Rep. Maloney Statement on the 73rd Anniversary of Indian Independence

Aug 18, 2019
Press Release

Following her participation in the annual India Day Parade, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement:


“Today we honor the 73rd anniversary of Indian independence which began a nation that, to this day, remains a critical strategic, cultural, and economic partner to the United States. The Indian independence movement, led by Mahatma Gandhi and so many other inspiring men and women, proved to the world that freedom and self-determination do not require violence, but rather can be achieved through peaceful civil disobedience.  Today India celebrates 73 years as the world’s largest democracy – a nation who’s growth, vitality and resilience is powerful evidence against the forces of tyranny, dictatorship and oppression.


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 and inspired civil rights movements around the globe, from Martin Luther King Jr.’s movement for racial equality to Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid. Gandhi’s achievements and legacy deserve our attention and recognition, which I why I introduced H.R. 1127 to award Mahatma Gandhi the Congressional Gold Medal.


As we celebrate Indian independence, let us remind ourselves of the great contributions that India has given not only New York City but to the rest of the world as well. May we all follow Gandhi’s directive to ‘be the change you wish to see in the world."




In February 2019, Rep. Maloney Introduced H.R. 1127 to posthumously award Gandhi a Congressional Gold Medal for is contributions to India and peaceable movements around the world.


H.R. 1127 currently has six co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives: Ami Bera (CA-07), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), George Holding (NC-02), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Ro Khanna (CA-17), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08).