Indian Ambassador Addresses Students on Gandhi, Speaks of India-US Relations

"Our future will depend on, how we treat each other, and work with each other today," said Taranjit Singh Sandhu

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s ambassador to the United States.</p></div>

In a lecture to the students of Howard University, the Indian Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu spoke about the India-US relationship. He said, "The threads that connect India and the United States run deep and strong."

He reiterated the importance of the values of democracy, non-violence, liberty, and rule of law for both countries and for their common relationship. Both the nations are striving hard to make their citizens' lives better and brighter, he said.

The threads that connect India and the United States run deep and strong. The values of democracy, liberty, freedom, non-violence, and rule of law, that we cherish and nourish, form the strong foundation, on which the edifice of India-US relations is built,
Taranjit Singh Sandhu

In the lecture, "King Gandhi", the Indian envoy said that India and US are similar because both of their constitutions start with "we the people". "We shared and shaped each other's vision," he said.

He recalled how many Indian leaders even before the country gained its Independence attended the prestigious universities of America, like those of the Howard. He said not only this, but leaders of both countries have inspired each other and their fellow countrymen.

Sandhu spoke about how Martin Luther King Jr. had once delivered a lecture on Gandhi at Howard. In his address he pays homage to both these great leaders who propelled non-violence and justice for their people.

If you ask me, what is the most significant contribution of Gandhi ji and MLK, I would say: They showed to the world, that mankind can shape its own destiny, no matter how high, the odds are, no matter how huge, the challenges are, no matter how adverse, the circumstances are. It is a very powerful message, and gives unflinching hope to humanity at large.
Taranjit Singh Sandhu

The Ambassador also spoke about Gandhi's and Martin Luther's common Dr William Stuart Nelson who established the Gandhi Memorial Lecture at the Black University. "He had walked with both in protest marches," Sandhu added.

He also noted the role of Howard in America's rich history.


"The pandemic has once again" brought us together, he said, it has "taught us how interconnected we are, how intertwined our lives are. World is one'' is not just a hashtag, but a reality today. Our future will depend on, how we treat each other, and work with each other today."

He further explained how the two - the American University and India are deeply connected. How both the Indian and African American community have engaged with each other. He reiterated the embassy's efforts to get into a conversation with Black students at the University. On the other hand, he said,

The Ambassador also acknowledged the respect that Black Americans have shown towards Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian Culture. He cited Mordecai Johnson, former president of the University and his effort to make students walk Gandhi's path and teachings.

"Howard University is holding a year of celebration of India in 2021-22. Several initiatives, including the Art of Kolam; visit of students to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial and interaction with the Embassy of India have been undertaken and others are in the pipeline," the PTI reported, "There was strong support from Congressional Black Caucus for India during the Covid surge earlier this year. The Caucus also advocated for the TRIPS waiver proposed by India and South Africa in the WTO."

(With inputs from the PTI)

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Edited By :Padmashree Pande
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