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Indians pay homage to Gandhi in US

A nine-member delegation of MPs, currently on a US visit, paid respect to Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 17:57 IST

A nine-member delegation of young Indian MPs paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Martin Luther King Jr, at The King Centre in Atlanta and were moved by his speeches made during Civil Rights Movement in order to fight for the freedom and equality of Black and White's in America.

Besides King, the MPs also paid homage on Friday to Mahatma Gandhi whose vision, statue, personal artefacts and ideas dominate the Freedom Hall of the Centre, along side the rooms of Dr & Mrs King and Rosa Parks.

Besides a room dedicated to Gandhi, the centre also has a statue of Mahatma Gandhi which was unveiled at the site on January 24, 1998, to commemorate India's 50th independence year.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) donated the statue, which was sculpted by Ram Sutar of New Delhi.

The multi-party delegation of lawmakers includes, Baijayant Jay Panda (BJD), Deepender Singh Hooda (INC), Madhu Goud Yaskhi (INC), Manvendra Singh (BJP), Prema Cariappa (INC), Preneet Kaur (INC), Sachin Pilot (INC), Shahid Siddiqui (Samajwadi Party) and Suresh Prabhu (Shiv Sena).

The King Centre, established in 1968 by late Coretta Scott King, is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, leader of America's greatest non-violent movement for justice, equality and peace.

First Published: May 07, 2006 11:59 IST