Maloney Introduces Legislation to Posthumously Award Gandhi a Congressional Gold Medal

Aug 13, 2021
Press Release

Today, ahead of India’s Independence Day on Sunday, August 15, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced 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.’”


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.


Full text of the resolution can be found here.