US House of Representatives Passes Legislation to Promote Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr's Legacies

The US House of Representatives has passed a legislation that would establish an exchange initiative between the US and India to study the work and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Written by civil rights icon John Lewis, who died early this year, and cosponsored by IndianAmerican Congressman Ami Bera, the GandhiKing Scholarly Exchange Initiative Act authorises the State Department, in cooperation with the Indian government, to establish an annual educational forum for scholars from both countries that focuses on the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. This legislation honours the long standing relationship between the US and people of India and advance his teachings and establish a development foundation that would allow India and the US to work together to address pressing issues like climate change, education and public health, Congressman Eliott Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on the House floor on Thursday.

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