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Post at: Aug 29 2022

Gandhi-king scholarly exchange initiative

Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi are two of the most influential and inspiring figures in history. Martin Luther King fought for civil rights in America, while Mahatma Gandhi fought for independence in India. Both men fought for what they believed in, using their voices to rally people to their cause.To spread the thought of these two legends,the US government has launched the Gandhi-king scholarly exchange initiative.
Gandhi-king scholarly exchange initiative

  • Launched on-14 June 2022
  • Launched by- The US Department of State                                                            
  • Objective-This explores the histories and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • This exchange was championed by late civil rights leader John Lewis.

About the initiative

  • Approximately 20 undergraduate and graduate students ages 18-25, ten (10) from the United States and ten (10) from India, will participate in the program. 
  • The initiative opened on June 15, 2022, with a one-week virtual program and orientation followed by a two-week academic residency hosted at american universities.
  • In addition to classroom learning and discussion, participants will visit civil rights sites in US like Montgomery, Selma, Alabama,Memphis, Tennessee and more.
  • In January 2023, the Indian and US participants will reconvene in India to visit important sites, communities and organisations that build upon their academic curriculum.
  • The visit will be centred around the academic themes of peace, non-violence, and conflict resolution, and build their leadership capacities.

Significance

  • The Initiative will advance civil rights, social justice and inclusion on the local, national and international levels by exploring the histories and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • The Exchange will seek to develop participants’ leadership skills and equip them with the tools and networks to support these endeavors. 
  • The Exchange will also include opportunities for continued follow-on engagement once participants return to their respective countries. 

Conclusion

  • The program has drawn on the long history of friendship and shared interests between the United States and India. It will provide participants with opportunities for interaction with diverse groups of Americans and Indians.

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