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Gandhi Legacy Bill


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Gandhi Legacy Bill

Mains level : Relevance of Gandhian thoughts

An American Congressman John Lewis introduced a Bill in the US House of Representatives that aims to promote the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior.

Gandhi Legacy Bill

  • The Bill has been moved to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi and affirms the friendship between the US and India.
  • The aim of this Bill is to affirm the friendships of the governments of the US and India and to establish a bilateral partnership, “for collaboration to advance the development and shared values, and for other purposes”.
  • It proposes for the establishment of a Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange initiative with an allocation of over $2 million for five years until 2025.

Who is John Lewis?

  • In 1963, Lewis was 23-years-old when he was being dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, during the years when the movement had reached its peak.
  • He was influenced by Gandhi’s use of non-violent methods that he was employed to oppose the rule of the British Empire in India.
  • In fact, King himself drew from Gandhi’s methods of using non-violent approaches of resistance during the Montgomery Bus Boycott 1955-56.

Lewis and King in India

  • In 2009, Lewis was part of a cultural delegation that was sent to India by then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  • The trip was undertaken to commemorate and retrace King and his wife’s visit to India between February-March 1959 to study the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi.
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