Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Announces Historic Legislation to Award a Congressional Gold Medal to Mahatma Gandhi for Inspiring Peaceable Movements for Civil Rights Around the World

Aug 19, 2018
Press Release

NEW YORK – Today, Congresswoman Maloney gathered with Indian-American leaders and representatives of the Federation of Indian Association, Tri-State Area, Chairman, President, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee at the India Day Parade to announce that she will introduce historic legislation to posthumously award Mahatma Gandhi a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the United States.

“Mahatma Gandhi’s historic Satyagraha (Sanskrit for “soul-force”) movement of nonviolent resistance inspired a nation and the world. His example energizes us to devote ourselves to the service of others. His legacy inspired civil rights movements around the globe, from Martin Luther King Jr.’s movement for racial equality to Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid. As a public servant, I am inspired everyday by his courage and example. Let us all follow Gandhi’s directive to ‘be the change you wish to see in the world."

As India and the world commemorates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi we applaud and greatly appreciate the initiative of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York for introducing legislation in the US Congress to honour the memory of the Mahatma, a person who inspired countless millions all over the world to take the path of truth, peace and nonviolence," said Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India, New York.

Gandhi would be the first Indian to receive a Congressional Gold Medal, an honor bestowed upon such great figures as George Washington, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks.

In 2016, Congresswoman Maloney led the successful effort to create the first-in-the-nation Diwali Stamp. 

Congresswoman Maloney marched in today’s India Parade on Madison Avenue. The annual India Day Parade is a moment to celebrate the diverse and rich culture of Indian-Americans, and the country’s 72nd Independence Day.