Vastavam web: The House of Representatives on Dec. 3, 2020, passed the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Act. The bill, written by the late Congressman John Lewis, Democrat from Georgia, and cosponsored by Congressman Ami Bera, D-California. It would establish an exchange initiative between the United States and India to study the work and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. As the world’s oldest and largest democracies, the United States and India have long traditions of upholding these shared values championed by figures like Gandhi, King, and Congressman Lewis, Bera said. “But they are increasingly under threat in both countries,” he added.
In 2009, Congressman John Lewis led a congressional delegation visit to India to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s pilgrimage to India. Inspired by that visit, he created the Gandhi-King Exchange Act to seek to apply the philosophies of Gandhi and Dr. King, Jr. to conflict resolution efforts and current policy challenges. The Gandhi – King Exchange Act will need to be cleared by the U.S. Senate and get the President’s signature before becoming official.