A prominent American Congressman has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trying to mediate peace between the United States and Russia in Ukraine and hoped his efforts would help restore peace in the region.
On Friday, PM Modi conveyed to visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that India is ready to contribute in any way whatsoever to peace efforts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine and called for an early cessation of violence in the country.
“Well, I think right now he (PM Modi) is trying to be a peace mediator between Russia and America with Ukraine. I think that is a very positive goal to achieve. We (India and the US) have strong economic ties, we have strong.peaceful relations, and we have equally strong values, I would say we have the same form of government, “Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney told PTI in an interview.
Maloney, 76, who chairs the powerful House Oversight Committee and has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993, is one of the most senior Democratic lawmakers in Congress.
Maloney has been a friend of Indian and American Indians inside and outside Congress.
He attended the historic ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston in September 2019, which was addressed by then -US Prime Minister and President Donald Trump.
He has been one of the leading architects of the Diwali Stamp and is now focusing on the passage of two of his laws: One to declare Diwali as a federal holiday and another to award the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal to Mahatma Gandhi.
Congressman Maloney, who has a reputation for never giving up in his efforts, during an interview, expressed confidence that both of his laws will eventually be signed into law by President Joe Biden.
Maloney, who last met Modi during the ‘Howdy Modi’ event, said that the important thing was that Modi worked for peace.
“It’s a true thing that if you don’t try it, you won’t succeed. You have to keep trying. For the sake of the world, I hope that anyone who works for peace between Ukraine, Russia and the world can help in creating it, ”he said.
The New York Congressman said that the prime minister was “trying to bring ideas and ways to get compromises” to bring peace to the world.
“This is a very dangerous time, because we cannot afford to face the third World War. We are nuclear power. We can’t afford it. We have to make agreements and the suffering of the people is too much. … Loss of life, brutal destruction. I am personally very proud of President Biden, “he said.
“He brought our allies and Asia and our allies in Europe together very quickly in a line for democracy and to protect the Ukrainian people from the brutal aggression that we are still working to stop,” Maloney said.
The Congressman who has strong ties to the American Indian and Indian communities said that the Diwali Stamp, which took years of effort to complete, is now one of the most popular American postage stamps in recent U.S. Postal Service history.
And now he is working to get a law passed by Congress to declare Diwali a federal holiday.
“I have also laid down legislation to give the highest honor that Congress can give: the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Gandhi for his work, his leadership, work and non-violent protest,” he said.
“This award was given to Nelson Mandela, and it was given to Martin Luther King. When Martin Luther King was assassinated, he had in his possession, a book about Gandhi, I believe in his body on his desk, but Gandhi was praised for teaching him about nonviolent movements and also Nelson Mandela, ”he said.
“I think, here we have given the Congressional Gold Medal to two great leaders, international leaders, and they were influenced and led by Gandhi. So, it has been a long time since Gandhi should also be recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal, ”he said, adding that it was an ongoing project.
Maloney said relations between India and America are deep and strong and have existed throughout history.
“The system of government in India is almost the same as in America with democracy. It is the largest democracy in the world. America is one of the oldest democracies. So, it is not something unusual, it is common that both democracies should be strong allies, strong friends and supporters for their respective goals and objectives. And we have been through it throughout history, ”he said.
“India is a strong trading partner with the United States and usually as an ally, not always, but usually as an ally with America. And we have the same institution. We have a judiciary; we have tolerance for other races. We have a democracy. We have a representative government, ”he said.