What is the Gandhi-King Exchange Act?

The United States Congressional committee has recently passed a bill Inspired by American civil rights leader and lawmaker John Lewis visit to India in the year 2009. Mr Lewis visited India to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s trip to India in the year 1959. This bill written by Mr Lewis got final approval of the key congressional committee on 29th July in the US. However, the bill has to pass through the House and Senate before it becomes the law.


Marking 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi, the bill promotes the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. This bill is Co-sponsored by Congressman Ami Bera. The bill seeks to establish a bilateral partnership between the US and India. It will also strengthen the ties between both countries.

Key findings of Bill:

The bill empowers the Indian Government and the US Government to establish an annual educational forum for students from both the countries to study the work and legacies of both the eminent personalities. The bill also intends to establish a development training system on conflict resolution founded on the principles of non-violence of Gandhi, and establish a base to address social, environmental, and health concerns in India. The bill formulates the establishment of the US-India Gandhi-King Development Foundation. It also asks the President and the CEO of the United States Institute of Peace to develop a training initiative known as Gandhi-King Global Academy.

John Lewis:

American politician and the civil right hero not only in the US but across the globe who fought for democracy, human rights, justice and equality. He was highly inspired by the work of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. On his visit to India with a congressional delegation, he created the Gandhi-King Exchange Act to apply the philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. and let the whole world learn and admire their teachings.