The South Asian Times

10 December 2017 20:51 PM

Maloney joins Indian-American community to recognize International Day of Nonviolence

New York: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined Consul General of India Sandeep Chakravorty and members of the Indian-American community to celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and to recognize International Day of Nonviolence. Rep. Maloney spoke to the gathered crowd at the Gandhi statue in Union Square Park.
 
“I was honored to join Consul General Chakravorty and the Indian-American community to recognize the amazing contributions of Mahatma Gandhi on his birthday and the International Day of Nonviolence. Today’s event and the celebration of non-violence was especially poignant in light of the horrific mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas only hours earlier.
 
“Gandhi ji was born today in 1869 and would become the father of the world’s most populous democracy. But Mahatma Gandhi’s influence on the history of nations is only eclipsed by his influence on individuals. He inspired people across the globe to oppose discrimination, violence, and injustice. He inspired Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to stand up to unjust Jim Crow laws and peacefully face the brutality of Bull Connors – forcing all Americans to recognize the human costs of segregation and racism. Gandhi ji’s example helped give Nelson Mandela the moral strength to endure 27 years in prison, inspiring hope for his nation rather than hate for his oppressors.
 
“As I work in Congress to advance equality for women under the law, I am often inspired by the words of Gandhi ji, who said, ‘To call woman the weaker sex is a libel,’ and declared that women will give “the world an exhibition of the infinite strength that is latent in her…when woman has secured an equal opportunity for herself with man.”

Update: 08 Oct, 2017

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