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Sens. Cruz, Menendez Introduce Senate Resolution Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth

HOUSTON, Texas - U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a Senate Resolution celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2nd, 1869. This bipartisan Resolution recognizes Gandhi's decades-long struggle for Indian independence from Great Britain, and his pioneering of non-violent protest as a means of political change-which helped to liberate millions of Indians, and inspiring peaceful activists around the world, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Full text of their resolution may be viewed here.

"Gandhi's unwavering commitment to peaceful dissent inspired countless others not just in India but around the world," Sen Cruz said. "His life, sacrifices, and legacy continue to be a light around the world, calling attention to the tyranny and injustice that dictators seek to conduct in darkness. Let us honor him by continuing to encourage and support all of those seeking to be free."

"I am proud to lead this resolution which honors Gandhi, a man whose memory is held with such reverence around the world. Gandhi was the great spirit that led India's people to freedom. As we honor his towering legacy as a champion of human rights and democracy, we also draw inspiration to face our own challenges today all around the world. Equal rights for women. Equal rights for minorities. Equal rights for the LGBT community. Protection of the environment," said Senator Menendez. "As we mark this momentous 150th anniversary of Gandhi's birth, let ourselves recommit to the values that he preached and embodied."



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