that continues to inspire people around the world,” said Holding.

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