Tuesday, 16 July 2019

US House Speaker,Nancy Pelosi:‘Mahatma Gandhi was a spiritual leader of America’s non-violence movement’.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi answers questions during a press conference at the US Capitol on July 11, 2019, in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo)

The word Satyagraha means two things, she said. “It means nonviolence and insistence on the truth. That was exactly what Martin Luther King did: nonviolently insisting on the truth. So the gift, the spiritual gifts that India has given to the United States is really one of those strong ties that we have in our shared values,” Pelosi said.

Copy Edited By Adam Rizvi: Mahatma Gandhi was the spiritual leader of America’s non-violence movement, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has said as she described how the Indian leader influenced American social activist Martin Luther King Jr.

A strong proponent of India-US relationship, Pelosi said she believes in Gandhian philosophy and thinking. “Gandhi was the spiritual leader of America’s nonviolence movement,” she said referring to the India visit of Martin Luther King Jr.

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#Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.

The word Satyagraha means two things, she said. “It means nonviolence and insistence on the truth. That was exactly what Martin Luther King did: nonviolently insisting on the truth. So the gift, the spiritual gifts that India has given to the United States is really one of those strong ties that we have in our shared values,” Pelosi said.

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#Pelosi got interested in Gandhi during her school days. “When I was a little girl, I went to school one day, Catholic school, and I went in, I had a hat on. And the nun said to me, who do you think you are? Mahatma Gandhi! I had no idea who Mahatma Gandhi was,” she said. “I went to the library. In the 1950s they had books on Mahatma Gandhi for children,” Pelosi said.

And when she went to college, she got all the books of Gandhi from the college library.

Pelosi also praised Prime Minister Narendra #Modi’s communication skills at the event.

“We have our vision, we have our knowledge, we have our strategy…., message, message, message. And he (Modi) really is a master of that,” she said.

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Pelosi also praised the address of the prime minister to the joint session of the Congress. It was “one of the most fantastic speeches I’ve ever heard.”

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Press Trust of India, Washington

 
(This story published in HT  from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed by The India Observer, TIO)

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