NEW YORK: In a historic meeting today, Gandhian Society board members Sravan Natakala and founder Bhadra Butala met with New York City officials to discuss exciting collaboration opportunities toward peace, nonviolence, and social justice. The meeting included Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs Dilip Chauhan and Commissioner Edward Mermelstein, who expressed the City’s full support for a groundbreaking initiative: a permanent museum dedicated to the life and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
“This potential partnership represents a monumental step forward in promoting the values of peace and equality that both Gandhi and King championed,” said Sravan Natakala, Gandhian Society board member. “By showcasing their shared message of nonviolent resistance and social justice, this museum would serve as a beacon of inspiration for generations to come.“
The proposed museum would be a first-of-its-kind institution, offering a unique platform for education, dialogue, and action. It would delve into the remarkable lives of Gandhi and King, highlighting their unwavering commitment to justice and their transformative impact on the world stage.
“We are honored by the City’s enthusiastic support for this important initiative,” said Bhadra Butala, founder of the Gandhian Society. “A permanent museum in New York City would not only celebrate the legacies of Gandhi and King but also inspire future generations to embrace their principles and strive for a more just and peaceful world.”
Both the Gandhian Society and New York City officials are committed to moving forward with this ambitious project. A follow-up meeting is scheduled to finalize the details of the collaboration and set the stage for the museum’s development.
The Gandhian Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the principles of Mahatma Gandhi in the United States. Through education, dialogue, and community service, the Society fosters understanding and appreciation for Gandhi’s message of nonviolence, truth, and social justice.